Paper proposals are requested for the annual meeting of the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists. A series of lectures and workshops will explore both broadly the intertwined histories of religion and medicine and more narrowly the history of the Episcopal Church’s tradition of using "Cure of Bodies" as an adjunct to the "Cure of Souls." In what ways have churches adopted medical and social endeavors as legitimate expressions of the their mission in the world?
Some possible topics include:
Overview of the history of medicine and religion [Pre-Christian, Early Christian, Medieval, Renaissance, or later] leading to the development of modern concepts of medicine; or comparisons of various religious traditions’ relationship to medicine
Early efforts in Christian traditions which attempted to link God’s Love and Incarnation with ecclesiastical works of compassion, hospitality, sanitation, or relief of suffering
Local or case-studies of dioceses, parishes, or individuals within the Episcopal church who utilized medicine as an intentional means of mission work both foreign and domestic
Episcopal-related hospitals, orphanages, or religious orders dedicated to medical care, public health policy and implementation, leprosaria, "penitentiaries for fallen women"
The place of religiously affiliated hospitals and medical missions in modern society
These are only suggestions; the convenors would welcome paper or panel proposals from researchers or archivists interested in the relationship of religion and medicine past, present, or even future.
Written proposals (1–2 pages) should be submitted by October 15, 2001. The conference will be held in Houston, Texas, in June 2002. Details on the program will be released in early 2002.
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