CFP-Medical Humanities in German Studies at the GSA 2020

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Call for Papers
New Hampshire, United States
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, German History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Humanities

Medical Humanities in German Studies (German Studies Association Conference 2020 /Oct 1-4 in Washington DC)

The Medical Humanities is a growing field of truly interdisciplinary, intercultural, and comparative work that allows for dialog between the Liberal Arts and the Health Sciences. Both disciplines stand to benefit significantly from the research expertise of colleagues who work on the other side of campus. As a field, the Medical Humanities is very broad and there is space and maneuverability for a wide variety of creative approaches.

This panel cordially invites proposals for papers addressing the Medical Humanities in the Germanic context. As the Medical Humanities is, by its very nature, not confined to a single discipline, we invite proposals from all fields. We would like to benefit from the variety of specialties represented at the GSA and look forward to proposals in the areas of history, literature, pedagogy, linguistics, and film – among others.

The Medical Humanities engages us at the most personal level: our health, our bodies, and our minds. It is, at its most fundamental, a discussion of what it means to be human. But it likewise contextualizes this humanness in systems, be they body-, health-, legal-, military-, power-, linguistic-, social systems, or otherwise. We encourage any and all proposals that address the Medical Humanities in the German-speaking context. Proposers should not feel limited to the potential topics below.

History of medicine/medical practice

Disability studies

Transformations of the body

Cognitive studies

Philosophy of biomedicine

Trauma studies

Medicine and the body in popular culture

Literature and medicine

Medical practice and issues of intersectionality

Medical ethics

‘Madness’ and psychology

Illness and creativity

Please send a 350-400 word (max.) abstract to both panel organizers: Kristen Hetrick ( and Charles Vannette ( Abstracts should arrive no later than February 7, 2020.

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Charles Vannette - University of New Hampshire

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