Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Social Science & Medicine: Medical Humanitarianism: Culture, Health, and States of Emergency
Sharon Abramowitz, University of South Florida
Mary-Jo Good, Harvard University
Byron Good, Harvard University
Arthur Kleinman, Harvard University
Catherine Panter-Brick, Yale University
Social Science & Medicine is soliciting papers for an Interdisciplinary Special Issue on Medical humanitarianism, broadly defined as the health care delivery by relief organizations. Social scientists find themselves increasingly 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. For this issue, 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, and (iii) well-articulated critiques that go further than a simple overview or commentary. Papers must make strong empirical and/or theoretical research contributions, speak to an interdisciplinary audience, 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.
How medical humanitarian actors bring culture, social relations, and issues of demography, equity, and justice into quotidian practice.
How personal relations structure the dynamics and shape of medical humanitarianism.
How medical humanitarians negotiate need vs. scarcity, limits vs. access, independence vs. negotiation, and other critical conflicts in humanitarian practice.
Medical humanitarianism’s integration into 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.
Authors may submit their papers at any time after 30th August 2013 up until 15th October 2013. Please consult our ‘Guide for Authors’ (http://ees.elsevier.com/ssm). All submissions must meet author guidelines, and publication is contingent on a rigorous peer-review process. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and Catherine.Panter-Brick@yale.edu for further questions.