CFP: Narrative Bridge (Med U So Carolina)

The Narrative Bridge: Connecting through the Health Humanities

Nursing, occupational therapy, and medical students write poems together. A hospital administrator, custodial worker, and therapy dog owner share stories about the work they do at a medical university. A biomedical scientist, sociologist, and English professor co-host book club meetings at the local public library. Through humanities initiatives like these, we at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have witnessed how narrative—and, more broadly, the health humanities—builds bridges among groups otherwise isolated from one another. The success of these initiatives relies on what Dr. Sayantani DasGupta calls “narrative humility,” an openness and respect that the humanities are uniquely qualified to inspire.

Faculty from the MUSC Writing Center welcome all participants and invite those interested in presenting to submit abstracts that describe innovative applications for the health humanities, particularly those that foster interprofessionalism, enhance institutional culture, engage the community, or otherwise promote the humanities as a means to humility and inclusivity. We encourage you to propose highly interactive 45-minute sessions that provide ample time for sharing and discussion. We are also seeking proposals for 20-minute “outburst” sessions during which small groups of participants engage in quick, creative activities like journaling, sketching, playing music, or dramatizing. Throughout the conference, participants will have additional opportunities to meet in small groups to reflect, share, and create, so we encourage you to join us for this energizing and collaborative event whether your institution has an established health humanities program or has yet to initiate one.

The conference will be held February 23-25, 2014 in historical downtown Charleston, South Carolina, winner of Conde Nast’s “Top City in the World” Readers’ Choice Award for 2011 and 2012.

For those interested in presenting, please send a 150-200-word abstract to Lisa Kerr at by October 1, 2013; open the subject line with the keyword “ABSTRACT.”