CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
CFP: SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE: A Special Issue on Medical Humanitarianism
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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
SOCIAL SCIENCE & MEDICINE
A Special Issue on Medical Humanitarianism
SHARON ABRAMOWITZ, MARY-JO GOOD, BYRON GOOD,
ARTHUR KLEINMAN, and CATHERINE PANTER-BRICK
‘Medical humanitarianism’ - health care delivery by relief organizations - has a prominent international presence. Increasingly, social scientists find themselves working alongside humanitarians in states of emergency, armed conflict, food crises, and natural disasters
The goal of this special issue is to provide state-of-the-art analyses of medical humanitarianism from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. We seek to develop a base for comparative analysis and insight, and promote dialogue between social scientists and humanitarian practitioners. We seek (i) systematic, comprehensive, or critical reviews of the literature, (ii) original research articles that make a substantive empirical contribution, (iii) well-articulated critiques that go further than a simple overview or commentary. Thus papers are to make strong empirical and theoretical contributions, and have strong policy relevance. Of interest are the following issues:
- The content of medical humanitarian services, and their uniqueness in terms of healthcare delivery.
- Insights generated from a comparative perspective on medical humanitarianism.
- The characteristics of relations and transactions in medical humanitarian encounters.
- Ways in which medical humanitarians take culture, social relations, and issues of demography, equity, and justice into quotidian practice.
- Ways in which personal relations structure the dynamics and shape of medical humanitarianism.
- Ways in which medical humanitarians negotiate need vs. scarcity, limits vs. access, independence vs. negotiation, and other critical conflicts in humanitarian practice.
- The application of medical humanitarianism to International Criminal Court proceedings, human rights testimonies, or political witnessing.
- Social, political, and historical analyses of the growth of medical humanitarianism, and assessment of risk and resilience in populations facing health crises.
- Other issues of funding, policy, translational research, legal protection, clinical care, and public health interventions.
Abstract submission deadline is 31 March 2013. Please submit a 250 word unstructured abstract (specify issues, sample, analysis, and take-home messages) and three punchy research highlights (each 85 characters). All submissions will be reviewed by guest editors, for originality and substance. If your abstract meets Soc. Sci. Med. quality requirements, you will be asked to prepare a full 8,000 words article for Social Science & Medicine, with final publication contingent on a rigorous peer-review process.
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