The 2012 conference of the Association for Medical Humanities will take place at University College Cork, Ireland. Organised in conjunction with the Consortium for Medical Humanities, an inter-University initiative to develop research in Medical Humanities in Ireland, the theme is ‘Medical Identities: patients and professionals’, and we hope that it is one that will allow for a broad interpretation of the historic development of the profession, and of the people who use and serve it. Themes may include:
• Local, regional and national medical identities related to place and space.
• Medical migrants (movement in search of treatment and training)
• The impact of culture, politics and socialisation on medical practice
• The development of identities – professional hierarchies within and between specialisms
• Alternative therapies
• Rise of advocacy groups – the emergence of a collective patient identity
• Professional organisation – the development of the BMA/IMA
• Changes in identity as a result of medical intervention – amputees, etc.
• Medicine in war
• Patient as consumer: private medical care
• Charitable medicine – Medecins Sans Frontieres versus medical missionaries
Conference Organising Committee:
Dr Oonagh Walsh, University College Cork, Dr Ciara Breathnach, University of Limerick, and Dr Olwen Purdue, Queen’s University Belfast.
Please send a 200 word proposal to the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2012. Suggestions for panels are also welcomed.
School of History
University College Cork
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