Call for Papers

The 8th Annual Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference

Sam Houston State University

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Huntsville, Texas

March 17-18, 2016

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University invites abstracts for paper and poster presentations on topics related to the intersections between medicine, the humanities, and the social sciences. This interdisciplinary conference, which is open to contributions from all relevant fields, includes plenary sessions, scholarly panels, roundtables with community representatives and stakeholders, a full poster exhibition, student sessions, and a student poster competition. 

The aims of the conference are to promote interdisciplinary discussion around contemporary health challenges and to develop networks for future research. Social and behavioral scientists, medical humanities scholars, healthcare professionals, and students interested in careers in healthcare are encouraged to participate in this important conference devoted to examining how social factors facilitate the health and well-being of children and adults across the global community. 

The conference will be held on the campus of Sam Houston State University on March 17-18, 2016. Sam Houston State is located in Huntsville, Texas, about an hour north of Houston’s Intercontinental Airport.

Conference sessions/topics may include but are not limited to
  • Community Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health and the Environment
  • History of Medicine
  • Medicalization of Society
  • Medicine and the Arts and Literature
  • Medicine and Ethics
  • Medicine, Globalization, and New Infectious Diseases
  • Medicine, Health, and Society
  • Medicine and Public Policy
  • Medicine: Traditional/folkloric/alternative and Contemporary
  • Medicine and (World) Languages
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Political Determinants of Decision-Making in Medicine
  • Preparing Students for the New MCAT
  • Public Health and Prevention
  • The Obesity Epidemic

Oral paper presentations will be twenty minutes in length, with time for questions and discussion afterwards. 

Student researchers will also be able to participate in a poster competition. Students’ posters will be reviewed by the Poster Judging Panel and evaluated according to (1) quality and importance of the scientific or critical question; (2) content: design and methodology; and (3) oral explanation by author(s). In order to be considered for a poster prize, at least one author must be present during the designated poster review session to provide a brief explanation of the research or critical inquiry.

Please submit a paper or poster abstract of between 300 to 500 words with background, objectives, methods, results, and conclusion. Submissions should be received by December 31, 2015. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee and evaluated according to importance of the question, content design and methodology, and organization and clarity. Receipt of abstract submissions will be acknowledged via e-mail to the submitting author. After the review process is complete, the author will be notified regarding the acceptance or rejection of her or his abstract.

Participants must register for the conference by Friday, February 26, 2016, to be included in the official program. Information about registration will be sent to all interested parties.

Please send your abstract electronically to

Medicine and the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference

Abstract Review Committee

Care of Paul W. Child, Program Committee Chair:


Please send a paper and/or poster proposal only if you are reasonably certain that you can attend the conference.

Regrettably, the sponsors cannot fund travel expenses for participants.

We do not publish conference proceedings.


Participants must register to attend the conference. The registration fee covers a welcome dinner on Wednesday, March, 4; lunch on Thursday, March 5; and incidental costs.

Online registration is available here.

Presenters must register by Friday, February 20, 2015, to be included in the official program.

Onsite registration will be available.


Registration Fees


Pre-registration before February 20, 2015

USD 50.00

Pre-registration after February 20, 2015

USD 65.00

Conference Information:

Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

Registrants will check in between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Austin Hall, where a welcome dinner will be held at 6:30. The conference plenary talk will be given at 8:00 p.m., in the James Olson Auditorium.

Thursday, March 5, 2015:

Panel and poster sessions will take place at the Lowman Student Center (LSC) Ballroom, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Lunch for registrants will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Conference sessions will resume at 1:00 p.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m.

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