The 8th Annual Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference, Sam Houston State University, March 17-18, 2016

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March 17, 2016 to March 18, 2016
Texas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, Humanities, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Public Health, Social Sciences

The 8th Annual Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference


Sam Houston State University

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Huntsville, Texas

March 17-18, 2016


Call for Papers


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University invites abstracts for paper and poster presentations on topics related to the intersections between medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences. This interdisciplinary conference, which is open to contributions from all relevant fields, includes plenary sessions, scholarly panels, roundtables with community representatives and stakeholders, a full poster exhibition, student sessions, and a student poster competition. 

The aims of the conference are to promote interdisciplinary discussion around contemporary health challenges and to develop networks for future research. Social and behavioral scientists, medical humanities scholars, healthcare professionals, and students interested in careers in healthcare are encouraged to participate in this important conference devoted to examining how social factors facilitate the health and well-being of children and adults across the global community. 

The conference will be held on the campus of Sam Houston State University on March 17-18, 2016. Sam Houston State is located in Huntsville, Texas, about an hour north of Houston’s Intercontinental Airport.

Conference sessions/topics may include but are not limited to

Community Health

Health Disparities

Health and the Environment

History of Medicine

Medicalization of Society

Medicine and the Arts and Literature

Medicine and Ethics

Medicine, Globalization, and New Infectious Diseases

Medicine, Health, and Society

Medicine and Public Policy

Medicine: Traditional/folkloric/alternative and Contemporary

Medicine and (World) Languages

Nutrition and Wellness

Political Determinants of Decision-Making in Medicine

Preparing Students for the New MCAT

Public Health and Prevention

The Obesity Epidemic


Oral paper presentations will be twenty minutes in length, with time for questions and discussion afterwards. 

Student researchers will also be able to participate in a poster competition. Students’ posters will be reviewed by the Poster Judging Panel and evaluated according to (1) quality and importance of the scientific or critical question; (2) content: design and methodology; and (3) oral explanation by author(s). In order to be considered for a poster prize, at least one author must be present during the designated poster review session to provide a brief explanation of the research or critical inquiry.

Please submit a paper or poster abstract of between 300 to 500 words with background, objectives, methods, results, and conclusion. Submissions should be received by December 31, 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee and evaluated according to importance of the question, content design and methodology, and organization and clarity. Receipt of abstract submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail to the submitting author. After the review process is complete, the author will be notified regarding the acceptance or rejection of her or his abstract.

Participants must register for the conference by Friday, February 26, 2016, to be included in the official program. Information about registration will be sent to all interested parties.

Please send your abstract electronically to

Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference

Abstract Review Committee

Care of Paul W. Child, Program Committee Chair:



Please send a paper and/or poster proposal only if you are reasonably certain that you can attend the conference.

Regrettably, the sponsors cannot fund travel expenses for participants.

We do not publish conference proceedings.

Contact Info: 

Paul W. Child, Professor of English, Sam Houston State University


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