Call for Papers – Creating Space IX

Call for Papers : Creating Space IX CFP CREATING SPACE IX – The Canadian Association For Health Humanities (WWW.CAHH.CA)


APRIL 12-13, 2019

David Braley Health Science Centre, Hamilton ON

Keywords: Health and Health Care; History of Science, Medicine, and Technology; Humanities; Literature; Public Health

Theme: Cultural Humility and Contemporary Medical Practice: (How) Can the Humanities Help?

The British Columbia First Nations Health Authority reminds us that “cultural humility involves humbling acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.” The commitment to active engagement, reflective practice, and lifelong learning has the potential to redefine the outcomes of culturally-focused physician training, rebalance the power dynamics between physicians and patients, and to influence the quality of healthcare provided to a variety of communities, including Indigenous peoples, new Canadians and refugees, and those from a variety of diaspora.

The Creating Space moniker evokes several meanings. It creates space for the humanities in health care. It also reflects the creative approaches at the heart of the humanities. With thousands of papers now generated on the multi-dimensional process of cultural humility in the medical and allied health literature, we now also recognize the way in which the conference’s name inspires us to also consider how the humanities help us create space for each other. To this end, Creating Space IX seeks to answer this question:

How can humanities-based methodologies assist health professional learners and practitioners to develop cultural humility?

In doing so, we invite papers and panel presentations that address the following topics:

1) Cultural humility in Canadian and international medical/allied health practice with regards to racial, sexual, gender, religious, and disability identities.

2) Health humanities methods to inculcate the process of cultural humility (i.e., narrative, improvisational theatre, music, art, digital engagement, etc.)

3) The suitability of the humaniites for meeting the special challenges that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents for practicing with cultural humility with respect to Indigenous populations.

4) Special challenges for cultural humility with respect to immigrant and refugee populations.

5) Cultural humility within normative culture.

6) How can a scholarly humanities approach inform, assist, and radically transform contemporary Canadian health humanities pedagogy?

7) The suitability of humanities-based methodologies for transitioning practitioners from outcome-based thinking to process-based thinking.

The Creating Space conference has always been open to exciting off-topic work that does not strictly adhere to theme. Accordingly, we also invite submissions in an open format but advise that the number of spaces allotted to off-topic contributions will be limited.

Target Audience:

CSIX seeks to include scholars, educations, artists and practitioners whose work involves in the intersection of the arts, humanities, and social science (AHSS) disciplines and health professions.

Learning Objectives:

1. To provide a space to explore, contemplate, and consider the meaning of “cultural humility”.

2. Explore how humanities-based methodologies can inform our understanding of cultural humility.

3. To enable attendees to foster and encourage the adoption of non-biomedical techniques in medical education.

4. To give attendees the means with which to form partnerships with medical and humanities communities in their individual environments.

Types of proposals:

Recognizing the emerging role of AHSS approaches and interdisciplinary scholarship, Creating Space IXoffers authors the opportunity to display creatively their research and educational achievements, experiences and thoughts.

Abstracts may be presented in the form of:

· Research presentation: 20 minutes (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions)

· Novel humanities educational experiences: 20 minutes (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions)

· Panel presentation: 45 minutes ( 30 minutes plus 15 minutes for questions)

· Workshop: 90 minutes (maximum of 25% didactic teaching).

· Pecha Kucha: 20 slides with 20 seconds each slide

· Performance: 30 minutes

· Poster/display presentations

Proposal Guidelines: Please use the abstract submission form (or go to to submit your abstract. Absracts no longer than 300 words (not including works cited).

Deadline for submission : Proposals are due no later than midnight (EST) January 15, 2019.

To Submit a Proposal : All proposals must be submitted to the following address:

*Acceptance of proposals will be confirmed in early February, 2019.

PLEASE NOTE: We are excited to announce a peer-reviewed submission process for conference papers will be established after CSIX concludes. Submitted papers may be published in a special CSIX proceedings section of The Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

Conference Registration to open early in 2019.


Accessibility Information: Creating Space is dedicated to excellence in serving all customers including people with disabilities. We are committed to meeting our current and ongoing obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code respecting non-discrimination. Creating Space understands that obligations under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) and its accessibility standards do not substitute or limit its obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code or obligations to people with disabilities under any other law. Creating Space is committed to complying with both the Ontario Human Rights Code and the AODA. People with disabilities are invited to use their personal assistive devices when accessing our goods, services or facililites. We welcome people with disabilities and their service animals. Service animals are allowed on the parts of our premises that are open to the public. If a person with a disability is accompanied by a support person, a fee/fare will not be charged for support persons. The David Braley Health Sciences Centre is a fully accessible space with accessible bathrooms, and elevators, and is on a bus route.

The Creating Space conference is part of work done by the recently established Canadian Association of Health Humanities –CAHH– (

By attending Creating Space and becoming a member of CAHH, you are joining and supporting a growing national and international movement focused on increasing understandings and practices about 1) how the humanties can inform health and wellness and, 2) ways health scholarship dialogues with humanties knowledge.


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