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Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is OPEN.

Stream Alterations

Please note that there have been alterations to the conference streams. We hope these changes will better stimulate discussion between conference attendees, as well as facilitate a more even representation of attendees across conference streams.

Pharmaceuticals, Screening and diagnosis, and Alternative/complementary medicines have been absorbed into a new stream: Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment, covering all aspects of diagnostic and treatment pathways. The Politics and Ethics of Health is a broadened stream seeking submission on the political economy of health through to localised ethical and risk related issues in medicine. We have combined ‘teaching medical sociology’ and ‘methods’ into ‘Pedagogy and Methods’, to house all submissions relating to the generation of medical sociology data and research led teaching within medical sociology. Lastly, we have combined inequalities with our gender and race streams to better create a space for colleagues exploring intersectional inequalities, including the experiences of disabled people and the LGBTQ community for example; ‘Inequalities and intersectionality’.

We welcome abstract submissions for oral presentations, poster presentations and special events structured around the streams listed below. Please note that presenters will be able to present only one paper at the conference, although they may be authors on more than one.       

- Citizenship and Health

- Lifecourse – reproductive health; chronic conditions; ageing; death and dying

- Critical Public Health

Mental Health

- Diagnosis, Screening and Treatment


- Embodiment and Emotion

Patient – professional interaction

- Environment and Health

Pedagogy and Methods

- Experiences of Health and Illness

Politics and Ethics of Health

- Health Care Organisations


- Health Policy

STS and Medicine

- Health Service Delivery


- Inequalities and Intersectionality

The abstract submission deadline is Tuesday, 28 April 2020, abstracts received after this date will not be considered.


Over the last couple of years we have noticed a decline in the number of conference attendees volunteering to chair sessions and get involved in conference-based mentoring. While we fully understand that  this is likely to be related to workplace workload pressures, we cannot run a successful conference without your support - the Medical Sociological community is what we all make it! Mentoring is a really important, valued and rewarding experience for all of those who take part. Over the next year as a committee we are hoping to broaden how we support mentoring to enable more of the community to get involved, for example, by including peer to peer support as well as seeking to better utilise our regional and special interest groups outside of the annual conference.

Find out further details about the Medical Sociology Study Group.

Please send all enquiries to Elaine Forester.

Important Dates

If you have any further queries regarding abstract submissions, try our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or contact the BSA Office.

  • Special Event Submission Deadline: Tuesday, 28 April 2020
  • Abstract Submission Deadline:Tuesday, 28 April 2020
  • Abstract decisions to go out: by Friday, 5 June 2020
  • Presenter booking deadline: Monday, 6 July 2020
  • BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference: 9-11 September 2020

Contact Information

BSA Events Team
Email: events@britsoc.org.uk
Tel: 0191 383 0839
Fax:  0191 383 0782

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