CFS: International Conference on the History of Medicine and Global Connections

International Conference on the History of Medicine and Global Connections, Hosted by the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL to meet in Bloomsbury, London
Opening reception and Plenary Lecture, 18 June 2009 Papers to be presented on 19 and 20 June 2009
In recent years, global history and related subjects such as transnational, world, and connected history have caused a stir. The interest is in part a response to many kinds of public discussions about the global in our lives, but also in part–at least from the perspective of medical historians–because the turn toward social and cultural history tended to concentrate attention on complex relationships in local environments despite the fact that many aspects of medicine and science travel widely. Some kinds of medical and health practices and ideas do indeed remain rooted in particular languages, cultures, and socio-political systems, but medical commodities may be shipped from place to place while various kinds of practices and concepts also move about: ‘Western’ medicine has been globalised, but so has ‘Chinese’ medicine, and much else.
To examine the opportunities and challenges posed by global history of the history of medicine we invite proposals that consider a) how any aspect of medicine moved from one locale to another or resisted such movement, or b) how the idea of ‘the global’ has affected the historiography of medicine and biomedicine. Papers on all historical periods and places are eligible. Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion, in sessions of three papers each.
Those attending the conference will be responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation, and most meals.
Please send a proposal of no more than one page in length, no later than 20 February 2009, to Lauren Cracknell. Inquiries may also be sent to her, for a response from the current Director, Hal Cook. Please contact Lauren Cracknell, The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 183 Euston Rd., London NW1 2BE, UK, or


8th Global Conference: Making Sense Of Health, Illness and Disease

8th Global Conference, Making Sense Of: Health, Illness and Disease
Friday 3rd July – Sunday 5th July 2009
Mansfield College, Oxford
Call for Papers
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 2009 Conference is extending a call for papers on any aspect of this complex set of circumstances. Because this is 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 medicineII. 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, tranquility 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 6th February 2009. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 5th June 2009. 300 word abstracts should be submitted to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order:author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract. 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.
Joint Organising Chairs:

Prof Peter L. Twohig
Canada Research Chair
c/o Gorsebrook Research Institute
Saint Mary’s University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, NS Canada B3H 3C3

Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland
Oxfordshire, OX29 8HR
United Kingdom

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, counseling, 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 the conference will be published in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into 20-25 page chapters for publication in a themed dialogic ISBN hard copy volume. 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:  
For further details about the conference please visit:  
Dr Rob Fisher
Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire
Tel: +44 (0)1993 882087
Fax: +44 (0)870 4601132
Visit the website at

CFS: Books to Bedside (Conference)

BOOKS TO BEDSIDE: Translational Work in the Medical Humanities

April 23-25, 2009 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago

A common role of humanities in medicine has been to provide a creative outlet or a respite from the difficulties of medical practice. The applied medical humanities aims to build concrete skills essential to clinical practice.This conference will focus on application, investigating the purpose of humanities work as it translates to patient care. Through paired plenary sessions, breakout groups, and workshops, this conference will answer such questions as:
* What is the “bench work” of the medical humanities?
* What does it mean to bring books to bedside?
* Do the humanities have an intrinsic role in clinical thinking?
* How does humanities research translate into clinical practice?
* What is the relation of narrative theory to narrative medicine?
Submission of proposals for paper presentations, panels, or workshops is invited.
Email proposals, along with a one-page CV, to Catherine Belling  by December 15, 2008.
Queries in advance of submission are welcome.
For updates, see the conference website:
Sponsored by the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the American Society for Bioethics + Humanities, and underwritten by the David and Julia Uihlein Charitable Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

CFS: UConn ATHENA Conference

ATHENA Research Conference – April 23, 2009
University of Connecticut School of Nursing & University of Connecticut Health Center Department of Nursing
• UConn BS, MbEIN, MS & PhD students and PhD nursing students from
New England and New York Schools of Nursing
• UConn Health Center nurses
• UConn School of Nursing faculty & alumni
• Sigma Theta Tau International, CT Chapter members
• Capital Area Alliance for Nursing Research and Research Utilization members

Details at the ATHENA Conference Web site.

CFS: National Assoc of Clinical Nurse Specialists (Conference)

2009 NACNS Conference, March 5-7, 2009 St. LouisThe annual national conference is a wonderful learning and networking opportunity for experienced and novice CNSs as well as students. Information about the conference can be found at .

Preconference sessions on Wed., March 4 will focus on the recommendations for future regulation of APRNs recently released in the Joint Dialogue Report and the future regulatory model. The Joint Dialogue Report is available on the Resources section of the NACNS website. The morning session will focus on the implications of the future regulatory model for CNS licensure, certification, and regulation. The afternoon session will be devoted to the implications for the future of CNS education.

2009 Call for Student Poster Abstracts: Deadline Dec. 1, 2008. Student poster abstracts will be accepted until Dec. 1, 2008. Instructions for submitting abstracts and the electronic submission form can be accessed on the conference page of our website.

CFS: Medical Humanities (Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference)

PCA/ACA AREA: Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture
New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana
April 8-April 11, 2009The “Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture” PCA/ACA area examines a wide variety of topics related to the experiences of human beings pursuing health and living with illness. Interdisciplinary proposals representing humanities and the arts (e.g., literature, history, film, visual arts) or social sciences (e.g., anthropology, cultural studies, sociology) perspectives through historical or contemporary contexts are welcome. This area emphasizes the pursuit of humane health care and the exploration of the social and cultural contexts in which health care is delivered for individuals or specific groups.
Subject areas might include:
–the portrayal of health care and public policy issues in the mass media. Health care stories of patients’ experience of disease;
stories of health professionals conducting research or working with patients.
–how stories of chronic and infectious diseases (including global perspectives) are told in popular media and in literature.
–narratives of illness presented in literature (novels, short stores, memoirs) written by patients or health professionals that explore the personal experience of illness.
–how pharmaceuticals, alcohol, or tobacco are presented in the mass media and literature.
–historical or recent depictions of infectious diseases and epidemics, disasters or calamities, in the context of public health consequences for popular audiences. Especially welcome are proposals addressing health problems that New Orleans confronts in
the context of Hurricane Katrina.
–representations of health institutions (e.g. HMO’s, hospitals, neighborhood drugstores or clinics, government agencies) in the mass media).
–technological innovations and their relation to popular audiences (e.g., x-rays, robotics in medicine).
–healing in non-western societies; alternative care in the United States.
–the promotion of health through diets, exercise, domestic or public health sanitation campaigns.
Contributions from interdisciplinary and single disciplines are welcome. Individual or full panel proposals are considered.
DEADLINE: November 30, 2008. Please send abstracts of 250 words to
Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman
Snail Mail Address:
Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman
Professor of Political Science and American Studies School of Arts and Sciences
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences-Boston
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Fax: 617-732-2801
Phone: 617-732-2904

Abstracts: Geriatric Nursing, Education, Simulation Conference

Call for Abstracts

Geriatric Nursing, Education, and Clinical Simulation
April 2-3, 2009
Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center
Research Triangle Park, Durham, NC USA
Connecting the Dots
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing and Flinders University School of
Nursing and Midwifery located in Adelaide, Australia invite you to submit an abstract to this international
conference that will address the growing need for nurses with geriatric nursing competencies. The core
mission of this conference is to share innovations, new initiatives, trends, and research in geriatric
nursing education. Individual peer-reviewed paper presentations and poster sessions related to trends
and innovations in geriatric nursing education will be featured. Notice of acceptance will be no later
than January 15, 2009. Presenters must register for the conference by February 1, 2009 to be included
in the program.
Submission Guidelines
Submit abstracts to e-mail address: between September 15, 2008 and
November 15, 2008
. All abstracts must be camera-ready and include a separate cover page.
Cover Page
• List each author in order with name, credentials, employer, city, state, country, contact
address, e-mail, telephone number, and fax number for each author
• Indicate contact author
• Indicate abstract content area:
A. Trends in aging: effects on nursing education
B. Innovations in geriatric nursing education
C. Preparing the new nursing workforce in geriatric nursing education (emphasis
on research-based methodologies)
D. Integrating simulation and other technologies into geriatric nursing curriculum
E. Academic clinical partnerships in best practice geriatric nursing care
Abstract Instructions
• Center the title in caps at top of page with the author(s) and affiliation(s) below the title
• Must be in English, maximum 350 words, 12 pt. Times New Roman font
• List four keywords at the bottom of the abstract
Details about the conference will be posted to the Connecting the Dots website at