CFP: History, Health Care in Africa

CALL FOR PAPERS: The History of Health Care in Africa: Actors, Experiences, and Perspectives in the 20th Century

CONFERENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BASEL, 12 TO 14 SEPTEMBER 2011

Health in Sub-Saharan Africa has always been experienced, debated and pursued in a specific historical context. At the same time the history of health and health care in a specific local setting cannot be separated from processes on a larger scale. Neither diseases nor ideas and practices about health, healing and care stopped at colonial or national borders. Patients, medical practitioners and medicines moved  whether connected to illness or not. A whole array of inter- and transnational organisations and networks were involved in the development, implementation and negotiation of health strategies in African countries.

This conference looks beyond the borders of colonial empires and national states by bringing together researchers with different temporal and spatial perspectives on the history of health, health care and medical research in Sub-Saharan Africa. While historical studies will lie at the core, the conference also includes other disciplines, such as social anthropology, sociology, political science, epidemiology, theology or international health.

The conference concludes a three-year research project on the History of Health Systems in Africa: Swiss Mission Hospitals and Rural Health Delivery in the 20th Century. The project, led by the Department of History in collaboration with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and the Institute of Social Anthropology, conducts a comparative analysis of the histories of three former Swiss mission hospitals in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania. Its aim is to draw conclusions on the development of local and national health care systems and the role faith-based health providers have played in Africa.

The conference takes up this comparative approach. How did services develop in different local contexts? What were the characteristics of the particular colonial or national setting? And what relationship existed between local practice, international developments and transnational processes? The role of faith-based and other private non-profit organisations and networks will form one focal point of the conference. Another main focus will be that of changing health care strategies and their implementation on the ground in the postcolonial era.

We invite scholars to discuss questions related to the four following panels:

1. HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS IN COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL AFRICA: KNOWLEDGE, PRACTICE, POLITICS

2. THE SPIRITUAL AND THE SECULAR IN FAITH-BASED HEALTH CARE

3. MEDICAL CULTURES AND THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF BIOMEDICINE

4. CHANGING HEALTH CARE STRATEGIES AND DEVELOPMENT DISCOURSES IN AFRICA

Interested scholars are invited to submit paper proposals for presentation in one of the panels. The deadline for submission is 15 March 2011. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Those who have submitted an abstract will be notified by 15 April 2011 whether their paper has been accepted or not.

PLEASE SEND YOUR ABSTRACT (MAX. 300 WORDS) BY 15 MARCH 2011 TO: afrika-tagung@unibas.ch

For further information please visit our website: http://zasb.unibas.ch/hhsa-conference 

Contact: HHSA Conference, c/o Centre for African Studies, Steinengraben 5, CH-4051 Basel | Tel.: +41 (0)61 267 34 82 | Fax.: +41 (0)61 267 34 86 | afrika-tagung-at-unibas.ch

Links: http://zasb.unibas.ch/hhsa-conference

CFS: End-of-Life Care

Call for Submissions on End-of-Life Care for the Spring Issue of Hektoen International-A Journal of the Medical Humanities

Hektoen International is now accepting short article, poetry, and artwork submissions for its Spring 2011 issue on end-of-life care. You are invited to submit work that explores topics ranging from (but not limited to):

  • Historical and philosophical perspectives on death and dying
  • Coping with grief and loss
  • The use of the arts in palliative care
  • The personal experiences of patients, healthcare workers, families, and caregivers
  • Ethical and spiritual approaches to care for the dying
  • Perspectives on death from various cultural and faith traditions

Please submit your work to Rachel Baker, Managing editor at: journal@hektoeninternational.org by March 15, 2011.

Submission instructions Please include with your submission:

  • Title of submission with word count
  • Author(s) names, title and professional affiliation
  • A 75-150 word biography
  • The reference style you are using
  • Articles should be less than 2,000 words.

Up to four contributions of poetry per issue. Include a poet statement (< 200 words).

Up to four contributions of art. Include captions (title, medium, size) and an artist statement (< 200 words). Be sure to spell check in American English prior to submission.

One manuscript only per submission deadline. File format/name: Articles should be submitted in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format.

Images should be sent as a JPEG or GIF file. Please include captions in a separate Word document.

For complete details visit “Submission instructions” on the Hektoen site:  http://www.hektoeninternational.org  

Hektoen International is published online in quarterly installments by the Hektoen Institute of Medicine, a non-for-profit organization promoting medical research and education. The journal is named in honor of Dr. Ludvig Hektoen, a distinguished professor of pathology at the University of Chicago.

CFS: Health Disparities, Latino Communities

Call for Manuscripts: The California Journal of Health Promotion, Special issue on Health Disparities in Latino Communities

We invite manuscripts for a special issue that addresses health disparities in Latino communities. Manuscripts may include methodological innovations, theories, prevention, screening, interventions, policy change, and community collaborative approaches that target various health-related issues. A special issue of the Californian Journal of Health Promotion seeks to keep pace with the increasing growth and diversity of Latino communities in the United States. Authors from any region are invited to submit manuscripts and other types of materials, such as multimedia presentations. We seek papers from multiple perspectives, including basic, applied, and evaluation research, any methodology or scope, and covering such topics, but not limited to:

* The relationship between health behaviors and risks for health outcomes.

· Psychosocial, environmental, economic, and health care factors related to health-related behaviors and outcomes.

· The role of urban environments and health.

· Grassroots, public policy activities to alter social, built, physical, and service environments.

· Examining any of these topics by highlighting the diversity of different Latino ethnic origins or ethnicities.

Please contact guest editor Erualdo R. González (egonzalez@fullerton.edu) with any questions regarding the suitability of your manuscript for submission. Full drafts of manuscripts are due by June 1, 2011. For author guidelines, please visit our website at: http://cjhp.org/  . To submit a manuscript, please register with the journal at http://cajhp.msubmit.net/  . You will then be able to submit a manuscript.

CFS: Intl Soc Sci Rev

The International Social Science Review, the peer-reviewed journal of Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society in Social Sciences published semi-annually, invites the submission of manuscripts in history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, and human/cultural geography. Articles must be based on original research, well-written, and should not exceed thirty pages in length (including end notes, double-spaced, and written in Times New Roman 12 font). End notes and style must conform with Kate Turabian, A Manual of Style for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (7th ed.) and Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed.), respectively. Deadline for submissions for publication in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of the journal is June 15, 2011. Authors interested in publishing in the ISSR are asked to submit a 100-150 word abstract of their manuscript, three hard copies of the paper, contact information (phone number, mailing address, e-mail address), and an abbreviated c.v. to: Dean Fafoutis, Editor, International Social Science Review, Department of History, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801, dxfafoutis@salisbury.edu  | (410) 546-6004

CFS: J of Am College Health

Binge drinking, campus violence, eating disorders, sexual harassment: Today’s college students face challenges their parents never imagined. The Journal of American College Health, the only scholarly publication devoted entirely to college students’ health, focuses on these issues, as well as use of tobacco and other drugs, sexual habits, psychological problems, and guns on campus, as well as the students. Published in cooperation with the American College Health Association, the Journal of American College Health is a must read for physicians, nurses, health educators, and administrators who are involved with students every day. Parents and secondary school educators will also find the journal a useful resource in preparing students for future campus life. The journal includes major research articles, clinical and program notes, practical accounts of developing prevention strategies, and lively viewpoint articles on controversial issues. http://www.heldref.org/pubs/jach/about.html

CFP: Empathy Conference

Call for Papers–Empathy: Self, Society, Culture, Indiana University, Bloomington, Nov 11-12, 2011

Keynote speakers: Carolyn Dean (Brown University), Nancy Eisenberg (Arizona State University), Nancy Sherman (Georgetown University)

Growing out of a two-year grant-supported project on “Virtuous Empathy: Scientific and Humanistic Investigations,” this symposium aims to explore theories and practices of empathy. For more information about the Virtuous Empathy project, see http://poynter.indiana.edu/empathy.shtml . We invite papers to explore both virtuous and vicious forms of empathy, and to do so from a variety of perspectives. Proposals for papers are invited in three broad categories: Empathy and Psychology; Empathy and Ethics; and Empathy in Culture, History, and Society. Proposals should include a 500 word abstract and paper title, a 100 word description of the author’s research interests, and a one page CV. Authors should aim to present their papers within 40 minutes to allow for response and discussion. All proposals are due by May 9, 2011. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on or around June 8, 2011. Send proposals to: Empathy Symposium, c/o Richard B. Miller, Poynter Center, 618 E. Third St. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, miller3@indiana.edu

Added to “Blinks”: Avoiding Research Misconduct

Added today to NursingWriting‘s Web links (“blinks”) section, a new resource from the US Department of Health and Human Services: “The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct.”

According to USDHHS:

In “The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct,” you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices.

CFS: Research & Theory, Nursing Practice

Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, a  fully international journal, focuses on research and theory issues relevant to improving nursing practice and patient care. The journal publishes articles that address or integrate theory, research, and practice, with a direct bearing on practice. The articles strive to discuss knowledge development in its broadest sense, reflect research using a variety of methodologic approaches, and combine several methods and strategies in a single study. Because of the journal’s international emphasis, article contributors address the implications of their studies for an international audience. Visit Research and Theory for Nursing Practice Online to view recent issues or subscribe: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/springer/rtnp  or http://www.springerpub.com/journal.aspx?jid=1541-6577

CFS: Behavioral Medicine

Does stress affect the course of chronic disease? Are friendships and community activities vital to recovery after surgery? Are blood pressure measurements affected by where or how the test is taken? For over a quarter century, Behavioral Medicine has answered such questions by publishing well-written and researched articles about the mind-body relationship. Formerly known as the Journal of Human Stress, Behavioral Medicine is a quarterly, multidisciplinary journal that physicians, nurses, psychologists, and counselors will not want to miss. Three-part, state-of-the-art syntheses devoted to a single topic (disability in older adults, smoking, interpersonal violence) are published on occasion. Each of these triptychs includes a careful review of the literature, practical suggestions to guide clinicians translating scientific knowledge into action, and a thoughtful discussion of desired changes in public policy, education, and insurance coverage. http://www.heldref.org/pubs/bmed/about.html

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