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.

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