MEDIA IMAGES & SCREEN REPRESENTATIONS OF NURSES--UCLA, May 12, 2011 [UPDATE]
While literature, film and televisual studies have examined representations of medicine more broadly, academic and popular literature has frequently eschewed critical analyses of nurses specifically within the hierarchies of institutional power and the politics of representation. Nurses as educated, skilled problem solvers and autonomous health professionals remain contested categories in media. For this panel, we are seeking papers that address the concerns of popular portrayals of nurses that conform to, break with, or subvert normative or stereotypical representations.
We are seeking papers examining the intersection of the representation of nurses in film and television; popular mythology about nurses; as well as the business, social, or political motives that influence media images of nurses in contemporary societies. Topics may also include but are not limited to: gender and sexuality in nursing; status and power hierarchies within hospitals and health care institutions; local and global effects of media images generated in the US related to nursing as a profession; and myths of nurses such as the "Angel of Mercy," the "Naughty Nurse," and the "Doctor's Handmaiden."
Abstracts of 250-300 words are sought for papers to be given on a panel (15 minutes each) that explores and interrogates the representations of nurses in film, television and digital media. Please include full contact information--including affiliation, and a brief, 50 word biography with your abstract submission sent via email to Heather Collette-VanDeraa, Conference Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEBRUARY 15, 2011