CFP: Writing, Humanities, and the Art of Medicine

The Examined Life: Writing, Humanities, and the Art of Medicine officially announces the opening of the 2013 call for presentations. This year the conference, which focuses on the intersections between medicine and the arts and humanities, will take place April 11-13, 2013. You can find out more and submit your proposal on our website. We will close the call on Wednesday, December 3, 2012.

Our featured event for 2013 will be the debut of an original play created and performed by Working Group Theatre entitled Broken Chord. We’re extremely excited about this event. Here’s a brief description of the play: How do we remember? Why do we forget? When we can no longer pull from the well of memory that lies within us, how do we know who we are? Broken Chord is a new play that explores the uncertain terrain of Early Onset Alzheimer’s, from the point of view of the caregiver and the victim. The culmination of a year-long collaboration between Working Group Theatre and Hancher Auditorium, Broken Chord will weave together the personal stories of those working on the front lines of memory and aging research and patient care, as well as those who are suffering from memory-related diseases.

In addition to this fantastic new work, we will also have featured presentations by writer/physician Chris Adrian (The Children’s Hospital), as well as Mark S. Bauer, MD, (A Mind Apart: Poems of Melancholy, Madness, and Addiction).

Special Note: Because our featured event this year focuses on memory, we are particularly interested in creating a track of presentations that will focus on this topic throughout the conference. We’d love to see proposals on that subject matter, but of course we are accepting proposals on any topic as well. Please come join us. If you have any questions, we are here to answer them. As always, we welcome any efforts you can make to spread the word. Dave Etler, conference coordinator, 319.335.8058, David-etler@uiowa.edu  and Jason T. Lewis, conference director, 319.335.8051, Jason-t-lewis@uiowa.edu | http://examinedlifeconference.com | http://theexaminedlifejournal.com

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