35th Anthropology and Health Meeting: »The convergence of anthropological subfields in research on health and illness: cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic factors«

Morana Jarec

Abstract


Institute for Anthropological Research and Croatian Anthropological Society organize Anthropology and Health Meetings from the year 1984, and the title of the 35th was »The convergence of anthropological subfields in research on health and illness: cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic factors«. The topic encompasses the broad spectrum of anthropology, what is the essence of interdiciplinary approach of anthropology but not very typical for most anthropological conferences, which usually focus on specific subfields of the discipline without making an explicit attempt to integrate across the subfields. In the last two decades the importance of multidisciplinary teams of researchers investigating a particular question has gained in importance and the model of the lone investigator bringing their specific expertise to bear in isolation from their colleagues has largely disappeared. It is now broadly accepted that we do not live in isolation from either the local, national and/or international community or the social, economic, nutritional and health factors within these environments. This conference brought together active researchers to discuss the practice of interdisciplinarity within their subfields of research. Conference was intentionally formulated in this way and hosted great discussion and debate across different subfields.


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