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Opening Doors: From the Medical to the Health Humanities @ Mead Hall, Drew University Madison, NJ
Mar 23 @ 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Drew University Madison, NJ will be hosting a symposium : “Opening Doors: from the medical to the health humanities” on Friday, March 23rd from 3pm to 8pm in Mead Hall.

The theme of the event is an examination of the trajectory and future practice of the health humanities in US healthcare and healthcare education. Professor Paul Crawford (University of Nottingham, UK) is the keynote for this event, which will also include a panel discussion of the historical and current trajectories in the medical and health humanities both in the US and overseas; a round table discussion of the current and future role of health humanities in US healthcare curricula and practice; and which will be followed by breakout groups of academics, healthcare providers, students, and practitioners examining how best to implement the health humanities in practice.

There also will be a poster session for which the call for abstracts is open until Feb 23rd. Please upload a 250 word abstract for poster presentations by Feb 23rd. Abstracts should broadly concern the humanities, health, healthcare and wellness to [email protected]

Dinner and refreshments are included as part of the registration, which is free for the Drew Community. For further information and to register for the symposium please go to


Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race @ Denver, Colorado
Apr 11 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

This pre-conference session will offer participants the unique opportunity to view the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum special exhibit, Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race (on loan to the University of Colorado Center for Bioethics and Humanities) and participate in Medical Grand Rounds with Dr. Patricia Heberer-Rice, Senior Historian at the USHMM, specializing in medical crimes of the Holocaust, and Dr. Matthew Wynia, Director of the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

After Grand Rounds, participants will walk across the beautiful CU Anschutz Medical Campus to see the Deadly Medicine exhibit. We will then break into two groups, one of which will explore several aspects of our campus that were specifically designed to facilitate interprofessional education and training, including the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE). This group will observe an interprofessional simulation exercise at the CAPE, and join in a discussion and exploration of novel methods and tools for interprofessional education, training and practice being used and tested at CU such as our team based learning (TBL) foundational classroom course, our Open Campus program (featuring One Book One Campus) and more. The other group will attend a panel discussion at the theater-in-the-round in the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities, addressing legacies and lessons of the Holocaust for health professionals and society today.

Transportation and lunch will be provided to attendees who register by April 1, 2018.  




32nd European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care: The Human Condition in between Medicine, Arts and the Humanities @ University of Lisbon (Portugal)
Aug 22 – Aug 25 all-day

This conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon. The relationships between medicine, arts and the humanities are multifaceted owing to the intricate ways in which they reflect and are conditioned by basic traits of the human condition. Art, humanities and medicine have pivotal roles in shaping our cultural and individual self-understanding. Medicine, whilst being regarded as a dominantly scientific endeavour, is also referred to as the art of healing. At least some medical illustrations and 3D models can arguably be seen as art. In addition, cosmetic dentistry and surgery are informed by aesthetic criteria. Vice versa, art can be seen as a form of therapy. The humanities, finally, play an increasingly important role in both medical education and clinical practice. In a time of kaleidoscopic change in medical research, clinical practice and healthcare systems, the focus of this conference is on medicine and its relations with the arts and the humanities. Abstracts addressing any of the issues mentioned in the headings below from a philosophical and/or ethical perspective will be favoured, although work on other topics can also be submitted.


Human Condition

  • Birth
  • Childhood & adolescence
  • Love, sex & reproduction
  • Illness/disease
  • Aging
  • Mortality and death


Arts and medicine

  • Literature and medicine
  • Music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature and their role in supporting health and wellbeing
  • Popular culture



  • Narrative medicine
  • Life cycle and human condition: Between biology and biography
  • Health narratives and the fabrication of truth
  • Shaping identity and reconfiguration of medicine
  • Art, science-fiction, scientific imagination


Humanities and medicine

  • Medical and health humanities
  • History
  • Film and theatre studies
  • Religious/theological studies
  • Medical anthropology


Hope between uncertainty and complexity

  • Progress and sustainability
  • Artificial intelligence in medicine /health care
  • Robotics (care, social and/or sex robots)
  • Cybersex, cyborgs, cryonics and solitude
  • Transhumanism and science fiction



  • Intellectual property and conflict management
  • Creativity, censorship, viability and sponsorship
  • Decoding, artification of medical objects
  • Access to, dispersion and disposal of medical collections
  • Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations


The Future Is Now: Bioethics and Humanities Reimagine an Uncertain World @ Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California
Oct 18 – Oct 21 all-day

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Annual Conference connects individuals and groups across many disciplines, all with interest in clinical and academic bioethics and health-related humanities. The conference provides a platform for presenting new ideas, debate, discussion, learning and networking with other professionals in related fields.

After participating in this meeting, attendees should be able to:

  • Discuss emerging issues in bioethics and the medical humanities
  • Discuss and apply recent research findings related to bioethics and the medical humanities
  • Reflect on the issues related to the future and uncertainty in bioethics and the medical humanities

Session topics include:

  • Clinical ethics and clinical ethics consultation
  • Religion, culture and social sciences
  • Arts and literature
  • Philosophy and history
  • Research ethics and empirical research
  • Law, public health policy, organizational ethics
  • Education and inter-professional studies
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion


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