Health, Disease and Popular Culture

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA)

Health, Disease and Popular Culture
Current Chair: Julia Brown, Stony Brook University,

Northeast Popular Culture Association (NEPCA): Virtual Conference, October 21-23, 2021

This area invites proposals in topic areas relating to health, disease and popular culture. How does popular culture inform our understanding of health and/or disease? How do health/disease narratives permeate popular culture? What implications do such narratives suggest for healthcare broadly or cultural perspectives of health/disease? We welcome proposals from a number of approaches in historical and contemporary perspectives including:

  • Social determinants of health discourse including race, ethnicity, class, place, built environment
  • Cultural contexts of narratives of illness from patient and health practitioner perspectives in novels, short stories, memoirs, graphic comics, etc.
  • Cultural discourses of infectious disease outbreaks, epidemic, pandemic, emerging infectious disease, chronic illnesses
  • Promotion of individual health in culture:  diet, exercise, public hygiene, lifestyle
  • Food Security and Insecurity as portrayed in media
  • Health Policy and portrayals of health and disease in visual and print culture


The call will be open until August 1, 2021. You can submit your proposal at this link, which will ask the following questions about your proposal:

  • Proposal Type (Single Presentation or Panel)
  • Subject Area
  • Working Title
  • Abstract (250 words)
  • Short bio (50-200 words)


If you have questions about this area, please reach out to the area chair: Julia Brown, Stony Brook University,