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25TH-27TH AUGUST 2022

Healthscapes. Shaping the future of the post-pandemic society

Covid-19 was a disruptive event, leaving no part of society left untouched. A ‘global social fact,’ blurring both geographic and political boundaries—the effects of which will be felt for years to come. Hit hardest were those already in precarious social standing: the poor and the vulnerable. The notion of a syndemic has been used to describe this grim interaction of virus and embodied health inequality.

The organization of care has shown all its limitations, especially where solid community health structures were absent. Many chronically ill patients and their families are still living through dire situations.

The future will be dominated by risk. Covid-19 has shown our vulnerability to viruses. We will live in a more surveilled society, and we will have to acclimate ourselves to new forms of prevention. It is no coincidence that worrying forms of health populism have arisen from this shift.  


In this context, what can the sociology of health offer in terms of analysis, research perspectives, and operational proposals? How can research evidence be translated into viable policy, and how can the sociological imagination shape a more equitable and secure future?  


The scientific and programme committees are at work on the practicalities of a conference where we hope to welcome you to exercise your sociological imagination on medical sociological matters.    


Antonio Maturo

Member of the Executive Board of the ESHMS

Full Professor of Medical Sociology at the University of Bologna



The call for abstracts is available here.



  • The registration fee includes admission to the conference, coffees, lunches and the conference dinner.

  • Registration fees are divided according to countries' income classification (high income and low income countries). To verify which category your country belongs to, please click here. Upper-middle income countries are covered by the high income countries fee and lower-middle income countries are covered by the low income countries fee.

  • The student status include bachelor, master and doctoral students at the time of registration.

*To register as a member, your are required to provide proof of your membership or include also the membership fee when registering. Membership fees are detailed below:

2-year ESHMS membership High Income Countries: 80 euros

2-year ESHSM membership Low Income Countries: 50 euros

2-year Student membership: 50 euros

Registration fees are detailed below. All prices are in euros. 



Forlì is located halfway between Bologna and Rimini. Therefore, if you go North, after 30 minutes by train you can walk into the historical center of Bologna.
If you go South, in 25 minutes you will be in Rimini (the sea and a sunny beach are only a 15-minute walk from the railway station).
Forlì, Bologna and Rimini have all their own airport.



University of Bologna – Forlì Campus

Piazzale Sante Solieri, 1, 47121 Forlì

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