Calls for Papers: ‘Minding the Body’ and ”Understanding Human Flourishing’

Minding the Body: Dualism and its Discontents

The Graduate Centre, The City University of New York


New York, 28th February – 1st March 2013

Deadline for abstracts: 21st January 2013

“Minding the Body” is an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the English Student Association in the English program at The Graduate Center (CUNY), New York. This conference will include work by graduate students that considers theoretical perspectives and scholarship that explores the mind-body problem via a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities (literary studies, philosophy, visual arts, and performance studies), the social sciences, technology and media studies, neuroscience, medicine, psychology, and cognitive science. Intersections between recent theoretical currents, including theories of mind and consciousness, ideas about emotions and affect, and the relationship between neuroscientific findings and understandings of embodiment, will be explored.

We would like to include the widest possible range of approaches to ways of thinking about “minding the body” in all literary fields and we encourage interrogation of disciplinary boundaries or interdisciplinary perspectives. Papers may be literary and humanities focused, or may consider other perspectives on mind and body from other fields.

We encourage proposals in other media as well. Please send a proposal of 250-500 words as well as display requirements or any a/v needs.

For more information, visit or contact the conference organisers at


Understanding Human Flourishing: A Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference


Durham University, 16th-17th May 2013

Deadline for abstracts: 18th February 2013

Keynote Speaker: Professor Stuart Murray, School of English and Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leeds

Panel of Academic Publishers: Professor Martyn Evans, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University;  Professor Brian Hurwitz, Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College, London; Dr Deborah Kirklin, Editor of BMJ Medical Humanities journal, University College London

Medical Humanities is a growing interdisciplinary field, comprising both the humanities and social sciences. The field aims to contextualize, criticise and complement medicine as a human and social practice. Medical Humanities highlight the role of experience, both of patients and professionals, as well as the patient-health professional relationship. They draw attention to the social context of illness and disability and they value subjective experience as a source of legitimate knowledge. In Medical Humanities experience andrelationships are seen as central to human flourishing, health and healthcare while scientific approaches to theirunderstanding alone are considered inadequate. Social science research, literary studies, the arts andphilosophy can all help explore, understand and support human flourishing.

This two-day conference aims to bring together postgraduate researchers whose interests relate to the medical humanities in order to explore interdisciplinary perspectives on, and ways of researching, health, illness and human flourishing. The conference will enable postgraduates to build networks and collaborative relationships for the future. The panel on academic publishing ensures that this conference will provide crucial information and advice for researchers at the beginning of a career in medical humanities.

Abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers are invited. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

Creativity: role of arts in human flourishing; illness narratives; representations of health conditions in art and literature; literature and art as sources of understanding experience of physical and mental illness, disability, health care and medical practice

Medical Practice and Education: use of literature/art in training health professionals; literature and art as (alternative) therapy; narrative therapy; the role of spirituality in medical practice; the history of medicine; qualitative research and ethnography in health settings; ethics of care; empathy; relationships in healthcare

Embodied Cognition: the mind-body split in medicine and its effect on our understanding of what it is to be human; questions of selfhood in mental health/neurodegenerative diseases; the normal and pathological in human experience; neuroscience and philosophy of medicine.

Please address all abstracts or queries to the conference organisers Rebecca Bitenc and Dr Naomi Marklew. For more information, please visit our web site.


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