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Comet: 2009 COMET 2007

Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference: Communication, Medicine & Ethics

HCRC: Health Communication Research Centre

University of Lugano (Swiitzerland)

28 - 30 June 2007

The Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) evolved in 2003 at Cardiff (UK) to bring together communication researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, ranging from healthcare specialities to the human and social sciences. Following the overwhelming success of the first conference (attended by more than 200 participants from 20 countries), which was hosted by the Health Communication Research Centre at Cardiff University, COMET has now established itself as an annual interdisciplinary, international event. Grounded in a problem-oriented approach, COMET places special emphasis on the dissemination of high quality research in discourse/communication and practical ethics which is directly relevant to healthcare practitioners. COMET is now closely linked with the new journal Communication & Medicine (Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin), with a view to bringing seminal research to a wider readership.

2007 Conference Overview

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various medical specialities and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis will be on the dissemination of ongoing research in discourse/communication studies and practical ethics which engages directly with medical practitioners.

Keynote Speakers will include:

Conference Organising Committee

Peter J. Schulz, Sara Rubinelli, Benedetta Waldburger,

International Advisory Committee

Srikant Sarangi, Christopher N. Candlin, Claire Penn

Please visit for further details regarding submission of proposals, registration, programme of events etc. or contact us using the details at the bottom of the page.

Call for proposals (COMET 2007)

Proposals (individual papers, posters, workshops and colloquia) are invited on all areas of the conference, including the following themes:

Individual paper/poster proposals should be within 250 words, and proposals for colloquia and workshops should be within 500 words.

Health Care Communication Laboratory Universita della Svizzera italiana

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 January 2007

Abstracts (with the heading “COMET2007”) should be sent to:


Sara Rubinelli