CFP: Social Innovation in Health Care


The Culture of Cities Centre, in Conjunction with the Rhetoric & Ethics Research Lab of Carleton University and the Centre for Social Innovation, invites abstracts for an upcoming conference:


Deadline for Abstract submissions: August 23, 2013


This conference will consider approaches to innovative practices of health care that stress the social relationship between caregiver and recipient of care as a process of communication occurring within a cultural context.

The aim of the conference is to explore conditions that influence the giving of care and to incorporate relevant concepts and research from a broad range of disciplines and arts into the discussion in order to supplement views of caregiving as solely a medically informed transaction. Works and approaches that focus upon how the dynamics of the relation between practitioner and client are shaped by social and cultural factors are particularly welcome. The primary objective is to lay grounds for connecting ethics and care to systemic practices for case study research. This research can be used to design situations to study and represent, as guides for action, offering different views of problems, methods, materials, conflict and its resolution.

We invite papers that engage the ethical sense of care through an openness to methods and procedures of analysis developed in the humanities and social sciences. Explorations of how cultural meanings are typically infused with ethical conceptions of care in addressing patients in humane ways and as vulnerable participants in distributions of knowledge, power and affect are encouraged.

Possible Topics/Themes

  • Strategies of Rehabilitation and Change: Views of Therapy, Resilience and Consumerism
  • Symptom Management in Relation to Healing
  • Models of Caregiver Stress; Professional Burnout and Depression
  • Institutional Constraints on Care; Long-Term Care
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Bioethics
  • Conceptions and Practices of Well-Being, and the Social Production of Peace of Mind
  • The Social Dynamics of Dementia
  • Addiction treatment
  • Care in the Humanities: From Asia to Greece, Foucault to Hannah Arendt
  • Influences of New Technologies on Care in Social media, Robotics,Skype Coaching and Telecare
  • Mixed Methodologies and Qualitative Research

The normal presentation format following the plenary will be a 20-minute talk as part of a panel of 3-4 speakers followed by questions and discussion. Proposals for other forms of participation (performances, exhibitions/screenings, roundtables) will also be considered. The concluding session of the conference will feature a roundtable with participants from all four areas offering concluding reflections and thoughts as to future directions in research, activism, and practice.

Target Audience

Scholars, artists, policymakers, activists, and others with interdisciplinary interests in exploring ethical and aesthetic dimensions of care. The conference is also intended to be suitable for physicians, social workers, nurses, public health professionals, and all medical personnel with interests in the ethical ramifications of health care.

Submission Deadlines:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: August 23, 2013

Notification of Acceptance: August 30th, 2013



Journal of Emergency Nursing Seeks New Editor-in-Chief

The Emergency Nurses Association is seeking an experienced nurse editor to guide the strategic direction and provide the highest level of editorial oversight for the Journal of Emergency Nursing (JEN). The editor in chief will collaborate with the ENA Board of Directors regarding editorial tone, the strategic direction of the journal, and will ensure that the content of the journal is in concert with the association’s strategic plan. Qualified candidates should be a nurse with advanced academic credentials (Doctorate required), relevant experience in editing journals and/or journal articles and a broad perspective of the field of emergency nursing and familiarity with current issues in emergency care.

To learn more about this exciting opportunity or to apply, visit Applications should include a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), cover letter, statement of support from your current institution (employer) and a vision statement for the future of the Journal. Additional materials and writing samples may be requested as part of the search process. Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 23, 2013 and should be sent to:

ENA Human Resources

915 Lee Street

Des Plaines, IL 60016


CFS: J Alt & Complementary Med

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy is the premier peer-reviewed journal of scientific work for healthcare professionals, practitioners, and scientists seeking to evaluate and integrate Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) into mainstream practice. The journal delivers original research that directly impacts patient care therapies, protocols, and strategies, ultimately improving the quality of healing.

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine coverage includes:

  • •Botanical Medicine
  • •Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • •Mind-Body Medicine
  • •Nutrition and Dietary Supplements
  • •Yoga
  • •Ayurveda
  • •Naturopathy
  • •Homeopathy
  • •Tai Chi
  • •Qi Gung
  • •Massage Therapy
  • •Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine
  • •Neurostimulation
  • •Integrative Biophysics

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine is under the editorial leadership of Editor-in-Chief Kim A. Jobst, MA, DM, MRCP, MFHom, DipAc, and other leading investigators.

Audience: Conventional medicine, nursing, psychiatric, and psychology practitioners; alternative medicine practitioners, researchers, and specialists; schools of Oriental medicine; and pharmaceutical, herbal, and other therapeutic industry professionals; among others

Details here:


CFP: Making Transgender Count (TSQ)

Call for Proposals: Making Transgender Count (special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly)

TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly is a new journal, edited by Paisley Currah and Susan Stryker to be published by Duke University Press. TSQ aims to be the journal of record for the interdisciplinary field of transgender studies and to promote the widest possible range of perspectives on transgender phenomena broadly defined. Every issue of TSQ will be a specially themed issue that also contains regularly recurring features such as reviews, interviews, and opinion pieces.

As a relatively new social category, the very notion of a “transgender population” poses numerous intellectual, political, and technical challenges. Who gets to define what transgender is, or who is transgender? How are trans people counted—and by whom and for whom are they enumerated? Why is counting transgender members of a population seen as making that population’s government accountable to those individuals? What is at stake in “making transgender count”—and how might this process vary in different national, linguistic, or cultural contexts?

This issue of TSQ seeks to present a range of approaches to these challenges—everything from analyses that generate more effective and inclusive ways to measure and count gender identity and/or transgender persons, to critical perspectives on quantitative methodologies and the politics of what Ian Hacking has called “making up people.”  In many countries, large-scale national health surveys provide data that policy-makers rely on to monitor the health of the populations they oversee, and to make decisions about the allocation of resources to particular groups and regions—yet transgender people remain invisible in most such data collection projects. When administrative gender is conceived as a male/female binary determined by the sex assigned at birth, the structure, and very existence, of trans sub populations can be invisibilized by government data collection efforts. Without the routine and standardized collection of information about transgender populations, some advocates contend, transgender people will not “count” when government agencies make decisions about the health, safety and public welfare of the population. But even as more agencies become more open to surveying transgender populations, experts and professionals are not yet of one mind as to what constitutes “best practices” for sampling methods that will accurately capture respondents’ gender identity/expression, and the diversity of transgender communities. In still other quarters, debates rage about the ethics of counting trans people in the first place.

We invite proposals for scholarly essays that tackle transgender inclusion and/or gender identity/expression measurement and sampling methods in population studies, demography, epidemiology, and other social sciences. We also invite submissions that critically engage with the project of categorizing and counting “trans” populations. Potential topics might include:

  •  best practices and strategies for transgender inclusion and sampling in quantitative research;
  •  critical reflections on past, current, and future data collection efforts;
  •  the potential effects of epidemiological research on health and other disparities in trans communities;
  •  who counts/gets counted and who does not: occlusions of disability, race, ethnicity, class, gender in quantitative research on trans communities;
  •  the tension between the contextually specific meaning of transgender identities and the generality and fixity that data collection requires of its constructs and social categories;
  • implications of linguistic, geographical, and cultural diversity in definitions of transgender and the limits of its applicability;
  •  critical engagements with of the biopolitics of enumerating the population.

Please send full length article submissions by December 31, 2013 to along with a brief bio including name, postal address, and any institutional affiliation. Illustrations, figures and tables should be included with the submission. The guest editors for this issue are Jody Herman (Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law), Emilia Lombardi (Baldwin Wallace University), Sari L. Reisner (Harvard School of Public Health), Ben Singer (Vanderbilt University), and Hale Thompson (University of Illinois at Chicago). Any questions should be sent to the guest editors at

To learn more about the journal and see calls for papers for future special issues, visit For information about subscriptions, visit

Press Director on Scientific Integrity and Open Access Publishing

The Scholarly Kitchen interviews Mike Rossner, retiring director of Rockefeller University Press, on scientific integrity, making research data publicly available and routes to open access. The interview is open access on the blog site:



Portable Peer Review

Michael Clarke, writing for the Scholarly Kitchen, discusses the announcement of a new “portable peer review” coalition among eLife, BioMed Central (BMC), the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

Authors who submit to a participating journal in the consortium, and are not accepted by that journal, will be able to redirect their paper, with the referee’s reports, to any other journal in the consortium. Referees will be given the opportunity to opt out of having their reports forwarded, or to forward them anonymously (in all cases, the referee’s identity will be anonymous to the author – referees will choose whether they wish to remain anonymous to the editors of the secondary journal).

Details here:

CFS: Biology Integrative Reviews

Call for Papers: Biology Reviews for Nursing Research

Nursing Research invites integrative reviews of current advances in basic biological sciences and translational research relevant to emerging areas of nursing science. Areas of interest include but are not limited to topics in: genetics, genomics, and epigenetics; systems biology/integrative physiology; neuroscience and imaging; computational biology; microbiology and the human microbiome; nanoscience; physiology in situ and mobile health devices. Biology Reviews for Nursing Research will provide up-to-date information about advances in these thematic areas to the global community of nurse scientists, with the aim of infusing new biological and “omics” knowledge into nursing research.

Reviews should summarize and critically evaluate the current state of knowledge. Implications for nursing research in relevant areas should be addressed, especially with respect to the priority research addressing prevention and treatment of disease and disability; symptoms and symptom management of acute and chronic illnesses; interventions for compassionate end-of-life and palliative care; infectious disease and global health; and integration of biological and behavioral perspectives on health over the lifespan across priority areas.

Papers accepted for Biology Reviews will be published as features in regular issues of Nursing Research.

Queries are encouraged and should be sent to Dr. Susan Henly, Editor .

Information for Authors is available at:

Nursing Research is indexed or abstracted in Medline, CINAHL, JCR Science Citation Index, PsychInfo and Thomson Reuters Web of ScienceSM.