CFP: Global Interdisciplinary Conference: The Patient

2nd Global Conference: The Patient (Wednesday 16th May – Friday 18th May 2012, Prague, Czech Republic)

The patient occupies a liminal, unstable position, precariously situated between home and hospital, work and bed, life and death. Although attended by doctors, nurses, family and friends, her condition—particularly if it is chronic—threatens to sever her connections with the world and to exile her into that fundamental solitude owned by the sick and suffering. Immersed in a medical system that seeks optimum outcomes with zero errors, the patient receives care delivered with industrial efficiency. Advances in diagnostic and therapeutic modalities provide both cure and control of chronic illness not imagined a decade ago. The patient, then, poised to benefit on multiple fronts, should be increasingly satisfied with the medical encounter; yet many patients feel alienated or even violated by the medical system. Many health care professionals also lament weaknesses in their technology-driven profession.

What defines a quality medical encounter from the patient’s perspective? What do medical practitioners—nurses, physicians, social workers—value in their relationship with the patient? How is this relationship preserved and nurtured? What are the opportunities or perils in the physician-patient relationship? It seems timely to counteract the quantification of the patient by the health care industry and to call for a humanistic reconstitution of the patient’s experience and situation—to reconsider, rethink, and empathically re-imagine the patient in her environments, ancient and contemporary, intimate and social. We invite papers from a wide range of perspectives—humanist, medical, artistic—addressing one or more of the following topics:

  • the patient in literary contexts
  • the patient in film
  • the patient in self-help books and pathographies
  • the dying patient
  • the identity of the patient
  • from person to patient
  • the patient and communication
  • the ill and the well
  • the chronic patient
  • the caregiver
  • the quality medical encounter from the perspective of the patient
  • the quality medical encounter from the perspective of the physician
  • biomedical ethics
  • the patient in the history of medicine
  • the patient in medical anthropology and sociology
  • patient empowerment

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th November 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 9th March 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords. E-mails should be entitled: THE PATIENT Abstract Submission. Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). Please note that a Book of Abstracts is planned for the end of the year. All accepted abstracts will be included in this publication. We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs: Mira Crouch, School if Social Science and International Studies The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia, Email: Mira Crouch miracrouch@optusnet.com.au | Nate Hinerman, Nursing/Theology and Religious Studies, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA, E-mail: Nate Hinerman nphinerman@usfca.edu | Rob Fisher, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR, Email: Rob Fisher patient2@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Persons series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume. For further details of the project, please visit:

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/the-patient/

For further details of the conference, please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/the-patient/call-for-papers/

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

CFS: Hispanic Health Care International

Hispanic Health Care International (The Official Journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses)

This peer-reviewed journal serves as an interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of information for clinical practice, education, research, and policy on issues concerning Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States. A unique feature of Hispanic Health Care International is the availability of all abstracts in both English and Spanish. Each article is reviewed by at least two experts on the topic. The interdisciplinary editorial board comprises experts in a variety of clinical, policy, and research areas.

As the official journal of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, the journal strives to:

  • Serve as an interdisciplinary state-of-the-art resource for educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and health care providers on Hispanic/Latino health care.
  • Disseminate research findings and policy perspectives on Hispanic/Latino health care.
  • Provide an interdisciplinary forum to analyze and evaluate the current and future health care needs of the Hispanic/Latino community.
  • Examine barriers to the delivery of health services to Hispanic/Latino consumers.
  • Promote culturally competent models of intervention that provide effective health care to eliminate health disparities for Hispanic/Latino communities.

Visit Hispanic Health Care International Online to view recent issues or subscribe: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/springer/hhci

CFP: 9th Global Conference, Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease

9th Global Conference, Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease

Saturday 11th September – Monday 13th September 2010, Oriel College, Oxford

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore the processes by which we attempt to create meaning in health, illness and disease. In previous years, this interdisciplinary conference has attracted delegates from around the world, including practising clinicians, academics from a variety of disciplines, and persons involved in community-based organizations.

At the beginning of the 21st Century, the world is facing a plethora of health problems, some of which could not have easily been predicted as recently as the last two decades of the last century. Globally, there are critical conditions brought about by war, persecution, mass migration, famine and gross social inequalities. In the ‘developed societies’, a combination of demographic and life-style factors is putting increasing pressures on health-care facilities that are in danger of fragmentation and under-funding. For its part, the general public is presenting practitioners with a challenging contradiction: on the one hand, people live longer than ever before and are, in some respects, healthier – but, on the other, the burden of chronic disease and ‘un-wellness’ is increasing, and so is the concern with health-related matters on the part of the ‘man and woman in the street’. The wellness/illness profile of to-day’s communities renders prevention as important as therapy – which, in turn, implies that prevailing social attitudes have a key role in the dynamics of health, illness and health care as an inter-related system.

The 2010 conference is extending a call for papers on any aspect of this complex set of circumstances. Because this is a very broad brief, we particularly welcome papers that address the following themes:

  • I. Health, Illness and Disease in a Globalised World
    • * Health, human rights and social justice
    • * Health, disease and citizenship
    • * Health and place
    • * Diasporas and disease
    • * Health, disease and international medicine
  • II. Systemic Problems in Health Care
    • * Managerial vs clinical imperatives
    • * Professional hierarchies and internal conflicts
    • * The speed of innovation
    • * The contested nature of evidence-based medicine
    • * Patients or clients?
  • III. Beliefs about Health
    • * Positive thinking, tranquillity and mindfulness
    • * Faith in diets (including water), eg vegan, low-carb, natural/organic
    • * Exercise, breathing
    • * Belief vs practice
    • * Fears: allergies, sensitivities, negative thinking, stress, contamination
    • * Puritanism and health beliefs
    • * ‘Healthism’ as the new religion
  • IV. Attitudes to Medicine/Healing
    • * Medicine as science
    • * Alternative/non-western approaches: evidence or ideology?
    • * Mistrust in ‘the system’ (‘medicine/science cannot explain everything’)
    • * Mistrust in the practitioners (lack of knowledge / competence / professionalism)
    • * Risk and trust in the medical encounter (including hospital stays)
    • * Litigation in the context of health care; the underlying complexities
  • V. Purveyors of information
    • * The media and the popularity of medical programs
    • * Personal networks
    • * Dr C. O. M. Puter – the role of the Internet
    • * Reflexivity in the system – how does public information feed back into health care?

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 26th March 2010. Ifyour paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 13th August 2010. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs with the subject line “HID9 Abstract Submission”; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:

author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Joint Organising Chairs

Maria Vaccarella, Marie Curie Research Fellow, King’s College, London, United Kingdom, E-mail: maria.vaccarella@inter-disciplinary.net

Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire, OX29 8HR, United Kingdom, E-mail: hid9@inter-disciplinary.net

Perspectives are sought from those engaged in;

  • * art and art therapy, creative writing, English literature, history of medicine, media studies, the performing arts (dance, music, theatre), philosophy and ethics, psychology and social psychology, social sciences, sociology and socio-biology, theology and religious studies
  • * anatomy, child care nursing, clinical psychology, counselling, gerontology, health education, health services, hospital administration, immunology, medical and surgical nursing, medicine and the medical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, public health care
  • * practitioners in health care fields – doctors, GP’s, surgeons, health care workers, care givers, hospice workers

All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy dialogic volume(s).  The conference is sponsored by Inter-Disciplinary.Net as part of the ‘Probing the Boundaries’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

For further details about the project please visit:

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/making-sense-of/health-illness-and-disease/

For further details about the conference please visit:

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/making-sense-of/health-illness-and-disease/call-for-papers/

Please note: The inter-disciplinary.net office is open from 9.30am to 1.30pm Monday to Friday. We check our email once per day at 10.00am UK time- and we will endeavour to reply to you in a timely fashion.

CFS: Health, Culture, Body International Conference

Call for abstracts: An International and interdisciplinary conference on Health, Culture and the Human Body

Epidemiology, ethics and history of medicine, perspectives from Central Europe and Turkey

Mainz, Germany, 17-19 September 2010

The face of medicine is rapidly evolving: New developments in medicine, preventive and therapeutic interventions are raising novel ethical questions in societies undergoing fast demographic change at home while participating in global interactions through travel and migration. Throughout history, the perception of health and illness and the ethical assessment of medical practices have often been different between diverse value-cultures. This may affect the responses to well-established themes in medicine, such as the control of infectious diseases, attitudes towards a person’s death, or culturally specific approaches to dealing with the integrity of the human body. Consequently, these ethical considerations have given rise to complex ethical debates resulting in different legal regulations of these developments in different countries.

The international conference “Health, Culture and the Human Body” will focus on selected cases from Turkey, Germany, and other countries. These countries have been closely connected by substantial migration processes for some fifty years. Historically, these countries were linked by medical sciences and clinical practice. These interactions will be analysed jointly from historical, epidemiological, and ethical perspectives, paving the way for the implementation of an interdisciplinary “medicine studies” approach in the field of intercultural and migration medicine.

(See also: www.springer.com/philosophy/philosophy+of+sciences/journal/12376 )

The chosen thematic areas are:

§ infectious diseases (e.g., plague, leprosy, cholera, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS)

§ the end of life (e.g., patient autonomy vs. family autonomy, advance directives, active and passive euthanasia, palliative care)

§ dealing with the human body (e.g., anatomical research, organ donation, biomaterial in international studies)

§ migration and medicine

Abstracts (max. 250 words) of proposed conference papers need to be submitted by 31 January 2010,

to the attention of Ilhan Ilkilic MD PhD, E-Mail: ilkilic@uni-mainz.de  (Institute for History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany)

Phone +49-(0)-6131-39-37343, Fax +49-(0)-6131-39-36682

Publication of selected papers is envisaged.

Venue: Mainz Academy of Letters and Sciences, Mainz, Germany

Organising institutions:

* JohannesGutenberg University Mainz Medical Centre (Germany)

* IstanbulUniversity (Turkey)

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