Material Medicine: Objects and Bodies, AMH Conference 2019, Plymouth University , UK.

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Location: Plymouth, UK
Begin: June 26, 2019
End: June 28, 2019
Submission Deadline: March 29, 2019
Abbreviation: AMH19

The Association for Medical Humanities promotes understandings of both the human condition and practices of patient care through critical dialogue between medicine/healthcare and the arts/humanities. The annual conference brings together health care professionals, academics, clinicians, and artists to engage in supportive yet robust debate to interrogate patient practices. The theme for the 2019 conference is “Material Medicine: Objects and Bodies”

We kindly encourage you to submit a proposal for presentation addressing one or more of the below-mentioned topics for the AMH Material Objects Conference 2019. The conference reflects on medical humanities practices from the point of view of their non-human factors. 

We ask:

  • Whether medical humanities can be considered beyond typically human behaviour, expressing and reflecting the intentions and needs of human beings, but rather a point of encounter and a collaborative relation between heterogeneous elements, components or materials, like bodies, organisms and objects?

  • What kinds of objects mediate between clinical bodies and patients, between ‘health’ and ‘illness’?

  • What kind of objects speak to medical humanities narratives? How can medical humanities create, reject, liberate, or reunite objects?

  • How might concepts of the inhuman be reconciled alongside the medical object?

  • How can we ‘object’ to the use of medical tools?

(Papers from outside this call are still welcomed.)

Submission Guidelines:

We invite 15-20-minute papers on the following subjects
(including, but not limited to):

• History of medicine and healthcare • Medical ethics • Medical anthropology
• Literature, poetry and medicine • Visual and performed arts and the body
• Representations of illness and treatment • Communication in health care
• Religious/spiritual perspectives on health • Sociology of medicine
• The caregiver/patient relationship • Healthcare architecture and
design • Disability studies • Medicine and the law • Medical Technology • AI / AR / VR in Medicine • Globalisation and healthcare practices

We also very interested in the submission of curated panels to the above themes.

PGR Students are also invited to submit posters for display and discussion in plenary.


Organising committee

  • Dr Joanne ‘Bob’ Whalley (Chair)

  • Dr Lee Miller 

  • Dr Davina Kirkpatrick 

  • Dr Sam Reagan de Bere

  • Dr Victor Ladron de Guevara


All questions about submissions should be emailed to:

All questions about costs, accommodation, or organisation should be emailed to:

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