Humanizing Disease: Tuning into the Instruments of Medical Humanities

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA)
contact email: 

Papers are sought for this virtual (online) session of the PAMLA 2021 conference (Nov. 11-14, 2021; that explore the way the disciplines of the humanities unlock the human experience behind disease for patients, healthcare providers, and public health officials alike. Close readings of selected cultural texts that explore specific disease events, investigations into cultural responses to broader healthcare issues, or even considerations about the challenges of teaching students during a pandemic, are encouraged.

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Medical Humanities as a field has much to offer the world in 2021, given its role in humanizing and historicizing disease, illuminating the multifaceted nature of public health challenges, and narrating the experiences of patients and healthcare providers alike. This virtual (online) session invites papers that explore the intersections of medicine, science, art, and history, for how they can unpack the current global pandemic, past disease events, or even future predicted events in any number of genres nestled under the humanities umbrella. Papers that suggest ways these intersections can inform our teaching of students currently living through the COVID-19 pandemic are welcomed, as are papers that address the PAMLA 2021 conference theme of "City of God, City of Destruction."