CFP: Healthy Environments: A Medical Humanities Symposium

March 30-31, 2020, Shanghai University

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to foreground the cross-cultural history of health and environment. Academic papers are invited from a range of disciplines including medical history, anthropology, art and design history, museum studies and literature to discuss this relationship and how it has intersected concerns such as gender, ethnicity, race, religion, class, citizenship, activism, industrial development and everyday life.

The following questions offer possible discussion points that the symposium hopes to consider:

  • What are healthy and unhealthy environments, and how have understandings changed over time?
  • How has the relationship between human health and planetary health been conceptualised?
  • Why have certain built and natural environments been seen to be curative, whilst others were viewed as harmful?
  • How has the natural environment been used for healing?
  • How have different cultural communities understood the connection between health and landscape differently?
  • In what ways have people understood a connection between human mind, body, spirit and the natural and built environment?

Where and When
The event is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is jointly organised by The David F. Musto Center for Drugs and National Security Studies and The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow through the Medical Humanities in China and the UK Project.

The event will take place on 30 and 31 March 2020 at Shanghai University.

How to Apply
We look forward to reading your abstracts of 250 words max and a short biographical note. Please send your applications to Chi Chi Huang at by 24th January.  The committee will send out decision notifications during the first week of February.

Call for papers

Deadline: January 24, 2020

Posted: January 13, 2020