CFP: [Science] Science and Medicine in Popular Culture

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Lynn Marie Houston
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Please join us for the inaugural year of the Science and Medicine Area of
the Southwest regional conference of the Popular Culture and American
Culture Association. This year's keynote speaker is poet Joy Harjo.

We are now accepting abstracts of scholarly papers dealing with the
complex relationships between science, medicine, technology, and culture
for presentation at our conference from February 13-16, 2008 in
Albuquerque, NM. Papers should wrestle with one or some of the notions
below, and do not necessarily have to deal with Southwestern culture in

• the meanings and functions of Science in modern life
• the politics of scientific knowledge production
• the relationship between science and society
• the ethics of scientific technology and its use
• the social construction of technology
• the status of the body in medical discourse
• the conflicts between science and religion in popular culture
• the differences between western and Asian medical traditions

• issues related to health care systems and policies
• issues related to the pharmaceutical industry
• issues related to subjectivity and disease
• issues related to the study of race, class, gender, and/or
sexuality in science and technology studies

• bioterrorism, biotechnologies, and genetically modified organisms
• cyborgs and cyberculture
• narratives of illness
• representations of science and medicine in literature, film, or
television (ER, Grey’s Anatomy, Scrubs, etc.)
• arguments referencing the work of Popper, Kuhn, LaTour, Haraway,
Fleck, Merton, Polanyi, or similar theorists

Abstracts of about 300-500 words should be sent in the text of an email
or as an attached Word document to Dr. Lynn Marie Houston at by November 15, 2007. Include in your email a
brief biography of yourself in which you state major degrees, university
positions, and teaching/research interests; or, if you are a graduate
student, note the major courses you have taken in this area and your
paper’s relationship to your graduate program of study.

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