Medical Humanities & Health Studies Sessions @ MLA 2018

The official 2018 session of the MLA Medical Humanities and Health Studies Forum is:

  • 521: Writing Nursing: Translating Practice into Literature
Description: While the literary canon is well furnished with work by or about physicians, canonical writing by nurses is sparse and less well documented in scholarly literature. Presenting “flash papers,” panelists aim to remedy the inattention to nurse narratives by focusing on nurses’ representations of wartime trauma, triage, and testimony from the American Civil War and World War I.

Saturday, January 06, 2018, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Hilton, Gramercy East

In addition, this will be of interest:

  • 189: Social Medicine: Epidemics, Agents, Networks
Description: Epidemics spread through social ties. A bacterium or virus affects people who drink water from the same sources, touch one another, breathe in proximity, have sex together, accept blood transfusions, or even prepare kin for burial. Responses to epidemic disease often result in the creation of social distance, through avoidance, segregation, immigration restrictions, or quarantine. What can we learn from recent epidemics of diseases such as AIDS and Ebola?

Thursday, January 04, 2018, 07:00 PM – 08:15 PM

  • Sheraton, Bowery