3rd Annual Jacalyn Duffin Health and Humanities Conference
Date/Time: Saturday, January 23, 2021; 1:00 – 4:30 PM EST
GIVEAWAY: Conference attendees who register before January 13, 2021 will be entered into our raffle to win a $15 gift card to Novel Idea (For Kingstonians) or a local bookstore of their choice.
The Jacalyn Duffin Health and Humanities Conference aims to create a space where learners and educators of all disciplines can discuss the intersections of health, medicine, and the arts and humanities. The conference is named for Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, hematologist and Canadian medical historian who was the inaugural Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University School of Medicine. Dr. Duffin’s work has influenced healthcare. She was inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2019.
This year’s conference theme is “Sensations and The Sensational.” Health, disease, wellness and illness are often accompanied by physiological and psychological sensations that serve as clues to how we are feeling. But it’s more complicated than that – our individual perceptions of usual and unusual bodily sensations vary drastically and are moulded by our life experiences and the society in which we live. What one perceives as a mild sensation, another may perceive as a life-altering experience – something sensational. Ultimately, our perceptions of our bodies’ sensations are simultaneously created by the world around us and shape how we view and interact with our environment.
The arts and humanities help deepen our understanding of the body, of health, and of medicine. Art gives voice to our lived experiences in all bodies. It balances the needs of our bodies, our minds, and our souls. This year, we are excited to continue exploring these complex relationships through our interpretations of our senses and what makes them sensational.