CFP: 33rd Annual History of Nursing Conference, Chicago, Illinois, September 22-25, 2016

 The American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) and University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing are co-sponsoring the Association’s 33rd annual conference to be held in Chicago, IL. The conference provides a forum for researchers interested in sharing new research that addresses events, issues, and topics in any area of nursing and healthcare history, broadly construed to encompass the history of nursing, global nursing history, nursing practice, healthcare institutions, caring, illness, healing work and public health. Submissions pertaining to all areas and regions of the world are welcome. Papers and posters that expand the horizons of nursing and healthcare history and engage related fields such as women’s, labor, technology, and economic history and race and gender studies are encouraged. Individual papers, posters, and panel presentations are featured at the conference. If submitting an abstract for a panel, please clearly state on the abstract that it is for a panel presentation.  Only panels consisting of 3 to 5 presenters will be considered.  Additional information about AAHN and the conference can be obtained at
Guidelines for Submission: A one-page abstract of a completed study will be accepted by email. Submit two copies of your abstract; one must include the title, author’s name(s), credentials, institutional affiliation, phone/fax and email. If more than one author is listed, indicate who is acting as the contact person. Indicate whether a paper, poster, or panel presentation is sought.  The second copy of the abstract should include only the title and mode of presentation with no other identifying information.
Abstracts must include: 1.Purpose of study; 2. Rationale and significance; 3. Description of methodology; 4. Major primary and secondary sources; 5. Findings and conclusions.  Each section of the abstract should be clearly identified with these specific headers.  Abstracts which do not clearly identify the sections as outlined above may be disqualified. Abstracts will be selected on the basis of merit through blind review.
Abstract preparation: Margins must be one and one-half inches on the left, and one inch on the right, top, and bottom.  Center the title in upper case, and single space the body using 12 point Times (New Roman) font.  Accepted abstracts will be printed as submitted in the conference program; thus, when printed, the abstract must fit one side of one 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
By submitting an abstract, you also give permission to the AAHN to use the work for educational purposes only. This includes, but is not limited to, inclusion in the conference program, posting to the AAHN website before and/or after the conference, and use of excerpts or themes for conference marketing efforts.
Submission deadline: Abstracts must arrive on or before January 31, 2016. Abstract results will be communicated to all submitters by the end of March 2016.
**Individuals are not required to be AAHN members at the time of submitting an abstract, but if accepted, you must join AAHN before registering for and presenting at the meeting.

CFP: 14th International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics

We are pleased to announce the first call for proposals for the 14th International Conference on Communication, Medicine, and Ethics (COMET), which will be hosted by The Danish Institute of Humanities and Medicine (DIHM).

The COMET conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds involving various healthcare specialties and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis is on the dissemination of on-going research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics.

The submission for proposals opens on 30 October 2015. All proposals must be submitted by 21 December 2015.

Conference themes include:

• Client-Professional Encounters (involving doctors, counsellors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, speech and language therapists, psychotherapists, etc.)
• Communicating Risk and Uncertainty
• Communication Skills Training
• Distributed Expertise among Professionals and Clients
• Ethics and Communication
• Evidence in Diagnosis and Non-Diagnosis
• Health and Disability
• Health, Wellbeing and the Lifespan
• Health Literacy
• Interpreter Mediated Healthcare Delivery
• Interprofessional Communication and Hospital Management Systems
• Media and Health Communication
• Medical Education
• Narratives of Illness Experience
• Public Understanding of Health and Illness
• Quality of Life and Quality of Care
• Representation of the Body
• Research Ethics
• Role of Health Technologies and Medical Informatics
• (Shared) Decision Making
• Tailoring Health Messages
• Telemedicine
• Values and Responsibilities in Professional Practice

Submission Guidelines

Proposals must be submitted via email to
Proposals include panels, roundtables and individual presentations (oral or poster).
For all submissions, clearly indicate:
• Abstract title, author names, and full institutional affiliations of the responsible (presenting) author and collaborating authors.
• Contact e-mail address and phone number for the responsible author.
• Up to three conference themes (feel free to indicate themes beyond the list above).

Panels should address a common theme, content or methodological area, and will be scheduled for 90 minutes.
In addition to individual proposals (no more than 250 words each), please also submit an overview description of no more than 300 words highlighting the panel’s content and objectives. Provide information about the panel members and the coordinator, stating full institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses.

Proposals for individual papers (no more than 250 words) must clearly indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation. Following the peer review process, the organisers will determine whether a proposal is selected for oral or poster presentation. Poster presenters must be physically present to discuss their work during the dedicated sessions. Oral presentations will typically be scheduled in sessions of 90 minutes, with 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation + 10 minutes for discussion) allocated to each individual presentation.

Proposals for work-in-progress roundtables should be no more than 250 words targeted at oral presentation. The roundtables will be in sessions of 90 minutes, with individual presentations lasting 30 minutes (15 minutes for presentation + 15 minutes for discussion). This format is particularly suitable for early career researchers pursuing doctoral and postdoctoral studies and for experienced researchers undertaking/planning pilot projects or interested in reporting preliminary results. Please indicate clearly if your proposal falls into this category.

Proposal submission deadline: 21 December 2015.

Proposal Selection Criteria

All proposals undergo a double blind peer-review process.
Please note that COMET conference policy is one main oral presentation per author. You may choose to submit more than one proposal, but normally only one proposal will be accepted for oral presentation. Any additional accepted proposals may be presented as poster(s).
There is no fixed template for writing proposals but authors are urged to attend to the following criteria which will form the basis for peer review:
• originality of the topic and its relevance to the conference
• background contextualisation of the study
• relationship between title and content
• structural organisation
• theoretical/methodological appropriateness
• clarity of claims and relevance
Individual panels are reviewed in their entirety on the above criteria but also on the basis of their relevance to broader issues in communication, medicine, and ethics; the overall coherence of the proposal; and the usefulness of the panel to participants.
Decisions about acceptance/rejection will be communicated by mid February 2016. Following formal acceptance, the responsible (presenting) authors must register participation prior to the finalisation of the conference programme. Early registration opens on 1 March 2016.
Please visit or send an email for further details regarding submission guidelines, registration, schedule and more.

CFP: Workshops/Sexual Minority Youth Conference

True Colors XXIII: Intersectionality will be held on Friday, March 18th & Saturday, March 19, 2016 at UConn in Storrs, CT.

Workshop Proposal Form

Still the largest and most comprehensive LGBTQA and ally youth issues conference in the world, this two day event brings together the best minds across an array of disciplines:

  • Professional Best Practices in child welfare, juvenile justice, clinical treatment, K-12 education, college environment and curricula, administration, policy
  • Advocacy workshops for youth and adults
  • Spiritual Institute
  • Workshops for parents and other family members, youth and allies

For the first time, we will be hosting a track for the families of prepuberty gender expansive, gender creative and transgender children on Saturday!

The due date is November 15th at 5:00 PM.  


Workshop Proposal Form

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.

CFP: Cultures of Harm in Institutions of Care

CFP: Cultures of Harm in Institutions of Care: Historical & Contemporary Perspectives (Birkbeck, 15-16 April 2016)

This two-day conference will explore the shifting political, socio-economic, cultural and medical influences that have formed and perpetuated cultures of harm from the eighteenth century to the present day across the world. We are particularly interested in the production of harmful practices – physical, sexual and psychological violence directed by one person or group against another – in therapeutic and caring environments. These might include hospitals and infirmaries, psychiatric facilities, religious institutions, care homes, children’s homes and educational establishments, as well as infirmaries and medical spaces in prisons and correctional institutions, military barracks, camps and workhouses.

We welcome papers from all academic disciplines. Suggested themes include:

  • Institutional contexts that contribute to specific cultures and social relationships between individuals and groups
  • The impact of wider societal factors on institutional cultures and contexts
  • Shifting power relations and cultural differences and similarities between staff, patients and other groups
  • Issues around individual and collective agency, resistance and complicity, as well as coercion, scapegoating, ‘whistleblowing’, bullying and negotiation between individuals
  • The role and use of space such as seclusion, locked wards, single/mixed-sex wards
  • Effects of the institutional environment around activity and stimulation, privacy, communication, and support for staff
  • Treatments, medication, the use of restraints, issues around consent
  • Staff recruitment, conditions and training
  • The role of emotions such as fear, pain, shame, humiliation, guilt, anger, sadness, pleasure, desire and nostalgia
  • The role of narrative, language and silence, reporting and non-reporting, including the use of the language of care and therapy to justify violent practices
  • Representations in art, literature, film and drama
  • Factors that have disrupted or changed harmful cultures for the better
  • The role of wider public institutions and agencies such as medicine, the law, social services, academia, religion, government and the media
  • Theoretical, methodological and ethical approaches and challenges.

Whilst this is primarily an academic conference, we would be delighted to receive proposals for artistic work such as a short film, a poetry reading or performance art.

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words together with a brief outline of your academic affiliation via email by 20 September 2015. You will be informed whether or not your paper is successful in early October. Some travel and accommodation bursaries may be available.

Full details can be found on our [http://] website.

This event is organised by Professor Joanna Bourke, Dr Louise Hide and Dr Ana Antic in association with the Birkbeck Trauma Project supported by the Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.


CFP: ENRS 2016

Call for Abstracts

Organizers of the Eastern Nursing Research Society (ENRS) welcome the submission of abstracts representing original contributions to the field of nursing research for presentation at the 28th Annual Scientific Sessions, April 13 – 15, 2016, at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.

ENRS will accept the submission of abstracts for peer-review through Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:00 PM- NOON EST. This is a firm deadline and no exceptions will be made.

Please review the abstract submission guidelines  prior to submitting your abstract.

Click here to start the abstract submission process.

2016 Conference Theme + Objectives

This year’s theme is “Nursing Science: Bridging Research and Health.”

Nurses are engaged in innovative and diverse research endeavors aimed at improving health and quality of life for diverse populations locally and globally. Promoting the translation of nursing science to clinical practice and enhancing the impact of nursing science on health policy are important considerations regardless of research focus. In the 28th Annual Scientific Sessions, we will celebrate how nursing science bridges the world of knowledge development and evidence-based practice toward health in individuals, families, and communities. We invite submissions of original research that are congruent with this theme.


  1. Describe nurse scientists’ contributions in discovery and dissemination of solutions to promote health science
  2. Propose strategies to connect healthcare and science in advancing quality of care for individuals, families, and communities
  3. Examine programs of research in which a nursing perspective is central to bridging gaps in knowledge development
  4. Explore theoretical and methodological perspectives of science as a collegial integration to promote health

Hotel + Registration

Registration will open in mid-late December 2015. ENRS has secured a discounted group rate of $179 per night at the Omni William Penn Hotel. This rate will be available until Tuesday, March 15, 2016, or until the block is full, whichever comes first. Hotel reservations will open in Fall 2015.

If you have any questions related to abstract submissions or the 28th Annual Scientific Sessions, please feel free to contact the Main Office at or call (215) 599-6700.


CFP: Global Health Conference

You and your colleagues may be interested in attending or presenting at the upcoming 13th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale on April 16-17, 2016, which is the world’s largest and leading global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference.

Research, program, and Innovation Prize/impact pitch abstracts are currently being accepted. The first abstract deadline is August 31, and the final abstract deadline is September 30.

Register during August for a highly reduced (50% off) registration rate.


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