CFS: Feminist Phenomenology, Medicine, Bioethics, and Health

Feminist Phenomenology, Medicine, Bioethics, and Health (International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics)

Although by no means mainstream, phenomenological approaches to bioethics and philosophy of medicine are no longer novel. Such approaches take the lived body – as opposed the body understood as a material, biological object – as a point of departure. Such approaches are also invested in a detailed examination and articulation of a plurality of diverse subjective experiences, as opposed to reifying experience under the rubric of “the subject” or “the patient.” Phenomenological approaches to bioethics and medicine have broached topics such as pain, trauma, illness, death, and bodily alienation – to name just a few – and our understandings of these topics have benefitted from and are deepened by being analyzed using the tools of phenomenology.
There is also a rich history of approaching phenomenology from a feminist perspective. Combining these two approaches and methodologies has furthered our understandings of lived experiences of marginalization, invisibility, nonnormativity, and oppression. Approaching phenomenology from a feminist perspective has also broadened the subject matter of traditional phenomenology to include analyses of sexuality, sexual difference, pregnancy, and birth. Moreover, feminist phenomenological accounts of embodiment have also helped to broaden more traditional philosophical understandings and discussions of what singular bodies are and of how they navigate the world as differently sexed, gendered, racialized, aged, weighted, and abled. Feminist phenomenological accounts and analyses have helped to draw to the fore the complicated ways in which identities intersect and have made the case that if we are really to understand first person embodied accounts of experience, then a traditional phenomenological account of “the subject” simply does not suffice.
The aim of this International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics special issue (11.1) is to explore and develop the connections between feminist phenomenology, philosophy of medicine, bioethics, and health. The issue will consider on the one hand, how feminist phenomenology can enhance and deepen our understanding of issues within medicine, bioethics, and health, and on the other hand, whether and how feminist approaches to medicine, bioethics, and health can help to advance the phenomenological project.
Topics appropriate to the special issue include, but are not limited to, feminist phenomenological analyses and/or critiques of:
  •  Health, illness, and healthcare
  • Social determinants of health (e.g., food justice, environmental justice, labor equity, transnational inequities)
  • Negotiating medical bureaucracies and access to care
  • Health/care in constrained circumstances (i.e., in prisons, as migrants, in conditions without secure health insurance)
  • Sex and gender
  • Rape, sexual violence, or domestic violence
  • Transgender and trans* experiences of embodiment, health, or healthcare
  • Intersex experiences of embodiment, health, or healthcare
  • Death and dying
  • Palliative care and end of life
  • Caregiving for ill friends, family members, and children
  • Pregnancy, labor, childbirth
  • Miscarriage
  • Abortion, contraception, sterilization
  • Organ transplantation
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Body weight
  • Addiction
  • Mental illness
  • Physical and cognitive disability
 Submission Information: Word limit for essays: 8000 words. IJFAB also welcomes submissions in these additional categories:
  •  Conversations provide a forum for public dialogue on particular issues in bioethics. Scholars engaged in fruitful exchanges are encouraged to share those discussions here. Submissions for this section are usually 3,000–5,000 words.
  • Commentaries offer an opportunity for short analyses (under 4,000 words) of specific policy issues, legislation, court decisions, or other contemporary developments within bioethics.
  • Narratives often illuminate clinical practice or ethical thinking. IJFAB invites narratives that shed light on aspects of health, health care, or bioethics. Submissions for the section are usually in the range of 3,000–5,000 words.
 Deadline for submissions: February 1, 2017
Anonymous review: All submissions are subject to triple anonymous peer review. The Editorial Office aims to return an initial decision to authors within eight weeks. Authors are frequently asked to revise and resubmit based on extensive reviewer comments. The Editorial Office aims to return a decision on revised papers within four-six weeks.
Submissions should be emailed indicating special issue “Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine” in the subject heading.
All submissions should conform to IJFAB style guidelines. For further details, please check the IJFAB website.
For further information regarding the special issue please email the Guest Editor Lauren Freeman at the Department of Philosophy University of Louisville.

CFP: Nursing History Book Series

Call for Proposals in a New Series: Nursing History: Narratives for the Twenty-First Century

Series Editors: Julie A. Fairman and Patricia D’Antonio, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

This series features nurses as critical actors in driving social, cultural, professional, and clinical changes while delivering health care. Offering fresh and well-researched approaches to nursing history, books in the series will seek to engage a readership both within and beyond academe.  The focus primarily will be on books intended for understanding and teaching the importance of the history of nursing for all students and scholars in health care in and beyond the classroom.

Books in the series will place nurses and nursing within significant contexts to illustrate the professions’ engagement in critical social issues and movements of the last century.  In many ways, this perspective will challenge what we already know about this period, as it has typically been seen through the eyes of the history of medicine, science, public health, and technology.

Book proposals must conform to the guidelines of the publisher, the Johns Hopkins University Press. Queries should be sent to with the subject heading “Hopkins Proposal.” Final book manuscripts should be no longer than 80,000 to 90,000 words and may include up to twenty illustrations. Books appearing in the series will be published simultaneously in print and electronic editions.

Contact: *Julie Fairman, Patricia D’Antonio

Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

*Primary Contact

CFS: Patient-Centered Care, Mental Health Svcs

Special issue of Issues in Mental Health Nursing on the topic of PATIENT-CENTERED CARE: A FOCUS IN PROVISION OF MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
Manuscripts are being sought on the topic of Patient-Centered Care for a special issue of
Issues in Mental Health Nursing. The journal is peer-reviewed and indexed in PsycINFO, CINAHL, PubMed, and many other databases. 2015 is its 36dI year of publication. Its impact factor will be released early in 2016.
Papers will be considered that provide a context for patient-centered care, and can be research-focused, practice-oriented, or theoretical/conceptual in nature. A broad range of topics will be considered including comparative clinical effectiveness research, patient-centered mental healthcare delivery, outcomes of patient-centered care research/practice, mental health care decision-making, navigating the mental health care system, community engagement, methods for engagement of patients and other stakeholders, innovation and interventions related to patient-centered care.
The special issue is slated to appear in print in June, 2016. However, accepted manuscripts will be available to readers online ahead-of-print.
Deadline: Manuscripts must be received by December 31, 2015.
Issues in Mental Health Nursing requires APA format. There is no specified page limit, but most papers range from 15 to 25 pages of double-spaced text. Accuracy in citations is imperative.
Please send all manuscripts to: Indicate in your cover letter that you would like for your paper to be considered for the special issue.
Manuscripts will be reviewed by guest editor Dr. Donna Neff, Associate Professor at University of Central Florida College of Nursing, Florida, USA, and by reviewers who are blinded to the identity of authors.
Queries may be addressed to editor-in-chief Sandra P. Thomas,

CFS: “Trauma” (The Lumen)

The Lumen is an annual Edinburgh University new writing and arts journal of the mutual dialogue between medicine, the arts and the humanities. We hope to foster creative and critical discourse on the personal experience of illness and healthcare. The Lumen will provide a space for the expression of the deeply personal narratives of the medical encounter, from patients and healthcare professionals alike, and the aspects of the human condition that it exposes. We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the Summer 2016 issue of The Lumen. The theme for this issue will be ‘Trauma’.

Contributors are welcome to interpret this theme in any way they wish along the lines of any discipline. We also welcome reviews of books or other artistic work that deals with a discussion of trauma or narratives that emerge thereof. Some possible interpretations of this theme could be:

  • The impact of a traumatic event or process on identity and temporality
  • Narrating and coping with traumatic events
  • Talking about trauma in public discourse
  • The form and essence of traumatic change
  • Trauma as a permanent state of being rather than a singular, momentary breach
  • The trauma of internal processes rather than external intrusions
  • Historical, political or socio-symbolic forms of trauma

The above list is not exhaustive, and is merely indicative of some of the possible interpretations of the theme for the forthcoming issue. Contributors are welcome to interpret the theme however they like.

We welcome submissions in the following categories:

  • Fiction: Short fiction which is no more than 3,000 words in length and can be written in any style or genre. Stories should be stand-alone and complete works.
  • Non-fiction: Narrative/memoir or essays (either critical or academic) that are no longer than 3,000 words in length.
  • Poetry: Poems that are no longer than 70 lines in length in any style, genre or form.
  • Reviews: Short reviews of one work (between 500 and 750 words) or comparative reviews of two or more works (between 750 and 1,000 words). If you would like to review a relevant literary or artistic work or performance, please contact us with a proposal via email and we shall consider it. Alternatively, we will also post a list of works we would like reviewed on our web site.
  • Visual Art: All forms of visual art (illustrations, photographs, et cetera), submitted as digital images (preferably high-resolution .jpeg) of up to 10 MB in file size. Please include the title, date, medium and size as applicable. If you should encounter any difficulty in sending us images via email due to file size, please contact us to arrange an alternative mode of submission.

The deadline for submissions for this issue is Friday, 4 December, 2015. All submissions must be sent on or before this date via email.

In addition, The Lumen also welcomes contributions for its blog on a rolling basis. These contributions can also be stories, poetry, essays, reviews, et cetera as per the guidelines below. These need not necessarily relate to the theme for the print issue, and can be on any subject or theme. We are also open to suggestions for blog posts. Please feel free to contact the editors at the above email address if you would like to make a suggestion for a piece.

For further details, please refer to the full Call for Submissions. Any queries regarding submissions can be addressed to the editors.

CFS: J Midwifery & Women’s Health

The Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health (JMWH), in conjunction with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) Diversification and Inclusion Task Force, is soliciting manuscripts for the

November/December 2016 continuing education theme issue. We invite submissions that focus on the impact of race and racism in midwifery and women’s health. While race is the disparity of focus, we also welcome manuscripts that address issues of discrimination and bias related to other axes of difference, such as sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, immigration status, or religion. Further, we would be very interested in manuscripts that offer promising practices for working across differences and successful examples of dismantling bias. Specifically, we seek manuscripts examining:


  • The impact of race and/or racism on access to midwifery and other health care provider education
  • The impact of race and/or racism on access to quality primary education – the pipeline to midwifery


  • State and federal initiatives to promote diversity – their successes and failures


  • The impact of race and/or racism in the experience of health care providers
  • How to promote inclusive workspaces
  • The impact of race and/or racism on perinatal health and other women’s health outcomes
  • The impact of axes of difference other than race and/or racism on perinatal health and other women’s health outcomes
  • The historical impact of race and/or racism on the health of underrepresented minorities

Professional Association

  • History of diversity efforts in ACNM or other health-related professional associations
  • The impact of race and/or racism on the ability to find community in ACNM or other health-related professional associations

Process of institutional change

  • Examples of positive changes from activists
  • Lessons learned from successful and unsuccessful initiatives

Complete descriptions of the JMWH article types and the Journal’s instructions for authors can be found at

The deadline for initial manuscript submission is December 1, 2015.

Please send your proposed topic, type of article, and contact information to JMWH Editor-in-Chief Frances E. Likis, DrPH, NP, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, at before beginning to write a manuscript. The Journal and issue editors will evaluate manuscript ideas and advise authors of the suitability of their proposals.

CFP: J Evidence-based Practices in Correctional Health

The Journal for Evidence-based Practices in Correctional Health (JEPCH) provides an inclusive forum for presentation of evidence-based practices in correctional healthcare – inclusive of all persons who have had an involvement with the criminal justice system – incarcerated and community-based populations and systems.

Articles of interest include case studies, policy analyses, continuing education articles, review of literature, systematic reviews, methods and research papers, program evaluation, quality improvement projects, and education research.

If you have further questions or concerns about submissions or reviews please contact:

Deborah Shelton, PhD, RN, NE-BC, CCHP, FAAN

Professor, School of Nursing

Director, Center for Correctional Health Networks – CCHNet | email:

CFP: Bodies of Care: Somaesthetics of Vulnerability

Bodies of Care: Somaesthetics of Vulnerability
The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 2-day conference, January 28–29, 2016, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.
Bodies are obviously the targets of one’s daily care in terms of personal hygiene, grooming, exercise, and proper nourishment. They are also objects of care in the sense of worry or concern, since we all suffer illness and death through our bodies. However, the sentient, purposive, active body or soma is also a subjectivity that examines and cares for the body as object, whether it be one’s own body or the bodies of others who one wants to help or comfort. We all need such curative help or comfort at some point in our lives; and some people devote their professional and personal lives to giving such care. Bodies need and give care in many ways and for many reasons: to overcome illness and disability, to address and alleviate dependence, to learn new skills and remedy bad habits, to inspire greater confidence for personal flourishing and greater social betterment. This conference will examine the wide range of somatic conditions that require care and the variety of somatic methods of providing such care, while exploring how these conditions and methods are represented in cultural theory, health and wellness studies, literature, and the arts.
Selected papers may be developed for publication in The Journal of Somaesthetics or in an edited book based on the conference papers.
Abstracts of 250 words, and a current CV, should be sent electronically as attachments, no later than October 15, 2015, to Richard Shusterman. Please direct conference inquiries to the same address. Further information about the conference will be made available here, where you can also consult the programs of our prior international conferences. Prospective speakers will be notified by mid-November, 2015.

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