CFP: Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference

Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference

We welcome the submission of abstracts for Oral Presentation; Poster Presentation; Participatory Workshop and Performance /Film

Conference themes:

  • Healthy and Creative Ageing
  • Global Health Inequalities and Culture
  • Culture and the Social Determinants of Wellbeing

Deadline for submissions of abstracts December 21st 2012

We particularly welcome abstracts that provoke new ways of researching, conceptualising and creating and will encourage delegates to question assumptions and learn about different approaches to current issues and areas of practice. With a particular focus on:

  • Research
  • The latest research and new methodologies
  • The dissemination of international research and evaluation
  • Practice
  • Museums and health
  • Arts in healthcare settings
  • Arts and health promotion/prevention

Further guidelines at


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,  and Jason T. Lewis, conference director, 319.335.8051, | |

CFP: Health, Illness, Culture (Taipei Forum)

Call for Proposals: Health and Illness in Culture, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC), Taipei Medical University (TMU), Taiwan, TMU Language and Culture Forum 2012: Health and Illness in Culture, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

Friday, December 21, 2012

The “TMU Language and Culture Forum 2012: Health and Illness in Culture” invites a wide variety of topics related to representations of health and narratives in culture. Interdisciplinary proposals representing humanities and the arts (e.g., literature, history, film, visual arts) or social sciences (e.g., anthropology, cultural studies, sociology) or medical related fields (e.g., public health, nursing, medicine, pharmarcy) perspectives through historical or contemporary contexts are welcome. This one-day conference emphasizes the pursuit of understanding of health and illness and the exploration of the social and cultural contexts in which we all live in. Subject areas might include but are not limited to:

  • Stories of illness from patient and health practitioner perspectives in novels, short stories, memoirs, graphic novels, etc., discussed in larger sociocultural (ethnicity, race, gender, class), and political (health care system) contexts;
  • Historical and contemporary narratives of illness in films; TV comedy, drama, reality programming; advertising; marketing; news media; web and social media;
  • Historical and contemporary representations of stigmas of illness in popular culture genres; representation and misrepresentation in healthprofessional education and practice;
  • Disability narratives in literature, history, popular culture;
  • Representations of health institutions or health practitioners in historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • Health care reform discourse (e.g., public debate over national health insurance in electoral politics, disability rights “patient-centered” health care, medical homes, health care access, health disparities, electronic medical records);
  • Pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical industry (e.g., drug/prescription/OTC use, misuse, popular perceptions, promotion and marketing; pharmaceuticals and meanings of illness and wellness; drug development or regulation; clinical trials);
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives on public health “threats”;
  • Historical and contemporary representations of promotion of health through such strategies as diet, exercise, personal or domestic hygiene, positive psychology;
  • Historical and contemporary narratives of epidemics, pandemics, emergingand re-emerging diseases;
  • Cultural representations of aging, forgetting, obesity, smoking, addictions, antibiotic resistance, radiation, cancer, life science, andgeneral medical issues.
  • Reflections on life, bio-life, biopolitics, post genomic life, posthuman and cloned lives.

Contributions from interdisciplinary and single disciplines are welcome. Individual or full panel proposals are considered. Please email your 250-word proposal and a CV to Chung-jen Chen at  by 15 July 2012.

Proposals for complete panels with three related presentations are also welcome. Please feel free to email with enquiries.

Co-organizers: Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, TMU, and College of Liberal Arts, TMU

CFS: Culture, Health & Sexuality

Culture, Health & Sexuality is a leading international environment for the publication of papers in the fields of culture, health and sexuality.

The journal is broad and multi-disciplinary in focus, publishing papers on methodology as well as those that are empirical and conceptual in nature. It offers a forum for debates on policy and practice, adopting a practitioner focus where appropriate. Culture, Health and Sexuality takes a genuinely international stance in its consideration of key issues and concerns, as reflected in the composition of the editorial board. More specifically, the journal aims to:

  • Provide an international forum for the analysis of culture and health, health beliefs and systems, social structures and divisions, and the implications for these for sexual health, and individual, collective and community wellbeing.
  • Provide an environment in which the policy and practice implications of research in the fields of culture and health, and culture and reproductive and sexual health, can be considered.
  • Offer a setting for critical scholarly debate about how best to analyse the cultural dimensions of health issues in general, and reproductive and sexual health issues in particular.

CFS: Sexuality & Culture (journal)

Sexuality & Culture, An Interdisciplinary Quarterly | Editor-in-Chief: Barry Dank, Deputy Editor: R. Refinetti

Sexuality & Culture offers an international forum for analysis of ethical, cultural, psychological, social, and political issues related to sexual relationships and sexual behavior. Coverage extends to sexual consent and sexual responsibility; harassment and freedom of speech; privacy; censorship and pornography; impact of film and literature on sexual relationships; and university and governmental regulation of intimate relationships, such as interracial relationships and student-professor relationships. This interdisciplinary journal publishes peer-reviewed theoretical articles based on logical argumentation and literature review and empirical articles describing the results of experiments and surveys on the ethical, cultural, psychological, social, or political implications of sexual behavior. The journal also publishes book reviews, and critical reviews of literature and other media.

CFS: Health, Culture and Society

Health, Culture & Society is a new, digitally published periodical through Pittsburgh University’s D-publishing initiative with the internationally distinguished participation of members and senior members from The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Brazil); The Institute of Public Health (Bangalore); The Center for Modern European Philosophy, University of Kingston (UK); CODESRIA: Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (Senegal); The Department of Anthropology (Brunel University, UK); Cambridge University (UK); The University of Colombo (Sri Lanka);The University of Rome (Italy); the Royal College of Psychiatry (UK); Kathmandu University (Nepal), and the University of ChapecÓ (Santa Catarina, Brazil). HCS is the product of initiative, research and debate centered on the history and development of the health paradigm and the social, cultural and community realities which define it. HCS is the product of dialogue and initiative from areas of expertise which have over the past decade been furnished by innovative research. HCS is a platform where protagonists in the debate of health, critical perspectives and research from the social and medical sciences, can give visibility and exposure to research, development strategy and important debate in health and culture. HCS is geared towards an inter-disciplinary approach to issues of health, culture and society inviting contributions from a diversity of fields. HCS encourages both original and funded research into regional developments which can impact upon the global image of health, society and culture. HCS will reflect the very real developments in ideas that shape our modern understandings of health, and how cultural and social factors are important to its paradigm.

Areas of interest: anthropology; health; social and community development; regional health research; national and global health awareness; mental health; quality of life issues; health legislation; health research, training and education; the social history of medicine; philosophies of health; cultural psychiatry; the history of medicine.

The first issue of HCS will be released late July 2011 . The theme will be “perspectives”. The international editorial committee invites contributions from researchers, workers and professionals who can relate the social urgencies and efforts of the realities they face as well as the changes they seek to implement. HCS adheres to the strictest of editorial and review standards. For details, contact and registration please go to:

Deadline for submissions: June 25, 2011

Contributions in English are preferred (Latin and Germanic idioms are also acceptable), the limit of which is 9,000 words including notes and bibliography.

Dr. David Reggio, Email: Visit the website at

CFP: Empathy Conference

Call for Papers–Empathy: Self, Society, Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, Nov 11-12, 2011

Keynote speakers: Carolyn Dean (Brown University), Nancy Eisenberg (Arizona State University), Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University)

Growing out of a two-year grant-supported project on “Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations,” this symposium aims to explore theories and practices of empathy. For more information about the Virtuous Empathy project, see . We invite papers to explore both virtuous and vicious forms of empathy, and to do so from a variety of perspectives. Proposals for papers are invited in three broad categories: Empathy and Psychology; Empathy and Ethics; and Empathy in Culture, History, and Society. Proposals should include a 500 word abstract and paper title, a 100 word description of the author’s research interests, and a one page CV. Authors should aim to present their papers within 40 minutes to allow for response and discussion. All proposals are due by May 9, 2011. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or around June 8, 2011. Send proposals to: Empathy Symposium, c/o Richard B. Miller, Poynter Center, 618 E. Third St. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405,