CFP: Social Innovation in Health Care


The Culture of Cities Centre, in Conjunction with the Rhetoric & Ethics Research Lab of Carleton University and the Centre for Social Innovation, invites abstracts for an upcoming conference:


Deadline for Abstract submissions: August 23, 2013


This conference will consider approaches to innovative practices of health care that stress the social relationship between caregiver and recipient of care as a process of communication occurring within a cultural context.

The aim of the conference is to explore conditions that influence the giving of care and to incorporate relevant concepts and research from a broad range of disciplines and arts into the discussion in order to supplement views of caregiving as solely a medically informed transaction. Works and approaches that focus upon how the dynamics of the relation between practitioner and client are shaped by social and cultural factors are particularly welcome. The primary objective is to lay grounds for connecting ethics and care to systemic practices for case study research. This research can be used to design situations to study and represent, as guides for action, offering different views of problems, methods, materials, conflict and its resolution.

We invite papers that engage the ethical sense of care through an openness to methods and procedures of analysis developed in the humanities and social sciences. Explorations of how cultural meanings are typically infused with ethical conceptions of care in addressing patients in humane ways and as vulnerable participants in distributions of knowledge, power and affect are encouraged.

Possible Topics/Themes

  • Strategies of Rehabilitation and Change: Views of Therapy, Resilience and Consumerism
  • Symptom Management in Relation to Healing
  • Models of Caregiver Stress; Professional Burnout and Depression
  • Institutional Constraints on Care; Long-Term Care
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Bioethics
  • Conceptions and Practices of Well-Being, and the Social Production of Peace of Mind
  • The Social Dynamics of Dementia
  • Addiction treatment
  • Care in the Humanities: From Asia to Greece, Foucault to Hannah Arendt
  • Influences of New Technologies on Care in Social media, Robotics,Skype Coaching and Telecare
  • Mixed Methodologies and Qualitative Research

The normal presentation format following the plenary will be a 20-minute talk as part of a panel of 3-4 speakers followed by questions and discussion. Proposals for other forms of participation (performances, exhibitions/screenings, roundtables) will also be considered. The concluding session of the conference will feature a roundtable with participants from all four areas offering concluding reflections and thoughts as to future directions in research, activism, and practice.

Target Audience

Scholars, artists, policymakers, activists, and others with interdisciplinary interests in exploring ethical and aesthetic dimensions of care. The conference is also intended to be suitable for physicians, social workers, nurses, public health professionals, and all medical personnel with interests in the ethical ramifications of health care.

Submission Deadlines:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: August 23, 2013

Notification of Acceptance: August 30th, 2013



Press Director on Scientific Integrity and Open Access Publishing

The Scholarly Kitchen interviews Mike Rossner, retiring director of Rockefeller University Press, on scientific integrity, making research data publicly available and routes to open access. The interview is open access on the blog site:



CFP: Health Care Ethics: Local, Global, Universal (Feminist Approaches)

Call for Proposals: The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers for presentation at the 2014 World Congress in Mexico City, 22-24 June 2014. The Congress theme is Health Care Ethics: Local, Global, Universal. While FAB encourages submissions on this theme, submissions on any topic in feminist bioethics are welcome. Paper abstracts should be 300 words long, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by both a descriptive title for the paper proposed and 2-3 keywords. Proposed panels should also be prepared for anonymous review and consist of a 300-word description of the overall topic and objectives of the panel, as well as a panel title and the titles of all the papers to be included in the panel. All submissions should include the names, email addresses, and full affiliations of all authors. In cases of panels and coauthored papers, please identify a corresponding author. One or two submitted papers may be selected for plenary presentations. If you wish your paper to be considered for a plenary, please submit the full paper and indicate that you seek review for a plenary. The conference organizers welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the social sciences, critical cultural studies (gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, etc.), law, public health, and others. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers.

Submissions (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) should be emailed to by 1 September 2013. This email address should only be used for communications concerning submissions, and not for general conference or FAB inquiries.

Sample topics:

  • • Feminist thoughts about universal declarations of rights
  • • Feminist thoughts about what moral obligations, if any, are universal
  • • How growing economies shape the delivery of health care for women
  • • How oppression affects access to health care
  • • Informal systems of care
  • • International comparisons of health care systems
  • • Macro dilemmas and micro solutions to the need for health care
  • • Political foundations for access to care
  • • Scarce resources, just allocations
  • • Local power, global biomedical challenges
  • • Neoliberalism’s impact on health care systems
  • • Medical research in a global era
  • • Feminist bioethics: ghetto or global?
  • • A local epistemology for a global feminist bioethics

Papers accepted for the conference will be reviewed for publication in IJFAB. Conferees should plan to submit their final papers to IJFAB no later than 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure for Travel and Registration Grants: FAB has limited funds to provide travel grants to help FAB members participate in the biennial conference. In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must have been members of FAB for at least one year at the time of application. To apply for a travel grant, FAB members presenting a paper at FAB-Mexico City 2014 should submit both a brief abstract of their paper and a brief statement of need to the Grants Committee. (You may email the Grants Coordinator: FAB members seeking a registration grant must submit only a brief statement of need to the Grants Committee. To apply for a travel or registration grant, FAB members presenting a paper at FAB-Mexico City 2014 must submit the following:

  • • Full name of the applicant.
  • • Full contact information, including any relevant institutional or organizational affiliation
  • • Details of pursuit of funding from other sources and outcome
  • • Previous FAB grants awarded (year and amount)
  • • An extended abstract of the paper to be presented (not applicable for those requesting only assistance with registration)
  • • Anticipated participation in FAB organizational activities if applicable

International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: For more information about FAB, visit .

International Association of Bioethics (IAB): FAB is affiliated with the International Association of Bioethics (IAB).  The IAB World Congress will be held in Mexico City 24-27 June 2014.

CFS: Just Food (Int’l J Feminist Bioethics)

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: Just Food: Bioethics, Gender, and the Ethics of Eating

Vol 8, No. 2: Just Food: Bioethics, gender, and the ethics of eating, Editor: Mary C. Rawlinson

The deadline for submission for this issue is April 1, 2014.

Western ethics rarely makes eating a main theme. Food belongs to the often invisible domain of women’s labor. While obesity, malnourishment, and lack of access to clean water are regularly cited as global factors in mortality and morbidity, bioethics, even feminist bioethics, gives little attention to culinary practices, water rights, or agricultural policy or to their effects on the status of women and the health of communities.

What and how we eat determines not only our health, but also our relation to other animals, the forms of social life, the gender division of labor, and the integrity of the environment. If hunger is the hallmark of poverty, obesity and obesity-related diseases are ironically afflicting the poor at alarming rates. Hunger also attends war, violence, and catastrophic environmental events; thus, thinking ethically about food engages issues of war and peace, as well as calling into question the global dependence on fossil fuels. Food can reflect social inequity or economic independence and social justice.

It can preserve cultural integrity or yield to the homogenizing force of global capital. Food encompasses the full range of issues arising at the intersection of health and justice.

The Editorial Office of IJFAB invites submissions for Just Food: bioethics, gender, and the ethics of eating, vol. 8.2. Essays may investigate any aspect of the ethics of eating, particularly as it relates to health and gender.

Women are disproportionately responsible for food around the world, yet they are globally underrepresented in the ownership of property or decisions about land use or in determining environmental or food policy. As the spike in obesity among women and children in “low-income” countries under the shift to global food indicates, women, like other vulnerable and underrepresented populations, are disproportionately affected by the globalization of food, as well as by environmental degradation and climate change.

Research suggests, however, that women are also “key drivers of change,” necessary to improving food production and consumption, as well as environmental health in any community. “If you pull women out, there will be no sustainable development.” (Report of Regional Implementation Meeting for Asia and Pacific Rim, Jakarta, 2007.)

IJFAB 8.2 will investigate the bioethical problems that result from the industrialization and globalization of agriculture, as well as the role of feminist bioethics in reimaging agriculture and our culinary practices to be more life-sustaining and to better promote justice, community health, and agency for each and all. Only very recently have large populations been able to eat without any knowledge of how their food is produced. This issue explores the question of our responsibility for what and how we eat, as well as global responsibilities for hunger and diet-related disease.

Possible areas of research include:

  • hunger and poverty
  • hunger and violence
  • consumption and health
  • immobility, obesity, and agency
  • animal rights
  • environmental ethics
  • ethics of land and water policies
  • agricultural policy and economic independence scale in farming food security sustainability local vs. global food geopolitics of food food as commodity biotechnology food and labor eating and culture the aesthetics of food food and community.

All papers must be submitted in IJFAB style. Authors who plan to submit are encouraged to contact the Editor ahead of time. IJFAB also welcomes proposals for future special issues. Instructions for authors are available at:

Papers should be submitted in Microsoft Word, as email attachments to

CFP: Colorado Health Ethics Forum

Colorado Health Ethics Forum – CHEF Conference 2013 | CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS | Deadline: January 15, 2013

Preparations for the 2013 Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum conference are well underway, and we and invite you to join us by submitting proposals for presentations for this popular annual event. The 2013 Conference dates are May 9th and 10th and will be again held at The Stonebrook Manor Event Center and Gardens in Thornton, Colorado.

Our theme this year will be “Bedside, Boardroom, and Boulevard: Health Care Ethics at the Intersections.”

A recent front page New York Times article asserted that, “historians and policy makers believe this election could be the most significant referendum on a piece of social legislation since 1936,” when The Social Security Act was passed. Members of the healthcare ethics community find nothing surprising in this assertion, as we have been on the front lines of the debates grappling with the deepest dimensions of healthcare and policy for decades. As well, we live the implications of the outcomes and often find ourselves working in the interstitial spaces between high-level policy, clinical application, and public perceptions.

As we watch and wait for current national Health Care Reform decisions to be made in Washington, we continue to be fully engaged in the everyday ethical dimensions of healthcare. Whether we work at the bedside delivering care or in the “boardroom” establishing policies and implementing business practices, the needs, demands, and discourse taking place on the “boulevard” affect our daily lives. Our theme this year arises from the recognition that these domains are not as distinct as they might appear or once were. Ongoing challenges in healthcare have created new opportunities for greater awareness and collaboration, as well as for distracting or even dangerous conflicts and misunderstandings across these domains.

In order to facilitate the necessary conversations, CHEF is seeking presentations on a wide variety of topics. For additional information and to submit proposals for presentations, please visit our website at:

CFS: Narrative, Bioethics

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research (NIB), published by Johns Hopkins University Press, provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through the publication and analysis of personal stories, qualitative and mixed methods research articles, and case studies. Articles may address the experiences of patients and research participants, as well as health care workers and researchers. NIB seeks to publish articles that will appeal to a broad readership of health care providers and researchers, bioethicists, sociologists, policy makers, and others.

NIB invites 3 kinds of contributions:

  • Personal Stories. We seek true personal stories that will be included in “narrative symposia.” Each symposium will be on a specific topic, and will include 8 to 15 personal stories on the topic, followed by two commentary articles exploring themes in the stories to extract lessons or insights.
    • Our first three narrative symposia will be on the following topics:
      • Living with Conflicts of Interest in Medicine (Symposium Editor, James DuBois)
      • Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care Facilities (Symposium Editor, Amy Haddad)
      • Experiences of Psychiatric Hospitalization (Symposium Editor, Charles Lidz)

Please visit our website  for details on the narrative symposia, our guidelines for authors, and the kinds of stories we seek. For our first three issues, we will give priority to story proposals received by October 15, 2010; cases studies and research articles may be submitted at any time.

CFS: Ethics with Minority Populations (Am J of Publ Hlth)

Call for Papers for a Theme Issue of the American Journal of Public Health: The Ethics of Human Subjects Research with Minority Populations

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) intends to publish a theme issue on the complex issues related to the ethical treatment of human research subjects with respect to underrepresented, minority, and vulnerable populations. As part of the Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers grant, guest editors, Drs. Stephen B. Thomas, Sandra C. Quinn, and Nancy E. Kass are working with AJPH to produce this theme issue on the ethical engagement of minority participants in research.

The goal of this issue is to assemble a collection of papers that explores the factors that affect the inclusion of these populations in research and to identify innovative strategies, solutions, and policies to achieve ethical inclusion of minority populations in research, including clinical trials. The focus is on health issues, in particular how the exclusion and exploitation of minority populations in research can contribute to health disparities, how policy changes have affected minority inclusion in research, and how clinical practices and medical decisions may be impacted by more inclusive research studies. Topical areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Novel strategies for the ethical engagement of underrepresented participants in research
  • Impact of prominent cases of research abuse or controversy on researchers’ practices, community attitudes, and regulatory policy in
  • the oversight of research
  • Training and educational efforts designed to strengthen the capacity of investigators, research staff, and regulators to ethically engage minority communities in research
  • Challenges of ethical engagement of minority populations in cutting edge research including issues related to broad consent for genetic research among other topics
  • Implications of cultural, social, community, and political factors on willingness to participate in research and autonomous decision making about research
  • Consideration of social impacts of research on minority communities
  • Implications of the ethical duty to include and/or engage minority participants in research

All types of manuscripts will be considered and will undergo the peer review process by the AJPH editors and peer referees as defined by AJPH policy. Submission of a manuscript for consideration in this theme issue does not guarantee publication. Manuscripts will be due to the Journal by October 12, 2012 and can be submitted at:  Article guidelines and submission instructions are available at:


  • Sandra Crouse Quinn, PhD, Associate Dean for Public Health Initiatives, Senior Associate Director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, Professor, Department of Family Science, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, Director, University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Nancy E. Kass, ScD, Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, Berman Institute of Bioethics and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21205