FINAL 12 18Program Theme

Justice and Flourishing in a Pluralistic World

Special Call for Proposals- Now Open!  

This year continues to present extraordinary circumstances for ASBH members. In recognition of the unanticipated ethical challenges emerging across our communities, the Program Committee is issuing this Special Call for Proposals for the 22nd Annual Conference. We invite proposal submissions from educators, scholars, public intellectuals, clinicians, policymakers, humanists, and others on either of the following topics and their bearing on bioethics and health humanities: Responding to COVID-19 or Police Violence and Black Injustice in America.

Proposals should remain consistent with the overall program theme, overall conference objectives, and use approaches and methods common to health humanities and bioethics, as described in the original 2020 Call for Proposals. The “two submission” and “two presentation” rules described in the original 2020 Call for Proposals will not apply to special proposals submitted in response to this call. Individuals may submit and participate in only one proposal in response to this call, regardless of whether that is in addition to having submitted one or more proposals in response to the original call for proposals. Individuals whose submissions in response to the original call for proposals were not accepted for presentation may revise them and resubmit them to this special call if they are on the topic of Police Violence and Black Injustice in America or Responding to COVID-19.

Review the special call for proposals for full session descriptions and important information regarding submitting your proposals. In order to submit any proposal, you will be prompted for your ASBH website login credentials; if you do not have an ASBH website account, you will have the opportunity to create one.

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Submission Formats

Individuals may submit and participate in only one presentation in response to this call. Submit your proposal in one format only. All presentation formats will need to be tailored for a virtual environment, such as via Zoom or another virtual/remote format. You are encouraged to address in your proposal how your proposal will work within an online format. If you are experiencing issues with the submission system, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before submitting your proposal under the incorrect format.

Workshops. These presentations are designed for instruction and interaction in a 75-minute session. Presenters must engage and involve the members of the audience for a significant portion of the session in small group activities, breakouts, role play, audience feedback, or discussion of cases or other content, design of materials and models, and similar forms of interactions. They are limited to 4 presenters, preferably from multiple disciplines and institutions.

Panel Presentations. The ideal panel presentation compares and contrasts a variety of perspectives on a cohesive theme or includes presentations that are cross-disciplinary and build on one another. Panels are limited to 4 presenters who should be from multiple disciplines and institutions. One of these 4 presenters will serve as a moderator, and will be responsible for teeing up the discussion, introducing the presenters, keeping the session on schedule, and facilitating questions and answers as time allows. You are required to list who will serve as the moderator. Panel presentations are 75 minutes.

Debates. These 75-minute sessions provide an opportunity to present opposing views about a topic. Sessions must include a moderator to introduce the issue/topic and up to four presenters, each presenting alternative approaches or views to the issue/topic. Proposal abstract should include the issue/topic to be debated, the structure of the debate, descriptions of the major points likely to be argued by each presenter, and the general qualifications of each presenter (without compromising anonymity) to ensure a fair debate. You are required to list who will serve as the moderator. Presenters must incorporate at least 15 minutes for audience interaction, questions, and response.

NEW: Performances and Exhibitions. These sessions feature work created to be performed or exhibited and invite the audience to reflect critically and in a scholarly manner on relevant issues/topics. Possible formats include, but are not limited to, staged dramatic performances, readers’ theater, movement-based compositions, exhibitions, 2D work, 3D work, projection, sound art, and readings of original work. Performances or Exhibitions may be proposed by one or more presenters and may include more than one performance/exhibition, in which case identifying a critical theme that connects the pieces is strongly recommended. Sessions are 75 minutes and must incorporate at least 15 minutes for audience interaction, questions, and/or other opportunities for response. Proposals should include space requirements and other relevant specifications. These sessions are limited to 4 presenters. We regret that no additional funding is available for producing performance sessions.

Paper Presentations. In this format, one individual will have 15 minutes to present a brief structured discussion or lecture based on a work-in-progress or a paper whose central, substantive content has not been previously published. Paper presentations will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the virtual conference platform. A live Q&A will be scheduled for each paper presenter to connect with attendees and answer questions.

The special call for proposals will close on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM PT

Please reach out to Talia Lionetti: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about the Special Call for Proposals.