The 2012 conference of the Association for Medical Humanities will take place at University College Cork, Ireland on July 9 – 11 2012. Organised in conjunction with the Consortium for Medical Humanities, an inter-University initiative to develop research in Medical Humanities in Ireland, the theme is ‘Medical Identities: patients and professionals’, and we hope that it is one that will allow for a broad interpretation of the historic development of the profession, and of the people who use and serve it.
Themes may include:
- Local, regional and national medical identities related to place and space.
- Medical migrants (movement in search of treatment and training)
- The impact of culture, politics and socialisation on medical practice
- The development of identities – professional hierarchies within and between specialisms
- Alternative therapies
- Rise of advocacy groups – the emergence of a collective patient identity
- Professional organisation – the development of the BMA/IMA
- Changes in identity as a result of medical intervention – amputees, etc.
- Medicine in war
- Patient as consumer: private medical care
- Charitable medicine – Medecins Sans Frontieres versus medical missionaries
Please send a 200 word proposal to the organisers by January 31, 2012. Suggestions for panels are also welcomed.
Conference Organising Committee: Dr Oonagh Walsh, University College Cork, Dr Ciara Breathnach, University of Limerick, and Dr Olwen Purdue, Queen’s University Belfast.