CFS: Narrative Inquiry Bioethics

Call for Case Studies and Narrative Education Reports

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research is a peer-reviewed journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Case studies. Case study articles are stand-alone articles that include an in-depth description and analysis of one or more instructive cases from health care that involve an ethical problem. The author or authors of a case study must be personally involved in the case being discussed. NIB welcomes case studies on a variety of subjects, including clinical care of patients, institutional undertakings, and policy initiatives. Case studies should be rich in description and should contain an analysis of the case that explores how the ethical challenges might best be addressed and what can be learned from the case. All case studies must adhere to the confidentiality principles outlined in the Author Guidelines. The editors may or may not invite commentaries on the case study. Case study articles should be 3,500-5,000 words.

Narrative Education Reports. NIB publishes reports on the integration of narrative writing, journaling, or literature into the education of health professionals. Articles may be written as case studies describing and evaluating educational programs or as outcomes research studies using qualitative or mixed methods. Narrative Education Report articles will ordinarily range from 2,000-4,000 words.

Author Guidelines and further information about the Journal are available at:

You may access a free copy of a past issue of the Journal here:

Please direct inquiries and submissions to:


CFS: Educational Attainment & Adult Health

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Social Science & Medicine: Educational Attainment and Adult Health: Contextualizing Causality 

Social Science & Medicine invites submissions that examine the causal connections between educational attainment and adult health. The association between education and adult health has been documented in numerous—but not all—countries and contexts. However, the magnitude of the association varies considerably across countries and contexts, and explanations for the association remain contested. Is education causally related to health? If so, in what direction and under what conditions is it causally related?

This Special Issue seeks articles that address the question: “Under what conditions and due to what causal mechanisms (mediators) are education and adult health causally related” Perhaps education and health are causally related only under certain sociopolitical contexts, or above a certain GDP, or for particular genetic endowments, for example.

Submissions should consider the following:

  • Papers on developing countries are of highest priority and will be given special consideration.
  • Papers can be empirically based, using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods, or theoretical.
  • Papers from all disciplines of the Journal are welcome; for example, social science disciplines (anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, policy, psychology, and sociology) and material relevant to the social sciences from any of the professions concerned with physical and mental health, health care, clinical practice, and health policy and organization.
  • Papers are sought that investigate the underlying causal mechanisms linking education and health.
  • Health is broadly defined, for example, morbidity, disability, mental health, mortality.
  • Papers that focus on a single country, a particular social context, or international comparisons are appropriate.
  • Empirical papers finding no causal relationship under a range of conditions are also appropriate.

The Guest Editors of this Special Issue are Jennifer Karas Montez (Harvard University, USA) and Esther Friedman (Harvard University, USA). The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2013. Authors should submit online at, and when asked, choose the Special Issue title from list of Article Types provided. All submissions should meet Social Science & Medicine author guidelines (also available at

CFP: Philosophy, Nursing

Philosophy in the Nurse’s World: Troubling Practice

The Philosophy in the Nurse’s World conference was inaugurated by the Institute, now the unit for Philosophical Nursing Research (uPNR), a working group of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing oriented to the pursuit of philosophical nursing knowledge.

The Philosophy in the Nurse’s World conference provides a forum for advancing philosophical nursing inquiry. In May 2010 and 2012, the conference examined questions of ‘the political’ and nursing practices, examining questions relating to the social, political and economic conditions organizing nursing as a discipline and a field of care. In 2014 we will continue our collective conversation by philosophically exploring and analyzing the idea of ‘ troubling practice’. We are drawn to this idea because of sever characteristics of the current contexts of nursing including a continuing emphasis on instrumentalism and corporatism; the spread of economic discourses beyond their ‘proper’ sphere: a preoccupation with ‘productivity’ and outputs; and the normalization of constraint, disparity and austerity.

Although these are not new features of nursing contexts, their intensification calls us to explore ways we might challenge or disrupt their influence, develop counter discourses or critiques, or articulate philosophical resources that might enable us to retain and extend space for philosophical inquiry and practice – all as ways, in Lyotard’s terms, of providing resistances to or illumination about what is happening right now.

Details here:

Deadline for abstract submission: December 1, 2013


CFP: Teaching Professor Conference

The 2014 Teaching Professor Conference is the place to hear about the latest pedagogical strategies. For educators who are passionate about the art and science of teaching, The Teaching Professor Conference is the premier event in the U.S. There is no better forum for an exhilarating exchange of ideas with your colleagues.

We are now accepting proposals for sessions and poster sessions!

The Teaching Professor Conference is known for attracting a roster of high-quality, engaging presenters; that’s why we’re asking you to be a part of next year’s event. If you have previously submitted a proposal for past conferences, we sincerely ask you to submit again. And if you have never submitted a proposal for a session or poster session, we ask that you seriously consider this opportunity to share your expertise at the conference.

The 11th annual Teaching Professor Conference will be held May 30 – June 1, 2014 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Mass. Featured topical areas are:

  • Topical Area 1: Instructional Design
  • Topical Area 2: Activities that Engage Students
  • Topical Area 3: Teaching Specific Types of Students
  • Topical Area 4: Instructional Vitality: Ways to Keep Teaching Fresh and Invigorated
  • Topical Area 5: Teaching and Learning with Technology
  • Topical Area 6: Creating Climates for Learning
  • Topical Area 7: Faculty Development

For more information about the proposal process and how to submit your proposal, please click here:

The Teaching Professor Conference is three intensive days of plenary sessions, preconference workshops, sessions, poster sessions, and more. Here is your chance to be a part of it in 2014.

Deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, November 1st, 2013.


CFP: Trauma–Theory and Practice

4th Global Conference: Trauma: Theory and Practice
Saturday 22nd March – Tuesday 25th March 2014, Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Presentations
This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding individual and collective trauma in terms of practice, theory and lived reality. Trauma studies has emerged from its foundation in psychoanalysis to be a dominant methodology for understanding contemporary events and our reactions to them. Critics have argued that we live in a ‘culture of trauma.’ Repeated images of suffering and death form our collective and/or cultural unconscious. The third global conference seeks papers on a variety of issues related to trauma including: the function of memory, memorial, and testimony; collective and cultural perspectives; the impact of time; and the management of personal and political traumas.
Trauma has a thematic identity that exists on the interdisciplinary fringes of other subject areas, either peripherally nudging, or fully penetrating existing research, shifting cultures and influencing global politics. Thus, while we continue to welcome research papers of core theoretical and clinical interest, we would also warmly encourage those papers that address: critical questions of practice; practical projects; first-hand survivor/bystander reports of individual and collective experiences; and, those that interrogate, critique, represent, or create works that deal with fictional and actual traumatic events.
We would also like to encourage presentations that take the following forms: auto-ethnographical and experiential accounts, case studies, papers, performance pieces, reports, works of art, works-in-progress, and workshops.
Finally, submissions which engage with the aftermath of trauma as a space of potential opportunity for change, emotional growth, identity shifts, or developing spirituality are particularly welcome across any of the following themes.
1. Public and Political Trauma
~ War and trauma, both past and present
~ Captivity and torture
~ Public disasters and trauma including environmental catastrophes
~ Disease, public health and trauma
~ Political trauma, silencing dissent/voicing dissent
~ Social trauma
~ Traumatic displacement and cultural uprooting
~ Inherited intergenerational trauma
2. Personal and Individual Trauma
~ Bereavement: parent; sibling; partner loss
~ Abandonment
~ Betrayal
~ Peer pressure and bullying
~ Murder and assault
~ Domestic violence
~ Child abuse and childhood trauma
~ Survivor guilt
~ Disability
~ Witnessing trauma and secondary trauma
~ Coping strategies – stress management and reduction
3. Diagnosing and Treating Trauma
~ Medical, therapeutic, and holistic approaches to trauma management
~ Non-medical therapies/approaches – the uses of drama, dance, narrative, bibliotherapy and scriptotherapy, music, art, and digital technologies
~ Vicarious traumatisation, secondary stress, and compassion fatigue
~ From person to survivor – perspectives of change
4. Theorising Trauma
~ Trauma and post colonialism
~ Memory
~ National identity
~ Trauma studies
~ Individual versus collective trauma
~ Socio-cultural perspectives on traumatic experience
~ Gender
~ The body from the inside and out
~ Psychic trauma
5. Representing Trauma
~ Affect, trauma, and art
~ Trauma on stage, screen, and in cyberspace
~ Traumatic expression
~ Media images: reality and fiction
~ Literature and poetry
~ Eyewitness testimony
~ Gaming and violence
~ New technologies
~ Reporting on trauma
~ Aesthetics and experience
~ Fear and horror
~ Otherness, spirituality, and trauma
What to Send
The Steering Group also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th October 2013. 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 17th January 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word 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 f) up to 10 key words
E-mails should be entitled: Trauma 4 Abstract Submission.
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.
Organising Chairs
Peter Bray:
Rob Fisher:
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.
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.

CFS: Integrative Oncology, Cancer Survivorship (JNCI)

Call for Papers for Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) Monograph: The Role of Integrative Oncology in Cancer Survivorship
Letters of Intent: October 1, 2013
Letters of Intent are being accepted for manuscripts focused on original research for a JNCI monograph dedicated to evaluating the science and impact of integrative oncology on cancer survivorship. This monograph is sponsored by the Society for Integrative Oncology, Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine, the Abramson Cancer Center at University of Pennsylvania, Allina Health, Beth Israel Medical Center, University of Hawaii, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The peer-reviewed issue is scheduled for publication September 2014. It will include selected manuscripts on the science and evidence-based integration of complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) and lifestyle changes aimed at improving the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of quality of life and clinical outcomes for individuals affected by cancer.
Researchers from a diverse range of disciplines (including, but not limited to medicine, nursing, CIM, public health and health services, behavioral medicine, epidemiology, anthropology, and psychology) may contribute high quality empirical papers of original research in the following areas:

  • Translational research to elucidate the mechanisms underlying integrative oncology
  • Clinical trials to define the safety, efficacy, and effectiveness of integrative oncology
  • Implementation and dissemination science to evaluate the integration of specific types of CIM or process of integration into cancer care

Letters of Intent must be received by October 1, 2013 to, and must include a title, brief abstract, the type of research (e.g., clinical trial, observational, etc.), and list of authors.
Manuscripts deemed appropriate for this special issue must be received by January 15, 2014 via JNCI online submission portal – must include a cover letter indicating submission for this specific monograph and strictly conform to the author requirements and reference specifications of JNCI (see
Early detection combined with treatment advances have allowed many individuals with cancer to live longer. In the United States alone, 13.7 million individuals have a past diagnosis of cancer and are thus considered cancer survivors. As cancer affects individuals on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, many cancer survivors use complementary and integrative
medicine (CIM) to regain a sense of control, address symptom burden, seek wellness, and improve outcomes. The convergence of the two exciting new fields, cancer survivorship and integrative oncology, creates enormous opportunities to ask important research questions and to develop innovative clinical models to promote the long term health and wellbeing for cancer survivors.
Despite the scientific promise and emerging empirical evidence, many questions remain unanswered:
What are the mechanisms underlying specific CIM practices (e.g., acupuncture, yoga, etc.) for symptom management?
How does stress reduction or dietary change affect biomarkers and clinical outcomes in cancer survivors?
What is the optimal way to integrate CIM practices in the growing field of survivorship clinical delivery?
How can CIM be delivered alongside conventional treatments to improve clinical outcomes?
What are the long term safety, efficacy, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of specific integrative approaches for improving symptom management in cancer survivors?
How do patients and providers make decisions to incorporate CAM approaches to manage pain and other symptoms common in cancer survivorship?
The JNCI Monograph, The Role of Integrative Oncology in Cancer Survivorship, will:

  • Present and synthesize the state of science in integrative oncology.
  • Identify scientific gaps and opportunities in integrative oncology.
  • Discuss methodological challenges and propose solutions to enhance the quality of integrative oncology research.
  • Provide evidence-based clinical guideline to inform integrative oncology delivery.

Guest Editors
June J. Mao, MD, MSCE of University of Pennsylvania
Lorenzo Cohen, PhD of MD Anderson Cancer Center

Guidelines for Case Reports

A new set of guidelines for writing and publishing case reports has been developed and disseminated. Details here: