Call for Papers: 2nd International Medical Humanities Conference 2019: The Body: In Parts or as Whole

Call for Papers: 2nd International Medical Humanities Conference 2019: The Body: In Parts or as Whole

Dates: 31 July – 1 August 2019

Location: Library Auditorium, College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi

 

The College of Medicine, University of Malawi, is proud to host the 2nd Wellcome Trust & University of Edinburgh-funded International Medical Humanities Conference. This year’s theme brings forward conversations about various discourses and modes of representing the body: in parts or as a whole, as an individual or within community or as part of the environment. High profile issues such as the sale and trafficking of parts of persons with albinism, genetic testing of intersex athletes, migration of bodies across borders, reveal charged and emotive positions about autonomy, continuity and connectivity across Africa. This event calls upon artists, researchers, and communities in African studies to discuss the production of knowledge about and regulation of the body. How do we represent the life cycle of the body and its experiences from birth until death?

We seek to engage participants from creative, social, research, clinical and artistic domains to explore the transdisciplinary space between the health sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. This conference will also serve as a starting point to build a medical humanities platform in Malawi from the ground up. The conference will engage local and regional narratives, continental ideas and practices, and voices from the diaspora. The final day is reserved for networking, proposal generation and an Open Space forum to draw concrete plans for future directions for medical humanities scholarship within the College of Medicine, across Africa and with global partners. Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to,

  • Disability studies
  • Gender & sexuality
  • Mental health
  • Migration and migrant health
  • Bioethics and law
  • Poverty and economic disparities
  • Methodology, Theory & Practice
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Decolonising medical curricula, spaces & practices
  • Race/Racism and Ethnicity
  • Climate Change & Environment

This conference offers a unique, atypical format to include abstracts for a 20-minute paper, 10-minute provocation or a 6-minute PechaKucha presentation. PechaKucha is a storytelling format, where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). We also invite ideas for roundtables, forums, short film viewings, exhibition and art installations, visual field notes, music, poetry, theatre, dance and storytelling. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, 5 keywords, and short biographical note to the conference organisers by no later than Monday 17 June 2019 at malawimedhumsnetwork@gmail.com. Decisions will be made within 7 days of the deadline.  Registration for the conference will open shortly afterwards.

We are delighted to offer a small number of bursaries to cover transport, accommodation and conference attendance costs. Priority will be given to economically disadvantaged presenters. A google form will be made available on the conference website and applicants will be asked to state the need for funding and why attending the conference will impact on their career.

Symposium: Gender, Health, Environment and Wellbeing on Thursday, 8 February 2019

Hosted by WIDREM, Medicine College University of Malawi, Thursday 8 February, 2019

Venue: Library Auditorium
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Cost: Free to attend

WIDREM is delighted to be supporting the first Malawi Medical Humanities Network symposium on Gender, Health, Environment and Wellbeing at the University of Malawi’s College ofMedicine.The critical health and medical humanities is an interdisciplinary field of studies which engages the intersections between the arts, humanities, social sciences with the study of medicine, illness, treatment and health.

The WIDREM-supported programme brings together participants from the arts, humanities, medical, and social science backgrounds across academia to encourage collaborations on global challenges. The three-hours event includes talks, roundtable discussions, and many more interactive elements with the audience. The first hour will feature a question and answer session amongst the panellists, the second hour will feature audience questions and the third hour will host the reception. The setting is intentionally informal to allow for a free form discussion on issues dealing with the broad topic of gender, health, wellbeing and the environment.

The objective of this programme is to provide an introductory discussion about the horizons and intersections between gender, the environment and healthcare and engage related fields such as science and technology, medical history, literature, arts-based research, race and gender studies.

Please send an expression of interest to attend by Tuesday, 5 February 2019. Due to limited space, we can only accommodate the first 100 respondents. Email us widrem@medcol.mw to show your interest and copy malawimedhumsnetwork@gmail.com.

WIDREM Audience note[1]

Funded Studentships: Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health at U of Warwick and Wits

As part of the Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award ‘What’s at stake in the fake? Indian pharmaceuticals, African markets and global health,’ the Universities of Warwick and the Witwatersrand, respectively, seek to fill four fully-funded studentships and one Research Fellow position.

More details about the positions can be found here:

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/projects/fake/opportunities/

 

and more details about the project can be found here:

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/research/projects/fake/

CFP: ‘Racialisation and Publicness in Africa and the African Diaspora’ (University of Oxford, 27-28 June 2019)

Please find attached the Call for Papers and Panels for a two-day Conference on ‘Racialisation and Publicness in Africa and the African Diaspora’ which will be held at the University of Oxford, from 27-28 June, 2019. The conference is convened by Professor Wale Adebanwi, Rhodes Professor of Race Relations, African Studies Centre, Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford.

We hope that you are interested in participating and would be grateful if you are able to share the CFP as widely as possible. We hope to draw participants from all parts of the world.

CFP – Racialisation Conference Oxford

Call for Flow Workshop Participants – Zambia – Short Story Day Africa

Thanks to funding from the Beit Trust, applications for the 2018 Short Story Day Africa Flow Workshops are open! The workshops are free but space is limited. The workshops take place on the 4th and 5th of August in Lilongwe and Blantyre. Day one will focus on unleashing the flow in your creative writing, day two on editing and redrafting your stories.

The workshops are FREE but space is limited.

Please read the website guidelines on how to apply by clicking the link here http://shortstorydayafrica.org/flow/