GKA MEDICA 2022 | APRIL 7-8, 2022

5th International Conference on Medical Humanities in collaboration with Universidade Federal de São Paulo – UNIFESP

Highlighted Theme
Scientific Coordination
Key Dates
Proposal submission
Virtual Platform

Highlighted Theme

Humanities and health in Covid-19 times and mass vaccination: social and ethical aspects

The Covid-19 pandemic, since the beginning of 2020, has spread throughout the planet which has resulted in radical changes and transformations of unpredictable scope in all areas of social, political, and economic life. From a health perspective, the challenges that are imposed are gigantic and extremely complex, both in relation to the etiological factors of the disease, as well as in the strategies to combat contagion and immunization. The development of vaccines, the definition, and compliance with their respective application protocols are presented as a problem of the first order worldwide, involving a multitude of political, economic, social, and ethical issues. In this context, the field of human health sciences and medical humanities, which had already been playing an increasingly important role in interdisciplinary health studies in the last two decades, is now emerging as an indispensable and strategic resource for the production of knowledge and thought-provocation.

Faced with this complex and challenging scenario of pandemics and mass vaccinations, what role can and should the human sciences and, especially, the humanities play? What are the most relevant studies that are being conducted in this area and how their inferences can affect the definition or redefinition of new protocols or even public policies, involving not only the field of public or collective health but also areas such as mental health, quality of life and others?

On the contrary, it is also necessary to ask to what extent this entire pandemic context has been affecting research in the field of medical humanities and what all these challenges have been determining in the redefinition of thematic, theoretical, and methodological approaches in the different perspectives of knowledge about health.

Special topics of this edition

  • History: epidemics, pandemics, and vaccines in times of Covid-19 and mass vaccination
  • Society, politics, and culture in times of Covid-19 and mass vaccination
  • Literature and health in times of Covid-19 and mass vaccination
  • Visual arts, photography, music, and health in times of Covid-19 and mass vaccination
  • Mental health and health promotion in times of Covid-19 and mass vaccination
  • Collective health and public health in times of Covid-19 and mass vaccination
  • Philosophy and Health Education in times of Covid-19 and mass vaccination

Other topics of the conference

  • Anthropology and medical sociology
  • Art, literature, and medicine
  • Bioethics
  • Medical communication
  • History of Medicine
  • Psychology and psychopathology
  • Theory of medicine
  • Philosophy of medicine

Scientific Coordination

Universidade Federal de São Paulo – UNIFESP

Traditionally recognized as an institution specialized in health sciences, Unifesp is responsible for the training of qualified human resources and the development of scientific research in health. Its core is the Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM), whose foundation dates back to 1933 and was supported by private funds and government subsidies until its federalization in 1956. With the enactment of Law No. 8957 in 1994, EPM turned into a federal university, keeping the courses in Medial Science, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Speech Therapy and Ophthalmic Technology – which now integrates the Health Technologies.

Scientific Director

Dante Gallian, PhD – Universidade Federal de São Paulo – UNIFESP (Brazil)

Dante Gallian has a Ph.D. in Social History from the University of São Paulo (USP) with a post-doctorate from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, France. He is Professor and Director of the Center for the History and Philosophy of Health Sciences (CeHFi) of the Escola Paulista de Medicina (EPM) of the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), where he coordinates the Humanities Laboratory and the line of research “Humanities, narratives and humanization in health” (Fapesp-CNPq). He is the author of “A Literatura como Remédio: os classicos e a saúde da alma”, Ed. Martín Claret.

Scientific Committee

Yuri Bittar, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Viviane Cândido, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Kelly Simone Cunegundes, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Denise Martin, EPM-UNIFESP (Brazil)

Maria Cristina Mazzaia, EPE- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Simeão Sass, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Nádia Vieira, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)


The program is provisional and will be updated soon.

Thursday, April 7
Plenary sessions
Thematic panels (webinars)
Friday, April 8
Plenary sessions
Thematic panels (webinars)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Dr. Carlos Gabriel Presman – Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina)

El humor en los tiempos de pandemia: la comedia de la tragedia.

Professor of Semiology at the National Hospital of Clinics (HNC). National University of Cordoba. Argentina. Doctor in medicine. Specialist in Internal Medicine and Intensive Therapy. Editor of the Manual de Semiología del HNC. Basado en la evidencia y la experiencia. Author of the books of Ni vivo ni muerto. Letra de Médico y Vivir 100 años. During the pandemic he published the Semiología Narrativa chapter in Argente-Alvarez’s Treatise on Medical Semiology; the chapter: La pandemia COVID-19 es el resultado del modelo de apropiación de la naturaleza in the book Pandemia: os múltiplos desafios que o presente coloca para o futuro of the National Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires 2020 and in the IntraMed website: El humor en los tiempos de COVID-19. Recursos para afrontar la incertidumbre.

Keynote Speaker

Arthur Chioro – Escola Paulista de Medicina/UNIFESP (Brazil)

Os aspectos humanitários que envolvem o enfrentamento da pandemia e os desafios da vacinação, na perspectiva da Saúde Coletiva.

Graduated in Medicine, with Residency in Preventive and Social Medicine at UNESP (1988). Master in Public Health from Unicamp (2001). PhD in Sciences from the Public Health Program at UNIFESP (2011). Adjunct Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Escola Paulista de Medicina/UNIFESP. Permanent advisor of the Graduate Program in Public Health at EPM/Unifesp. Member of the Collective Health Laboratory – Lascol. He was municipal health secretary for São Vicente-SP (1993-1996) and São Bernardo do Campo-SP (2009-2014). He was president of the Council of Municipal Health Secretaries of the State of São Paulo (Cosems-SP) for three terms. He was Director of the Department of Specialized Care at the Ministry of Health of Brazil (2003-2005) and Minister of Health (2014-2015).

Keynote Speaker

Isabel Fernandes – Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)

Close Reading and Narrative Medicine – listening to voices, looking at images

After decades of neglect and even attack, close reading – “the signature method of Narrative Medicine” (Charon et al 2017) – has undergone a revival of interest (Lentricchia and Dubois 2003) and has shown again its didactic, dialogical and cohesive capacities, in the field of the “New Humanities” and, more specifically, in Narrative Medicine. The aim of this talk is to revisit close reading as a particularly productive reading and writing practice and to illustrate its practical and epistemological potential, especially when dealing with health care issues.

Isabel Fernandes is Professor of English at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon and Scientific Coordinator of the interdisciplinary and international project in Medical Humanities, and PI of the FCT funded project SHARE – Health and Humanities Acting Together. She has published extensively on several British writers and has authored and co/edited: Critical Dialogues: Slow Readings of English Literary Texts (2011), Literatura: a (in)disciplina na intersecção dos saberes e das artes (2011), Contar (com) a Medicina (2015, 2016 e 2018), Creative Dialogues: Narrative and Medicine (2015) and Entrecruzares Bioéticos (2020).

Keynote Speaker

Rogelio Altisent – University of Zaragoza (Spain)

Lo que aprendí durmiendo con el coronavirus

Professor of Bioethics at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). Director of Academic Projects of the Chair of Professionalism and Clinical Ethics of the University of Zaragoza (2012-). Specialist in Family and Community Medicine at the Actur Sur Health Center in Zaragoza (Spain). Author of 100 scientific articles and director of 12 doctoral theses. Principal Investigator of 6 projects of competitive calls. President of the Central Commission of Ethics of the Spanish Collegiate Medical Organization (2006-2009). Member from 1999 to 2005. Member of the Ethics Commission of the Official College of Physicians of Zaragoza (1998-2013). Spanish representative in the European Standing Committee of Physicians (Subcommittee on Ethics) (2005-2008). Member of the Spanish delegation to the World Medical Association and member of the Ethics Committee (2006-2008). Principal investigator and coordinator of the Bioethics Research Group of the Aragon Health Research Institute (2012-). President of the Bioethics Committee of Aragon (2013-). Vice-president of the Bioethics Committee of Spain (2018-).

Key Dates

Submission of articles for publication: the article may be attached at the time of submitting the proposal. As soon as it is received, the scientific committee will proceed to review it and, if accepted, will continue the other stages for subsequent publication in the corresponding journal. The publication of the article is FREE.

  • 1st Call for papers: until December 7, 2021

  • Early Registration: until December 16, 2021

  • FINAL Call for papers: until March 23, 2022

  • Final Registration: until April 1, 2022

  • Submission of articles for publication: until May 8, 2022

Follow these steps

Choose between Webinar (Live Presentation) and Video (Prerecorded Presentation). You can check the characteristics of each one in the next section.

Title of the presentation, short abstract (max. 300 words), long abstract (for the Book of Proceedings), keywords, the language of the presentation, data of the main author, and data of the co-authors. The scientific committee will review your proposal within 2-3 weeks and notify you by email (please check your SPAM folder).

Once your proposal has been accepted, you must pay for your registration at the conference according to the type of presentation chosen.

Consult the conference program to check the day, time, and virtual room where your presentation has been scheduled. If you are presenting a webinar, check out our quick guide to learn about the controls of the ZOOM platform and the technical requirements that your computer and internet connection must meet. You can also participate in a test session a few days before the conference, to test your audio, video, and slide presentations.

  1. Log in with your username and password on the GKA virtual congress platform: https://virtual.gkacademics.com/
  2. Go to the conference main page and click on the green button “Start Conference”.
  3. In the list of panels on the left side, find the virtual room you wish to access and click on it.
  4. Click on the “Join via Web Client” button to access directly from your browser.

Speakers may submit an article for publication (free) in a GKA indexed journal, as assessed by the scientific committee. Download the template and see the guidelines at this link.

Proposal submission


(Live Presentation)

How does it work?

The speaker will enter live in a virtual room of ZOOM platform – along with other speakers on the same topic – and present his or her paper for a maximum of 15 minutes, supported with slides (e.g., PowerPoint)or speaking directly to the camera on their device. Each room will have a moderator who will introduce the speakers, keep time, and moderate questions from attendees for 20 minutes at the end of the session.

Final deadline:
March 23, 2022.


Before submitting your proposal, read our Quick Guide and check our Frequently Asked Questions.

Download PPT template


(Prerecorded Presentation)

How does it work?

This option is ideal for those who cannot participate in the live conference. This option allows the author to record their presentation in the format of a 5-minute video and send the link (Youtube or Vimeo) through the proposal submission platform. The video will be published in a virtual conference room related to its theme and will be available to all attendees of the event. Important: the video must contain an oral presentation.


Before registering, check the frequently asked questions and our cancellation policy.