Event Information

About the Colloquium

This colloquium invites contributions to the study of pleasure and health, where pleasure is regarded as both an innate drive and as a socially constructed phenomenon. 

Activities to promote health have had to pay attention to so called ‘unhealthy behaviours’ such as tobacco and alcohol use, food choice and sexual activity. In this context, and in attending to health gain, pleasure has become something to be moderated or negated.

The colloquium will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research that implicates health-related pleasure, whether this is empirical, theoretical or opinion-based work. 

Convening this event will be  Professor John Coveney, Flinders University and Associate Professor Lee Thompson, University of Otago, New Zealand




How to submit an abstract 

We are seeking presentations of no longer than 20 minutes, with an abstract of no more than 300 words. 

Abstracts must be submitted by 26 March 2018. 

The colloquium is particularly interested in presentations that highlight the implications for individual and population health in the following areas:

  • Pleasure of addiction
  • Illegal pleasures
  • Pleasures that are legal but…
  • Pleasure, biology and neurosciences
  • Pleasure, culture and Indigeneity
  • Pleasure at different stages of the life-course
  • Methodologies for studying pleasure
  • Pleasure opportunities opened up by new technologies
  • Pleasure, spirituality and religion
  • Ascetic pleasures
  • Inequalities and pleasures





Payment by Visa/Mastercard:

Payment can be made through the Flinders electronic payment system

Payment by Cheque/Money Order:
Payment can be made by cheque or money order – payable to “Flinders University". 

Final payment for Registration:
Final payment for registration closes 1 June 2018

Registration fees:


Full Registration
Student/Concession Registration 60.00



Professor John Coveney
Flinders University, South Australia 

John Coveney is Professor of Food, Culture and Health at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.

He has published books, articles and other publications addressing the role of pleasure in public health priorities and in health-seeking behaviours.

Most recently he co-authored an article with Associate Professor Lee Thompson, Otago University, Christchurch, New Zealand, on pleasure and health (Human vulnerabilities, transgression and pleasure.Critical Public Health, 1, 118-128, 2018).

Associate Professor Lee Thompson
University of Otago, New Zealand

Lee Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at the University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand.

She has published in the fields of critical health studies, and professional identity in the health professions.

Her most recent work is focused around the pleasure lacuna in public health philosophy and practice. She recently co-authored an article with Professor John Coveney on pleasure and health, which was published in Critical Public Health.



The conference venue is in the heart of Adelaide at Flinders at Victoria Square, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide. There is easy access to public transport, parking, taxis and accommodation.

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