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10th International Health Humanities Consortium Conference Spaces of/for Health Humanities @ Virtual Conference
Mar 25 – Mar 27 all-day


Co-hosted by the Center for Health Humanities, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; the Center for Literature and Medicine, Hiram College; and the Health, Medicine, and Society Program, Lehigh University

What are the spaces of and for the health humanities? The COVID-19 pandemic has radically altered our experience of space, from the isolated spaces of quarantine to the overburdened spaces of the health care system, from the physical spaces where risk is produced and mitigated to the virtual spaces constituted by digital technologies. Travel bans, lockdowns, and vaccine and mask mandates have animated debates about whether, how, and whose bodies may inhabit public space, while demographic data renders apparent the uneven and inequitable distribution of resources and risk. The increased turn to virtual environments for education, health care, and communication has allowed for an expansion of access in some respects and exacerbated inequalities in others. In the age of social distancing, e-learning, and telehealth, how are the health humanities grappling with questions of spatiality, and how can we create accessible and equitable spaces—both literal and metaphorical—for engagement moving forward?

The 2022 Health Humanities Consortium Virtual Conference seeks to investigate the meanings and uses of space for health humanities scholarship, praxis, and pedagogy. We invite submissions that consider the physical and social spaces of health, as well as those that speak to the spaces of the health humanities as a field. Along with the clinic and the classroom, what spaces—material, theoretical, disciplinary, institutional, public, political—do, or should, the health humanities occupy? What translations or transformations can occur between and among its milieux? What or who gets to claim space or take up space? As we look forward to the future of our field, for what or for whom should we hold space or create space? Given the modality of this year’s conference, we are particularly interested in submissions that seek to leverage the virtual presentation space in mindful, creative, and engaging ways.

Some possible topics:

  • Marginality and liminality
  • Decolonizing practices
  • Private and public
  • Phenomenology of space
  • Geopolitics and global public health
  • Environmental health and health disparities
  • Built space and accessibility
  • Mapping and tracking
  • Spaces of practice and research: undergraduate, graduate, clinical
  • Gap between theory and practice

Deadline: October 31st, 2021

Expected notification date: Late December 2021

Overall conference format:

Presentations will be grouped into 75-minute concurrent slots over the course of three days. Daily conference activities will begin late morning and finish late afternoon (EST).

Submission guidelines:

We seek proposals in the form of 250-word (max) abstracts for paper presentations, creative presentations, flash presentations, panels, or workshops. An individual can submit and participate in no more than two proposals. All presenters must register for the conference.

Details of presentation formats:

  • Paper/creative presentations:

Individual presenters will have 15 minutes to present content not previously published, followed by a Q/A of approximately 10 minutes. We expect to group 3 presenters per 75-minute slot.

  • Flash presentations:

Individual presenters will have 5 minutes to present content not previously published. If slides are used, presentations are limited to 3 slides. 5 additional minutes are allotted to a Q/A per presentation. We expect to group 7 flash presentations per 75-minute slot.

  • Panels:

Panel presentations consist of 3-4 participants engaging a focused theme from diverse perspectives. One of the participants will also moderate and facilitate discussions among panelists and with audience members. Panel presentations will be allotted a 75-minute slot.

  • Workshops:

The primarily aim of a workshop is to provide instructional content in an interactive manner. They can consist of multiple presenters. Workshops will be allotted a 75-minute slot.

Propelling Clinical Ethics Forward: A Working Unconference @ Wellstar Development Center
Apr 28 – Apr 29 all-day

Propelling Clinical Ethics Forward: A Working Unconference will bring together experienced clinical ethicists on April 28–29, 2022 for a productive and collaborative two days in Atlanta, Georgia to share innovative practices and engage in problem-solving to address mutual challenges.

Our field continues to dialogue about how best to evolve. In recent times, many of us have felt that we are building the plane while flying it. The goal of this Unconference is to “propel” clinical ethics forward as a community. Building on the successes of the 2018 Cleveland Clinic and 2020 Baylor Unconferences, this working event will focus on generating practical takeaways for attendees to bring back to their home institutions and developing solutions to ongoing challenges that face the field. There will be no didactics or traditional presentation formats.

The event will include:

  • Structured and facilitated peer-to-peer solution-sharing groups to collaboratively tackle programmatic challenges.
  • Targeted lightning talks on innovative practices and strategies, enhanced by attendee feedback via use of peer engagement technology.
  • Other session formats that enhance constructive conversation, collaborative problem-solving, and meaningful relationship-building.

Professional clinical ethicists who lead clinical ethics programs or serve on ethics consultation services will benefit most from this Unconference. The event will be exclusively in-person. An optional preconference working group to explore collaboration among clinical ethics fellowship programs is being planned during the day on April 27, 2022.

COVID-19 Information

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Unconference is subject to postponement, cancellation, and/or venue change. A decision will be made closer to the event in early 2022 based on public health guidance and our institution’s travel policies. Please keep this in mind when booking your travel and hotel arrangements. Note that hotel rooms in our hotel block are fully cancellable.

To keep each other and our communities safe, only individuals vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to attend the Unconference. When registering, each registrant will be asked to attest that they are vaccinated. We will not be reviewing CDC cards. Masking rules will be determined based on public health guidance and our institution’s masking policies at the time of the event.

The 5th ELSI Congress ELSIcon2022: Innovating for a Just and Equitable Future @ Columbia University
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

Research on the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetics research and its translation aims to anticipate and illuminate emerging issues relevant to policy and practice and fundamental questions of what it means to be human. The 5th ELSI Congress invites researchers, scholars, practitioners, trainees, policymakers, journalists, community members, and all with an interest in ethics and genetics to share the latest ELSI research.

Justice and equity issues are embedded in the complex questions about utility, privacy, intellectual property, commercialization, and identity in the ELSI research domain and innovative ideas and methods are essential to addressing these issues.  Presentations that are likely to stimulate a transdisciplinary dialogue on advancing equity and justice in the context of ELSI research are particularly encouraged.

We welcome proposals for panels, papers, and posters on topics across the expanding range of ELSI research!
Integrity and Conscience: Bioethics and the Professions, 2022 Call for Proposals @ Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL, USA
Jun 23 – Jun 25 all-day


Join us for our 29th annual conference, Integrity and Conscience: Bioethics and the Professions. Distinguished speakers will examine foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to the myriad ways in which these crucial ideas play out in healthcare and other settings.

Workshops and paper sessions will explore additional issues from among the wide spectrum of traditional and emerging bioethical topics, ranging from beginning-of-life issues and dilemmas in clinical ethics to reproductive and genetic ethics, disability ethics, emerging technology assessment, historical analyses, philosophical foundations, policy considerations, and legal implications.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s annual conference is the leading venue for Christian bioethical engagement, providing opportunities for equipping and education, professional development and academic engagement, as well as networking for professionals, researchers, policymakers, educators, and students across a variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

Conference Objectives:

Identify the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting societal realities and advances in medicine and biotechnology.

Explore & discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in medicine, science, and technology with respect to our individual and common humanity.

Evaluate contemporary bioethical discourses in light of ethical approaches that include philosophical, religious, and other perspectives from the medical humanities.

Promote interdisciplinary engagement on pressing bioethical issues.



All serious proposals relevant to the study of Christian bioethics are welcome, particularly those in the following subject areas:

  • General Bioethics
  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Disability
  • Emerging Issues in Bioethics
  • Empirical Research
  • Global Bioethics and/or Public Health
  • Medical Humanities
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Philosophical and/or Theological Engagement
  • Public Policy and/or Biolaw
  • Research Ethics
  • Technology Assessment
  • Women’s Health

All proposals are evaluated through a blind review process based upon addressing one or more of the conference objectives. Identifying information must not be included in the abstract.

  • All contributed papers and posters must be submitted as abstracts of no more than 250 words in length and include a formal title. Proposals must include a preliminary bibliography. All serious proposals relevant to the study of bioethics are welcome and need not be related to the conference theme.
  • Include at least three (3) learning objectives. Construct each objective from the point of view of the attendee by completing the following sentence: “At the end of this session, attendees will be able to…”
  • A CV or resume, for each presenter and co-author, must be submitted along with the abstract. Include name, credentials, institution name, city, and state, mailing address, email address, and phone number.
  • Include a short bio not to exceed 100 words in length.
  • CBHD has a “two submission” rule. You can submit no more than two abstracts (including posters). This rule does not apply to co-authors of posters and papers.
  • In order to present a paper or poster, participants must register for the conference by March 1, 2022, and cover all travel and personal expenses.


All abstracts must be submitted online prior to November 21, 2021.

Instructions for Paper Presentations

  • Oral Presentations of contributed papers will be 20–25 minutes plus 5 minutes for discussion.

Instructions for Poster Presentations

  • Poster presentations will be displayed in a prominent area at the conference to maximize their impact.
  • Posters must be no larger than 36″ x 48″.
  • Make sure posters are readable from at least 5 feet away.
  • A session will be provided during the conference for poster contributors to present their work.