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: submissions@queerbioethics.com

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