CFP: Am Soc Bioethics & Humanities Annual Meeting

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ 12th Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 21-24, 2010, in San Diego, CA at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

Guidelines. Submissions in any area of bioethics and humanities are accepted. Proposals that address provocative ideas and challenges from interdisciplinary perspectives will be given preference.

Proposals should be submitted in Empirical Research when the focus of your presentation will be the empirical study. If your proposal has an empirical component but the focus of your presentation is not the empirical component, please select another category.

Proposals should be submitted in the Interdisciplinary category when the work involves scholarship that crosses several academic areas. If your proposal has an interdisciplinary element but the focus of the presentation will not be the interdisciplinary nature of the work, please select another category.

Proposals should be submitted in the Visual Arts and Poetry category when the focus of the abstract is for an exhibit of art work or a session such as a poetry reading. If you wish to display your visual arts or hold a poetry session, please select this submission category.

Program Theme: Health and Community. Bioethics has been particularly concerned with the rights and welfare of individual patients and has often been criticized for not attending sufficiently to problems related to the health of populations. But there is little doubt that bioethics and the humanities have much to contribute to concerns connected to groups as well as individuals. We thus invite scholars to address health, disability, and disease as it affects local, national, and global groups. Healthcare professionals, researchers, humanists, and lawyers, can bring experiences, expertise, and interests that shape our understanding of the health of communities as it informs and is informed by ethics, law, politics, medicine, and the humanities. Proposals that critically examine issues related to social groups–such as the appropriate distribution of societal resources, the ways in which literature, film, and the arts inform concerns about the health of populations and our understanding of communities, healthcare professionals’ duty to warn in cases of communicable disease (e.g., HIV/AIDS), the fair distribution of health resources (e.g., medical supplies, water, etc.) during a natural disaster, the various contributions of the arts and the humanities to the health of communities, the social determinants of health and disease, healthcare disparities, the ways historical perspectives can bear on present day policy issues, and conflicts of values between different populations–are welcomed.

Submission Instructions (for all submission types). All proposals will be accepted through 4:00 PM Central Time March 3, 2010.

Submission Types

  • 90-minute Workshop Sessions
  • 60-minute Panel Sessions
  • 15-minute Individual Presentations (Paper Sessions)
  • Posters

Detailed call for proposals and full instructions:


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