The Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School is co-sponsoring the 2019 Conference on Medicine and Religion, which will be held in Durham, N.C. this year. The conference, “‘My Pain is Always With Me’: Medicine and Faithful Responses to Suffering,” is for health care practitioners, scholars, religious community leaders, and students to take up questions about pain by relating them to religious traditions and practices, particularly, but not exclusively those of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
The conference is a forum for exchanging ideas from an array of disciplinary perspectives, from accounts of clinical practices to empirical research, to scholarship in the humanities.
Plenary topics and speakers are:
- “They Sat Down on the Ground with Him—Responding to Job’s Suffering,” Abdullah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University/adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies, and D. Min. candidate at Duke; Ellen F. Davis, M.Div., Ph.D., Duke Divinity School; and Laura Lieber, Ph.D., Duke University.
- “Structural Racism and Health Disparities—Legacies of the Past, Challenges of the Future,” Jeffrey Baker, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University, and Patrick T. Smith, M.Div., Ph.D., Duke University and Duke Divinity School.
- “Suffering and/or Mental Illness: What is the Role of Medicine?” with the Rev. Professor John Swinton, University of Aberdeen; and Samaiya Mushtaq, M.D., UT Southwestern.