20.2896, FYI: Call for Abstracts, Volume on Medical Discourses

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Date: 27-Aug-2009
From: Agnes Kang < makang at hkucc.hku.hk >
Subject: Call for Abstracts, Volume on Medical Discourses

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Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2009 13:09:48
From: Agnes Kang [makang at hkucc.hku.hk]
Subject: Call for Abstracts, Volume on Medical Discourses

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Call for abstracts for edited volume on 'Language, Medicine and Culture:
Investigating Asian Medical Discourses in the Age of Globalization'
We would like to welcome submissions for an edited volume on the theme of
'Language, Medicine and Culture: Investigating Asian Medical Discourses in
the Age of Globalization.' The volume will reflect the evolving research in
the field of medical communication in the Asia-Pacific region. We seek
contributions that will highlight the complexities of communication in a
globalized age, challenges of medical communication in non-western
contexts, and/or examine the intricate relationships between language,
medicine and culture in a globalized age. 

This volume is motivated by our observation that most research in medical
communication has been done in the US and in Europe over the past few
decades (Mishler, 1984; Drew, 2005; 2006; Heritage, 2006; Heritage &
Robinson, 2006; Sarangi, 2002). While this research has been extensive, we
feel that research in the Asian-Pacific context may have much to contribute
to the field in terms of the medical practices used in the region, the
languages spoken, and potential other important factors, such as, for
example, culture, that may only be identified through further research in
this context. More recent research on medical communication has also begun
to explore the role of medical communication in a globalized age (Kang and
Zayts, fc), tackling issues such as diverse patient populations,
multilingual and multicultural contexts, and cultural approaches to
healthcare delivery.

Research in medical communication has also been increasingly focused on
healthcare outcomes, such as, for example, degree of patient satisfaction
with the medical consultation. While such studies, especially quantitative
ones, can be very useful for the improvement of medical services, we
emphasize the value of qualitative, discourse-based research that examines
the processes by which medical care is accomplished. To this end, we focus
on the application of discourse and conversation analytic frameworks to
better understand the complex processes involved in client-provider

It is expected that this collection would highlight issues of interest to
linguists, sociocultural linguists, and medical practitioners alike. We
hope to present versatile perspectives from various regions of the
Asia-Pacific Rim (including research from Hong Kong, Japan, Mainland China,
Taiwan, the Philippines and Australia), in various languages (including
Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin, and English among non-native speakers), and
addressing various aspects of primary and secondary healthcare, as well as
issues of training medical students in this context. While not all of the
papers will take a comparative or intercultural perspective, we hope that
collecting the papers in a single volume will initiate discussions of how
professional contexts, language usage, and sociocultural meanings intersect
and inform one another.

The final shape of the volume will reflect the abstracts received. After
reviewing the abstracts, we will notify the shortlisted authors about the
acceptance of their abstracts to the volume. We will then send a full
proposal to a publisher. A major international publisher has already
expressed interest in the volume. We will then invite the short-listed
contributors to send their full papers for a peer and editors' review. 

If interested, please send an abstract of up to 500 words to
makang at hkucc.hku.hk or zayts at hkucc.hku.hk by September 30, 2009.
Short-listed contributors will be asked for their complete articles by
January 31, 2010. Abstracts should include details of data analyzed,
methodology used, and contributions to the field of medical communication.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to receiving your
abstracts. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further
questions. Also please feel free to forward this call to other potential

Kind regards,
M. Agnes Kang and Olga Zayts
University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong 

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis


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