Health is Wealth!

deadline for submissions: 
August 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Dr Kay Walter, Program Chair Arkansas Philological Association

Call for Papers

Faculty and Independent Scholars from all disciplines are invited to
submit abstracts of no more than 150 words describing their 15 to 20
minute proposed presentations on topics related to language(s), literature,
theoretical analyses, and pedagogical applications of those subjects.
Several sessions at this year’s meeting will focus specifically on the conference
theme, so abstracts addressing this idea are particularly welcome:

Health Is Wealth.

In Unto this Last, his masterpiece of social criticism, the Victorian
polymath John Ruskin declares emphatically, “THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT
LIFE.” The life he envisions is not a simple antonym to death as he goes on to
explain, “Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration.” This
powerful act of life implies a vitality concomitant with good health. The
influence Ruskin’s book had on social movers such as Mahatma Ghandi,
Martin Luther King Jr, and William Morris is inspirational in the current age of
pandemic endurance. From a virally-educated perspective we can see new
depths in the thoughts that follow Ruskin’s most famous declaration as he
expands on his idea of wealth:

That county is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of
noble and happy human beings; that man is richest who, having
perfected the functions of his own life to the utmost, has also the
widest helpful influence, both personal, and by means of his
possessions, over the lives of others.

Riches, of course, are not merely monetary. Money cannot countermand
current limitations on international travel in efforts to avoid transmission of
viral mutations. Concerns over home-testing availability leave even the
wealthiest countries scrambling to meet their own needs. First-world countries
are coming to realize that until humans are globally immune, no place is safe
from the potential ravages of killer diseases. In the USA, men and women who
have not been impacted by the scourge of someone in their families testing
positive for SARS CoV-2 are growing increasing rare. Quarantine and isolation
guideline are confusing and in flux. Protocols complicate our efforts to help our
children thrive mentally, socially, and academically.
Indeed, citizens, communities, cultures, and countries go to great lengths
to mitigate COVID19 outbreaks or to deny the consequences of viral spread.
Health has become a means of survival. A focus on health or its absence
enlightens an exploration of texts from across spans of time and throughout
cultures. We invite students, faculty, and independent scholars to a

reconsideration of the literary canon in terms that focus on heath as a
manifestation of wealth in its broadest sense.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Mental health
• Dental health
• Illness
• Chronic disease
• Sniffles
• Medication
• Self-medication
• Doctors
• Nurses
• Quacks
• Disability
• Medical equipment and
• Prosthetics
• Amputations
• Telehealth topics
• Scars
• Death

• Obesity
• Dementia
• STDs
• Symptoms
• Birth defects
• Physiognomy
• Eating disorders
• Social anxiety
• Exercise
• Depression
• Homeopathy
• Relaxation techniques
• Massage therapy
• Injury
• Medical insurance
• Addiction
• Meditation
• Faith healing

Any abstracts describing papers, creative writing, pedagogical
applications, and theoretical analyses of alternative philological topics are
also welcome.

Papers may be proposed as individual presentations, panel presentations,
pedagogical discussions, demonstrations, or readings of original writing.
Creative writers are encouraged to submit original works of not more than 10
minutes. Graduate students too are welcome. Advanced undergraduates may
submit a completed paper along with a brief letter of support from a faculty
sponsor who will accompany them during the presentation.

All presenters must register for the conference which will be held in person
27-29 October 2022 at University of Arkansas at Monticello in Monticello, AR.
Priority deadline for abstract submission is 15 Aug. Include your name, postal
mailing address, digital contact information, and institutional affiliation if any.
Direct questions to