Medhuman_ 2022 : CFP for Medical Humanities_Consortium 2.2
Medhuman_ 2022 : CFP for Medical Humanities_Consortium 2.2

Medhuman_ 2022 : CFP for Medical Humanities_Consortium 2.2

Event Date: July 01, 2022 - November 30, 2022
Submission Deadline: July 10, 2024

Call for Papers

Medical Humanities

Deadline for submissions:
October 31, 2022

Full name / name of organization:
Consortium: An International Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies

Contact email:
[email protected]

Consortium: An International Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies invites well researched, original and unpublished articles for the special issue on Medical Humanities, 2.2

Deadline for submission of abstracts (Not more than 250 words): 31 August, 2022

Deadline for submission of full articles: 31 October, 2022

Email (for abstract submission) : [email protected]

Submission guidelines:

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Concept Note:

Looking at the varied possible intersections between medical sciences and literature, this journal issue invites proposals on the theme of medical humanities. It is a fertile ground where the modern studia humanitatis meets the medieval medicus which in medieval Latin meant both “healing” and “magic” at the same time. Over the past few years, medical humanities has not only emerged as a genre but also a method in itself: a method of doing literature and a method of doing medicine, in a theory-praxis double bind. Since the publication of Susan Sontag’s seminal text Illness as Metaphor (1978), the field is growing in myriad ways to reclaim the (post)human side of medicine and also understand the gradual medicalization of literary studies.

The post-Covid world has suddenly encountered a rampant medicalization of society, politics, culture, history and economics. From an already medicalized present, we are now moving towards a more medicalized future. The world is now floating in the stream of pathological signifiers. This sudden global and yet quotidian collapse of the boundaries between logical and pathological seems to mark the spirit-of-the-age.

Among other things, medical humanities as a practice tries to find the marginalized voices, through illness narratives and care narratives, in the metanarrative of techno-capitalism of modern medicine. It seeks to find and foreground the voice of the sufferer and the voice of the immediate caregiver amidst quite dehumanizing jargon of medical bulletin. It seeks to decipher the subdued metalanguage of illness in the modernity of health. The lived-experiences are given as much importance as existing episteme. The economy of health runs on ability, productivity, quantity, speed, flow, spatial and temporal management, visibility and reproduction. Illness by being outside of it, resists and subverts the hegemony of health. Illness is the other side of modernity.

Medical humanities is in continuous dialogue with modernity and the modern. It also generates a dialogue between literary studies and medicine and while doing so, it is not only transforming the two disciplines but also itself. It is now that non-essential third term: a “medicalhumanities” which has moved beyond word spacing (medical humanities), a conjunction (medical and humanities), and a hyphen (medical-humanities).


illness narratives, care narratives, narrative medicine
pathology, pathogenesis, pathography
medical humanities, transhumanism, posthumanism
medical posthumanities
medical humanities and anthropocene
medical humanities, art, literature, cinema, TV series
re-reading canons through medical humanities
medical humanities and pedagogy
medical humanities and continental philosophy
medical humanities, race, class, caste, gender, sexuality
medical humanities, empire, postcolonialism
transforming STEM through medical humanities
transforming (post)literary studies through medical humanities
medical humanities, phenomenology, epistemology

Issue Editor: Jayjit Sarkar, Department of English, Raiganj University, India.

Credits and Sources

[1] Medhuman_ 2022 : CFP for Medical Humanities_Consortium 2.2

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