Call for Abstracts
September 15-16 , 2016
Proponents of medical humanities contend that the humanistic dimensions of medicine and health are a critical component of those disciplines; not only do these dimensions help us to understand the very nature of medicine and health, their apprehension allows caregivers to relate to their patients, to treat those patients with respect and dignity, and to provide more holistic and empathetic care. The Sixth
Annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference aims to explore a range of themes within the medical humanities.
The conference is meant to be highly interdisciplinary, drawing participants from a wide range of
backgrounds, including those from both academic and medical communities.
To that end, specia l consideration will be given to panel proposals, and especially those that bring together presenters from different academic/professional backgrounds.
Submissions are welcome on topics that engage some facet of the medical humanities, including their importance and conceptual scope. Furthermore, we welcome submissions that engage any of the following: medical ethics, the history of medicine and health care, religious and/or spiritual perspectives on medicine and health, health care communication, medical anthropology, sociology of medicine and health, cross-cultural approaches to medicine and health, health and health care in literature and/or poetry, musical therapy, and sickness and health as represented in the visual arts.
Submissions should include name, departmental/institutional affiliation, project title, and an abstract not to exceed 500 words. Proposals should be submitted electronically by June 1 — in either .doc/.docx or .pdf format — to firstname.lastname@example.org. Acceptances will be announced by June 15, and further details will appear on http://wmich.edu/medicalhumanities/events/conference as they are available.
Since its inception, this event has been organized by the Medical Humanities Workgroup at Western
Michigan University, directed by Dr. Fritz Allhoff and Mr. David Charlton. This year, we are pleased to welcome a co-sponsor, the Program in Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, directed by Dr. Tyler Gibb and Dr. Michael Redinger. We also thank the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and the Department of Philosophy for their generous support.