Calls for Papers: Annual Dupont Summit 2019 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy


The 12th Annual Dupont Summit 2019 on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy

Friday, December 6, The Historic Quaker Meetinghouse Washington DC

The annual call for proposals for this year’s Dupont Summit 2019 is currently open. In order to submit a paper for consideration, please send a 1-2 page abstract to PSO Executive Director, Daniel Gutierrez, at, or call 202-349-9282. The early consideration deadline will be October 15th, 2019. Proposals submitted by the early deadline will be given priority. 
The goal of the Dupont Summit is to promote multidisciplinary conversation and networking across the social and political spectrum about pressing issues related to science, technology and the environment. The conference brings together academics, government, business and social leaders from a variety of backgrounds, for discussion about issues that include but that are not limited to:
  • Health
  • Energy
  • National security
  • Information and telecommunications
  • Environment and climate change
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics and stem cells
  • Water and natural resources
  • Science research and education
  • Technology and innovation
  • Space
  • Ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology policy
Other topics are welcome. The conference mirrors the interest of the PSO and its partners in promoting conversation about current policy concerns. Please feel free to forward this invitation to any potentially interested individuals or organizations.
To learn more about the Dupont Summit, click HERE.
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Fellowships: 2019-20 ACLS Fellowship & Grant Competitions

Greetings from the American Council of Learned Societies!

We are pleased to announce that the 2019-20 ACLS competitions are now open for programs with fall deadlines. ACLS offers fellowship and grant programs that promote research across the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social science fields and support scholars from the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at

Application deadlines vary by program:

September 25, 2019, 9pm EDT 
*ACLS Fellowships (the central program, which includes several named awards and Project Development Grants)
*Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars (including opportunities specifically for liberal arts college faculty)
*Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships

October 23, 2019, 9pm EDT
*Getty/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Art
*Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
*Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Fellowships for Scholars
*Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
*Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships

November 6, 2019, 9pm EST 
*Luce/ACLS Predissertation Travel Grants to China
*Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies
*Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants in China Studies
*Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society (grants for planning meetings, workshops, and conferences) – pending renewal of funding

November 13, 2019, 9pm EST
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations
*Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs – Collaborative Programming Grants

November 20, 2019, 9pm GMT
*African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships

January 8, 2020, 9pm EST
*ACLS Digital Extension Grants
*The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation New Professorships in Buddhist Studies

March 2020 (date TBA)
*Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows – pending renewal of funding

The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. In the 2018-19 competition year, ACLS awarded over $25 million to nearly 350 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows’ and grantees’ profiles and research abstracts are available at We look forward to an equally successful competition year in 2019-20, and we encourage you to circulate this notice to members of your community who may be interested in these fellowship and grant opportunities.

For all questions, please contact

Calls for Papers: Food as Medicine

As an Assistnt Editor for the journal Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (RHM) I’m pleased to share our CFP for an upcoming special issue on “Food as Medicine.” This special issue will be co-edited by Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, of University of the Sciences, in consultation with RHM co-editors. 500-1000 word proposals (excluding citations) should be submitted to by October 15. Cristina is very willing to answer email queries, and I’ve included her contact information here. Please submit and feel free to share widely.

The full CFP can be found at

Contact Info: Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, special issue co-editor, at University of the Sciences

Calls for Papers: The AIDS Crisis is Not Over, Radical History Review

The AIDS Crisis is Not Over 
Issue number 140 (May 2021)
Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2019
Co-Edited by Emily K. Hobson and Dan Royles

This issue of the Radical History Review will examine the politics of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. While it has been almost forty years since doctors first identified the disease in 1981, new HIV infections are increasing in areas stricken by poverty and violent conflict. People with HIV/AIDS also face new threats from the Trump administration, which threatens to gut key programs that provide care and treatment, both in the United States and in the Global South.

At the same time, the history of AIDS activism has provided a new generation of activists with templates for grassroots resistance in the age of Trump. This new generation has been joined by veteran AIDS activists; in the United States, these connections have been particularly visible on the front lines of fights to protect the Affordable Care Act and to stop Republican-led tax reform in Congress. Intergenerational links are also reshaping documentary narratives, artistic representation, and relationships between the Global North and Global South.

This moment of peril and possibility calls out for new histories of HIV/AIDS. Although people of color, women, and the poor are significantly overrepresented among those affected by HIV/AIDS, they are underrepresented in historical scholarship on the pandemic. By placing the disease in historical perspective, we hope to better understand crises of health inequity in a neoliberal global age, as well as the sites and modes of resistance that activists and advocates have carved out in this context.

With all of this in mind, we seek essays that document the breadth and depth of radical responses to HIV/AIDS, at political and geographical scales ranging from the local to the global. These may include contributions that address connections between AIDS activism and other social movements both backwards and forwards, from struggles for black, women’s, and gay liberation to Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. Essays may also address the radical politics of AIDS media, from the agitprop of Gran Fury and DIVA TV to struggles over AIDS and the arts, including both conservative censorship and the Tacoma Action Collective’s response to the exhibit Art AIDS America. Contributions may also examine HIV/AIDS as part of histories and geographies of colonialism and race-making, including the contested sites of Haiti, sub-Saharan Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the politics of tourism, travel, and global commerce. Essays may also address AIDS and carcerality, including HIV criminalization laws, HIV/AIDS (activism) in prisons and jails, sex work, and HIV/AIDS in immigrant detention and control.

We will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplinary and geographic locations to advance radical histories of HIV/AIDS. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Debates over the “origin of AIDS,” particularly in relationship to colonialism, geography, the human/animal boundary, and the racialization of the epidemic
  • HIV/AIDS activism, particularly including the circulation of tactics across political contexts, transnational connections, and responses in the global South
  • HIV/AIDS and people of color, particularly African American, Latinx, and Asian/Asian American communities and politics, and including transnationally
  • HIV/AIDS and women, including debates over transmission, women’s roles in HIV/AIDS activism, sex work, trans women, and family poverty
  • The place of HIVAIDS in LGBTQ history, including in relation to gay liberation, casual sex, radical sexual cultures, the rise of queer theory and politics, and homonormativity
  • HIV/AIDS and radical art and media, including as represented or misrepresented through exhibits, journalism and documentary accounts
  • HIV/AIDS and the law, including employment law, non-discrimination, and disability law
  • HIV/AIDS and health care, including universal health care, grassroots expertise, and relationships to “big pharma”
  • HIV/AIDS and labor, especially health care workers, unions, and voluntarism
  • HIV/AIDS in schools, sex education, and public education efforts
  • The political contexts of the epidemic, including neoliberalism, the New Right, globalization, and in contexts of socialist democracies or welfare states
  • Affective responses including shame, fear, pride, love, and affinity

The RHR seeks scholarly, monographic research articles, but we also encourage such contributions as photo essays; film, exhibit, theater, and book review essays; interviews; “conversations” between scholars and/or activists; brief interventions; and teaching notes and annotated course syllabi for our Teaching Radical History section.

Procedures for submission of articles: By September 1, 2019, please submit a 1-2 page abstract summarizing the article you wish as an attachment to with “Issue 140 Abstract Submission” in the subject line. By October 15, 2019, authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their article for peer review. The due date for full-length article submissions will be February 1, 2020.

Please send any images as low-resolution digital files embedded in a Word document along with the text. If chosen for publication, you will need to supply high-resolution image files (jpg or TIFF files at a minimum of 300 dpi) and secure permission to reprint the images.

Those articles selected for publication after the peer review process will be included in issue 140 of the Radical History Review, scheduled to appear in May, 2021.

Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2019


Calls for Papers: Health and Disease in Popular Culture


For information on PCA/ACA and the conference, please go to

DEADLINE:  November 1, 2019

The “Health and Disease in Popular Culture” area for the 2020 Popular and American Culture Association meeting in Philadelphia invites proposals related to the portrayal of health, illness, and health care in the discourses of popular and American culture. Proposals representing perspectives in the humanities and the arts (e.g., film, history, literature, visual arts) are particularly welcome, as is scholarship in culture, media, gender and sexuality. Proposals should clearly establish what connections the presenter intends to draw between their chosen topic and popular and American culture.

  Subject areas might include but are not limited to:

  • Narratives of illness told from the perspective of patient and/or provider in contemporary pop culture media: fiction, poetry, graphic fiction, memoir, television, film etc.
  • Discourses of patient education and/or advocacy—magazines, websites, discussion boards, tv doctors, social media
  • Intersections and missed connections: improving lay and expert communication about illness and wellness
  • Narrative in/about/as medicine
  • The health humanities—what is the discipline? What can it do? How? What’s the connection with popular culture?
  • The problematic representation of illness narrative in popular culture (quests, battles, wins, losses, survivors, victims—and the construction of the patient-as-subject)
  • The construction of medical knowledge and beliefs about illness through the discourses of popular culture: medical melodrama, reality programs, social media, direct-to-consumer advertising, journalism, advertorials, the internet
  • Public health initiatives, patient education, threats, and risk in popular culture
  • The representation of global health issues and the globalization of disease in popular discourses

Proposal abstracts (max 300 words) must be submitted online at the PCAACA website at:

Individual and full panel proposals are considered. For full panel proposals (generally four persons) please include titles and abstracts for all participants.

You might consider these panels as well:

Contact Info: Dr. Carol-Ann Farkas, Professor of English, School of Arts and Sciences, MCPHS University, 179 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Calls for Papers: Journal of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science

The Journal of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science(JSAHMS) is accepting submissions for the spring 2020 issue.

JSAHMS accepts submissions year round; however, the deadline for consideration to be published in the spring 2020 issue is September 30, 2019.

JSAHMS is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, with support from Troy University. We accept original articles on all aspects of the history of medicine and science. For more information on making a submission and author guidelines, please visit the website at   or contact Karen Ross, editor, at

JSAHMS (ISSN 2639-6661)

Calls for Papers: New Series–Vernon Press Series in Classical Studies

Vernon Press invites proposals on the history, literature, art, philosophy, political or social structures, religion, languages, or archaeology of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations for its new Series in Classical Studies.

The classics are the earliest branch of the humanities, with a long history of scholarly value, but the field continues to evolve. The past two decades have seen exciting developments in key research areas, especially material culture, reception studies and gender studies. The books in this series will examine such growth areas, while also being open to more traditional approaches.

Comprising edited volumes, co-authored books and single-author monographs, the series will be useful for senior researchers, scholars and practitioners with an interest in this field of study, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students.

To receive more information about submitting a proposal or to discuss your idea, please contact James McGovern:

Information also available on:

Calls for Papers: The Politics of Health: 2020 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference

2020 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference: The Politics of Health

Vanderbilt University | March 26 – 28, 2020

Abstract Deadline: September 27, 2019

Abstract Decisions: November 20, 2019

To submit an abstract, please visit: ​

The sixth annual Health Humanities Consortium (HHC) conference will explore the politics of health and healthcare in the context of world events and a vital 2020 election year. Health is a desired state – we all want to be healthy. But health is increasingly a contested political state as well. Debates about who is deserving of health or healthcare intersect with questions, issues, and themes regarding matters such as race, gender, citizenship, identity, language, art, education, and representation that also lie at the core of the health humanities.

We invite proposals in the following formats:

  • Formal papers (20 minutes)
  • Flash presentations (5-7 minutes)
  • Panels or Workshops (90 minutes)
  • Artistic media/presentations (i.e. visual art, music, poetry, film, etc.) (10-15 mins)

We encourage submissions from the following disciplines (but not restricted to):

  • Arts and Health
  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • Literature
  • Critical Studies (i.e. race, disability, LGBTQ, gender, etc.)
  • Political Science
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Anthropology
  • Media/Film Studies
  • Medicine/Nursing/Social Work
  • Allied Health Professions
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Health Policy
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Potential topics that might be addressed include (but not limited to):

  • In what ways are health humanities “political”? What are the social missions of health humanities, and in what ways can they address issues such as health equity, justice, andinclusion?
  • In our contested political age, how can health humanities promote empathy or understanding of contested points of view?
  • How can representations of health in language/literature, film, art, or media uncover deeper understandings of the complex political meanings of health and illness?
  • How does a humanistic lens contribute to understandings of issues such as The Affordable Care Act, Medicare for all, Brexit, big data or the rise of identity movements that deny humanity and healthcare to “others”?
  • How can a health humanities lens be applied to present-day hot-button political topics that have profound health implications – such as guns, racism, women’s reproductive health, genetics/personalized medicine, war, vaccines, ableism, addiction, or climate change?
  • How do health politics differ by country, region or locale?
  • How does focusing on the poetics of politics enable collaboration with disciplines such as public health, political science, sociology, anthropology, or economics?
  • What are the social and political responsibilities of practitioners/teachers/students of the health humanities in the current era?
  • How can we tie in themes and methods from health humanities to examine and analyze the upcoming 2020 election?
  • What desired political futures can health humanities imagine for individual and public health?
  • How does social media enable, enhance, or thwart political participation?

Please send any questions to ​​.

Contact Info:
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Calls for Papers: Book Series on Health and Healing in Africa and African Diaspora

We’re currently accepting proposals for a new book series: Routledge Research in Health and Healing in Africa and the African Diaspora. You may send a book proposal or a detailed query for preliminary review to the Series Editor, Donna A. Patterson or the Routledge Editor, Leann Hinves. They’ll be an opportunity to meet with the Series Editor, Professor Patterson, and discuss your book idea at this year’s Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and African Studies Association (ASA) meetings. Do contact her if you wish to schedule a meeting.

We welcome proposals on a variety of topics in particular, public health, global health security, health care delivery, innovation in health, epidemics, women and children’s health, masculinity and health, mental health, traditional healing, and community initiatives. We seek publications from a range of disciplines and in some cases are interdisciplinary in nature from the social sciences, public and global health, clinical sciences, and the humanities. In addition, we seek research and analyses from area studies that transcends health issues, including African Studies, African American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Women and Gender Studies and work that is transnational and that in some cases straddles more than one country or region.

For more information about the new series, do visit our website listed below.

Contact Info: Professor Donna A. Patterson, Series Editor
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