"Caring and Sharing: Health and Humanities in Today’s World" Conference

Caring and Sharing: Health and Humanities in Today’s World

24-25 June 2021

School of Arts and Humanities – University of Lisbon


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.

Following recent developments in MH, the SHARE Project – Health and Humanities Acting Together – has been actively involved in this emergent area in terms of research, education / training and fieldwork, thus contributing to a narrative transformation of health and health care (Charon et al. 2017). At the end of an intensive three-year project with inter/national work and diversified activities, this final meeting offers a timely platform for sharing the outcomes of such involvement with an extended audience and for debating issues such as the limits and the potentialities of narrative within health care, the boundaries of MH and Narrative Medicine (NM), as well as the impact of using humanistic tools and methods in health care settings and educational contexts.

Given the general increase of MH around the world, as well as the crucial challenges this development poses and the academic opportunities it creates, this international conference will offer an adequate venue 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 coming from multidisciplinary, mutually fertilising domains, such as literature and the arts, philosophy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, and bioethics. 

Accordingly, the conference target audience is mixed: from physicians and other healthcare professionals to medical humanities scholars and students.

This event will count on the presence of leading scholars in the MH and NM field, including the SHARE project consultant, Rita Charon.

We welcome paper and panel proposals in any of the following topics:

  • Rethinking narrative/ivity within health care
  • Using the knowledge and methods of the arts and humanities in the area of health sciences
  • Creating interdisciplinary educational programs
  • 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
  • Art-based interventions in health care and other settings
  • Therapeutic uses of the arts
  • The impact of Medical Humanities on health care relationships and dynamics in practice
  • Science fiction and medical and ethical issues


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


Confirmed Speakers

Rita Charon

Katherine Hall

Lucy Caldwell

Manuel S. Marques

Brian Hurwitz

Marie-France Mamzer

Maria Giulia Marini


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 key-words
  • 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 key-words
  • 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

Conference announcement (CFP): May 11th 2020

Deadline for abstract submissions: November 30th 2020

Notification of acceptance: January 31st 2021

Provisional programme: May 15th 2021

Final programme: June 1st 2021


Abstracts must be sent to the following e-mail: medhum@letras.ulisboa.pt




February 28th 2021: 100 euros

March 1st to April 31st 2021: 150 euros

Students (Master, PhD): 30 euros


*Participants are responsible for their own travelling arrangements and accommodation.



SHARE Project | ULICES – University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies



Amphitheater II, Amphitheater III, Amphitheater IV, Room 5.2, Room B1, and Room B2 (FLUL – Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa / School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon);

Reitoria da Universidade de Lisboa / President’s Building of ULisboa


WEBPAGE: caringandsharingconference.wordpress.com



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

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