Call for Papers: Medical and Health Humanities Summer Institute, CHCI

January 15, 2019


The​ ​CHCI Health and Medical Humanities Network ​is a partnership of over 30 universities worldwide working in the medical and health humanities. In 2019, the annual Summer Institute of the CHCI HMHN will be hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Paris from June 14th-15th, with the theme, “Health Beyond Borders.”

This conference explores the interdisciplinary facets of the border, from the metaphorical to the political: What counts as a border in an embodied, geographical, legal, or artistic context? What are the debates around borders in medical practice, from hospitalist medicine to epidemiology? How and why do health practitioners refer to the border for its rhetorical power, and how does the border work productively as a figure in narrative medicine, medical memoirs, and creative literature? What are the processes and structures that define well-being across borders, from nationalist immigration policies to environmental protections? How do we understand efforts to confront, dismantle, or transcend borders in healthcare? What role do borders play in the formation of state-sanctioned health policies, and how might these enable or obstruct initiatives in global health? And how might the concept of the boundary reshape our visions of a future health beyond borders?

We invite proposals for traditional 20-minute papers (350-word abstracts), and for complete panels (350-word abstracts for each paper accompanied by a cover-letter describing the aims of the panel as a whole). All papers are subject to the vetting of the conference committee.


Please send all proposals to Liz Bowen (​[email protected]). All proposals must include your name, academic affiliation (if any), and preferred email address. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Loren Wolfe ([email protected]) and Dr. Arden Hegele (​[email protected]).