Extended Deadline! Call for abstracts/papers: Translating Health through the Humanities

deadline for submissions: 
May 20, 2022
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Special issue of Humanities journal: Translating Health through the Humanities
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As the COVID-19 pandemic exposed structural cracks in public health policies and health care systems around the globe, the humanities intensified arguments for their inclusion in health care, health education, policy development, and public health initiatives, citing, among other things, their existing work on cultural analysis, gender, race, and class, disease construction, illness narratives, the decoding of text, and perspective-taking. At the onset of the pandemic, humanities scholars from across the world quickly produced editorials and lecture series, arguing for, and demonstrating the value of, the humanities in responding to the global health crisis. These efforts emphasized the humanities as translational, both through the application of their disciplines to address the impact of the pandemic and through their application to make sense of individual experiences that could impact health care and health policies and to decode health and government policies to understand their impact on individuals.

This Special Issue of Humanities looks to explore the translational work of the humanities as a conduit to improve health care, public health, and health outcomes by decoding individual experiences, community responses, healthcare knowledge, and health policies. Possible topics include:

  • The relationship between the humanities and health communication;
  • The importance of empathy in health care;
  • Humanities models of understanding and contextualizing disease, illness, and sickness;
  • Healthcare ethics and social justice;
  • Historical framings of disease as relevant to policy creation;
  • Developments within medical/health humanities and/or public health humanities;
  • The role of the humanities in health education;
  • Applications of narrative medicine, art, and/or music within health care settings.

Please send a 300-word abstract to Amanda Caleb (acaleb@som.geisinger.edu) by May 20. Authors will be informed of decisions by May 31. Full articles (6,000-7,000 words) due by August 31.

Journal guidelines and additional details available here: Humanities | Special Issue : Translating Health through the Humanities (mdpi.com)