Gender Medicine: Global Perspectives on the Entanglement between Biomedicine, Socio-Cultural, and Political Construct

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai Campus

School of Social Sciences and Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Chennai in collaboration with Asian Journal of Medical Humanities announces the call for a special issue on:

Gender Medicine: Global Perspectives on the Entanglement between Biomedicine, Socio-Cultural, and Political Construct


Special Issue Editors:

Dr. Manali Karmakar and Dr. Binu Sahayam D.

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Concept Note:

The concept of gender medicine emerged in the 1980s with the active involvement of gender scholars, women, and health researchers who foregrounded the stereotypes and prejudices underlying the scientific discourses of biomedicine. Feminist biologists like Lynda Birke and Anne Fausto-Sterling offered academic critiques of the myths and prejudices by foregrounding how women’s bodies have been conceived as deviant and pathological by phallogocentric biomedical discourses. Feminist biologists underlined the biomedical strategies through which gender stereotypes were disseminated through epistemology (effects of gender in the production of knowledge), interpretative strategies of observation and research data, language, and metaphors. However, in the present era, gender studies in relation to biomedicine also has to take into account the notion of all genders and how notions of body, health, well-being, and reproductive capacity are being reconfigured literally, as well as metaphorically, by biomedical interventions.


The enlisted sub-themes are geared towards addressing the following question with a special focus on vulnerable bodies:

how the notion of gender medicine (in the current culture of reproductive medicine, prosthetic culture, and replacement techniques) is further problematized by socio-cultural and political constructs such as race, class, caste, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and geopolitical factors.

Reproductive Technology

Health and Wellbeing

Mental Health and Disability Studies

Food, Nutrition, and Lifestyle

Sexually transmitted diseases Discrimination and Stigma

Biomedical Abuses and Violence

Interface between Body,

Myths, Prejudices, and Stereotypes

Biocitizenship and Bioethics

Gender Dysphoria and TransMedicine

Gender and Neuroscience

Narratives of Pandemic

Body Image and Psychoprosthetics


Important Dates:

Abstract Submission deadline: 15 April 2023

Intimation pertaining to abstract selection: 15 May 2023

Full paper submission deadline: 20 July 2023

Submission of Revised Manuscript: 1 October 2023

Acceptance date: 30 October 2023

Publication date: December 2023 or January 2024