The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities — one of the largest conferences for all academics, clinicians, policy analysts, and others working in the areas of bioethics, medical humanities, medicine, medical education, and related disciplines — is ready to roll in Washington, D.C, from October 6-9, 2016. Among its many features is the opportunity for Affinity Groups — smaller organizations whose members have a particular clinical, academic, or other kind of focus — to meet, hear each other’s work, and engage in lively discussions, debates, and other activities centered around particular concerns or approaches.
The experiences of participants in such groups tend to bring them back. Because ASBH is such a large, multivocal event, finding oneself in an environment where one is in focused conversations with a small group of like-minded colleagues who share one’s passions and concerns (and sometimes even projects) is not only professionally fruitful and fulfilling, but often just plain fun. As it happens, I am the current organizer of just such a group: Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. And I think that you should submit your abstract for our meeting. Now.
Why Feminist Approaches to Bioethics? If you are reading this blog post, you probably are already somewhat familiar with FAB and IJFAB — so just submit your work already!
If you are new here, first — welcome! We are very happy to have you!
Second, please pardon all the acronyms (ASBH, FAB, IJFAB, and so on).
Third, please consider submitting your work for the following reasons:
- The FAB Affinity Group is a welcoming, exciting, open-minded community of people interested in feminist approaches to medicine and related issues. We WANT to hear your ideas, and we want to engage with them. We don’t bite.
- Among all the general sessions and Affinity Groups at ASBH, we are the only group, focused specifically on feminist perspectives and approaches. If you are, too, then we already speak the same language. This matters!
- Participating in our group is a wonderful networking opportunity — especially for students and junior faculty and researchers. It is also a great place for the more senior members to present work, to mentor younger colleagues — and, of course, to see old friends!
- All we ask for now is 250 words — surely you have a spare few hundred words lying around somewhere!
Thanks for reading this shameless promotional screed. Below, I am posting the actual CFA, and please — do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
FAB AFFINITY GROUP: Call for Abstracts
In an ongoing effort to stimulate scholarship and encourage the growth of the field of feminist bioethics, the FAB Affinity Group would like to invite submissions for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) 18th Annual Meeting October 6-9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The theme is open, but should relate to issues within feminist bioethics, broadly construed. Especially encouraged are papers that reflect works in progress, exploring new theoretical approaches to feminist bioethics, or analyzing advances in the biological sciences and medicine using a feminist framework.
Abstracts or proposals (250 words or less) should be emailed to email@example.com by August 1st. Please include your full contact information. All submissions will be reviewed by the FAB Affinity Group committee. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by August 15th.
Please feel free to distribute this invitation as appropriate.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at ASBH in October!