Narrative Medicine in the 21st Century: A Multi disciplinary Conference
April 5-6, 2013
The Wexner Center for the Arts, Film/Video Theater, The Ohio State University
‘Proponents of the field of narrative medicine believe the humanities can prepare patients and physicians to deal with illness.’ Ira Flatow, Science Friday, National Public Radio
Find out why medical students and practitioners are turning to the humanities (especially narrative studies of literature, film, and comix), and why scholars in the humanities are fascinated by the stories of patients, doctors, and other health care practitioners. The movement called narrative medicine is based on the premise that narrative competence enhances medical competence even as medical experiences often reshape narrative forms.
On April 4th, there will be a pre-conference conversation with David Small, author of the award winning graphic novel Stitches (2009).
The conference on April 5th and 6th, with speakers from the US, the UK and Canada, promises to help shape the future course of narrative medicine. Plenary presentations will be given by leaders in the field, Rita Charon, Arthur Frank, and Elizabeth Leake. The conference will feature panels on graphic narratives, ancient medicine, disability and trauma narratives, and an innovative longitudinal elective in narrative medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.