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24-25 JUNE 2021 School of Arts and Humanities – University of Lisbon

Over the last few decades, Medical Humanities (MH) have shown how aesthetic and humanistic tools can inform an approach to health and illness that places the clinical relation at the centre of a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to healthcare.

Following recent developments in MH, the SHARE Project – Health and Humanities Acting Together – has been actively involved in this emergent area in terms of research, education / training and fieldwork, thus contributing to a narrative transformation of health and health care (Charon et al. 2017). At the end of an intensive three-year project with inter/national work and diversified activities, this final meeting offers a timely platform for sharing the outcomes of such involvement with an extended audience and for debating issues such as the limits and the potentialities of narrative within health care, the boundaries of MH and Narrative Medicine (NM), as well as the impact of using humanistic tools and methods in health care settings and educational contexts.

Given the general increase of MH around the world, as well as the crucial challenges this development poses and the academic opportunities it creates, this international conference will offer an adequate venue for other research groups, academics and projects from around the world to promote exchange of knowledge, research outputs and experiences. It will also create opportunities for networking and fostering future research collaborations.

The conference will bring together researchers coming from multidisciplinary, mutually fertilising domains, such as literature and the arts, philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and bioethics.

Accordingly, the conference target audience is mixed: from physicians and other healthcare professionals to medical humanities scholars and students.

This event will count on the presence of leading scholars in the MH and NM field, including the SHARE project consultant, Rita Charon.

We welcome paper and panel proposals in any of the following topics:

• Rethinking narrative/ivity within health care
• Using the knowledge and methods of the arts and humanities in the area of health sciences
• Creating interdisciplinary educational programs
• Sharing in-field activities and other applied tasks
• Major ethical issues in the age of Big Data and AI (Artificial Intelligence)
• Social impacts of Medical Humanities
• Patient education and patients as educators
• The limits of the representation of illness
• Writing and confinement
• Literature and pandemics
• Art-based interventions in health care and other settings
• Therapeutic uses of the arts
• The impact of Medical Humanities on health care relationships and dynamics in practice
• Science fiction and medical and ethical issues

The programme includes plenary sessions with keynote speakers, round-tables with guest speakers and parallel panels, through abstract submission.

Confirmed Speakers
Rita Charon
Richard Kearney – to be confirmed
Katherine Hall
Lucy Caldwell
Manuel S. Marques
Brian Hurwitz
Marie-France Mamzer
Maria Giulia Marini

The paper and panel proposals will be reviewed by the Organising and Scientific Committee and by an external panel of experts and must include the following:

Paper proposals:
– Title; summary (300 words); 4 key-words
– Author(s) name (s); institutional affiliation; e-mail
– Bio-bibliographical note (max. 150 words).

Panel proposals (3 to 4 papers):
– Panel title; panel summary (250 words); 4 key-words
– Convenor’s name, affiliation and e-mail
– Authors’ name (s); institutional affiliation; e-mail
– Paper title; paper summary (200 words); 4 key-words
– Bio-bibliographical note of convenor and authors (max. 150 words each).

Languages: Portuguese and English

Important dates
Conference announcement (CFP): 11 May 2020
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 October 2020
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2021
Provisional programme: 15 May 2021
Final programme: 1 June 2021

Abstracts must be sent to the following e-mail:

28 February 2021: 100 euros
1 March to 31 April 2021: 150 euros
Students (Master, PhD): 30 euros

*Participants are responsible for their own travelling arrangements and accommodation.

SHARE Project | ULICES – University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies
Organising and Scientific Committee
Isabel Fernandes & Maria de Jesus Cabral (coords.), Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa
Adelino Cardoso – FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Alda Correia – FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Afonso Cavaco – FF, Universidade de Lisboa
António Barbosa – FM, Universidade de Lisboa
António Duarte – FP, Universidade de Lisboa Brian Hurwitz – King’s College London
Carmen Caeiro – ESS, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal
Cecília Beecher Martins – FL, Universidade de Lisboa
Francisco Sobral do Rosário – Hospital da Luz
Gérard Danou – Independent Researcher
Joana Monteiro – SHARE / FL, Universidade de Lisboa
João de Almeida Flôr – FL, Universidade de Lisboa
Luís Madeira – FM, Universidade de Lisboa
Margarida Esperança Pina – FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Maria Gulia Marini – Fundazione ISTUD, Milano
Maria Antónia Botelho – Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Marie-France Mamzer – Université Paris Descartes
Marijke Boucherie – FL, Universidade de Lisboa
Marta Soares – ISCSP, Universidade de Lisboa
Nuno Miguel Proença – FCSH, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Patrícia Silva Pereira – Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa
Teresa Casal – FL, Universidade de Lisboa
Tiago Correia – IHMT, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Zuzanna Sanches – FL, Universidade de Lisboa

FLUL – Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa / School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa / President’s Building of ULisboa


Selected contributions will be published in a peer-reviewed volume.

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