Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference – CFP

Keynote speakers:

Dr Steven Kapp, University of Exeter

Dr Sarah Bull, University of Cambridge


The Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference will return in June 2018 for its fifth consecutive year. Over the last four years it has steadily flourished, bringing together an international community of medical humanities researchers, and showcasing the vitality and diversity of current research in the field. The conference provides a welcoming and stimulating environment for postgraduate researchers to share their insights and expertise, and opportunities to network with academics within and across disciplinary boundaries.


We welcome abstracts on any subject relating to health, illness, sex and medicine from postgraduates working in all humanities disciplines. Although all proposals must address the conference’s central theme, we also welcome scholarly submissions from those operating outside of traditional humanities research settings, such as medical students and community activists, where their interests intersect with humanities scholarship. The following subject areas are of particular interest:


History of medicine

Disability studies

Gender and sexuality

Transformations of the body

Philosophy of biology and biomedicine

Occupational health and industrial psychology

Trauma studies

Affect studies

Medicine and the law

Medicine and the body in popular culture

Literature and medicine

Medical practice and issues of intersectionality

Globalization and biomedical practice


Applicants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words (for 20-minute previously unpublished papers), plus a short biographical note, to by Friday 9th March 2018 with “PGMH 2018 Conference Abstract” written in the subject line of the email. We also welcome panel proposals; these should include 300-word abstracts for up to four speakers.


We hope to offer a small number of travel bursaries for this event, the details of which will be announced in due course.