Making a Writing Group That Works

Writing for Inside Higher Ed‘s “Grad Hacker” feature, Travis Grandy discusses forming a writing group as a way of providing external accountability (i.e., outside the structures of courses and their assignments). Beginning with assessing where you work best (or don’t work best) and a sense of your personal writing process, he recommends the formation of a writing group with different variations on that theme. The article is open access:

Healthcare in motion: Mobility forms in health service delivery and access

Healthcare in motion: Mobility forms in health service delivery and access

Editors: Cecilia Vindrola-Padros (UCL), Anne E. Pfister (UNF), and Ginger A. Johnson (Anthrologica)

Healthcare in Motion will explore the diversity of mobility forms associated with healthcare. It will consider both mobility and healthcare as complex cultural and political processes, which are influenced by global policies and structures but are also shaped on the ground by individuals and their local communities. The focus on ground-level, subjective experiences of (im)mobility and access to healthcare will allow the authors in this volume to study and understand mobility as a social practice imbued with cultural meaning, thus gaining insight into the social, cultural, political, and economic processes that make mobility possible as well as those that restrict movement. The relationship between mobility and healthcare will be analysed critically by focusing on inequalities in healthcare access in order to highlight critical areas of (im)mobility, as well as areas of innovation where volume contributors are seeking to deliver healthcare to populations in need.

The edited volume will be submitted to Berghahn Books for consideration in their Worlds in Motion book series (series editor: Noel B. Salazar, It will bring together authors from a wide range of disciplines who are working in multiple sectors (academia, public healthcare organizations, non-governmental organizations) and carry out research in a wide array of geographical contexts. We seek a diverse array of scholars and practitioners who will help contribute a range of theoretical, methodological and practical solutions to contemporary issues related to Healthcare in Motion.

The volume specifically seeks contributions to the following two thematic areas:

1) Delivering care to (im)mobile populations

What does it mean to deliver healthcare to populations who are (im)mobile due to emergency circumstances, geography, access issues (e.g. finance, transportation), etc.? What are the challenges of delivering healthcare services in a (im)mobile world?

Potential contributors to this section may be working with: refugee and displaced populations or within protracted humanitarian emergencies; difficult or hard-to-reach populations; disabled or elderly communities; etc.

2) Technologies of mobile healthcare

How is healthcare shaped by new technologies to deliver healthcare to (im)mobile and hard-to-reach populations? What new strategies and technologies are currently in use or are being tested and developed to provide healthcare services to (im)mobile and hard to reach populations?

Potential contributors to this section may be working to implement mHealth (mobile health) solutions in low or middle income countries; developing easy to use, open-source software for providing health services to immobile populations; creating (or utilising) mobile devices for community health workers who deliver care to hard-to-reach populations; using virtual platforms to deliver health services, etc.

Interested contributors must submit an abstract of 200-300 words electronically to Dr. Vindrola-Padros by January 31, 2016. Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified by February 12, 2016 and will have until May 1, 2016 to submit a full manuscript, which will be peer reviewed for potential inclusion in the volume.

CFP: Broken Narratives and the Lived Body Conference

Call for Proposals: Broken Narratives and the Lived Body Conference
This conference will take an interdisciplinary approach to ‘broken narratives’, embodiment and the ‘lived body’. Contributions are invited from researchers in the social sciences, humanities, and in medicine. Contributors are invited to examine the topics outlined below, through theoretical, theoretically informed empirical research, and in relation (but not limited) to a range of psychiatric diagnoses, neurological illnesses and cognitive ‘impairments’; persons who are neurodiverse (e.g. who live with autism); psychological traumas; and life-threatening illnesses.
Abstract of 250 words, 5 keywords, and up to 100 word author bio is due by 30 November, 2015. Acceptance notice will be given mid Dec, 2015. Completed drafts of maximum 8,000 words are due by end of March, 2016.

Revise and Resubmit

Summer is often a time when we undertake what seems to be the onerous work of revising and resubmitting manuscripts. However, even when an editor provides numerous comments, the good news is that the readers and editor are interested in your work. Writing for Inside Higher Ed, Michael S. Harris offers good advice for working through revision for resubmission:
  • Read through comments and edits.
  • Create a master to-do list.
  • Work through your master to-do list.
  • Review the editor’s letter and reviewers’ comments.
  • Write a response letter to the editor.
  • Resubmit your manuscript and celebrate.

CFS: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research is a peer-reviewed journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press.  We seek manuscripts in the following two areas:

1.        Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Articles. NIB welcomes submitted papers that report on qualitative and mixed methods research studies, including ethnographic, interview, focus group, observational, mixed methods, and related studies in the areas of bioethics, human research ethics, or health care ethics. A variety of approaches to inquiry are welcome, including narrative, phenomenological, grounded theory, ethnographic, and case study approaches.

2.        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. 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.

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

Janet Lyon: My first life as a nurse

Sometimes an English professor becomes a nurse, as in the case of Theresa Brown, but sometimes it happens the other way around. Penn State Professor of English Janet Lyon writes in the Los Angeles Review of Books:

Jason Priem presents Altmetrics at Purdue University, February 14, 2012

This presentation featured Jason Priem from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discussing the future of scientific communication. Jason is with the school of information and library science and his talk was entitled: Toward a Second Revolution: altmetrics, total-impact, and the Decoupled Journal.
For a complete set of slides from this presentation go to:



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