CFP: Special issue of Medical Humanities

Call for proposals, special issue of Medical Humanities


Contributions are invited for a special issue of the journal Medical Humanities on the topic “global health humanities.” This proposed special issue is predicated on the assumption that, by examining different forms of human expression, the humanities offer necessary insight into the lived experience of global health issues. The following is a list of possible topics, but we welcome proposals for articles that address other aspects of global health humanities as well:

  • global health inequities
  • reproductive and maternal health worldwide
  • colonial and neocolonial health discourses (NGOs, world health organizations)
  • the lived environments of global health (pollution, climate change)
  • disability studies and global health
  • health and immigration politics
  • visualizing global epidemics and pandemics
  • critical reflection on “global health” as a label/category
  • global and local health histories
  • intersections between western medicine and local health practices
  • concepts of health in different cultural contexts
  • representations of health and illness in postcolonial narrative, art, or performance
  • “global health” and medical and nursing education
  • the role of global health in health humanities scholarship

Scholars interested in contributing to this special issue should submit a 300-500 word proposal and a one-page CV by July 8th, 2019. Full articles will be due by November 1st, 2019. Please email proposals, and any questions, to Jessica Howell ( or Narin Hassan (

From the journal description: “Medical Humanities presents the international conversation around medicine and its engagement with the humanities and arts, social sciences, health policy, medical education, patient experience and the public at large. The journal publishes scholarly and critical articles on a broad range of topics. These include history of medicine, cultures of medicine, disability studies, gender and the body, communities in crisis, bioethics, and public health.”