CFP: Teaching Writing with the Medical Humanities, CCCC, 3/16-3/19

full name / name of organization: 
Amy Rubens
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Do you teach composition or creative writing? Do your courses ask students to write about the experience of illness from the perspective of a patient, caregiver, or practitioner?

Papers are being sought for a session on teaching analytical or creative writing with the medical humanities. The session will be submitted for consideration for the Conference on College Composition and Communication, to be held March 13-16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The medical humanities represent an excellent site in which to expand the reach of writing instruction and demonstrate the importance of writing to academic/professional success and lifelong learning. How might the interdisciplinary focus and broad appeal of the medical humanities facilitate the teaching of writing to students majoring in diverse disciplines, such as anthropology, biology, psychology, education, and business? How can teaching writing with the medical humanities help students seeking careers in the medical field think more broadly about illness, embodiment, and their intersections with class, race, and sexuality?

Papers addressing the theoretical implications of teaching analytical or creative writing with the medical humanities are welcome, as are papers that explore the administration of particular programs/courses, construction of syllabi or assignments, and evaluation of student writing/engagement.

Please send a 500 word abstract and a brief biography to Amy Rubens by April 20 at the above email address. For more information about the session chair, see her blog.