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ASBH 22nd Annual Conference

*Conference Update

We appreciate your patience during this challenging time. ASBH Members and Annual Conference participants are likely experiencing first hand the far-reaching implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic. In light of other conference cancellations, many have inquired whether the 2020 Annual Conference will also be cancelled and transitioned to a virtual meeting, move forward as expected, or proceed with a hybrid approach. The ASBH Board of Directors met April 30-May 1 to identify the myriad of factors that must be taken into consideration to make the best decision with available data. Impacts on conference stakeholders, including members, sponsors, presenters, vendors, staff, and the society itself, will all be taken into account when making a final decision. We are committed to creating a safe, secure and healthy environment for the meeting.

The Program Committee is currently moving forward with evaluating and selecting content for the conference and will work with the board to identify viable options for delivering content. The board will be exploring options over the coming weeks and are committed to communicating with all of you as decisions are made. ASBH is grateful for your continued support and interest.

Program Theme
Justice and Flourishing in a Pluralistic World

Program Description

The 22nd ASBH Annual Conference takes place at a time when themes that preoccupy the bioethics and health humanities community are receiving increased national attention. By focusing on justice and flourishing, we invite submissions that interrogate, bolster, and reflect upon those themes and our past, present, and future ways of approaching them. We wonder: What does it mean to seek justice in a world where injustices are manifest? What does it mean to practice tolerance in a pluralistic society, yet also seek truth or certainty in response to moral dilemmas? How should we pursue social justice as educators, scholars, public intellectuals, clinicians, policymakers, and humanists? Should we at all? What is human flourishing and what are the institutions and practices that support it? What role should we have in supporting human flourishing? We invite submissions responsive to questions like these, as well as perennial topics in bioethics and health humanities. We also invite interprofessional and interdisciplinary approaches to these subjects, including empirical bioethics, critical humanities, religious bioethics, activist scholarship, conceptual analysis, education theory, economic analysis, policymaking, and traditional methods in bioethics and health humanities.

After participating in this conference, attendees should be able to:

  • Discuss emerging issues in bioethics and the medical humanities
  • Discuss and apply recent research findings related to bioethics and the medical humanities
  • Articulate differing conceptions of justice within a pluralistic society

Session topics include:

  • Clinical ethics and clinical ethics consultation
  • Religion, culture and social sciences
  • Arts and literature
  • Philosophy and history
  • Research ethics and empirical research
  • Law, public health policy, organizational ethics
  • Education and inter-professional studies
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

Who Should Attend

The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Annual Conference is designed for physicians, nurses, attorneys, historians, philosophers, professors of literature and the humanities, members of the clergy, social workers, and others engaged in endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities. 

Continuing Education Credit


Past/Future Conferences




2020 Program Committee

Thomas Cunningham, PhD, Chair
Kaiser Permanente

Stacey Tovino, JD, PhD
UNLV William S Boyd School of Law

Devan Stahl, PhD
Baylor University 

Erin Lamb, PhD
Hiram College 

Board Liaisons

Ana Iltis, PhD
Wake Forest University

Kayhan Parsi, HEC-C, JD, PhD
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

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