CFP: Philosophy, Nursing

Philosophy in the Nurse’s World: Troubling Practice

The Philosophy in the Nurse’s World conference was inaugurated by the Institute, now the unit for Philosophical Nursing Research (uPNR), a working group of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing oriented to the pursuit of philosophical nursing knowledge.

The Philosophy in the Nurse’s World conference provides a forum for advancing philosophical nursing inquiry. In May 2010 and 2012, the conference examined questions of ‘the political’ and nursing practices, examining questions relating to the social, political and economic conditions organizing nursing as a discipline and a field of care. In 2014 we will continue our collective conversation by philosophically exploring and analyzing the idea of ‘ troubling practice’. We are drawn to this idea because of sever characteristics of the current contexts of nursing including a continuing emphasis on instrumentalism and corporatism; the spread of economic discourses beyond their ‘proper’ sphere: a preoccupation with ‘productivity’ and outputs; and the normalization of constraint, disparity and austerity.

Although these are not new features of nursing contexts, their intensification calls us to explore ways we might challenge or disrupt their influence, develop counter discourses or critiques, or articulate philosophical resources that might enable us to retain and extend space for philosophical inquiry and practice – all as ways, in Lyotard’s terms, of providing resistances to or illumination about what is happening right now.

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Deadline for abstract submission: December 1, 2013



CFP: 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference

Call for abstracts: 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference

The 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference will be held on 10th – 13th September 2012 at the University of Leeds. The theme for this year’s conference, held in association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) is ‘Nursing in the 21st Century’.

The practice of nursing has changed in response to a number of external and internal drivers such as government policy, professional body requirements, the impact of globalisation and economic upheaval. Advanced practitioners with far reaching skills are a feature of modern nursing and, in some countries, there is a substantial increase in the number of non qualified assistant practitioners. Programmes that prepare students to become registered practitioners are mostly at undergraduate level and in some instances post graduate level, and it is not uncommon for practising nurses to hold masters degrees and doctorates. But what are the effects of these and other changes on what might be thought of as the traditional values of nursing such as caring, maintaining dignity and individualised care.

 Papers presented at the 16th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference seek to address the meaning of nursing in the 21st century. We will discuss what is understood by the practice of nursing in the 21st century, how we may describe nursing in 2012, and explore what the future holds.

 Abstracts of 250 words in length are invited for oral presentation in concurrent sessions. Each presenter is allocated a maximum of 30 minutes for presentation including time for discussion. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 11th May 2012 and authors will be told if their abstract has been accepted by 25th May 2012.

 To submit an abstract and for conference booking please go to:

CFS: J Med & Philosophy

Call for Submissions: The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press)

A Series of Special Thematic Issues on the Philosophy of Medicine | George Khushf  and Ana Iltis 

Since its inaugural issue in 1976, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy has been at the very center of critical debate in the philosophy of medicine, and papers on all aspects of the topic are always welcome. Additionally, we invite essays for a series of special thematic issues that focus on Clinical Reasoning and Evidence Based Medicine. Authors may address any of a wide range of topics, including:

  • what counts as evidence and how it is used
  • critical analysis of applications of decision theory; the role of artificial decision support systems as replacements for, or augmentations of, clinician decision making
  • integration of empirical/behavioral and conceptual/logical aspects of reasoning
  • use of case studies in medical reasoning to address long-standing problems in the philosophy of science
  • causal inference in medicine
  • what is meant by “mechanistic reasoning”, and why this is criticized in some accounts of evidence based medicine
  • implications of the systems turn (e.g., associated with Institute of Medicine reports on error and quality) for the way clinical reasoning is understood
  • the social epistemology of health care practices
  • ways information science and technology alter/inform clinical reasoning
  • a philosophical analysis of psychological accounts of medical reasoning, including work on heuristics and biases
  • the nature, function, and logic of “taking a patient history”
  • nature of differential diagnosis, and the way disease taxonomies structure clinical reasoning and decision making
  • scope and limits of Bayesian accounts of clinical reasoning
  • use of operations/ human factors/ systems engineering and/or management sciences to “manage” clinical reasoning and decision making
  • the appropriateness of using formal accounts as normative for clinical reasoning
  • the nature of clinical competence and capacities, and the role an analysis of capacities might play in understanding the reasoning process
  • what of importance might be lost (if anything) with efforts to make fully explicit the “art” of clinical reasoning and judgment.

To help with planning future issues, potential contributors are encouraged to send tentative topics and/or titles to the editors. This, however, is not a prerequisite for inclusion in upcoming issues, and all essays will be vetted through the same peer review process. Essays should be prepared for blinded peer review, with author and identifying information appearing only on a cover sheet, and submitted to both George Khushf and Ana Iltis (emails listed above).

Papers may be up to 25-35 typed double spaced pages in length, including notes and references, although that is only a rough guideline. Longer treatments of key topics may be considered. Papers should conform to Journal style:  

Deadline for the first issue in this series: August 15, 2012.

Other essays on the philosophy of medicine that do not fit with the special topics theme should be sent directly to the editorial office of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy at:

CFS: Research, Theory/Philosophy (ANS)

The primary purposes of Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) are to contribute to the development of nursing science and to promote the application of emerging theories and research findings to practice. Articles deal with any of the processes of science, including research, theory development, concept analysis, practical application of research and theory, and investigation of the values and ethics that influence the practice and research endeavors of nursing sciences. Acceptance or rejection of an article is based on the judgment of peer reviewers. Each issue is focused on a general topic, and manuscripts must be submitted by the date indicated for an identified issue topic. Forthcoming issue topics are provided for the upcoming 4 to 6 issues. A general description of the focus and suggested content for different types of articles follows:

Research articles: Empirical research (descriptive, quasi-experimental, experimental, basic) should include a clear and concise summary of the purpose and problem, a statement of the hypothesis (when applicable), background and significance, theoretical framework, design, methods and procedures, analyses of data, findings, conclusions, and implications for further research and nursing practice. All research approaches are welcome, including all qualitative methods and historical research articles dealing with the history of nursing practice or nursing science.

Theory and philosophy articles: Development of theory and philosophy are considered foundational for the development of nursing knowledge, and should include a review of literature upon which the work builds. Implications for nursing research and for development of nursing theory should also be included. Theory analyses and development is an in-depth analysis of existing theory and development of extensions or alternative theory based on the existing theory; comparative analyses of different related theories. A summary of implications for nursing research or nursing practice should be included.

Beginning in June of 2006, each issue ANS includes paper and on-line articles. All articles are listed in the Table of Contents for both the paper and on-line sections. The Table of Contents in the paper volume includes the titles of all on-line articles, the names of all authors, and a condensed abstract. A link directly to the article online is provided at the end of the abstract. All articles are available on Ovid and are indexed with CINHAL, ISI, and all other indexes in which ANS appears.

Further information at:

CFS: Aporia

Aporia: The Nursing Journal is a peer-reviewed, bilingual, and open access journal dedicated to scholarly debates in nursing and the health sciences. The journal is committed to a pluralistic view of science and to the blurring of boundaries between disciplines. Therefore the editorial team welcomes critical manuscripts in the fields of nursing and the health sciences that include (but are not limited to) critique of dominant discourses related to the evidence-based movement, best practice guidelines, knowledge translation, managerialism, nursing and health care practices, ethics, politics of health care and policies, technology, bioethics, biopedagogies, biopolitics, etc. Cutting-edge research results in nursing and health-related disciplines are also welcome. Aporia encourages the use of a wide range of epistemologies, philosophies, theoretical perspectives and research methodologies. In the critical analyses of health-related matters, Aporia advocates and embraces a wide range of epistemologies, philosophies and theories including but not limited to: cultural studies, feminism(s), neo-Marxism, postmodernism, poststructuralism, postcolonialism and queer studies. While the public already pays to fund health research, it is inconceivable that the public should be required to pay yet again, to gain access to research results. Subscription to scientific journals can sometimes reach up to thousands of dollars that are paid directly from public funds. Aporia inscribes itself along the margins of this practice by allowing for a definite fracture to take place within the current trends in the field of scientific publication, which constitute the dominant model for the diffusion of knowledge. Aporia is, therefore, a free online journal. Following the footsteps of Deleuze and Guattari, the Aporia team firmly believes that freedom is only made possible in the margin; an autonomous space that is controversial, sometimes polemical and without censorship that does not sacrifice scientific and academic rigor. As such, the objective is to encourage access to scientific knowledge and to give the reader an opportunity to actively position himself/herself regarding the written words in order to give a plurality of meanings to the text.

Therefore, Aporia adheres to the following principles:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Critical pedagogy
  • The role of the specific intellectual
  • Recognition of local knowledge(s)
  • Critique of dominant discourses
  • The right of both the author and the reader to dispose of themselves and their ideas
  • The role of the committed citizen

Research manuscripts, theoretical and philosophical pieces must not exceed 7,000 words. Commentaries and responses related to published articles must not exceed 3,000 words. Manuscripts and the cover letter should be submitted to:

More information at:

CFP: Philosophizing Social Justice in Nursing

Philosophizing Social Justice in Nursing: The 14th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference in Association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS) September 20-22, 2010, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 14th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference sponsored by the University of British Columbia School of Nursing in Vancouver, Canada. We are delighted to welcome IPONS and all who share a fascination for philosophical thinking from a nursing perspective to a lively and enthusiastic dialogue on a theme of immediate relevance to our discipline and to society.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Abstracts on the theme of Philosophizing Social Justice in Nursing (or on any philosophical aspect of health care practice, research or education) are invited. At this time we are calling for Abstract submissions for papers for oral presentation. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, followed by 10 minutes for discussion. Abstract submission will be in two phases:

  1. First Call – firm due date: March 1, 2010 with acceptance decisions by April 1, 2010
  2. Second Call – firm due date: June 1, 2010 with acceptance decisions by June 15, 2010

The first call is timed to ensure that international delegates have written acceptance in ample time to make travel arrangements. The second call allows for submissions closer to the actual date, but may be more limited in terms of the number of abstracts that can be accepted. Submissions not accepted in the first call may be revised for reconsideration in the second round.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Submit a 250 word abstract for your proposed oral paper, including:

  •  Title
  •  Focus of paper
  •  Typeset in single-spaced, 12 point font, lay out on one page.
  •  On a separate page, specify the author(s), including degrees, titles, and agency affiliations. Identify presenting authors by underlining their name(s). Provide contact information for the first author.

Please submit your abstract by (by e-mail attachment, in MS Word or Word Perfect) to the Scientific Review Committee at