GKA MEDICA 2021 | OCTOBER 14-15, 2021

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
  • 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

Simeão Sass, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Nádia Vieira, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Denise Martin, EPM-UNIFESP (Brazil)

Viviane Cândido, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Maria Cristina Mazzaia, EPE- UNIFESP (Brazil)

Yuri Bittar, CeHFi-EPM- UNIFESP (Brazil)


The program is provisional and will be updated soon.

Thursday, October 14
Plenary sessions
Thematic panels (webinars)
Friday, October 15
Plenary sessions
Thematic panels (webinars)

Key Dates

  • 1st Call for papers: until June 28, 2021

  • FINAL Call for papers: until September 28, 2021

  • Early Registration: until July 5, 2021

  • Final Registration: until October 5, 2021

  • Delivery of certificates: October 18, 2021

  • Submission of articles for publication: until November 15, 2021

  • Publication of the Conference Proceedings: December 15, 2021

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 (at a discount) in a GKA indexed book or journal, as assessed by the scientific committee. Download the template and see the guidelines at this link.

Proposal submission

(Live Presentation)

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.

Next deadline:
June 28, 2021.


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

(Prerecorded Presentation)

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.