ANNOUNCEMENT HEALTH HUMANITIES CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (GREEN COLLEGE), VANCOUVER, BC 13-15 OCTOBER, 2006.
This conference will attend to questions that arise, for example, from the creation of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research–especially its mandate to include social sciences and humanities research in a national health research agenda. While the case for funding social sciences research on health has been, in general, easy to make, the case for humanities has been more difficult. These, then, are the conference’s key questions: “What makes humanities research on health useful? To whom is it useful? How does health research in philosophy, history, literary studies, rhetoric . . . contribute to improving the health of persons?”
Alan Bernstein, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will attend. Discussions will centre on invited presentations by ten distinguished scholars/researchers working in humanities studies of health and medicine: Jacalyn Duffin, Queen’s University Carl Elliott, University of Minnesota Sander Gilman, Emory University Ian Hacking, College de France; University of Toronto Nicholas King, Case Western Reserve University Lorelei Lingard, University of Toronto Robert Proctor, Stanford University Susan Squier, Pennsylvania State University Andrea Tone, McGill University Kathleen Woodward, University of Washington
Details of the conference are at the conference web site: http://www.healthhum.arts.ubc.ca/