Medical Humanities: Health & Disease in Culture, Popular Culture & American Culture Associations National Conference (CfP, Conference, Washington, DC, March 2013)

Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture

POPULAR CULTURE AND AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATIONS
NATIONAL CONFERENCE, Washington, DC

March 27-30, 2013

Location:       District of Columbia, United States
Call for Papers Date:   2012-12-15

The “Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture” area for the 2013
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association meeting in
Washington, DC invites presentation proposals related to the portrayal of
health, illness and health care in the discourses of popular and American
culture. Proposals representing perspectives in the humanities and the
arts (e.g., film, history, literature, visual arts), social sciences
(e.g., anthropology, cultural studies, sociology) and mass media (e.g.,
print or electronic journalism) in historical or contemporary contexts are
welcome.

Individual and full panel proposals are considered. For full panel
proposals (generally four persons) please include titles and abstracts for
all participants.

Subject areas might include but are not limited to:

. stories of illness from patient and health practitioner perspectives in
novels, short stories, poetry, memoirs, graphic comics, etc., discussed in
sociocultural, historical or political contexts

. historical and contemporary narratives of chronic illness as represented
in films, television, advertising, news media, and social media

. historical and contemporary representations of illness (including
stigmatization) in popular culture genres, the education of health
professionals, and health care practice literature

. disability narratives in literature, history, and popular culture

. representations of health institutions or health practitioners in
historical and contemporary perspectives

. health care reform discourse (e.g., public debate over national health
insurance in electoral politics, disability rights, “patient-centered”
health care, medical homes, health care access, health disparities,
electronic medical records)

. pharmaceuticals and the pharmaceutical industry (e.g.,
drug/prescription/OTC use and misuse; popular perceptions; promotion and
marketing; drug development or regulation; clinical trials)

. historical and contemporary perspectives on public health “threats,”
e.g., obesity, smoking, addictions, antibiotic resistance, radiation

. historical and contemporary representations of health promotion through
diet, exercise, personal or domestic hygiene, positive psychology

. historical and contemporary narratives of epidemics, pandemics, emerging
and re-emerging diseases (e.g., cholera, polio, malaria, tuberculosis,
HIV/AIDs, flu) in literature, television, and film

. global public health infrastructure issues (e.g., access to water and
safety; famine and food safety; vaccine access; control of environmental
factors that contribute to illness; civil unrest)

. representations of the globalization of disease (e.g., medical and
dental tourism; national/international governmental public health
organizations or non-governmental organizations (NGOs); global disease
surveillance; public health “preparedness” efforts; “natural” or
“man-made” disasters)

. panels on medical humanities teaching strategies or the
reading/performance of creative works

Proposals of 200-250 words must be submitted online at the PCAACA website

DEADLINE: December 15, 2012

Contact:

David E. Tanner
School of Arts and Sciences
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Email

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