Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture
POPULAR CULTURE AND AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATIONS
New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, Louisiana
April 8-April 11, 2009
The “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
–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
–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
(h/t Medical Humanities blog; h/t ASBH Lit_Med Listserv)