ASBH 19th Annual Meeting
October 19-22, 2017
Kansas City, MO

Program Theme

Journey to the Center of Bioethics and Humanities 

As we gather in the center of the country for the 2017 ASBH Annual Meeting, we consider the theme of “centering” in bioethics and humanities. Who or what is at the center of our work? What locates our roles and responsibilities within ethics centers, medical centers, and academic centers? How do we work through differences in activities and practices as members of diverse and decentralized professions? What is at stake as we engage complex perspectives from left, right, and center? How do we center ourselves as educators, scholars, and clinicians – professionally and personally – and what helps us continue our work when we find ourselves off center? Is the center where we need to be? We welcome proposals on the theme of “centering” and others in every submission category.

Review and Notification

  • The call for proposals is now closed and the review process is underway.
  • ASBH uses a rigorous 3-stage review process:
  1. All submissions are reviewed anonymously by an average of three ASBH members recruited for their expertise in the topic category selected. Each reviewer is asked to score the proposal on a 5-point scale considering contribution to existing knowledge; innovation, cutting-edge, and novelty; presentation of innovative solutions to current issues in the fields of bioethics and humanities; cross-disciplinary approaches; and quality of the written proposal.
  2. At the second stage of the process, one experienced reviewer for each category assesses all of the individual and average scores throughout that category, taking into consideration factors such as significance, innovation, relevance, breadth of topic, and appropriateness for the meeting.
  3. Finally, in a face-to-face meeting, the Program Committee—with access to all of the previous assessments—selects the strongest proposals that address topics of interest to a multidisciplinary community. The committee then considers balance among the categories and subjects, and scans for unique or unusual topics. At this stage, the names of all presenters are revealed to ensure compliance with the two-presenter rule.
  • The program committee may accept some proposals in a different format, e.g., a proposal submitted as a 20-minute session may be accepted as a 5-minute presentation.
  • You will receive notification of your proposal's status via email in the spring of 2017. 

Make plans now to join your colleagues in Kansas City.