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The Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference will return to the University of Exeter Centre for Medical History in June 2018 for its fifth consecutive year. Over the last four years it has steadily flourished, bringing together an international community of medical humanities researchers, and showcasing the vitality and diversity of current research in the field. The conference provides a welcoming and stimulating environment for postgraduate researchers to share their insights and expertise, and opportunities to network with academics within and across disciplinary boundaries. Confirmed Keynote Speakers are Dr Steven Kapp, University of Exeter and Dr Sarah Bull, University of Cambridge.

We welcome abstracts on any subject relating to health, illness, sex and medicine from postgraduates working in all humanities disciplines. Although all proposals must address the conference’s central theme, we also welcome scholarly submissions from those operating outside of traditional humanities research settings, such as medical students and community activists, where their interests intersect with humanities scholarship. The following subject areas are of particular interest:

History of medicine
Disability studies
Gender and sexuality
Transformations of the body
Philosophy of biology and biomedicine
Occupational health and industrial psychology
Trauma studies
Affect studies
Medicine and the law
Medicine and the body in popular culture
Literature and medicine
Medical practice and issues of intersectionality
Globalization and biomedical practice

Applicants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words (for 20-minute previously unpublished papers), plus a short biographical note, to the conference organisers by Friday 9th March 2018 with “PGMH 2018 Conference Abstract” written in the subject line of the email. We also welcome panel proposals; these should include 300-word abstracts for up to four speakers.

We hope to offer a small number of travel bursaries for this event, the details of which will be announced in due course.

The conference will take place 7 -8 June 2018, at University of Exeter, Streatham Court.


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