CfA: Medical Humanities in German Studies

Call for abstracts of up to 500 words for a planned edited volume on the medical humanities in German studies. Scholars from the areas of literature, history, and cultural studies - and disability studies - are encouraged to participate.


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‘Medical humanities’ is an evolving term that seems to change with each scholar and each approach. Originally, the field was directed at medical students. The humanities, particularly in the forms of history, literature, the arts, and philosophy, were integrated into medical programs to educate and prepare ethically minded health practitioners. The path was relatively one-directional, however, with humanistic study employed in the service of medical training

The goal of the collection is to underscore and celebrate the interdisciplinarity of the medical humanities and to embrace the breadth of German studies. Contributions are encouraged from all corners of German studies and the volume plans to integrate the scholarship of historians, literary scholars, film scholars, and the work of others who may identify with our field. Our goal for the volume is to demonstrate the many ways that research approaches in the medical humanities can significantly reframe or shed new light on the history, culture, language, literature, and film of the Germanophone  world. 

Please email an English abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief one-paragraph biography to the volume editors.The due date for abstracts is: November 15, 2021.



Potential topics and approaches may include, but are not limited to: 


Body studies

Cognitive studies

Concepts of degeneration and death

Disability studies



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