CFS: Mixed methods in Psychology and Law and in Criminological Research

Mixed methods in Psychology and Law and in Criminological Research (A special issue of the International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, Editor: Eugenio De Gregorio and Professor Colin Holmes)

Deadline for Papers: April 1, 2010

Contributions are invited to a special issue of the International Journal of Multiple Research: Approaches (IJMRA) dedicated to Mixed methods in Psychology and Law and in Criminological Research. The issue will include papers on epistemology in psychological legal and criminological domains, theoretical and empirical research experiences and commentaries on mixed approach in legal, criminological and psychological literature; examples of studies which have run qualitative and quantitative, as well multiple approaches are welcome; and challenges and emerging issues in combining innovative approaches and evaluation programs are invited too.

Work may be submitted – in the format of a case study, literature review, research note or research article – for the following parts:

Section 1: Epistemological background for research in Psychology and law and in Criminology

  • Historical and philosophical perspectives
  • Mainly quantitative content analysis and related approaches
  • Mainly qualitative content analysis and related approaches

Section 2: Theoretical issues and planning stages for multiple approach. Examples of studies using multiple approaches which have attempted diverse –

  •  Sampling strategies
  •  Data formats
  •  Sequencing of data sets
  •  Integration of data sets
  •  From qualitative to quantitative designs
  •  From quantitative to qualitative designs
  •  ”Born to be mixed”

Section 3: Challenges and emerging issues

  •  Ethical issues (Role of participants, researcher and team based approaches, clients and users)
  •  Analytical issues
  •  Reporting information

Section 4: Mixed methods and evaluation for intervention, prevention and crime reduction research

  •  Restorative justice and victimology
  •  Community-based programmes

Commentaries: Review of initiatives, policing, social work, psychological and social literature

Each section will include an invited Editorial of about 1000 words and 3-4 articles of 6000-8000 words.

Manuscripts should be submitted to MRAeditorial@e-contentmanagement.com  according to the journal’s Author Guidelines to be found at http://mra.e-contentmanagement.com/author-guidelines/

Please indicate in the covering email that it is for the special issue on Mixed methods in Psychology and Law and in Criminological Research and the preferred section.

Any queries regarding the special issue may be addressed to Guest Editor Eugenio De Gregorio at eugenio.degregorio@uniroma1.it  or Professor Colin Holmes colin.holmes1@jcu.edu.au

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CFP: Disability and Ethics through the Life Cycle

Disability and Ethics through the Life Cycle: Cases, Controversies, & Finding Common Ground, May 21-22, 2010, Union College, Schenectady, NY

Despite a common interest in facilitating good medical care, bioethicists and members of the disability rights community sometimes differ in their approach to issues arising in the bio-medical settings, especially on such polarizing issues as abortion and physician-assisted suicide. Focusing on these polarizing issues, however, distracts attention from other ethical issues that affect people with disabilities in biomedical contexts. This conference will offer a forum for bioethicists, disability-rights advocates, and other stakeholders with a different focus for discussing these issues by viewing disability from a life -cycle perspective. People confront disability through the life cycle: infancy, childhood, reproductive years, middle age, and old age. At each age they confront situations with ethical dimensions that present them, their families, and their caregivers and biomedical researchers with ethical challenges. This conference is designed to promote interdisciplinary conversations about these less frequently discussed ethical issues.

We are soliciting contributed papers or panels for highly interactive sessions. Those interested should submit a 250-word abstract describing original work that does not substantially overlap with papers already published. Topics of interest include but are not limited to specific cases where disability generates ethical issues during infancy, childhood, the reproductive years, middle age, and old age, or research on people with disabilities. Because of the conference’s life-cycle focus, no papers on prenatal issues or assisted suicide will be considered.

The authors of accepted submissions will be invited to present their work at the conference. Presentations on these papers should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in a printed volume to be edited by conference organizers.

General & Format Guidelines for Abstract Submission

  1. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words.
  2. Abstracts should contain the names, degrees and institutions of all authors.
  3. Abstracts should contain the contact information of at least one author (the submitting author), including an email address.
  4. Abstracts should be submitted to blooma@union.edu with a subject line of “Disability and Bioethics”.
  5. Deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2010.
  6. Email notification of accepted abstracts will be sent by 5 April 2010.
  7. The presenting author(s) of a contributed paper must register for the conference and pay the registration fee $150 in order to have the paper included in the conference.

Sponsors: Albany Law School, Rapaport Ethics Across the Curriculum Program of Union College, & the Union Graduate College-Mount Sinai School of Medicine Bioethics Program

For additional information, contact blooma@union.edu  or noltea@uniongraduatecollege.edu

Writing Tip: Audience

In a continuing career advice series in Inside Higher Ed, Mary W. Walters reminds us:

In writing, it is easy to overlook the principles we are able to put to use so effectively in our daily lives. When we are developing a funding application — or working on a journal article or a textbook chapter for that matter — our audiences can seem invisible to us. We may become so involved in explaining what detailed convolutions brought us to our current research crossroads that we fail to take our prospective readers into consideration. What do they already know about this subject? What is it possible that they do not know? How can we make the information we are trying to convey more useful — and relevant, and interesting — to them?

As most of us know (from reading other people’s writing), scholars who ignore their readers are at risk of using language that no one outside their research niche can understand.

Walters is the author of Write an Effective Funding Application: A Guide for Researchers and Scholars (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).

The article, “Know Your Audience,” is available on line in this open access publication.

Nursing Schools and Congressional Health-care Debate

Katherine Mangan, writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, offers the following assessment of the implications for nursing schools in the health-care bills passed by the US House and Senate:

Faculty shortages. One of the biggest challenges in staving off a predicted shortage of nurses is finding enough nurses with advanced degrees willing to accept a pay cut to teach in the nation’s nursing schools. Faculty shortages have forced many nursing schools to turn away thousands of student applicants a year. Provisions in both bills would expand existing loan-repayment programs to include nurses who agree to teach in accredited nursing programs.

A separate provision in the Senate bill would forgive up to a total of $40,000 in graduate-school loans for nurses who receive master’s degrees and go into teaching, and $80,000 for those who receive doctorates to pursue teaching careers. To be eligible, nurses must teach for at least four years during a six-year period after they graduate.

The article, “The Health-Care Debate in Congress: What’s at Stake for Higher Education,” is available on line to subscribers

CFP: Am Soc Bioethics & Humanities Annual Meeting

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ 12th Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 21-24, 2010, in San Diego, CA at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

Guidelines. Submissions in any area of bioethics and humanities are accepted. Proposals that address provocative ideas and challenges from interdisciplinary perspectives will be given preference.

Proposals should be submitted in Empirical Research when the focus of your presentation will be the empirical study. If your proposal has an empirical component but the focus of your presentation is not the empirical component, please select another category.

Proposals should be submitted in the Interdisciplinary category when the work involves scholarship that crosses several academic areas. If your proposal has an interdisciplinary element but the focus of the presentation will not be the interdisciplinary nature of the work, please select another category.

Proposals should be submitted in the Visual Arts and Poetry category when the focus of the abstract is for an exhibit of art work or a session such as a poetry reading. If you wish to display your visual arts or hold a poetry session, please select this submission category.

Program Theme: Health and Community. Bioethics has been particularly concerned with the rights and welfare of individual patients and has often been criticized for not attending sufficiently to problems related to the health of populations. But there is little doubt that bioethics and the humanities have much to contribute to concerns connected to groups as well as individuals. We thus invite scholars to address health, disability, and disease as it affects local, national, and global groups. Healthcare professionals, researchers, humanists, and lawyers, can bring experiences, expertise, and interests that shape our understanding of the health of communities as it informs and is informed by ethics, law, politics, medicine, and the humanities. Proposals that critically examine issues related to social groups–such as the appropriate distribution of societal resources, the ways in which literature, film, and the arts inform concerns about the health of populations and our understanding of communities, healthcare professionals’ duty to warn in cases of communicable disease (e.g., HIV/AIDS), the fair distribution of health resources (e.g., medical supplies, water, etc.) during a natural disaster, the various contributions of the arts and the humanities to the health of communities, the social determinants of health and disease, healthcare disparities, the ways historical perspectives can bear on present day policy issues, and conflicts of values between different populations–are welcomed.

Submission Instructions (for all submission types). All proposals will be accepted through 4:00 PM Central Time March 3, 2010.

Submission Types

  • 90-minute Workshop Sessions
  • 60-minute Panel Sessions
  • 15-minute Individual Presentations (Paper Sessions)
  • Posters

Detailed call for proposals and full instructions: http://www.asbh.org/meetings/annual/callguidelines.html

Duke U: Life Lines: Poetry for Our Patients, Our Communities, Our Selves

Duke University announces the upcoming conference Life Lines: Poetry for Our Patients, Our Communities, Our Selves, May 21-23, 2010. The conference will bring together nationally-known poets and healthcare providers for panel presentations, group discussions and workshops examining the place of poetry in caregiving. Highlights of the conference include Friday and Saturday evening talks by David Whyte and Jane Hirshfield.

For information about the conference and to register, visit the conference website: http://www.duke.edu/web/lifelines.

CFS: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Special Issue: SAFE

Call for Submissions: WSQ (Women’s Studies Quarterly) Special Issue: SAFE Guest Editors: Alyson M. Cole & Kyoo Lee

Bubble wrap, sanitizer, helmets, knee pads, H1N1 vaccines, mammograms, protective goggles, preemptive strikes, the Patriot Act, car/fire/health/home/laptop/life/renters’/travel insurance, condoms, sunscreen, car seats, airbags, pensions, life vests, organic food, safe drinking water, safe streets… Our lives are filled with devices, organizations, and agreements to keep our bodies, loved ones, and belongings “safe.” These practices appease our fears, but what does it mean to be or to feel safe? Is safety synonymous with security, stability or stasis? Is it a condition, or the negation of threat, risk and danger? Can we ever be truly safe? If not, why does it endure as an ideal?

For some, safety is a condition of living, as in “better safe than sorry”; for others, safe signals the refusal of life itself, as in the Nietzschean revision of the Socratic ideal of examined life, “an unexplored life is not worth living.” What are the aesthetics, metaphysics and metaphorics of the dynamic multivalency of safe? Is safe a place (“safe house,” “safe box”), a moment (“safe and sound”), a practice/norm (“safe sex”), a feeling, a cognitive state, a number/figure (“savings”), a status (“sauf”: “save” as in “exception”) or a visible logos (“saved document”)? What sort of politics does the ambition to be safe entail? In what ways is safe imbricated with class, race, sexuality and gender? Can we feel safe without restricting ourselves to a prophylactic existence?

This special issue of WSQ invites work that will contribute to an exploration of safety and security, broadly conceived. We welcome academic papers from a variety of disciplinary approaches including theory, empirical research, literary and cultural studies, as well as creative prose, poetry, artwork, memoir and biography. Suggested topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Bioethics, biopolitics
  • Children, childhood, family and safety
  • Crisis and resolution, memory
  • Discipline; docility; drill; habit-formation
  • Domestic space, domestic violence, haven, home, shelter, retreat, refugees
  • The politics of food safety
  • Geography and mapping, enclosures/prisons, harbors and asylums
  • Security state, homeland security, environmental security, job security
  • Illnesses, epidemics, preventions, screenings, health risks, health care
  • Otherness, ethnicized and marginalized populations, borders and enclosures
  • Risk society, theories of risk, technology, prediction
  • Sex, pain, pleasure and risk
  • Terror and/of terrorism, war & trauma, treaty and alliance, recovery

If submitting academic work, please send articles by March 15, 2010 to the guest editors, Alyson M. Cole and Kyoo Lee at WSQSafeIssue@gmail.com . Submission should not exceed 20 double spaced, 12 point font pages.

Poetry submissions should be sent to WSQ‘s poetry editor, Kathleen Ossip, at WSQpoetry@gmail.com  by March 15, 2010. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting poems. Please note that poetry submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the poetry editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please paste poetry submissions into the body of the e-mail along with all contact information.

Fiction, essay, and memoir submissions should be sent to WSQ‘s fiction/nonfiction editor, Jocelyn Lieu, at WSQCreativeProse@gmail.com  by March 15, 2010. Please review previous issues of WSQ to see what type of submissions we prefer before submitting prose. Please note that prose submissions may be held for six months or longer. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if the prose editor is notified immediately of acceptance elsewhere. We do not accept work that has been previously published. Please provide all contact information in the body of the e-mail.

Art submissions should be sent to the guest editors, Alyson M. Cole and Kyoo Lee, at WSQSafeIssue@gmail.com  by March 15, 2010. After art is reviewed and accepted, accepted art must be sent to the journal’s managing editor on a CD that includes all artwork of 300 DPI or greater, saved as 4.25 inches wide or larger. These files should be saved as individual JPEGS or TIFFS.

WSQ at the Feminist Press, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016, 212.817.7926, Email: wsqsafeissue@gmail.com

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