Calls for Papers: Reproduction in the Age of Extinction: An Anthology

To Be Or Not To Be? Reproduction in the Age of Extinction: An Anthology

Call for Submissions

How does the climate crisis and the 6th mass extinction impact upon questions of reproductive rights, our experiences of pregnancy and miscarriage, fertility and infertility, childbirth and birth-striking, parenthood and the decision not to become a parent?

The aim of the project is to create an anthology bringing together different voices and narratives about the experience of pregnancy, childbirth, childrearing and birth-striking in the climate crisis. We are currently seeking submissions from any and all perspectives: from parents and those who are childfree; from birth-strikers and those currently trying to get pregnant; from those exploring this question from an academic or fictional perspective and those whose perspective is more personal. We are interested in poems about experiences of pregnancy and miscarriage; in stories about raising children and about deciding not to have children; in narratives from those already suffering the worst impacts of the crisis and those who are watching events from afar; in essays which engage with the political, personal, philosophical and ethical implications of reproduction in the age of extinction.

All submissions will be considered for inclusion in the final anthology and will be subject to a review process. At this stage, we are exploring publication options: if your submission is accepted, we will contact you again to discuss copyright, and all submissions remain the copyright of the submitter until publication has been confirmed. However, we ask that you keep us informed if this is a simultaneous submission and/or your submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.

Submissions can be in the form of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, personal reflections, and graphic narratives.

All royalties from the sale of the anthology will be donated to Care, a charity which works particularly with women and girls at the forefront of the climate crisis.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Prose submissions: approx. 2,000 words maximum
  • Poetry submissions: approx. 100 lines maximum
  • No more than 2 submissions per person
  • Unpublished works are preferred; however, we will consider previously published works/reprints subject to copyright restrictions. Please indicate if you are submitting a previously published work
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted: however, please let us know that you are submitting elsewhere
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Please send all enquiries, expressions of interest and submissions to or follow the link on our website
Contact Info: Harriet Hulme Contact Email: URL:

Fellowship: 2020 Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) is proud to announce its tenth annual Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine. Named in honor of former AAFP Foundation executive director Sandra L. “Sandy” Panther, the Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine encourages interested family physicians, residents, students, other health professionals, historians, scholars, educators, scientists and others to apply.

The successful applicant will be awarded a fellowship grant in an amount of up to $2,000 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses relating to research on a project of their choosing dealing with any aspect of the history of General Practice, Family Practice, or Family Medicine in the United States. The fellowship will be awarded directly to the individual applicant and not to the institution where he or she may be employed.

The deadline to apply is by 5:00 PM (CDT), Sunday, March 31, 2020. All applications will be reviewed in April, with the Fellowship award announced by May 31, 2020.

Complete fellowship rules, application forms, and instructions are available online through the Center’s website at the following link:

Housed at the national headquarters of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and administered by the AAFP Foundation, the mission of the CHFM is to serve as the principal resource center for the collection, conservation, study, exhibition, and dissemination of materials relating to the evolving history of the specialty of Family Medicine in the United States for the benefit of the specialty and the public. The CHFM collection includes decades of documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia that are professionally cataloged and preserved in a climate-controlled environment.

For more information, please contact:  Crystal Bauer, MLS, Center for the History of Family Medicine, 11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway, Leawood, KS 66211, Telephone: (800) 274-2237, ext. 6007, Fax: (913) 906-6095, E-mail:

New Journal: Reproductive Biomedicine and Society

Reproductive BioMedicine & Society (RBMS) is a new open-access journal dedicated to interdisciplinary discussion and debate of the rapidly expanding field of reproductive biomedicine. It is intended to bring to attention new research in the social sciences, arts and humanities on human reproduction, new reproductive technologies, and related areas such as human embryonic stem cell derivation. Its audience comprises researchers, clinicians, practitioners, policy makers, academics and patients.

RBMS will accept high-quality original articles, reviews and commentaries on topics in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities concerning Reproductive Bioscience and Medicine. The subject areas of interest will include Politics, Sociology and Social Policy, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, the Visual and Written Arts, Economics, History, Ethics and Law related to Reproductive Biomedicine. The editors are Sarah Franklin and Martin Johnson (Cambridge, UK). Nick Hopwood is section editor for History and historians are well represented on the editorial board.

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