Health and Disease in Popular Culture - PCA-ACA 2020

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
November 1, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Health and Health Care, Humanities, Popular Culture Studies

POPULAR CULTURE ASSOCIATION & AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

2020 JOINT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

Philadelphia PA

April 15-18 2020

 

For information on PCA/ACA and the conference, please go to http://pcaaca.org

 

DEADLINE:  November 1, 2019

 

The "Health and Disease in Popular Culture" area for the 2020 Popular and American Culture Association meeting in Philadelphia invites proposals related to the portrayal of health, illness, and health care in the discourses of popular and American culture. Proposals representing perspectives in the humanities and the arts (e.g., film, history, literature, visual arts) are particularly welcome, as is scholarship in culture, media, gender and sexuality. Proposals should clearly establish what connections the presenter intends to draw between their chosen topic and popular and American culture.

 

 Subject areas might include but are not limited to:

  • Narratives of illness told from the perspective of patient and/or provider in contemporary pop culture media: fiction, poetry, graphic fiction, memoir, television, film etc. 
  • Discourses of patient education and/or advocacy—magazines, websites, discussion boards, tv doctors, social media
  • Intersections and missed connections: improving lay and expert communication about illness and wellness
  • Narrative in/about/as medicine
  • The health humanities—what is the discipline? What can it do? How? What’s the connection with popular culture?
  • The problematic representation of illness narrative in popular culture (quests, battles, wins, losses, survivors, victims—and the construction of the patient-as-subject)
  • The construction of medical knowledge and beliefs about illness through the discourses of popular culture: medical melodrama, reality programs, social media, direct-to-consumer advertising, journalism, advertorials, the internet
  • Public health initiatives, patient education, threats, and risk in popular culture
  • The representation of global health issues and the globalization of disease in popular discourses

Proposal abstracts (max 300 words) must be submitted online at the PCAACA website at:  http://pcaaca.org.

Individual and full panel proposals are considered. For full panel proposals (generally four persons) please include titles and abstracts for all participants.

 

You might consider these panels as well:

Contact Info: 

Dr. Carol-Ann Farkas

Professor of English

School of Arts and Sciences

MCPHS University

179 Longwood Avenue

Boston, MA 02115