Monday 3rd November - Wednesday 5th November 2008
Call for Papers
The patient occupies a liminal, unstable position, precariously situated between home and hospital, work and bed, life and death. Although attended by doctors, nurses, family and friends, her condition—particularly if it is chronic—threatens to sever her connections with the world and to exile her into that fundamental solitude owned by the sick and suffering.
Immersed in a medical system that seeks optimum outcomes with zero errors, the patient receives care delivered with industrial efficiency. Advances in diagnostic and therapeutic modalities provide both cure and control of chronic illness not imagined a decade ago. The patient, then, poised to benefit on multiple fronts, should be increasingly satisfied with the medical encounter; yet many patients feel alienated or even violated by the medical system. Many health care professionals also lament weaknesses in their technology-driven profession.
What defines a quality medical encounter from the patient’s perspective? What do medical practitioners—nurses, physicians, social workers—value in their relationship with the patient? How is this relationship preserved and nurtured? What are the opportunities or perils in the physician-patient relationship?
It seems timely to counteract the quantification of the patient by the health care industry and to call for a humanistic reconstitution of the patient’s experience and situation—to reconsider, rethink, and empathically re-imagine the patient in her environments, ancient and contemporary, intimate and social. We invite papers from a wide range of perspectives—humanist, medical, artistic—addressing one or more of the following topics:
* the patient in literary contexts
* the patient in film
* the patient in self-help books and pathographies
* the dying patient
* the identity of the patient
* from person to patient
* the patient and communication
* the ill and the well
* the chronic patient
* the caregiver
* the quality medical encounter from the perspective of the patient
* the quality medical encounter from the perspective of the physician
* biomedical ethics
* the patient in the history of medicine
* the patient in medical anthropology and sociology
* patient empowerment
Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 20th June 2008. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be developed and submitted by Friday 10th October 2008. The draft paper should be of no more than 8 or 9 pages long and ready for a 20 minute (maximum) presentation during the conference.
If interested in participating, 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract. A short cv (maximum of 2 pages) should also be sent as a separate document.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper or panel proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Kimberly R. Myers
Department of Humanities
Penn State College of Medicine
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
John P. Crozer Professor of English
Department of English
Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837
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The conference is part of the ‘Persons’ research projects, which in turn belong to the ‘Probing the Boundaries’ programmes of ID.Net. We aim to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers will be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.
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Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire. OX29 8HR
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