CFP: Medical Humanities Conference (Ireland)

CFP – 2012 Asociation for Medical Humanities Conference – ‘Medical Identities: patients and professionals’ – University College Cork, July 9-11

The 2012 conference of the Association for Medical Humanities will take place at University College Cork, Ireland. Organised in conjunction with the Consortium for Medical Humanities, an inter-University initiative to develop research in Medical Humanities in Ireland, the theme is ‘Medical Identities: patients and professionals’, and we hope that it is one that will allow for a broad interpretation of the historic development of the profession, and of the people who use and serve it. Themes may include:

  • Local, regional and national medical identities related to place and space.
  • Medical migrants (movement in search of treatment and training)
  • The impact of culture, politics and socialisation on medical practice
  • The development of identities – professional hierarchies within and between specialisms
  • Alternative therapies
  • Rise of advocacy groups – the emergence of a collective patient identity
  • Professional organisation – the development of the BMA/IMA
  • Changes in identity as a result of medical intervention – amputees, etc.
  • Medicine in war
  • Patient as consumer: private medical care
  • Charitable medicine – Medecins Sans Frontieres versus medical missionaries

Please send a 200 word proposal to the organisers by January 31, 2012. Suggestions for panels are also welcomed. Conference Organising Committee: Dr Oonagh Walsh, University College Cork, Dr Ciara Breathnach, University of Limerick, and Dr Olwen Purdue, Queen’s University Belfast.


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