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Call for Papers – special issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

4 Nov, 15 | by cquigley

 

The editors of a forthcoming (2017) special issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry on “Investigating public trust in expert knowledge: ethics, narrative and engagement” are currently inviting submission of papers.

The special issue will be the first of its kind to examine the ethics of public trust in expert knowledge systems in emergent and complex global societies. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it will draw from contributions in bioethics, the social sciences and the medical humanities.

Guest Editors: Silvia Camporesi (King’s College London), Mark Davis (Monash University), Maria Vaccarella (University of Bristol)

Trust pervades personal, social and political life. Basic trust is seen as the foundation of self, trust figures in the everyday reciprocity of social relations, and governmentality is imbued with questions of trust and distrust. Trust in expert knowledge (i.e. willingness to believe, endorse and enact expert advice) has emerged as a problem for governments seeking to engage and influence publics on matters as wide-ranging as public policy on the environment and economic development, biopolitics, and wellbeing over the life course. The knowledge systems which support climate change policy have been criticized and even refuted, leading to public policy challenges for action on climate. The uptake of vaccines in populations appears to be eroding and scientific/ethical controversies have marked the field. The emerging ‘superbugs’ crisis requires that publics engage with the idea that antimicrobials are no longer available to the extent they once were. Biotechnological interventions in reproductive life and health are subject to changed expectations for expert and consumer rights and responsibilities. The recent explosion of the CRISPR genome editing debate has brought with it socio-technical expectations (e.g. CRISPR technologies as a panacea for a world rid of diseases from birth, and some say even of ageing), together with fears of eugenics and a return to the discourse of designer babies, which now seem a possibility. Public life is marked also by the questions of trust, knowledge and ethics implicated in end-of-life decision making, related controversy over physician-assisted suicide and other questions of life’s limits. Against this backdrop of troubled trust, expert knowledge and changing bio/ thanopolitics, how can governments engage publics? How do public communications take effect? How do experts and publics narrate trust? What are the ethical ramifications of efforts to garner, sustain or regain public trust? As some have argued, are we already post-trust and therefore in alternative modes of public engagement with the idea of collective life?

Topics

Contributions are solicited from the above disciplines that look at the role of narratives in the construction and deconstruction of public trust in expert knowledge and at ethical or unethical ways of engaging with the publics on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • sustainability and climate change
  • public policy and economic development
  • vaccination and other biotechnologies
  • emerging infectious diseases, including superbugs
  • reproductive health
  • provider-consumer relations in health care and beyond
  • genetics, including genome editing technologies (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9)
  • race
  • end-of-life decision making

Methodologies:

We seek contributions that apply narrative approaches to bioethics, sociology, and medical humanities.

The special issue will consist of 8-10 contributions that employ a variety of methodological approaches for a recommended length of 7,000-7,500 words each.

Instructions for authors for submission to JBI can be found here:

http://bioethicalinquiry.com/wp-content/uploads/JBI_IFA.pdf

Abstract Submission and Timeline

Extended abstract of 750 words should be submitted to Dr Silvia Camporesi by January 25, 2016. Please clearly state in your abstract the methodology you are employing in your paper, and how your contribution addresses the topic of the special issue ‘‘Investigating public trust in expert knowledge: ethics, narrative and engagement’.

A decision on the abstract will be notified by Feb 15, 2016.

Full papers are expected by May 1, 2016.

Reviewed papers will be returned to authors by August 1, 2016.

Revised papers are expected by October 1, 2016.

The special issue is expected to appear in print in June 2017.

For inquiries contact Dr Silvia Camporesi: silvia.1.camporesi@kcl.ac.uk

 

“The Reading Room”: Book Editor Role at Medical Humanities

5 Feb, 14 | by Deborah Bowman

It is an exciting time for Medical Humanities and, as part of its evolution, the Book Section is changing and expanding. After the next issue, the Book Section will become “The Reading Room” and appear in both in the hard copy of the journal and on the Blog.

Claire Elliott, who has looked after the Book Section so well, has decided that it is time for her to step down. We are enormously grateful to her for her exceptional commitment and careful stewardship.

We are now seeking someone to take on the role of Editor of The Reading Room and to join us on the Editorial Team. We are open-minded about who might best suit this role, but we are seeking someone who has an overview of the discipline, an enthusiasm for reading (both academic and non-academic works) and an eye for the innovative. The Editor of The Reading Room will contribute both editorially and creatively. He or she will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editors, Film and Blog Editors to produce a Journal and Blog that are original, thought-provoking and engaging. Unfortunately, the remuneration for the role is limited to a nominal honorarium and reasonable expenses. However, it is a role that, we believe, has much to offer any curious bibliophile.

If you would like to be considered for the role, please send:

  • A cover email introducing yourself.
  • A brief statement (no more than 200 words) explaining why you would like to be the Editor of The Reading Room and what you would hope to contribute.
  • A short CV (no more than two pages of A4).

Please send your application to Professor Deborah Bowman (mheditor@bmj.com) by Monday 17th February 2014.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the role informally before submitting an application, you are welcome to contact Deborah at the same email address.

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