2016 Conferences in Medical Humanities and Social Medicine

One of the running features here at the blog is a recurring series on upcoming conferences in fields of interest to our readers, namely medical anthropology, medical humanities, and other cultural studies of health and illness. In this installment, we present a master list of conferences in 2016 that span these disciplines or that encourage interdisciplinary approaches to the social study of medicine. All conferences are listed chronologically. Many of these conferences have abstract submission deadlines that are swiftly approaching: these dates are listed below in the description of each conference posting.

If you would like to add a conference or meeting to this list, please submit details via email to our social media editor, Julia Knopes, at jcb193@case.edu. We welcome postings for both domestic (USA) and international conferences.

2016 International Conference on Medical Humanities

March 11th-12th 2016

Warsaw, Poland

Details here.

This conference welcomes papers from all areas of medical humanities as well as medical anthropology, sociology, and medical education. Papers presented at the conference will be published in a collected volume. Deadline for abstract submission is January 20th 2016.


SfAA 2016 Meeting Logo, via SfAA website.

Society for Applied Anthropology 2016 Meeting: SMA Co-sponsored

March 29th-April 2nd 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia

Details here.

The Society for Medical Anthropology is a co-sponsor of this year’s SfAA Meeting in Vancouver. Though the deadline for abstract submissions has passed, attendees can view the preliminary program for the conference here.

American Ethnological Society 2016 Meeting

March 31st-April 2nd 2016

Washington, DC

Details here.

Though this annual conference welcomes work in all aspects of cultural anthropology, this year’s meeting focuses on disorder and normativity: particularly salient themes in medical anthropology and social medicine. Deadline for proposal submission is January 31st 2016.

A Palpable Thrill: An Introduction to Medical Humanities 2016

May 6th-7th 2016

Hamilton, Ontario

Details here.

The organizers state that this event will be “an interdisciplinary conference that seeks to promote inclusion of the humanities in medical education and, conversely, encourage arts students and scholars to find salience and inspiration in medicine.” Deadline for abstract and other presentation submissions is January 15th 2016.

Medical Anthropology Young Scholars (MAYS) 2016 Meeting

June 23rd-24th 2016

Lisbon, Portugal

Details here.

MAYS, a network under the European Association for Social Anthropologists, is holding its annual meeting at the University of Lisbon. Meeting themes include intergenerations and temporality. Deadline for abstract submissions is February 7th 2016.

7th International Comics & Medicine Conference: Stages & Pages

July 7th-9th 2016

Dundee, Scotland

Details here.

This year’s conference will explore the nature of performativity and how comics engage with themes of clinical roles, medical spaces, and the body-as-stage. Deadline for abstract submission is February 12th 2016.

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