CFP: Medical Humanities Conference “Why care to write?”

A Medical Humanities Conference – “Why care to write?” – is being organised at the Institute of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Ulm University on  December 5th–6th, 2018.

Deadline: 8 July 2018

The aim of our conference is to discuss, on the basis of literary, biographical and scientific sources, the motives, reactions and effects associated with these interactions of literature and medicine. Methodologically and thematically, the conference is located in the field of “Medical Humanities”, i.e. between medicine and humanities.

For the workshop, we especially invite conference proposals on the following subjects:

1) Motives

Reflections by writers, those affected, physicians and other actors in health care on their own writing, for example in diaries, biographies, essays, scientific discussions

2) Reactions

Social, medical and literary reactions to illness narratives, for example in reviews, blogs, essays

3) Effects

Possible uses, functions and potentials of illness narratives for society, medicine and literature

Alternative topics of interest are also very welcome.

The workshop aims to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue especially among literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, psychology and medicine. Speakers’ expenses for travel and accommodation will be covered in accordance with the German Federal Travel Expenses Law (Bundesreisekostengesetz, BRKG). The conference languages are German and English. Each paper will be allotted a 40-minute time slot (25 minutes presentation and 15 minutes discussion). Selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings after peer review. Abstracts of 500 words along with a brief bio-bibliography may be submitted until July 8th 2018 to Katharina Fürholzer.