Medicine and Narrative, Illness and Dialogue is an International Conference to be held at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, September 13-14, 2010, jointly organized by the University Lisbon Centre for English Studies, the Centre of Philosophy from the same university, and the Centre of Cultural History from the New University of Lisbon. It will bring together teachers and researchers in humanities and medicine, healthcare professionals and patients, in sessions comprising keynote lectures, panels and paper presentations, open to all, and allowing sufficient time for debate and participation from the audience. The conference will also showcase artworks dealing with suffering and storytelling, namely through film screenings, a literature reading and an exhibition.
The meeting will be a first interdisciplinary initiative aiming to assess the viability of a new research field in Portugal, involving the areas of Medicine, Literature and Philosophy. Programs such as the one we envision have already successfully been developed in the US (Narrative Medicine; Medical Humanities) and the UK (Medical Humanities), and they have been attracting many scholarly input and the interest of concerned communities. The end beneficiaries are not only patients but also doctors and healthcare professionals, since both ethical criticism and narrative analysis have much to contribute for furthering therapeutic relations.
João Lobo Antunes, Full Professor of Neurosurgery; Pessoa Prize for outstanding achievements (1996); State Counselor; author of Inquietação Interminável (2010).
Richard Zaner, Professor Emeritus of Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine, Vanderbilt Univeristy; author of Conversations on the Edge; Narratives of Ethics and Illness (2004)
Rita Charon: director of the program Medicine Narrative at Columbia University, author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (2006)
Academic Committee: Adelino Cardoso, Isabel Fernandes, Manuel Silvério Marques, Rita Charon
For further information, contact Centro de Estudos Anglísticos (217920092) or email firstname.lastname@example.org, website http://medicineandnarrative.blogspot.com/
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