[UPDATE] Health, Disease and Culture Area Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conference 2014

full name / name of organization: 
Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman/ Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association (NEPCA)

October 24-25, 2014

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is soliciting papers for topics relating to the specialized area of Health, Disease and Culture for its annual meeting, which will be held on the campus of Providence College in Providence, RI, Friday October 24 and Saturday October 25, 2014.

NEPCA Fall Conference information, including the paper proposal form, can be found at
http://nepca.wordpress.com/fall-conference/. Please complete the form with abstract (and abstract title) and send to the 2014 Program Chair Bob Hackey (rhackey@providence.edu) and to the area chair for Health, Disease, and Physical Culture, (jennifer.tebbe-grossman@mcphs.edu). Both proposals for individual papers and complete panels will be considered. The deadline for proposals is Monday, June 9, 2014.
Providence College is located in Providence, RI, a vibrant small city with a lively arts district and scores of award-winning restaurants. The 105 acre PC campus is not far from I-95.
Possible Topics in Health, Disease and Culture may include:

Mass media and the framing of health, disease, and illness in popular and American culture in press, advertising, film, television, social media, etc.  

Discourse about patients and health professional relationships

Culture and Politics of Food

Debates about roles of health institutions and health policy changes (e.g., mental health, fatness vs. obesity, smoking, climate change and health)

Fitness, Culture and Politics

Narratives of epidemic, pandemic, emerging infectious diseases; sexually transmitted diseases; chronic diseases/illnesses 

Social determinants of health in the U.S. and global perspective

Narratives of illness from patient and health practitioner perspectives in novels, short stories, memoirs, graphic comics, etc., discussed in larger sociocultural (ethnicity, race, gender, class), and political (health cares system) contexts