1st Global Conference
Making Sense Of: Humour and Healing
Thursday 12th May - Saturday 14th May 2005
Call for Papers
(please cross-post where appropriate)
This inaugural inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference aims to explore the creative relationships between humour and healing and examine the implications for clinicians, healers, patients and caregivers.
We warmly welcome papers from a variety of disciplines, professions, vocations and other backgrounds which use humour in relation to healing. In particular papers, practical workshops, reports, and presentations are invited on any of the following themes;
Using humour to promote wellness, healing, quality of life
Nursing and humour
Humour, care and caregivers
Humour, compassion, laughter, tragedy and crisis situations
Hostility, anger and humour
The healing power of humour
Humour and its integration in the health professions
Clowns, comics and other artists as part of healthcare teams
Training models for use of humour in healthcare
Humour as a therapy; humour as a treatment
Humour and psychotherapy
Humour, depression and stress
Humour, pain management and palliative care
Humour and spirituality
The limits of humour in healing
Papers will also be accepted on related themes and issues.
Papers are also solicited for special sessions which will be held in common with a second research project running at the same time entitled Making Sense Of: Depression, Stress and Anxiety. Papers dealing with these cross subject themes are encouraged.
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 28th January 2005. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted by Friday 15th April 2005.
300 word abstracts should be submitted to both the Organising Joint Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, PDF or RTF formats.
Dr. Bernie Warren
Clown Doctor and Professor
Drama in Education and Community
University of Windsor
Dr Rob Fisher
149B Wroslyn Road
Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR
Email: (provided below)
The conference is part of a larger series of ongoing conferences entitled Probing the Boundaries. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.
All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be published as an ISBN eBook. Selected papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be published in a hard copy themed volume. Two eBooks and four themed volumes are available and/or in press from other meetings of the Making Sense Of: projects.
For further details about the project please visit:
For further details about the conference please visit the web address shown below.
Dr Rob Fisher
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