CFP: Spirituality, Interface of Theory, Praxis & Pedagogy

Call for Proposal Abstracts : 2nd Global Conference, Spirituality in the 21st Century: At the Interface of Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy | 21st March – 24th March 2012, Prague, Czech Republic

The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious scholarship—theology, philosophy of religion, history of religion, comparative religion, mysticism—but also more recently from management, medicine, and many other fields. This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding spirituality in regard to theory, praxis and pedagogy. Our first Conference, held in March 2011, was highly successful, with more than 50 presenters from greater than 25 countries around the world participating. We seek to expand the range of ideas, fields, and locales of Spiritual work for the 2nd Global Conference. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in the fields of Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation, Business, Counseling, Ecology, Education, Healing, History, Management, Mass/Organizational/Speech Communication, Medicine, Nursing, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Reconciliation/Refugee/Resettlement Projects, Social Work, and Theatre. These disciplines are indicative only, as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and/or vocation in which Spirituality plays a part.

Papers, reports, works-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

  •  Conceptualizations of Spirituality
  •  Social and/or Cultural Aspects of Spirituality
  •  History(ies) of Spirituality
  •  Interpreting elements and examples of Spirituality
  •  The Liminal elements and facets of Spirituality
  •  Research and/or Pedagogical Approaches to Spiritual Work
  •  Social and cultural aspects of Spirituality
  •  Spirituality and Children
  •  Spirituality in Education, Curriculum Development and/or Pedagogy
  •  Spirituality Compassion and Reconciliation
  •  Spirituality and Cultural Identity
  •  Spirituality and Healing
  •  Spirituality and Addiction, Health Care, Medicine, and/or Nursing
  •  Spirituality in Counseling, Healing, Hospice Care, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Therapy and/or Wellbeing
  •  Spiritual and Ecological Maintenance of Health and Life of Human Beings
  •  Spirituality as Therapy
  •  Development of Personality as a Process of Spirit Creation
  •  Cultural Expressions of Spirituality via Art, Dance, Film, The Internet, Literature, Music, Radio, Television and/or Theatre
  •  Spirituality and Communication
  •  Spirituality and the Environment
  •  Spirituality in Business and/or Management
  •  Spirituality and Gaia
  •  Teaching Spirituality
  •  Theology and Spirituality – use and/or abuse
  •  Teleology and Spirituality
  •  Comparisons and/or Contrasts between Spiritual Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 30th September 2010. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 27th January 2012. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order: a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a 8-10 page full draft paper should be submitted to both Organising Chairs by Monday 27th January 2011.

Organising Chairs

John L. Hochheimer, College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, 1100 Lincoln Drive, Mail Code 6609, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL. 62901 USA E-mail:

Rob Fisher, Network Founder and Leader, Inter-Disciplinary.Net, Freeland, Oxfordshire, OX29 8HR, E-mail:

The conference is part of the ‘At the Interface’ programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers maybe invited for development for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). For further details of the project, please visit:

For further details of the conference, please visit:

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.


CFP: Advancing Nursing Ed & Practice

The 2011 International Nursing Conference, Advancing Nursing Education and Practice, hosted by Xiangya School of Nursing and School of Medicine, Changsha, China, October 14-16, 2011, invites submissions of abstracts.

The conference theme is Propagating the Nightingale Spirit: Enhancing Nursing Science and Care.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts in English of approximately 600 words by July 31, 2011. Abstracts should include: title, author name(s) and affiliation(s), full mail addresses, fax number, email addresses and (if applicable) sponsored project and project code. Abstracts should include: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Send abstracts in Word format to: or

CFS: Advances in Mental Health: Substance Use and Mental Health

Advances in Mental Health Vol 11/1, Substance Use and Mental Health | Deadline for Papers: 15th September 2011

Problems of substance use and mental health issue are widely visible and the high rate of co-occurrence of these disorders is well known in the field, yet little attention has been paid to this major societal problem. Major mental health and addiction institutions in the industrialized countries are facing with the crisis of funding cutbacks while similar institutions are barely functional in many underdeveloped/developing countries. In Canada, for example, one in four individuals suffers from mental illness or addiction while the other three live with it. The purpose of this substance use and mental health theme issue is to bring together the work of leading scientists, social scientists and other scholars. We are particularly interested in work that considers the impact of childhood maltreatment on mental health and substance abuse issues, recognizing the increased likelihood of both and co-morbid issues among violence survivors across the lifespan. As a chronic living environment and as related to a lack of safe, stable, nurturing relationship, maltreatment can continue as a ‘lived’ experience beyond the cessation of the maltreatment events. While mechanisms are emergent, maltreatment can be considered a demand factor for substance use, from a range of domains (stress and coping; motivations and outcome expectancies for enhancement; learned contingencies etc.). This issue is invitational towards work considering maltreatment, including prevention, theory-testing, health and service systems use, and under-studied populations.

As the guest editors of the journal of Advances in Mental Health, we would like to invite you to submit an article to the special issue of Advances in Mental Health, volume 11/1 (April 2012). We are seeking submission from people from a range of disciplines and settings including but not limited to: public health, mental health, addiction, psychology, sociology, neuroscience; law; government. Here are some dates pertaining to the issue:

We expect to receive your intention to submit your manuscript addressed to Masood Zangeneh ( ) and Christine Wekerle ( ) by July 30, 2011. We expect to receive your manuscript by September 15, 2011. Authors will receive the editor’s feedback by October 15, 2011. We are expecting to receive your final drafts by November 15, 2011. Authors will receive the review feedback by December 15, 2011.  Authors are expected to submit their final revision by January 30, 2012. Editorial decision is due on February 15, 2012.

The journal’s Web page is:

CFP: Medical Models of Health, Moral Economies and Everyday Practices

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference, Making (In)Appropriate Bodies – Between Medical Models of Health, Moral Economies and Everyday Practices

When: December 1-2, 2011 | Venue: Vienna, Albert Schweitzer-Haus | Organised by the Department of Social Studies of Science, University of Vienna

Since the turn of the 18th century regulating, controlling and forming bodies has been a central concern both of medicine and state politics. In recent decades techno-scientific innovations, societal developments and new forms of governance have considerably altered the ways in which bodily conditions are measured, normalised and (bio-)medicalised. While some have proclaimed a new politics of life that has supplanted older forms of regulating and controlling bodies and populations, arguably old and new forms of bio-power coexist and intermingle in multiple ways: Both major state-sponsored campaigns aiming at regulating and disciplining bodies on the population scale, e.g. in the proclaimed ‘war against obesity’, and new forms of understanding bodies that foster novel choices, responsibilities and identities, e.g. personalised genetics, are simultaneously coexisting and coalescing.

In this conference, we aim at exploring the multiple ways in which appropriate – and in the same move, inappropriate – bodies are made and enacted within biomedicine, wider biopolitical interventions and everyday practice. Departing from the assumption that the ways in which bodies are known, lived and acted upon are inseparably intertwined, we call for contributions that investigate the interrelations of (biomedical) knowledge, moral economies and socio-material orders on different levels. Particular focus will be put on:

  •  the ways in which bodily norms get produced and enacted in diverse biomedical and public health arenas and beyond (e.g. self-help groups, internet forums, …)
  •  how these arenas are related to each other, and how bodily norms travel and are translated between them
  •  how bodily norms are tied to the formation of identities
  •  the kinds of practices and interventions developed to lead to the accomplishment of bodily norms and ideals
  •  the forms of resistance which emerge against such normalization and biomedicalisation tendencies
  •  the importance of wider political, cultural and national contexts, i.e. specific techno-political cultures or broader socio-technical imaginaries, for the formation of these norms and related practices

This conference will address the above-mentioned issues and seeks to combine in-depth empirical analyses with broader theoretical reflections. By bringing together research that addresses different cultural contexts and different efforts of normalising bodies (such as the obesity debate), and that applies different methodological approaches to studying these, the conference’s explicit goal is to open up comparative perspectives and to contribute to a broader understanding of contemporary efforts to govern bodies. Deadline for abstract submission: September 12, 2011.

Notification of acceptance by: September 20, 2011. | Deadline for extended abstracts (3-5 pages): November 7, 2011

A limited number of travel grants for young researchers will be available upon application. For further details about the submission of abstracts, registration fees, etc. please visit:

This conference is organised as part of the research project „Perceptions and imaginations of obesity as a socio-scientific problem in the Austrian context“.  See:

CFS: LGBT Health Care Systems and Professionals

Call for Submission: LGBT Health Care Systems and Professionals: State of the Art

This special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality deals with health care concerns, including, but not limited to analysis of policies and procedures that unfairly disadvantage LGBT consumers of health care, studies of specific health issues among LGBT individuals or communities, research on LGBT health care professionals, and experiences of LGBT individuals within health care settings or with health care professionals. Articles may address LGBT communities as a whole, or specific sub-groups. We welcome critical reviews of the literature as well as quantitative or qualitative research studies and book reviews. Papers should follow APA format and be no more than 25 pages (excluding tables, figures, and references) and will be peer reviewed by a special review board assembled specifically for this issue. Please send by abstracts or inquiries by Sept 1 and full manuscripts by October 1 to . If you have any questions, please contact the guest editors, Mickey Eliason (, Peggy Chinn ( or Suzanne Dibble (

CFP: International Nursing History Conference in Denmark

The Danish Society of Nursing History and the Danish Museum of Nursing History are pleased to invite scholars from all over the world to an international conference on the History of Nursing August 9 – 11, 2012. The conference is run jointly by the Danish Society of Nursing History and the Danish Museum of Nursing History and it is affiliated to academia by
the Southern University of Denmark and the UC Danish Deaconess Foundation.

The conference will take place over three days from 9 – 11 August 2012 and will comprise plenary sessions and concurrent sessions. Keynote speakers include Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Kings College London, England, Professor Christine Hallett, University of Manchester, England, Professor Julie Fairman, University of Pennsylvania, USA and Associate Professor
Susanne Kreutzer, University of Osnabruck, Germany.

Abstract themes:  The conference language will be English and abstracts from all disciplines are welcome. Abstracts are invited for paper presentations on the eight conference themes.

1. Medieval and Renaissance Nursing
2. Nursing in Modern Times
3. Religious and Secular Nursing
4. Gender, Culture and Ethnicity
5. Professionalization and Education
6. Disaster and War
7. Clinical Nursing
8. Nursing Ethics

Guidelines for submission of abstract: Abstracts should not exceed 400 words. Margins must be one and one-half
inches on left, and one inch on the right, top and bottom. Center the title in upper case and single space the body of the abstract using 12-point font Times New Roman. In upper case on left state the author’s name(s), credentials, institutional affiliation, address, telephone number and e-mail address. In lower case on left state the chosen theme for the abstract. The abstract should fit on one side of one page in a single Word document.

Abstracts will only be accepted by e-mail to Secretary of the Conference Mariann Bay Abstracts received after the closing date will not be considered. The call for abstracts opens on 16 May 2011 and closes at midnight 15 November 2011. Abstracts will be selected on the basis of merit through blind review and applicants will be informed by 2 January 2012 whether
their proposals have been accepted. One abstract only per single and first author applicant is permitted. Further information about the conference fee and program will be available when registration for the conference opens on 16 January 2012 on the
conference website

Susanne Malchau Dietz, President, The Danish Society of Nursing History

Inger-Marie Børgesen, Curator, The Danish Museum of Nursing, History

Mariann Bay, Conference Secretary

Conference website:

CFP: LGBTQ Bioethics (J Homosexuality)

Call fro proposals:  Mapping Queer Bioethics: Space, Place, and Locality in LGBTQ Bioethics (Journal of Homosexuality Special Issue)

Guest Editors: Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester

The Journal of Homosexuality invites the submission of abstracts for a special issue expected to publish in Fall 2012. This special issue will consider the spaces, places, and localities in which bioethical concerns and dilemmas arise. Recent scholarship in bioethics, disability, studies, and queer theory has focused prominently on the institutional and circumstantial factors that impact the appreciations, services, and needs of marginalized populations. To that end, numerous scholars from a variety of traditions have weighed-in on the spatial and organizational strategies of municipalities, nations, and other governing bodies to consider the complexities and sensitivities of those in need of health care services. Bearing in mind this recent intellectual trend, this special issue will provide discourse on a as-yet-unacknowledged question: How do we appreciate and understand the special needs and special sensitivities of queer parties in the clinical realm given the constraints of location, space, and geography? Accordingly, we seek contributors from numerous disciplines to provide insights on how queer health needs might be space and place specific. How do the needs of trans persons differ in the clinic, in the classroom, and in the boardroom? Does the pedagogical value of queer-positive sex education policies differ in the high school, in the courtroom, and in the legislative house? Do the ethics of safe(r) sex standards change when we consider disparate spaces such as bathhouse, the tearoom, the bedroom, and the hospital? Does the act of memorializing queer health and queer sexuality change between the archive, the home, the church, and the art gallery? More boldly (and perhaps more discerningly), what continuities can we identify across these various spaces?

This special issue will attempt to ‘map’ (literally and figuratively) the healthcare sensitivities of LGBTQ persons, considering these over-arching questions:

  • What are the prominent, queer sites of contention, contagion, and discourse?
  • How does the proximity of these spaces (as safe or otherwise) affect and effect their (il)legitimacy?
  • Where do we posit the queerness of healthcare; and the health of queerness?
  • With maps literally included in this special issue, what does the topgraphy, geography, and spatiality of queer health look like cartographically? And how is this a useful strategy?

Abstract submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words in length and are due by August 31, 2011. Abstract should be submitted to: