Calls for Papers: Medical Knowledge in a Social World

December 2015

university of california copyMedical Knowledge in a Social World
Institution/Sponsor: Medical Humanities Initiative: University of California, Irvine
UC Irvine March 28-29, 2016

Keynote speakers:
Prof. Miriam Solomon (Prof. of Philosophy, Temple)
Dr. Richard Smith (Former Editor-in-Chief of The British Medical Journal)

Call for abstracts:  In contrast to an epistemological focus on an isolated knower confronting a fixed set of evidence, social epistemology attempts to make room both for the social practices that promote knowledge and those that obscure it.  The broader purview offered by social epistemology opens up opportunities for philosophers interested in medical knowledge to discuss topics such as the role of consensus conferences, continuing medical education, and industry funding.  It promises to be an exciting avenue of philosophic inquiry and one that is rapidly taking shape; above all, this workshop is intended to bring together those working at this intersection in order to share our projects, learn from each other, and build a community of scholarship. Travel assistance is available for early career scholars.

Abstract Submission (more information is available on the conference website):

Please submit abstracts to easychair by January 20th, 2016.  Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words.  Preference will be given to submissions that make significant contact with current medical practice and/or that draw from relevant case studies.  Notification of acceptances will be sent by January 27th.  The very best submissions will be invited to submit a paper length version of the talk by July 31st to appear in a special issue (we hope to announce the venue in mid-December).

Source: American Association for the History of Medicine

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