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In view of the recent death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, we have decided to postpone this week’s conference and reschedule the event, probably to next summer.

Although coming together across perspectives for robust, respectful and innovative discussion seems a route for hope and just what we need, it also doesn’t feel quite right against a backdrop of national mourning. We also understand that some senior figures would not be able to speak or attend the conference, which would impact considerably on the event.

Information for ticketholders: 

Your ticket will be valid for the new date once it has been announced. We very much appreciate your support and hope that you will be able to join us then. However, if this is not possible, please contact

Fevers, Frets, and Futures: uncertainty and new ecologies for post-Covid healthcare

University College London and the AMH (Hybrid event)

13th – 16th September 2022 (1.30 – 6.30 pm each day)

For full information and to Book visit the IAS UCL website:

Organiser: Dr Deborah Padfield
Conference Administrator: Triona Waters
Event curator: Patricia Llombart Mascarell
Student organisers: Ananya Sood & Lorna Bo

The full programme is now available to download here

Dr Ayesha Ahmad, Prof Helen Chatterjee, Prof Anthony Costello,
Dr Nick Watts (Chief Sustainability Officer, NHS England), Invisible
Flock and the Land Body Ecologies Team at the Wellcome Hub,
Prof James Wilson, and artists Dr Onya McCausland, Dr Harold
Offeh, Christine and Margaret Wertheim, Prof Dryden Goodwin
and dancer Anusha Subramanyam (

Registration for this event will open on Friday 1st July 2022

About The Conference:

The last two and a half years have exposed points of encounter
between existing anxieties about climate change and
environmental collapse and new crises of health and wellbeing
in the face of the Covid pandemic. These two global
concerns about the sustainability of human life have revealed
ethical, political and cultural fractures and challenges, not least
because of their differential impact on countries, peoples, and
communities. Sustainability has different meanings in different
fields. In medicine and healthcare, for instance, it is complex and
multi-faceted. As a discipline, medicine has internalised its own
meanings and perspectives on sustainability that would benefit
from updating. By its very nature, sustainability is a relatively
recent, fluid interdisciplinary field, of increasing complexity and
responsive to change, with policy developments that include the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, signed by all members States, including the UKL in 2015.

At the centre of current biopolitical concerns sits a
fundamentally epistemological question, about how knowledge
is formed, organised, and interrelated. It has become clear that
although STEM subjects such as Science, Technology, Medicine
and Healthcare were crucial to creating vaccines and other safety
measures, it is SHAPE subjects such as the Arts, Humanities
and Social Sciences that can explain why and how populations
would welcome or refuse these. The latter offer alternative
methodological approaches which foreground open questions
and critical thinking, allowing a toleration of ambiguity and
uncertainty rather foreclosing (possible) solutions to complex
problems. In this way they are able to address sustainability in a
way that the sciences on their own cannot. It is by bringing these
communities of practice together that we can hope to solve the
major health and climate challenges facing us.

At the heart of this moment of crisis lies a set of ecological
concerns: what does the future look like in complex personal
or environmental conditions? How does this change our
thinking about immunity, longevity and the limits of healthcare,
especially given stark contrasts between the global north and
south? Importantly, as clinicians, patients, and humans whose
vital dependence on nonhuman life forms has suddenly been
made starkly visible, what are the lessons we can learn from
the frets and fevers of a global pandemic, to think and create
new futures and a new sustainability in our work, our lives, and
the environments on which, we now know, they precariously
depend? Further to this is the added complexity of how
countries and communities form part of our wider environment,
when that environment is under threat.

What new transdisciplinarity is required, to make sure that
if we fire-fight in one area of practice or learning we are not
simultaneously causing a fire elsewhere? How do we, as
clinicians, patients, academics and artists, understand our
knowledges as inevitably interrelated, locally and globally impacting on each other
whether we intend them to or not, forming an implicit cultural
order no matter how we fragment them into disciplines or
funding streams?

Full conference, 3 – 4 days (FC) Half conference, 1 – 2 days (HC)
Free: UCL Students and staff
£35 (FC): AMH members
£25 (HC) AMH members
£75 (FC) Non AMH members
£40 (HC) Non AMH members
£20.00 (FC) Students external to UCL/Unwaged/low-income
£10.00 (HC) Students external to UCL/Unwaged/low-income

Join the AMH community – for an annual fee of £55 – to enjoy the
benefits of membership (including 4 x BMJ Med Hums journals)
as well as the lower conference rates.

Add-ons for onsite events:
£8.00 extra: Student Poster and Networking Event
(Wed 14th Sept, 2 – 7pm)
£15.00 extra: Networking Event at IAS, UCL, Live Talk & Workshop
with refreshments
(Thursday 15th Sept, 5 – 8pm)

Deadline for submission of abstracts:
11.59 pm on Sunday 7th August 2022


Notification of successful submissions:
By Tuesday 23rd August 2022

Also at the Conference: Association for Medical Humanities student poster and creative prizes. Download the full PDF here

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Header image: Onya McCausland, Saltburn Mine Water Treatment Scheme, 2015

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