CFS: The Intima (Narrative)

The Intima is an electronic journal dedicated to promoting the theory and practice of narrative medicine, an interdisciplinary field aiming to enhance health care through the development of effective communication and understanding between caregivers and their patients. By providing an online venue for the expression of personal experience within the medical arena, The Intima creates space for caregivers, professionals, patients, and families to share their narratives in a format that fosters empathy, reflection, and deeper understanding of the diversity inherent in effective delivery of care. Find out more here:


CFS: Narrative Inquiry Bioethics

Call for Case Studies and Narrative Education Reports

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research is a peer-reviewed journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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. The author or authors of a case study must be personally involved in the case being discussed. 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. All case studies must adhere to the confidentiality principles outlined in the Author Guidelines. The editors may or may not invite commentaries on the case study. Case study articles should be 3,500-5,000 words.

Narrative Education Reports. NIB publishes reports on the integration of narrative writing, journaling, or literature into the education of health professionals. Articles may be written as case studies describing and evaluating educational programs or as outcomes research studies using qualitative or mixed methods. Narrative Education Report articles will ordinarily range from 2,000-4,000 words.

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

You may access a free copy of a past issue of the Journal here:

Please direct inquiries and submissions to:

CFP: Attentive Writers

‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority | Medical Humanities Research Centre, University of Glasgow | 23-­25 August 2013

From nurses, physicians and surgeons to administrators, caregivers, physiotherapists, technicians, veterinarians and voluntary sector workers, this conference adopts the term ‘attentive writers’ as evocative of the multitude of both non-professional and professional caregivers – clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers – whose attention to illness might take narrative form. The study of physician-writers was one of the earliest developments in the related fields of Literature and Medicine and the Medical Humanities, with canonical figures such as Conan Doyle, Goldsmith, Keats, Smollett, and William Carlos Williams, receiving much-deserved critical attention. Echoing Rita Charon’s concept of ‘attentiveness’, this conference brings this established field of enquiry regarding ‘the physician as writer’ into dialogue with recent calls for a more inclusive approach to the Medical Humanities (i.e. ‘Health Humanities’) and questions the authoritative place of the Western – traditionally male – physician in our explorations of the humanities/health interface.

The relationship between healthcare, authorship and authority will be addressed through three inter-related strands of thematic enquiry: (1) an historical and literary examination of ‘attentive writers’; (2) a more devolved interrogation of the field of Narrative Medicine; and (3) an examination of ‘attentive writing’ as creative practice. Current confirmed Plenary Speakers: Professor Rita Charon and Professor Paul Crawford.

Papers might address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Nurse-writers, physician-writers, surgeon-writers, veterinarian-writers, etc. of any culture, historical period or literary epoch, and/or nurses, physicians, surgeons, and vets as literary subjects
  • Non-clinical healthcare workers (administrators, janitors, receptionists, technicians, etc.) as writers and/or literary subjects
  • The literature of caregiving
  • Gender and medical authority
  • Historical development of medical and literary professionalism
  • The afterlife of Foucault’s ‘medical gaze’
  • Hybrid discourses and genres (the case history, illness narratives, etc.)
  • Narrative Medicine (and particularly does it challenge or reinforce the notion of the physician as sole author/authority) and related developments in professionalism and education
  • The philosophy or attentiveness in healthcare and creative writing
  • ‘Attentive writing’ as creative practice; including ‘process oriented’ writing practices and those primarily concerned with the creation of aesthetically valuable outcomes.

Proposals of up to 500 words for 20-minute papers should be submitted via email, along with a short biography (no more than 250 words) by 1st February 2013. Proposals from academics, clinicians, creative writers, non-clinical healthcare workers, caregivers, and interested laypersons are all most welcome. Further information for creative writers wishing to make a submission will be announced shortly. Email:

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: Stories/Disability (Narrative Inquiry Bioethics)

Call for Stories for a Narrative Symposium: Living with the Label “Disability” | Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics—A Journal of Qualitative Research | Edited by Jeffery Bishop, MD, PhD and Naomi Sunderland, PhD

Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will publish an issue focused on stories from people living with impairment-highlighting their encounters with both medical practice and research. The word “disability” suggests a coherent group with a set of common characteristics. Yet, there exists a broad spectrum of impairments experienced by the group of people with “disabilities.” Attention to such differences is important and diverse accounts may aide a more open and honest dialogue between stakeholders, policy makers, healthcare workers, and academics. We would like your true, personal stories in a form that is interesting and easy to read.

In writing your story, you might want to think about:

  • How does the label “disability” interact with other aspects of your life in health care settings, for example your gender, culture, and geographical location?
  • How does the term “disability” reflect your actual embodied experiences of impairment?
  • When does the label “disability” not do justice to your particular experience of impairment?
  • Have you accepted the label “disability” in your life? If yes, what effects has this had for you and others e.g. family, friends, health care providers, and co-workers?
  • Describe the kind of experiences you might have that are possible because of your impairment.
  • How have labels of disability affected the degree to which you feel that your “authentic voice” has been heard by others e.g. family, friends, health care providers?
  • How has the impact of the label disability changed for you over time e.g. as you have aged or as societal expectations and standards have changed?
  • How has the label “disability” been a hindrance in your life? Has the label been beneficial?
  • What else might you want people to know?

You do not need to address all of these questions-write on the issues that you think are most important to share with others. You do not need to be a writer, just tell your story in your own words. We plan to publish 12 stories (800 – 2000 words) on this topic. Additional stories may be published as online-only supplemental material. We also publish two to four commentary articles that discuss the stories in the journal. If we receive more stories than we can publish in the journal then the 1000 Voices group will invite those authors to share their stories on the 1000 Voices website.

If you are interested in submitting a story, we ask you first to submit a 300-word proposal-a short description of the story you want to tell. Please include a statement about 1) what type of impairment you are living with and 2) what country you live in. Inquiries or proposals should be sent to the editorial office via email: 

Preference given to story proposals received by October 31, 2012. For more information about the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, the guidelines for authors, and privacy policies, visit our webpage with Johns Hopkins University Press at:

Every issue of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics will be available electronically to over 1,000 institutional subscribers via ProjectMUSE.

CFP: Narrative, Reflection, Education (Symposium)

Creating Space II: Taking narrative and reflection to the next level in health professional education, research and practice

A special symposium organized in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), sponsored by the Canadian Association for Medical Education’s “Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Medicine” (AHSSM) Educational Interest Group (EIG).

Date: Saturday April 14, 2012 | Location: Banff, Alberta

Abstract (500 word) Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012

We are organizing a one-day symposium on narrative and reflection that will be held on April 14th, 2012 in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME). This symposium has been organized to provide a forum for researchers, educators, and others interested in the role of arts, humanities and social sciences perspectives in health professional education. We are inviting clinical and medical educators, students, practitioners, creative writers and artists, and scholars from different humanities disciplines, to participate in a day-long conversation focused on exploring a diversity of narrative and reflective practices across the continuum of learning, including interprofessional learning. We hope to foster an open space for dialogue regarding theoretical framings and methodologies informing current and best practices, along with opportunities for advancing inquiry in this area by identifying a range of pressing research questions. We will be developing a single-track symposium programme, along with a poster display.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS: We are inviting abstract submissions that consider different approaches to narrative and reflection in health professional education that bridge the arts, humanities, and/ or social sciences perspectives and healthcare. Specifically, we are interested in the impact of narrative and reflection, including how different kinds of evidence/ inquiry might bear on questions of the value and contribution of narrative and reflection. We also hope to ignite new creative connections, and possibly collaborations, among participants. We look forward to expanding appreciation and understanding of the possibilities of narrative and arts-based learning, and generating or enhancing a reflective openness in health professional education. Various presentation approaches may be suggested. Individual and panel presentations, and other creative approaches such as reflective dialogues; reflective readings/ performances, etc. may be proposed. Presentations may be described that involve oral and written narratives, visual narratives, audio, and other performative genres. Submissions for poster presentations are also welcome. Abstracts are invited in relation to three broad themes:

1) Innovative pedagogical conceptualizations and strategies that advance understanding of the contributions of narrative (e.g., narrative reasoning);

2) Papers that are conceptually well-grounded and explore theoretical, or ethical, and/ or related research questions regarding the role and contributions of narrative and reflective practice in undergraduate, postgraduate or continuing health professional education.

3) “Best practice” educational initiatives in this area that have been introduced to advance compassion, caring and empathy in healthcare (NB: these will most often be considered in relation to a poster presentation)

We encourage submissions on a diverse range of topics relevant to health professional education, such as:

  • Situating narrative and reflection in health professional education: past and future
  • Evaluating/ assessing current contributions and impact
  • Narrative identity(ies): Personal and professional development
  • Defining “narrative competence” and ; narrative reasoning
  • Impact Patient safety; medical error
  • Exposing the hidden curriculum
  • Narratives of growth and becoming a clinician
  • Developing one’s moral imagination and sense of professionalism through narrative and story
  • Ethics and aesthetics: Bearing witness and responding to another’s narrative
  • Interplay of voice / competing cultural narratives
  • Intertextual/ media tensionalities
  • Transformative readings and imaginings
  • Narrative humility and accountability
  • Limits and pitfalls; constraints – other issues and complexities

Maximum length of abstract: 500 words, not including title, and listed authors. Indicate if you want your submission to be considered: 1) for a paper/ panel/ performance presentation only (specify), or 2) as a poster, or 3) indicate if you are open to considering either presentation format category. Proposals should be of interest to a diverse audience of healthcare educators and scholars, and serve as a departure point for lively discussion. All co-authors listed should have knowledge of the submission. Please include a short biographical statement for the presenting authors (maximum 100 words). One author should be identified as the corresponding author. All communication regarding the submission will be directed to the identified corresponding author.

Please submit your abstract in a Microsoft Word document by email attachment to Pamela Brett-MacLean and Tom Rosenal at:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE/ REVIEW: The deadline for abstract submissions is January 15th, 2012. Abstracts will be considered in relation to fit and contribution (e.g., addresses at least one of the symposium themes, contributes well to the overall programme; substantive contribution to education, practice ore related research involving narrative &/ or reflection); as well as quality (organization and coherence). We anticipate completing our review of the submissions by the end of January, with a decision communicated to the corresponding author by early February regarding the outcome of the review process (i.e., if the abstract has been accepted as a paper or poster, or if their submission has not been included in this year’s programme). The conference programme will be posted online by mid- to late-February on the AHSSM EIG website at<> (which is currently under construction).

CFS: Am J Kidney Diseases (personal narrative)

American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) publishes a regular feature, “In a Few Words,” in which AJKD hopes to give voice to the personal experiences and stories that define kidney disease. They will accept for review nonfiction, narrative submissions up to 1,600 words, regarding the personal, ethical, or policy implications of any aspect of kidney disease in adults and children (acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, dialysis, transplantation, ethics, health policy, genetics, etc). Footnotes or references are discouraged. Any submission which refers to real patients must be either unidentifiable or approved by the patient(s) described. Submissions from physicians, allied health professionals, patients, or family members are welcome. Items for consideration should be submitted via AJKD’s outline manuscript handling site:  Questions or requests for assistance may be directed to the editorial office staff at: