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.

CFS: Advances in Nursing Science Special Topics Issues

Advances in Nursing Science calls for special topics issues

Our future issue topics:

39:2 – Women & Girls Manuscript Due Date – October 15, 2015

39:3 – Palliative Care Manuscript Due Date – January 15, 2016

39:4 – Toxic Stress- December 2016 Manuscript Due Date – April 15, 2016

40:1 – ANS Retrospective – March 2017 Manuscript Due Date – July 15, 2016

ANS General Topic Submissions open any time

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.

Shut Up and Write!

Featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, an article by the publication’s prodigious journalist Jennifer Howard describes one approach to holding oneself accountable for getting writing to publish done: A scheduled writing group that meets only for the purpose of its attendees’ writing during the one-hour meeting. No workshopping of drafts. No discussion of writing. Just writing. Among other things the regularly scheduled meeting gives participants a excuse when other matters press in. It’s easier to say, “I have a meeting already scheduled” than to say, “I’ve scheduled writing time.”

The article in on line for subscribers:


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