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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



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University of Padova

Roberto De Vogli is an Associate Professor and Vice-Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Padova. Prof. De Vogli is the author of numerous publications in the fields of socioeconomic determinants of health, globalization, and health and ecological economics. He has published in major peer-reviewed journals including Nature, The Lancet, British Medical Journal and Annals of Internal Medicine. He is the author of “Progress or Collapse: The Crises of Market Greed” (Routledge). He is now working on a new book entitled “No COVID: lethal errors and vital actions in the fight against the pandemic,” a topic covered in a recent Ted Talk by the same author.

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University of New Mexico

Kristin Kay Barker received her PhD in Sociology, with a minor in the History of Medicine, from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (USA).  She is currently Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico (USA).  Her research examines the confluence of human suffering, meaning-making, and biomedicine. In so doing, Barker addresses conflicts between lay and professional knowledge, with a particular emphasis on how online illness-affiliation, and the resulting lay expertise, contribute to contemporary medicalization trends.

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University of Helsinki

Minna Ruckenstein works as an Associate Professor at the Consumer Society Research Centre and the Helsinki Centre for Digital Humanities. Her ongoing research focuses on digitalization/datafication by highlighting emotional, social, political and economic aspects of current and emerging data practices. The disciplinary underpinnings of the work range from anthropology of technology, science and technology studies and communication to consumer economics.



Click here to see the conference programme and here for the book of abstracts. 



The call for abstracts is available here.




The European Society for Health and Medical Sociology will hold a pre-conference PhD Workshop on 24th August. 

The in-presence PhD Workshop will provide participants with a wider understanding of the theoretical foundations and practice of social research applied to health.

More details in the call for papers 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 includes bachelor, master and doctoral students at the time of registration.

  • If you want to become an ESHMS member, please pay the “Members” fee option as detailed in the table below. The “Members” option already includes the 2-year ESHMS membership fee (80 euros for High Income Countries; 50 euros for Low Income Countries and students). If you DON’T want to become an ESHMS member, please choose the “Non members” fee option. If you are already an ESHMS member, please provide proof of your membership to rpartisani@ceub.it and you will receive instructions on how to pay for the conference fee.

  • We are hopeful that the event will take place on site, as planned. However, should the circumstances change due to Covid-related issues, the conference will be moved online and participants will be reimbursed 50% of the conference fee. Membership fee will not be refunded.

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

Standard fees can be paid until 31st May 2022. For payments made from 1st June 2022, the late fee will be applied. Please note that presenters MUST pay the registration fee by 31st May 2022, in order to confirm their participation in the conference and be included in the programme.



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.




In the following hotels in Forlì, conference participants will be offered a special price:

Corte livia R&B

Website: https://www.cortelivia.it/en/welcome-2/

e-mail: info@cortelivia.it

Distance from Forlì Campus: 8 minutes on foot

Hotel Gardenia

Website: https://www.gardeniahotel.eu/gardenia-hotel.html

e-mail: info@gardeniahotel.eu

Distance from Forlì Campus: 10 minutes on foot

Hotel Masini

Website: https://www.masinihotel.it/en.html

e-mail: info@hotelmasini.it

Distance from Forlì Campus: 13 minutes on foot

The University Guesthouse in Forlì

Website: https://www.ceub.it/foresteria-universitaria/?lang=en 

email: foresteria@ceub.it

Distance from Forlì Campus: 15 minutes on foot

Best Western Hotel Globus City Forlì

Website: https://www.hotelglobuscity.com/en/home-page.aspx

e-mail: info@hotelglobus.it

Distance from Forlì Campus: 9 minutes by car; 30-40 by bus

Hotel San Giorgio

Website: https://www.hotelsangiorgioforli.it/en/home-page.aspx

e-mail: info@hotelsangiorgioforli.it

Distance from Forlì Campus: 10 minutes by car; 30-40 by bus



Here is a list of recommended hotels close to the railway station (max. 15 minutes on foot) and to the beach:

Hotel Parioli 

Website: https://www.hotelpariolirimini.it/en/

e-mail: parioli@tonihotels.it

My Place Hotel 

Website: https://www.myplacehotel.it/en/hotel/

e-mail: info@myplacehotel.it

Aqua Hotel Rimini

Website: https://www.aquahotel.it/en/

e-mail: sales@aquahotel.it

Hotel Bamby

Website: https://www.hotelbamby.rn.it/en/

e-mail: info@hotelbamby.rn.it

For a more informal stay: 

Sunflower Backpacker Hostels & Bar

Website: https://www.sunflowerhostel.com

Whatsapp: 0039 3703631519


The Campus has two entrances: one in Viale Filippo Corridoni 20; the other in Via Giacomo della Torre 1. All conference events will take place at the Teaching Hub.


Bologna Airport is 80 km away and Rimini Airport is 60 km away. Forlì is well connected to

Bologna and Rimini city centres with trains leaving every 30 minutes. Bologna airport is connected to Bologna railway station by Marconi Express (information available here: https://www.marconiexpress.it/en/). Rimini airport is connected to Rimini railway station by bus (Start Romagna number 9).  


The campus is a pleasant 20-minute walk from Forlì railway station or 10 minutes by bus (numbers 2 or 91).

Forlì is well connected by train to both the North and the South of Italy, with direct trains

from cities like Milano, Piacenza, Bologna, Ancona, Lecce. Timetables can be found at the

following link: www.trenitalia.com


If you travel by car, you can take the exit to Forlì on the A14 motorway.



Scientific Committee: Antonio Maturo, Stéphane Cullati, Zofia Slonska, Ellen Verbakel, Liubov Borisova, Sakari Karvonen, Karen Lowton, Beatriz Xavier, Tiago Correia.

Local Organising Committee:

Coordinator: Antonio Maturo

Co-coordinator: Marta Gibin

Team: Veronica Moretti (Organiser of the PhD Workshop and the "Where Comics Meet Health" Art Exhibition), Annalisa Plava, Elisa Castellaccio, Cameron Beckett, Fabiola Balestrieri, Valeria Quaglia, Alice Scavarda. 

With the support of: 

Ser.In.Ar. - Servizi Integrati d'Area

Municipality of Forlì - Department of Cultural and Museum Promotion; University; International Policies; European Projects; Technological Innovation

Italian Sociological Association (AIS) - “Sociology of Health and Medicine” Section

University of Bologna – Forlì Campus

The Campus has two entrances: one in
Viale Filippo Corridoni 20; the other in Via Giacomo della Torre 1.
All conference events will take place at the Teaching Hub.

ESHMS website: https://eshms.eu/

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