CFP: Colorado Health Ethics Forum

Colorado Health Ethics Forum – CHEF Conference 2013 | CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS | Deadline: January 15, 2013

Preparations for the 2013 Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum conference are well underway, and we and invite you to join us by submitting proposals for presentations for this popular annual event. The 2013 Conference dates are May 9th and 10th and will be again held at The Stonebrook Manor Event Center and Gardens in Thornton, Colorado.

Our theme this year will be “Bedside, Boardroom, and Boulevard: Health Care Ethics at the Intersections.”

A recent front page New York Times article asserted that, “historians and policy makers believe this election could be the most significant referendum on a piece of social legislation since 1936,” when The Social Security Act was passed. Members of the healthcare ethics community find nothing surprising in this assertion, as we have been on the front lines of the debates grappling with the deepest dimensions of healthcare and policy for decades. As well, we live the implications of the outcomes and often find ourselves working in the interstitial spaces between high-level policy, clinical application, and public perceptions.

As we watch and wait for current national Health Care Reform decisions to be made in Washington, we continue to be fully engaged in the everyday ethical dimensions of healthcare. Whether we work at the bedside delivering care or in the “boardroom” establishing policies and implementing business practices, the needs, demands, and discourse taking place on the “boulevard” affect our daily lives. Our theme this year arises from the recognition that these domains are not as distinct as they might appear or once were. Ongoing challenges in healthcare have created new opportunities for greater awareness and collaboration, as well as for distracting or even dangerous conflicts and misunderstandings across these domains.

In order to facilitate the necessary conversations, CHEF is seeking presentations on a wide variety of topics. For additional information and to submit proposals for presentations, please visit our website at:


CFP: 4th Global Conference Making Sense of Pain

4th Global Conference Making Sense of: Pain | Thursday 9th May – Saturday 11th May 2013, Prague, Czech Republic

Call for Presentations: What is pain? What is the meaning of pain? How can we attempt to make sense of it—and should we?

Pain is a complex multi-layered, multi-leveled phenomenon. Standard definitions of pain view it primarily in physical terms as being a life-preserving response to negative stimuli in sentient beings. It is something that happens to and/or in parts of the body. It is described in terms of physical qualities, as an object to be observed, assessed, analysed, managed, overcome and/or eliminated. At the same time, pain is something we experience, endure, live through and, at times, die from. It is something which intrudes into our sense of who we are, our sense of embodiment, our desires and our fears. It becomes the basis of stories, narratives, reports and observations we tell to others. The telling is addressed and attuned to the context of the other – the clinical, the professional, the social.

Pain also sits as a nexus at the centre of innumerable intersecting relationships. In cultures for whom self-inflicted pain is a means of experiencing vitality, pain, body and self are critically linked. This principle recognizably appears in aspects of ritual, of consumption, of sexuality, of psychological pain, of dissociation and body dismorphia. In so many ways, in sickness and in health, pain is the means by which we navigate the vulnerable, permeable boundary betweenourselves and others—the inside and outside of our bodies and minds.

What tools can we bring when grappling with and trying to make sense of, pain? This inter- and transdisciplinary conference provides a forum for inquiry into the vicissitudes of pain: its nature and significance biologically, anthropologically, historically, culturally and socially. More specifically, as a means of probing the boundaries, this conference aims to create a dialogue between disparate as well as overlapping fields of study: the boundaries of disciplines as well as the boundaries of sensation—our suffering, our pleasure, ourselves.

We particularly welcome the perspectives of medical anthropologists, medical humanists, medical historians, professionals, physicians, care-givers, patients, and those exploring the boundaries between creative arts and healing, narrative and medicine. The following themes are suggested as guides to the formulation of topics for presentations, papers and workshops:

  • Pain of the physical body
  • Pain and the animal body—sentience and the experiences of pain in animals
  • Pain and ability/disability—chronicity; disability. Associated perspectives – social policy, architecture, law
  • Pain of the psychological and psychosocial self
  • Pain as action/reaction—pain as a weapon. Torture, sadism, self-harm, neglect, abuse and disregard
  • Pain in/as dissociation
  • Pain as a pleasure principle
  • Pain and sexuality studies—sexual identity, transgender and LGBTA, as well as sexual practices
  • Pain as Communication – expressing pain, understanding pain, describing pain, pain as metaphor, silences about pain
  • Representations and expressions of pain—in art, music, cinema, theatre
  • Illness Narratives/Perspectives on pain – patients’ and professionals’
  • The nexus of pain—creative and destructive relationships: suffering andaffliction; anguish, torment; illness and disease
  • Practices, philosophies and dilemmas of overcoming pain– should it be overcome? Personal, professional, cultural, economic and political (macro and micro) perspectives

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme.

What to Send: 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th January 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 8th March 2013. 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: PAIN4 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: Brandy Schillace:  | Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: Hub 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 conference, please visit:

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.

Don’t Put Off Reading This: Perils of Procrastination

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, writing in Inside Higher Ed, continues her series on scholarly procrastination.

“Breaking the Cycle” analyzes the procrastination cycle and offers a strategy for breaking it.

In the most recent installment “Writing and Procrastination” counsels “getting real about your writing,” committing to a daily writing practice, and expanding your team of readers.


CFS: Emergence of Health & Social Care Professions (J Interprofessional Care)

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Care: the Emergence of Various Health and Social Care Professions/Occupations

We propose that the history of health and social care professions is an important area for exploration for scholars of interprofessional collaboration. The journal seeks to fill that gap by soliciting papers from health care historians and social science scholars for an upcoming special themed issue on the emergence of various health and social care professions/occupations which will examine how these have functioned and continue to function within the health care system and in relation to other professions.

To explore the historical context of interprofessional collaboration, The Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC) invites readers to contribute to this thematic issue. We welcome authors to contribute works on papers:

  •  that are descriptive and explanatory in relation to historical barriers and achievements in interprofessional education and/or collaboration (i.e. potentially theory building);
  •  that are well supported with primary source historical materials (e.g. education, regulation, policy, professional/clinical and personal documentation);
  •  that may provide an international and intercultural perspective and
  • that advance our understanding of the historical roots of health and social care professions and their relationships with and among each other and with patients/clients seeking their services.

Papers from multiple professions are welcome. The term “historical” will apply loosely to newly emerged/emerging health occupations and to social science perspectives. The co-editors for this issue will be Kathleen MacMillan (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Scott Reeves (University of California, San Francisco, USA).

Expressions of interest should be submitted to either Kathleen MacMillan (E-mail: or Scott Reeves (E-mail: ) before 31 December 2012. All manuscripts must be submitted by 31 June 2013 and must follow JIC guidelines (  ). All manuscripts must undergo peer review prior to being published in the thematic issue.

CFP: Expanding Vistas for Bioethics

The 24th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference | New Heights & Broader Plains: Expanding Vistas for Bioethics | May 29 – June 1, 2013 | Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff, AB

The conference is designed to provide intellectual stimulation, opportunities for networking, sharing of learning, and building of community for all individuals, whatever their background, who have an interest in ethical issues relating to health, the environment and the life sciences. All those interested in contributing to the bioethics conversation – from beginners to experts alike – are encouraged to attend for inspiration, renewal and discovery in one of Canada’s most breath-taking natural settings!

The field of bioethics is broadening its scope and pushing traditional boundaries in recognition of the fact that ethical issues affecting human life and the natural environment touch on almost every area of human endeavor. Acknowledging this breadth, the 2013 CBS Annual Conference aims to expand the circle of bioethics discussions.

The theme New Heights and Broader Plains: Expanding Vistas for Bioethics is designed to: (a) stimulate dialogue in areas of bioethics that may be less commonly discussed or under-appreciated, and (b) engage, as part of the conversation, populations that may be under-served or whose voices may be less commonly heard.

Call for Abstracts and Moderators: The Call for Abstracts will be open from September 17 to November 30, 2012. The theme of the 2013 Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference is New Heights and Broader Plains: Expanding Vistas for Bioethics. The Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for papers, workshops or posters that stimulate discussion and share valuable learning across the broad scope of bioethics. In particular, and consistent with the conference theme, submissions are encouraged that highlight populations and areas of bioethics that are less commonly explored and discussed, such as, but by no means limited to:

Areas within Bioethics

  •  Aboriginal health ethics
  •  Community-based ethics
  •  Corrections ethics
  •  Disability ethics
  •  Disaster ethics
  •  Diversity issues
  •  Ethics and health technology assessment
  •  Ethics and rehabilitation
  •  Global bioethics
  •  Mental health and addictions ethics
  •  Public health ethics
  •  Rural ethics

Populations within Bioethics

  •  Aboriginal peoples
  •  Disaster victims
  •  Individuals with dementia
  •  Non-industrialized world citizens
  •  Individuals with disabilities
  •  The elderly
  •  Ethnic / cultural minorities
  •  Mental health and addictions survivors
  •  Incarcerated individuals

The Call for Moderators will be open from September 17 to February 11, 2013. We invite you to submit your name for consideration as a moderator for concurrent sessions. The Program Committee is seeking expressions of interest for moderators for concurrent sessions at the CBS Conference. Moderated sessions will consist of three 15 minute oral presentations, grouped by theme. The presentations will be followed by a combined-30 minute discussion period, facilitated by the moderator. There will be a separate timekeeper. The moderator will be someone with relevant background who is knowledgeable about the theme of the concurrent session. The moderator will receive the three completed papers or slides 4 weeks before the conference. Following the oral presentations, the moderator will provide a brief (maximum 5 minute) commentary, during which he or she will draw insights from and connections between the presentations, and make contributions from his or her own experience. The moderator will then moderate questions from the floor, possibly beginning the conversation with some prepared questions to stimulate discussion. The moderator will ensure that the discussion is, as much as possible, inclusive of the 3 presenters and that time is shared fairly among the participants in the room.

Further details about the proposal process and the 24th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference can be found at

AMSA Humanities Institute

Are you interested in exploring the art of medicine under the guidance of some brilliant faculty and authors? Join students from across the country for a weekend of hands-on workshops exploring writing, art, wellness & more at the AMSA Humanities Institute!

 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Humanities Institute | February 1-3, 2013 | Sterling, VA (AMSA National Office)

$249 for AMSA members (includes 3 nights hotel)

Apply Now!!

Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

Co-sponsored with generous support from Brown University

The Humanities Institute is designed for students who appreciate the power of using creative expression to bear witness to their patients and their own experiences in medicine. This institute incorporates narrative medicine, creative writing workshops and the arts, along with hands-on sessions that explore topics of student wellness and avoiding burnout. Sessions are led by guest faculty physicians, authors, and wellness experts.

Confirmed Speakers:

Maria Basile, MD, Surgeon-Poet

Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, Herbal medicine expert

James Borton, MA, Academic, Blogger & Writer

Veneta Masson, RN, MA, Nurse-Poet

Rebecca McAteer, MD, Medical humanities educator

Nancy Morgan, MA, Georgetown Cancer Center Writing & Health Initiative

Anna Reisman, MD, Director, Yale Internal Medicine Residency Writers’ Workshops

Carrie Runde, ND, Integrative Medicine expert

Pete Thomson, Editor of The New Physician

Caroline Wellbery, MD, PhD, Editor of American Family Physician

Anna Willieme, ArtMed inSight Director

Sample sessions may include the following topics and more:

  • Narrative Medicine
  • Writing for Social Justice
  • Medical Journalism
  • Art, Perception, & Diagnosis
  • The Physician-Poet
  • Writing for Wellness
  • One-on-One writing feedback from authors
  • Healers’ Voices: Open Mic Night
  • Well Student Workshops: yoga, nutrition, managing stress, & more!

The AMSA Humanities Institute is an intensive experience with both didactic and experiential learning components. It combines student-led and field expert-led sessions. AMSA institutes are open to pre-medical, medical, resident, and allied health members.

Costs of Health Care Essay Contest



$4000 in prizes for the best stories from patients, doctors, and nurses illustrating the importance of cost-awareness in healthcare. Deadline November 15, 2012. Entries must be no longer than 750 words. Students are strongly encouraged to submit an anecdote. Entries will

be judged based on the quality of the writing and the relevance of the anecdote to the topic of cost-awareness in medicine. We are primarily seeking anecdotes. The focus if the contest is not to suggest policy solutions. Four care provider finalists and four patient finalists will be chosen. Care providers include doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, clinical assistants, health administrators and students of these professions. Patients include patients as well as their friends or family members, and students of non-clinical professions including college students. All finalist entries will be read and rank-ordered according to the above criteria by our high-profile judges. Four $1,000 prizewinners will be named — two care providers and two patients.