Daily Dose: New CFPs for Medical Humanities, Medical History

Welcome to Literary Medicine’s Daily Dose!

Today I am promoting two interdisciplinary conferences to be held in Prague this May 2013.

And I admit, I’ve a bias here–I am the Project Leader for both, and so have opened them to the medical humanities, medical history, medical anthropology, and more. Please see below for the CFP details and links to IDnet!

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http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/the-boundaries-of-reproduction/call-for-presentations/

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/making-sense-of/pain/call-for-papers/

Call for Presentations

4th Global Conference

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Thursday 9th May – Saturday 11th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic


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What is pain? What is the meaning of pain? How can we attempt to make sense of it—and should we?

Pain is a complex multi-layered, multi-leveled phenomenon. Standard definitions of pain view it primarily in physical terms as being a life-preserving response to negative stimuli in sentient beings. It is something that happens to and/or in parts of the body. It is described in terms of physical qualities, as an object to be observed, assessed, analysed, managed, overcome and/or eliminated.

At the same time, pain is something we experience, endure, live through and, at times, die from. It is something which intrudes into our sense of who we are, our sense of embodiment, our desires and our fears. It becomes the basis of stories, narratives, reports and observations we tell to others. The telling is addressed and attuned to the context of the other – the clinical, the professional, the social.

Pain also sits as a nexus at the centre of innumerable intersecting relationships. In cultures for whom self-inflicted pain is a means of experiencing vitality, pain, body and self are critically linked. This principle recognizably appears in aspects of ritual, of consumption, of sexuality, of psychological pain, of dissociation and body dismorphia. In so many ways, in sickness and in health, pain is the means by which we navigate the vulnerable, permeable boundary between ourselves and others—the inside and outside of our bodies and minds.

What tools can we bring when grappling with and trying to make sense of, pain? This inter- and transdisciplinary conference provides a forum for inquiry into the vicissitudes of pain: its nature and significance biologically, anthropologically, historically, culturally and socially. More specifically, as a means of probing the boundaries, this conference aims to create a dialogue between disparate as well as overlapping fields of study: the boundaries of disciplines as well as the boundaries of sensation—our suffering, our pleasure, ourselves.

We particularly welcome the perspectives of medical anthropologists, medical humanists, medical historians, professionals, physicians, care-givers, patients, and those exploring the boundaries between creative arts and healing, narrative and medicine.

The following themes are suggested as guides to the formulation of topics for presentations, papers and workshops:

  • Pain of the physical body
  • Pain and the animal body—sentience and the experiences of pain in animals
  • Pain and ability/disability—chronicity; disability. Associated perspectives – social policy, architecture, law
  • Pain of the psychological and psychosocial self
  • Pain as action/reaction—pain as a weapon. Torture, sadism, self-harm, neglect, abuse and disregard
  • Pain in/as dissociation
  • Pain as a pleasure principle
  • Pain and sexuality studies—sexual identity, transgender and LGBTA, as well as sexual practices
  • Pain as Communication – expressing pain, understanding pain, describing pain, pain as metaphor, silences about pain
  • Representations and expressions of pain—in art, music, cinema, theatre
  • Illness Narratives/Perspectives on pain – patients’ and professionals’
  • The nexus of pain—creative and destructive relationships: suffering andaffliction; anguish, torment; illness and disease
  • Practices, philosophies and dilemmas of overcoming pain– should it be overcome? Personal, professional, cultural, economic and political (macro and micro) perspectives

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th January 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 8th March 2013. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: PAIN4 Abstract Submission.

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 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.

Organising Chairs

Brandy Schillace: bschillace@inter-disciplinary.net
Rob Fisher: pain4@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: Hub series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims 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 the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.

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Call for Presentations

1st Global Conference

Sunday 12th May – Tuesday 14th May 2013
Prague, Czech Republic



This conference seeks to explore the boundaries of reproduction, not merely as physical birth but more broadly as an agent of change, of bodily, sexual, cultural (and even viral) transitions.

From iconic images of the incarnation to depictions of monstrous births, the cultural rituals and mythologies of reproduction continue to fascinate us. Bodies that copulate, bodies that reproduce, bodies that replicate, change, decay—or divide—produce anxiety about the boundaries of self and identity. Reproduction, like evolution, reminds us that we are ever in flux, that change is inevitable. Birth, like death, forces us to acknowledge the limits of our bodies and our ‘selves.’ Additionally, this age of epidemics and viral warfare incites dystopic visions of a future where the effective reproducers are micro-organisms, where humans have been replaced by a replicating other. We seek to explore not only the biological imperative of preserving a species, but also our search for origins, our search for ourselves, our desires, our sexual identities, our gods.

We invite perspectives that explore identity, bodies, boundaries, sexuality and futurity. We likewise invite reflections on whether the nature of our origins tells us anything about who and what we are; whether it lays the ground for understanding what we will become and how our future will unfold. What is the nature of our transition from birth through life to death? Is the end present in the beginning, and does this complicate our notions of evolutions and transitions as forward progress? What does it mean to be pregnant? To impregnate? What concerns are raised about a woman’s body historically, culturally, politically, her ability to feed, grow and harbour new life, as well as her control over her own reproductive destiny? What about bodies that replicate without sex? Cloning? Hermaphroditic reproduction? What about non-human reproduction, about invasive species, about viral epidemics?

We encourage scholarly contributions from inter, multi and transdisciplinary perspectives, from practitioners working in all contexts, professionals, ngo’s and those from the voluntary sector. We will entertain submissions drawn from literature, medicine, politics, social history, film, television, graphic novels and manga, from science to science fiction.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Historical medical discourses about reproduction
  • The monstrosity of birth: monstrous births
  • Birth in the dystopic narrative
  • Freak(s) – of nature; of technology; accidents of birth
  • Religious discourse of reproduction
  • Gender and biomedicine
  • Queering reproduction
  • Motherhood/fatherhood/parenthood
  • Technologies of and for the body
  • Reproduction and ethical practice
  • Managing reproductive bodies: law, health care and medical practice
  • The “changing” body: rebirth and metamorphosis
  • Invading and possessing bodies
  • Eugenics, social biology and inter-racial generation
  • Genetic engineering and “nightmare” reproductions
  • Science fiction: inter-species reproduction: non-human reproduction
  • Viral reproduction and pandemic

What to submit:
The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Presentations will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th January 2013. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: BR1 Abstract Submission

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 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.

Organising Chairs:

Brandy Schillace: bschillace@inter-disciplinary.net
Rob Fisher: br1@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. 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 eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s)

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