CFP: Association for Medical Humanities Annual Conference, Keele

Location: Keele University

Date: 28th – 30th June

The overarching theme for this year’s AMH conference is that of Critical Stories in the context of both Humanities and Arts research and production. This three-day conference will include plenary addresses by Dr Ima Jackson from Glasgow Caledonian University, Dr Mike Shooter, President of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy CBE, and Professor Mark Jackson, Exeter University. The programme will feature a reception, dinner, tour and poetry reading at the renowned and historic Josiah Wedgwood Museum on the first night, and a reception and banquet at Keele Hall on the second night.

Artistic research, music, performance and collaboration lie at the heart of this year’s conference. One session will take place at the New Vic theatre, the first purpose-built theatre in the round in Europe where there will be an art exhibition by a local art group, Shires’ Artists. The venue is ideal for showcasing music and performances relating to the themes of the conference. The Emergency Poet will be available to all delegates on the final day in her repurposed ambulance outside Keele Hall and will conclude the conference with some of her own poetry inspired by the conference events and informal conversations with delegates.

The conference sessions will focus on stories about health, illness and disability across the age ranges and from different cultures with the aim of enhancing clinical practice and academic discourse. The conference will bring together people from different disciplines including academics from the humanities, social sciences, health and education as well as a range of healthcare practitioners and service-users. Differences and similarities in the culture and experiences of these disciplines will create challenges and opportunities for learning from one another not just in the formal sessions but, equally important, at the social events.

We are currently accepting submissions for individual paper and panel proposals and the conference will also host an array of exhibitions, poetry and performances. If you would like more information or to submit a proposal by 1st February 2017, please visit our website, where you will also find information about postgraduate prizes, programme details, and conference registration.

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