CFP: Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, Exeter

The call for papers for the forthcoming Postgraduate Medical Humanities conference at the University of Exeter this July has been extended. In the next few days you all have your last chance to submit proposals to present at what promises to be a fantastic event, building on the success of last year.

The medical humanities is an increasingly popular field of interdisciplinary research from which we will all be hearing a great deal more in the coming years. This conference at the beautiful Exeter campus will bring together postgraduate scholars from far and wide to discuss their vibrant and varied research, and to hear keynote talks from two eminent speakers: Professor Stuart Murray from the University of Leeds and Dr Roberta Bivins from the University of Warwick.

For full details see the call for papers below, and remember to get your abstracts in by Friday of this week.

Exeter med hist

University of Exeter, 20 – 21 July 2015

Building on the success of last year’s Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference, this conference aims to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines in a manner that reflects the broad scope of exciting research being carried out in the field of the medical humanities at present. We therefore welcome abstracts on any aspect of the medical humanities from postgraduates working in all disciplines, including but not restricted to English Literature, History, Film, Classics, and Art History. We also strongly encourage proposals from students training in a medical discipline (including trainee doctors, carers, psychiatrists, and other practitioners) who are interested in the medical humanities.

While this call is open to papers on all topics within the wide medical humanities remit, we would specifically like proposals on themes of contemporary importance within the field, such as the development of medicine and/or the medical humanities in India and China; representations of medicine in graphic novels; and ageing.

The conference will provide a forum for postgraduate scholars to exchange ideas and share their research in a friendly and engaging environment. The event will also allow delegates to discuss their work with senior academics in the field, including keynote speakers and other members of the Exeter Centre for Medical History.

The event will close with a roundtable discussion, featuring our keynote speakers and other esteemed members of the Centre for Medical History. This session will draw together the themes arising from the conference and reflect on future directions of research in the medical humanities.

There will also be a workshop led by Ryan Sweet and Betsy Lewis-Holmes (co-organisers of the forthcoming event Exewhirr) on public engagement.

We invite applicants to submit abstracts of up to 300 words (for 20-minute previously unpublished papers) by Friday 23rd January 2015 with “PGMH 2015 Conference Abstract” written in the subject line of the email. We also welcome panel and workshop proposals. Such proposals should include 300-word abstracts for up to four speakers in addition to a 500-word overview that explains the aims and rationale for the session.

We hope to be able to offer a small number of travel bursaries, which will be announced closer to the event.


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