2nd Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago

May 28, 2013 – May 30, 2013

What Does It Mean to Care? Religious Traditions and Health Professions Today

The 2nd Annual National Conference on Medicine and Religion, sponsored by the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, will provide a forum for scholars and health care professionals to ask what it means to care and how religious traditions and practices—particularly those in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—inform possible answers to the question.

What is the care that faith requires, with respect to one’s patients, one’s colleagues, and oneself? How are professionalized forms of care related to and potentially in tension with the care provided in other contexts? How do both types of care relate to the care taught by different religious traditions? What sort of care does contemporary medicine propose to provide and actually provide? What can we learn from paradigmatic expressions of care found within religious texts and historical or contemporary religious communities? How do illness experiences and health care practices inform and shape religious norms and practices? How do religious traditions and practices challenge or propose an alternative to conventional health care norms and practices?

Keynote Speakers:
Najah Bazzy, RN, CEO of Diversity Specialists and Transcultural Health Care Solutions
David Novak, PhD, Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies, University of Toronto
Warren Reich, PhD, Director of the Project for the History of Care, Georgetown University
John Swinton, PhD, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, University of Aberdeen

We invite abstracts for 60-minute panel sessions, 20-minute paper presentations, and posters around the conference theme. We also invite student participation in an essay contest.
• A panel session should incorporate a variety of perspectives on a cohesive theme. The perspectives should compare and contrast and build on one another. A moderator should also be designated.
• A paper session should be a structured discussion or lecture based on a paper or a work-in-progress. The work presented may be empirical or theoretical, descriptive or normative. One or more authors may present but the first author must present. The central content of the presentation should not be previously published material.
• A poster presentation should demonstrate or explain a concept, work of art, or empirical research project.
• Student essay submissions should be full papers of no more than 6,000 words that are relevant to the conference theme. The winner will receive paid travel and a 2-night hotel stay.

All proposals must be submitted by 4pm CST, Monday, December 17, 2012.

Click here to submit an abstract. Questions should be addressed to Annikea Miller.

Location: Westin Hotel, Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

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