Caring and Sharing: Health and Humanities in Today’s World is taking place at the University of Lisbon, Portugal on 24-25 June 2021. This conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers, research groups, academics and projects on the fields of Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine to promote exchange of knowledge, research outputs and experiences. The call for proposals includes art-based interventions in healthcare settings.

‘Caring and Sharing’ is organised by the Project in Medical Humanities (PMH) at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies and the FCT funded SHARE Project (Health and Humanities Acting Together).

Over the last few decades, Medical Humanities (MH) have shown how aesthetic and humanistic tools can inform an approach to health and illness that places the clinical relation at the centre of a multi- and interdisciplinary approach to healthcare. The SHARE Project has been actively involved in this emergent area and this conference is the culmination of a three-year period of research, education / training and fieldwork.

In addition to the sharing of outcomes from the SHARE Project, this international conference provides a platform for other research groups, academics and projects from around the world to promote exchange of knowledge, research outputs and experiences. It will also create opportunities for networking and fostering future research collaborations.

The conference will bring together researchers from multidisciplinary, mutually fertilising domains, such as literature and the arts, philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and bioethics.

The programme includes plenary sessions with keynote speakers, roundtables with guest speakers and parallel panels, through abstract submission.

Confirmed Speakers
Rita Charon (Director of the Department for Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University and SHARE project consultant); UK author Lucy Caldwell; Brian Hurwitz (Chair of Medicine and the Arts, King’s College London); Dr. Katherine Hall (General Practitioner, Senior Lecturer in the Department of General Practice and Rural Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand); Manuel S. Marques (clinical haematologist); Marie-France Mamzer (Professor in Medical and Biological Ethics at the Université Paris-Descartes); and Maria Giulia Marini (epidemiologist and counsellor).

Call for proposals 
Paper and panel proposals are welcomed on any of the following topics:

  • Art-based interventions in healthcare and other settings
  • Rethinking narrative/ivity within healthcare
  • Using the knowledge and methods of the arts and humanities in the area of health sciences
  • Creating interdisciplinary educational programmes
  • Sharing in-field activities and other applied tasks
  • Major ethical issues in the age of Big Data and AI (Artificial Intelligence)
  • Social impacts of Medical Humanities
  • Patient education and patients as educators
  • The limits of the representation of illness
  • Writing and confinement
  • Literature and pandemics
  • Therapeutic uses of the arts
  • The impact of Medical Humanities on healthcare relationships and dynamics in practice
  • Science fiction and medical and ethical issues

The paper and panel proposals will be reviewed by the Organising and Scientific Committee and by an external panel of experts and must include the following:

Paper proposals:

  • Title, summary (300 words), 4 keywords
  • Author(s) name (s); institutional affiliation; e-mail
  • Bio-bibliographical note (max. 150 words).

Panel proposals (3 to 4 papers):

  • Panel title; panel summary (250 words); 4 keywords
  • Convenor’s name, affiliation and e-mail
  • Authors’ name (s); institutional affiliation; e-mail
  • Paper title; paper summary (200 words); 4 key-words
  • Bio-bibliographical note of convenor and authors (max. 150 words each).

Languages: Portuguese and English

Important dates
Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 October 2020
Notification of acceptance: 31 January 2021
Provisional programme: 15 May 2021
Final programme: 1 June 2021

Abstracts must be sent to the following e-mail:

Selected contributions will be published in a peer-reviewed volume.

28 February 2021: €100
1 March to 31 April 2021: €150
Students (Master, PhD): €30

Participants are responsible for their own travelling arrangements and accommodation.

School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon and the President’s Building of ULisboa

For inquiries please email:

For further information and future updates, visit the conference website:


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