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The Politics of Panic in Global Health

Deadline: January 31 2015


Updated: January 11 2015

Global Public Health invites submission of manuscripts for consideration in a special issue. Editors: Amy Fairchild, Kavita Sivaramakrishnan and Richard Parker

More than three decades have passed since the HIV epidemic began to emerge and ushered in a new era in the field that would come to be known as global health. AIDS transformed perceptions of global interconnectedness. Understood initially as inevitably fatal, yet also mysterious and deceptive, often transmitted by people who appeared to be completely healthy, yet who were frequently members of marginalized social groups, it was associated with widespread stigma and discrimination. In many parts of the world, the emerging epidemic quickly generated widespread hysteria and even panic, taking shape not just as an epidemic of disease, but as what Paula A. Treichler described as ‘an epidemic of signification.’ Over the course of ensuing decades, the initial panic associated with HIV and AIDS would gradually give way, as the epidemic came to be better understood and more reasonably managed by public health officials. While it continued to be seen as a disaster for some of the most affected communities and population groups, and as a crisis (or even an extended crisis) for health systems, with the development of new institutions and policies, panic and hysteria would slowly wane. Yet the field of global health that HIV and AIDS helped to create, and the media attention that it helped to generate, would continue to evolve, warily watching for signs of the next coming plague. In different ways, a range of emerging epidemics or perceived threats (such SARS, H1N1 influenza, avian influenza, and Ebola) have generated different levels of crisis (a disruption of routines and systems) and panic (unanticipated and unsanctioned collective action in the absence of perceived institutional lapses) over time, unmasking key aspects and dimensions of global health that often go unnoticed and unanalysed outside of perceived emergencies.

Public health crises and panics are hardly new, and germ panics in particular have a long history that may offer important lessons for understanding contemporary outbreak anxieties within the context of global health. But the profound changes that have accompanied the intensification of globalization and the birth of the information age have also changed the playing field on which panic takes shape in important ways that merit careful consideration. Remarkably, there has been no sustained attention to the relationship between crisis and panic, as a routine and historically recurrent—perhaps even necessary—catalysts for public health institution-building. Some sociologists have tried to map the conditions required for panic to take hold in the context of a crisis. Predictive models assume that panic can be objectively diagnosed or denied, but they also overlook the broader social, political, cultural, and scientific context. But a thorough understanding must also consider the role of actors who generate, respond to, worry about, contest, and manipulate crisis and panic and also the political framing process that occurs when policymakers (or their critics) make judgments about overreaching or insufficient political responses. Panics and anxieties spurred by infectious diseases have often been rooted in prejudice and have been the source of political, social, and economic polarization. Past and present responses to disease outbreaks, or even their dramatic anticipation, are shaped by the geographical and social incidence of these events and the long-standing ideas and fears (particularly in the Global North) about the perceived origins of disease in the Global South. Assertions of “sameness” and “difference” in disease events shape ideas about developing country “victims” versus the heroic developed society “saviour.”

Such narratives are reflected in medical pronouncements, media coverage, disease surveillance and mapping, and institutional containment agendas. Panics and disease anxieties not only reflect the dialectics of the West and the rest but also help clarify emerging attitudes, perceived hierarchies, and ambitions within and between regions. This Special Issue of Global Public Health sets out to publish research and analyses aimed at examining the politics of panic in global health – in both the industrialised societies of the West, as well as in the developing nations of the Global South. Manuscripts are invited in the following areas:

1. Critical analytical and historical research on past and present panics, and disease related anxieties, their origins and making in regional and global fractures, and their implications for the future. 2. Analytical and historical research on the relationship between crisis and panic or their shifting meanings over time. 3. Studies of programs or institutions designed and implemented to manage outbreak anxieties, either in advance or in the midst of an epidemic. 4. Comparative analyses of different episodes of crisis and panic, either within a country over time or cross-nationally. 5. Studies of the impact of stigma and discrimination in relation to global health emergencies. 6. Analyses of the racial politics of panic and the ways in which racial prejudice and racial stereotypes play a special role in shaping crises and panics related to global health issues. 7. Policy research on the response to global health issues that have generated widespread social panic. 8. Studies of the ways in which international agencies and organizations addressed global health emergencies, both in the Global North and the Global South. 9. Studies of the complicated historical and colonial legacies that colour outbreak responses in the Global South. 10.Studies of the ways in which panics about dramatic new infectious diseases eclipse hard won spaces and resources for long-standing, chronic conditions. 11.Exploration of the afterlives of crises and panics in the politics of public health. Please submit electronic versions of the abstracts as an e-mail attachment.

The editors will review the abstracts and respond to the authors of the suitability of submitting a full-length paper for the special issue. Based on a review of abstracts, selected authors will be invited to develop papers for possible inclusion in the special issue. All papers will be peer- reviewed following the policies of the journal. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Submissions must be formatted in Microsoft Word. The documentation and stylistic standards of each article must conform to the requirements of Global Public Health.

For further information please reference: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=rgph20&page =instructions#.VA4vVkj1hIs. Submission of Abstracts: gph-msph@columbia.edu. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 31 January 2014. The deadline for full-length papers is 31 May 2015.

Engineering for You Video Contest 2 - $25,000 Grand Prize

Deadline: March 02 2015


Updated: January 11 2015

Throughout history, engineering has advanced civilization from the way we connect with each other, to the way we heal, to how we get around, and simply have fun. But society still faces major obstacles. The National Academy of Engineering has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. We want you to review the 14 Grand Challenges, and then create and submit a 1 to 2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world! The Grand Prize of $25,000 will go to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video. We hope that you will participate in the contest and also encourage those in your communities to enter as well! The E4U2 Video Contest is open for video submissions from January 5, 2015 to March 2, 2015. Visit o learn more! For any additional questions visit the website or email E4Uvideocontest@nae.edu.

Science and Cultural Diffusion in the Era of Brain Imaging

Deadline: March 16 2015


Updated: December 10 2014

Thematic dossier of the journal CulturasPsi/PsyCultures
Editors: Piroska Csúri and Jimena Mantilla

At present, both scientific communications and popular texts dealing with the topic of subjectivity and the mind are frequently accompanied by images of the human brain. In addition to the fundamental role visual representations play in the very process of research and in the communication between scientists, within the last decades such images have emerged as an essential tool for the dissemination of scientific results to a lay public. In particular, with the emergence of a new generation of imaging technologies (principally, functional magnetic resonance imaging [fMRI], positron emission tomography [PET] and single-photon emission computed tomography [SPECT]) this tendency has intensified, resulting in a real boom of images of the brain. Currently, such technologies of visualization allow researchers to study the brain in action. As a consequence, such images of cerebral functioning are used to address the study of an ever wider variety of cognitive, affective and behavioral states and processes and even personality traits, contributing thus to the “cerebralization” of discourses on the human subject. In this sense, these technological images of the brain constitute the foundation for the present proliferation of fields of study that investigate the human subject through the brain, which range from the more traditional branches such as neurobiology or neurolinguistics to new areas of specialties such as neuroengineering, neuroinformatics, neuroeconomy, neuromarketing, neuropolitics, neuropyschopharmacology, neuroanthropology, neuroethology, neuropsychoanalysis, neurotheology, etc. At the same time, such multiplication of scientific perspectives has developed in parallel with the emergence of the voracious consumption of “neuro-knowledge”, as evidenced by the boom of cultural products of scientific diffusion (magazines, books, talks, workshops, television programs, etc.) dedicated to the topic of the human brain.

The availability of such imaging technologies of the brain therefore poses a variety of questions: How is the meaning of brain images constructed socially? What role do these images play in the social production of “facts” and “truths” regarding the individual, his/her identity, abilities and afflictions? How do these “facts” and “truths” circulate in different social spheres? More specifically, what role do images have in the circulation of expert knowledge (scientific or professional)? And how are such images re-appropriated by other social spaces? How do they take part in other types of lay practices and discourses? What impact do they have on the present transformation of fields of study, specialties, disciplines and circuits of dissemination dedicated to the study of the human subject? What role do the images play in the social legitimation of such fields of inquiry within scientific or professional circles and among the lay public? Among other considerations, given in particular the competitive pressure among disciplines to modernize, what impact does the availability of technological images of the brain have on fields dedicated to the human subject that do not—or cannot—draw upon the artillery of such novel imaging technologies?
Hence, for the present thematic dossier we extend our call for papers to articles that study the societal role of brain images and their contribution to the circulation of “psy knowledge,”—that is, discursive and practical knowledge related to subjectivity and the mind—within disciplines such as psychoanalysis, psychiatry, psychology, the different specialties of neuroscience, and beyond. We invite researchers to submit unpublished original texts that problematize the diffusion, circulation of brain images in either professional, scientific circles or among the lay public from a socio-historical, socio-anthropological, communicational or social studies of science perspective.

About the journal:
CulturasPsi/PsyCultures is a free-access electronic journal catalogued in Latindex with a system of double-blind peer review. It focuses on the discussion and debate on topics related to the circulation of “psy knowledge” and associated practices. In an ample sense, by “psy knowledge” we mean not only the development of scientific disciplines related to the study of subjectivity and the mind (such as psychoanalysis, psychiatry, psychology, neurosciences, etc.) but also extending to all forms of dissemination, circulation and reception of such discourses and practices, within scientific and professional circles and beyond. In particular, the journal places special emphasis on questions related to the transnational circulation of “psy knowledge”.

Reception deadlines:
The deadline for the electronic submission of manuscripts is March 15, 2015 for articles to be considered for the September 2015 issue of the dossier and September 15, 2015 for its March 2016 issue, respectively.

Review process:
Texts preselected by the editors will be evaluated through a system of double-blind peer review.
The journal receives electronic submissions of unpublished manuscripts on original research in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French. To upload manuscripts, please proceed to http://ppct.caicyt.gov.ar/index.php/culturaspsi/about/submissions.

Articles accepted for publication will appear in their original language.
Submission guidelines and style:

The electronically submitted manuscript (max. 12,000 words) must be accompanied by an abstract in English, an abstract in the source language of the article (for manuscripts in Spanish, Portuguese or French), as well as five keywords.

For detailed submission guidelines and specifications on bibliographic style, please visit the following link:
Contact address:


Deadline: February 01 2015


Updated: October 10 2014

& for more info on BSTS: E DITOR - IN - CHIEF Susan Carol Losh Florida State University slosh@fsu.edu

SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT DUE February 1 st 2015 • A manuscript length between 5000 - 7000 words in length is strongly recommended • Format in Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced). • For Book Reviews, we invite authors to review science fiction novels for their scholarly value in 600 - 800 words .

The relation between science and society is often heavily influenced by and identified in the intermediary figurations portrayed in the genre of science fiction. This depiction evokes a simultaneously important and yet all too simple dimension: Western popular culture has reflected on the signs and portents, utopian and nightmarish potentials, and promised comforts and current and future ethical crises of science in form of narrativizations from Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, Ursula LeGuin , Iain Banks, Gene Roddenberry, Octavia Butler, Ron Moore, Margaret Atwood, and Charles Stross , in the form of novels and short stories, whether the Island of Dr. Moreau , Starship Trooper , or Halting State , Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders , Dune , Oryx and Crake , to movies and television, such as Star Trek, Babylon 5, The Jetsons , Orphan Black, ReGenesis , I, Robot, A.I., Minority Report, Gattaca , Battlestar Galactica , etc..

The influence on the popular perception of the potentials and promises of science as well on many innovative ideas that would become science offer exciting opportunities for critical reflections on these texts and media. We welcome both general reflections on this discourse as well as specific contributions that focus on a particular aspect of science or a chosen fiction, as well as social studies of “geek” or “nerd” culture that focus on the relation of geeks and science in this special issue. But the issue (whether the issue of Science/Sci - Fi or our SPECIAL ISSUE ) is not exhausted with discourse on science and science fiction that identifies Western popular culture with a global popular culture.

And even within the Western or Northern Sci - Fi discourse, ideologies, imperialisms, and biases determine the inclusion/exclusion of authors, characters, plots, etc. An author such as Octavia Butler is to this day the exception rather than the rule in a genre that is still dominated by white male writers. We therefore also actively invite authors who want to address the issue from within feminist, standpoint, intersectional, and queer discourses. Science Fiction is also not a Western invention nor exclusive to the Western discourse, in the same terms that STS has interrogated the Western colonial attitude towards non - Western and indigenous knowledges and their disqualification. Along those lines, we want to encourage writers who work with non - Western, postcolonial and decolonial subject matters. Finally we encourage what we would like to call ‘Experiments in Social Science Fictions’; we approve of writers who use STS and social and political science ideas creatively, as tools to ‘think with,’ rather than producing ‘yet another case study’. Science Fiction includes promises and predictions about what the future would, could, or should look like.

An active contribution by the science studies and the social sciences may prevent us saying one day “ Woulda , Coulda , Shoulda ”.

SCIENCE & SCIENCE FICTION with Special Issue Editors Alexander I. Stingl & Sabrina M. Weiss

got questions? CONTACT SPECIAL ISSUE EDITORS : Alexander Stingl , Drexel University nomadicscholarship@gmail.com Sabrina Weiss , RIT sabrinamweiss@gmail.com

Call for Authors

Deadline: January 01 2015

Updated: October 10 2014

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (this is also open to graduate students)

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging, a new multi-volume reference to be published in 2016. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging includes approximately 1,700 articles organized A-Z in the following categories:

Abuse and Crimes
Biological Theories and Processes
Biomedical Aspects of Aging
Comparisons: International
Comparisons: United States
Country Profiles
Creativity , Learning, Leisure and Consumption
Culture: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays and Poetry
Culture: Film, Popular Music, and Television
Death and Dying
Health and Health Care
Income, Inequality, and Poverty
Political Processes and Organizations
Psychological and Cognitive Teories and Processes
Research on Aging
Social Theories and Processes
Work and Retirement

Each 1,000 to 5,000-word article will include the name and affiliation of the contributor in the byline of the entry. This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Publications and the General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Madonna Harrington Meyer, Syracuse University.

If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications, offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

Please contact Kara Ward, Author Manager at Golson Media at kara@golsonmedia.com for further information.

Special Issue Revue Française de Sociologie/French Sociological Review

Deadline: November 15 2014


Updated: October 06 2014

“Sociology of the Internationalisation of Sciences” Scientific Editors: Michel Dubois (GEMASS, CNRS), Yves Gingras (UQAM, Montréal), Claude Rosental (CEMS-IMM, CNRS)

The internationalisation of scientific research is frequently considered from two opposing perspectives. The first focuses on its normality or commonality. Science only exists as a worldwide community and in historical terms scientists were involved at a very early stage in developing their work within a global context (Schott 1993). The cosmopolitan ethos of science develops through the mobility of researchers, the circulation of their results, but also their collective commitment to the value of universality (Merton 1973). The second perspective focuses instead on the illusory or even obsolete nature of the internationalisation process. From this point of view, it is important not only to account for the inequality of the international division of scientific labour, but, more importantly, for the rise of forms of scientific regionalism that can be conceptualised in “counter-hegemonic” terms (Keim 2011).

In short, in science as in other fields, the focus should be on “post-globalisation.” This call for contributions from the Revue Française de Sociologie/French Sociological Review invites contributors to develop, on the basis of their material, perspectives on the changing nature of the internationalisation of science. Although the process at work since the 1980s may not be completely novel, this does not mean it is identical to those analyzed by historians of science for earlier periods. It is essential, for example, to account for the exceptional dynamism of contemporary scientific productivity on a geographical scale never previously encountered.

Similarly, regionalist claims do not necessarily mean the end of the global vocation of science. They could be interpreted as the most recent manifestations of tensions that are either local- global (Glaser 1963) or nationalization-denationalization (Crawford et al. 1993. Mallard et al. 2009), that have long affected the development of science. Different types of article can be submitted for this special issue: (1) Studies of the dynamics of the spaces where scientific knowledge is produced— the emergence of world hubs for research, international mobility of researchers, etc. These studies may develop an approach at the border of sociology and geography (cf. Bonaccorsi and Daraio 2005; Grossetti et al. 2013). (2) Research focusing on the renewal of collaborative practices (cf. Wagner 2008; Millerand and Bowker 2008), due for example to the building and use of large-scale resources such as world databases (cf. Stephens et al. 2011), major facilities in particle physics, special banks for biological materials, etc. (3) Papers on the institutional and socio-economic means used to regulate research at an international level and in a standardized way, including: the development of supranational institutions (for instance, IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), lobbying strategies of large industrial groups and the mobilization of groups of citizens (cf. Gaudillière and Joly, 2008; Brunet and Dubois, 2012). (4) Articles examining the internationalization of research policies and of their instruments, including European programmes (Rosental 2013), project-based funding (Leresche et al. 2009), indicators and global rankings such as the Shanghai ranking (Gingras 2014), etc.; studies focusing on the ability of scientific communities to politically mobilize on a large scale (Frickel (5) Critical reviews of recent and important publications closely related to the topics of this Proposals—from 500 to 1,500 words—should be written in English or in French and present: 1) The scope of the study and the relevant literature 2)

The empirical basis and methods 3) The main expected results 4) A short bibliography (no more than 5 references). Any proposal that does not comply with this format will be automatically rejected. Proposals should be sent before November 15, 2014 to the Revue Française de Sociologie (christelle.germain@cnrs.fr) and to the three guest editors of this special issue: Michel Dubois (michel.dubois@cnrs.fr), Yves Gingras (gingras.yves@uqam.ca) and Claude Rosental (claude.rosental@ehess.fr). The guest editors will review the proposals and notify the authors of their decision before December 15, 2014. Authors whose proposals are accepted will be required to submit their article to the journal by May 15, 2015. The length of each paper should not exceed 12,500 words—notes, references figures and tables included. The journal will peer-review each article anonymously.

The Journal of Deliberative Mechanisms in Science (DEMESCI)

Deadline: February 28 2015


Updated: September 03 2014

We are now inviting contributions for the fourth issue in 2015. We are looking for articles on the topics of science and democracy, public participation in science, risk and environmental decision-making, citizen science, and related subjects. Especially welcome are articles from one or several analytical perspectives in the field of Science and Technology Studies. Generally, articles should be between 5,000 and 8,000 words. DEMESCI also accepts book reviews no longer than 700 words. The journal publishes articles in four languages: English, Spanish, Catalan, and German.
For more information contact the editor at demesci@hipatiapress.info or visit the DEMESCI website.

Special Issue “Methods of Innovation Research” in HSR (“Historical Social Research / Historische Soz

Deadline: November 30 2013

Updated: October 06 2013

The special issue "Methods of Innovation Research" aims at exploring a broader set of research methods and theory-method-bundles for approaching processes of innovation in social sciences. Papers should address one of the questions below either at a more general methodological level or using a concrete example in a specific research project: \

 Which qualitative and/or quantitative methods are best suited for which kind of theoretical problems in innovation research? Are there new ways of linking theory and methods?  What methodological innovations concerning innovation-research can be observed? How can we use the whole set of traditional social science methods or how can they be adjusted to address problems in innovation research?  Which types of comparison can help us to grasp processes of innovation more adequately?  Which sampling strategies are appropriate for grasping processes of innovation?  What are the specific data requirements for analysis of innovation and how can these data be collected?  Which strategies of data analysis are appropriate?  Which techniques of case-selection are appropriate?  How can we combine different forms of data or data-analysis to gain new insights in innovation- research?

We especially welcome contributions beyond the narrow aisle between thick ethnographic descriptions of activities in labs or indicator-based observations of whole regions or nations dominant in innovation research today. Researchers can ask how we can grasp the special, highly complex processes of invention and diffusion of new symbolic or material artefacts methodologically or which combination of theories and methods are appropriate for such an endeavour.

If you are interested in contributing a paper, please send an extended abstract with your paper proposal to Robert J. Schmidt (robert.schmidt@tu-berlin.de) by November 30th should state which methodological aspect you will discuss and how you will address the problem. The preliminary timeframe for the special issue is:  November 30th  January 15th  August 15th  October 16th for selected international authors)  December 15th  2015 – publishing of the Special Issue About the Journal HSR (http://www.gesis.org/en/gesis-publications/journals/hsr/ & http://www.hsr-retro.de/ ) “Historical Social Research/ Historische Sozialforschung (HSR)” is an international peer-reviewed journal on historical social research in English and German which exists since 1976 and is edited by the “Zentrum für Historische Sozialforschung” (Cologne, Germany).

It is listed in the most important data bases, such as SocINDEX with FULL TEXT (EBSCO), Social Science Citation Index (Thomson Reuters), SCOPUS (Elsevier), Sociological Abstracts (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts), Historical Abstracts (ABC- CLIO), International Political Science Abstracts (SAGE), Social Research Methodology Database (SAGE / NIWI) and Social Science Literature Information System (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences). 2013. The abstract 2013 – submission of abstracts with paper proposals 2014 – notification of acceptance of paper proposals for the Special Issue in HSR 2014 – submission of first draft of full paper – October 18th 2014 – submission of the final version of the paper 2014 – Author Conference (voluntary, there will be travel allowances

The ESRC Genomics Network - Genetics and Society Book Series

Deadline: June 01 2015

Updated: April 14 2011

The ESRC Genomics Network - Genetics and Society Book Series provides an outlet for outstanding scholarship in the multiple fields of genetics and genomics social sciences research. Published with Routledge since 2006, the research monographs, handbooks, textbooks, and edited collections offer authoritative, cutting edge perspectives on issues covering the ethical, legal, social, economic or political aspects of:

* tissue engineering, enhancement, and cloning * genetic modification of foodstuffs and other organisms, * neuroscience and neuroethics * genetic screening and testing * stem cell research and reproductive technologies * psycho-social aspects of medical genetics and gene therapy * the social and ethical issues surrounding biomedical innovation * public engagement and political discourse * representations of genetics across the media and cultural spheres * regulatory policy and governance of biomedical research and its human applications * the sociology and anthropology of bio-science and bio-technology * bioethics * the economics of new biomedical technologies and their place in the ‘knowledge economy’

Proposals for new titles within the scope of these topic areas are encouraged from individuals and groups. Please see the book proposal submission guidelines and application form.

Further information, requests and queries contact:

Helen Greenslade, Editorial Manager Cesagen Cardiff University 6 Museum Place Cardiff CF10 3BG
e-mail: greensladeh@cardiff.ac.uk Tel: 02920 – 875389 Fax: 02920 – 870024

Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR): Call for Articles, Reviewers

Updated: May 16 2010

The Asian Biotechnology and Development Review (ABDR) is a peer reviewed journal published by Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) from New Delhi, India. It is supported by Life Science Division of UNESCO and Department of Biotechnology of Government of India. This Journal is abstracted in CAB Abstracts. ABDR is guided by an Editorial Board and Editorial Advisory Board with distinguished experts, policy makers, academics, representatives of UN organizations as members.

ABDR is now into its 12th Volume ABDR has been a forum for informed views and perspectives on biotechnology and development issues. The contents of past issues except the last two issues can be downloaded from RIS website. ABDR is listed under journals in the publications section in the RIS website www.ris.org.in

ABDR has published articles on a wide variety of issues ranging from Access and Benefit Sharing to Bioethics in Asia, from regulation of stem cells to biosafety and international trade, from Bt. cotton in India to regulating biotechnology in Australia. ABDR has published Special Issues also focusing on a particular theme.

Besides articles ABDR publishes Book Reviews. Articles that provide a perspective on an issue or analyze an important case (e.g. Decision by WTO Panel/Appellate Body) can be considered for publication.

The guidelines for contributors are available in the website. When an article is submitted it is immediately acknowledged and the review process is set in motion. We strive to publish the accepted articles as early as possible. ABDR welcomes articles, book reviews and other contributions. ABDR does not publish articles that are solely of scientific or technical in nature. The readership of ABDR is spread across the globe. While the contents of the past issues will give an idea about the nature and scope of the articles and book reviews published in ABDR, articles on themes and topics not covered before particularly articles on socio-economic impacts of emerging biotechnologies and developments in life sciences, and bioeconomy will be considered for publication. The scope of the contributions to ABDR need not be restricted to biotechnology related issues in Asia or developing countries.

ABDR is also interested in empanelling reviewers for doing peer-review of articles. Those interested in doing peer review are requested to submit a brief CV and their areas of specialization/expertise. Submissions can be sent by email to the Managing Editor and there is no need to send the same in CD/hard copy if submission is by email.

For more information about ABDR and work of RIS on biotechnology please visit www.ris.org.in Submissions can be sent by email to ravisrinivas@ris.org.in k.ravisrinivas@gmail.com For more information please contact Dr. K.Ravi Srinivas, Managing Editor, ABDR email ravisrinivas@ris.org.in k.ravisrinivas@gmail.com Fax: +91-11-24682173-74

The Construction of Personal Identities Online: a Special Issue of Minds and Machines

Deadline: December 15 2011


Updated: January 15 2010

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are building a new habitat (infosphere) in which future generations will spend an increasing amount of time. So, how individuals construct, shape and maintain their personal identities online (PIOs) is a problem of growing and pressing importance. Today, PIOs can be created and developed, as an ongoing work-in-progress, to provide experiential enrichment, expand, improve or even help to repair relationships with others and with the world, or enable imaginative projections (the "being in someone else's shoes" experience), thus fostering tolerance. However, PIOs can also be mis-constructed, stolen, "abused", or lead to psychologically or morally unhealthy lives, causing a loss of engagement with the actual world and real people.

The construction of PIOs affects how individuals understand themselves and the groups, societies and cultures to which they belong, both online and offline. PIOs increasingly contribute to individuals' self-esteem, influence their life-styles, and affect their values, moral behaviours, and ethical expectations. It is a phenomenon with enormous practical implications, and yet, crucially, individuals as well as groups seem to lack a clear, conceptual understanding of who they are in the infosphere and what it means to be a responsible informational agent online. This special issue of Minds and Machines seeks to fill this important gap in our philosophical understanding. It will build on the current debate on PIO, and address questions such as:
- How does one go about constructing, developing and preserving a PIO? Who am I online?
- How do I, as well as other people, define and re-identify myself online?
- What is it like to be that particular me (instead of you, or another me with a different PIO), in a virtual environment?
- Should one care about what happens to one's own PIO and how one (with his/her PIO) is perceived to behave online?
- How do PIs online and offline feedback on each other?
- Do customisable, reproducible and disposable PIOs affect our understanding of our PI offline?
- How are we to interpret cases of multiple PIOs, or cases in which someone's PIO may become more important than, or even incompatible with, his or her PI offline?
- What is going to happen to our self-understanding when the online and offline realities become intertwined in an "onlife" continuum, and online and offline PIs have to be harmonised and negotiated? Papers comparing and evaluating standard approaches to PI in order to analyse how far they may be extended to explain PIO are also very welcome. Submissions will be double-blind refereed for academic rigor, originality and relevance to the theme. Please submit articles of no more than 10,000 words to D.Ward2@herts.ac.uk in .doc or .pdf format.

The special issue is part of a series of workshops organised in connection with the AHRC-funded project The Construction of Personal Identities Online. Authors may also wish to submit their papers to one of the workshops organized on the same topic. Submissions will also be considered for publication in the special issue.

The Body in Breast Cancer: a Special Issue of Social Semiotics

Deadline: October 01 2010

Updated: January 15 2010

Social Semiotics invites submissions to a special issue “The Body in Breast Cancer” in order to mobilize new critical interventions into the materiality of breast cancer.

The body, at the level of the breast, is the terrain on and through which breast cancer registers. This body, as understood through poststructuralist theory, is always already constructed and negotiated in relation to technology. This body, then, is a technologized body. The experience of breast cancer at once compels particular interfaces of body and machine in detection, treatment, and “recovery,” and the necessity for corporeal reworking in relation to the machine. Stressing the material breast as a technologized terrain necessitates grappling with the myriad of troubled relations of/to the breast, such as the prosthetic breast, the absent breast, fear of the lost breast, refusal of the breast, the scrutinized fleshy breast. In order to enable such exploration, we solicit papers in the fields of science and technology studies, queer studies, cultural studies, performance studies, and disability studies that enter into dialogue with scholarship on (bio)technologies and/or the posthuman. Foregrounding the technologized materiality in breast cancer will yield new ways of understanding subjectivity and somatic resistance, crafting corporeality, and practicing critique/politics in order to extend “livable lives.”

We are especially interested in accounts of queer, non-white, crip, male, classed bodies, and other particularities of subjecthood, that explore the practices of the technologized body in breast cancer at the level of machine and science, and imagined through biotech, the cyborg, cybernetics, prostheses, biometrics, and so forth.

We welcome articles that investigate:
• Excavations of the breast that foreground the policing, containment, mutilation, resignification, and crafting of the breast
• Bodies in breast cancer surveillance
• Bodies and breast reconstruction
• Bodies in treatment (radiation, the chemotherapy ward, detection, ultrasound, MRI, biopsy, mammogram, the breast clinic)
• Bodies and traces of military technologies; marks of cancer treatment
• Body-erotics/sexuality and breast cancer
• Visual economies of the breast and legalities of breastlessness
• The body and prognosis in breast cancer
• Altered notions of bodily capacity in relation to breast cancer
• Breasted aesthetics as self-crafting/disciplining
• Renegotiations of subjectivity at the interface with machines
• Unstable assemblages between flesh and machine in detection, risk assessment, prognosis
• Cancer and matter
• Regeneration and illness

We invite traditional essays as well as a variety of alternative forms: short performative pieces, short critical etymologies, visual essays, case studies. We are hoping to put together a range of different submissions for this issue in order to encourage unorthodox approaches to breast cancer. If submitting a traditional paper, the word count should be no more than 8000, including notes and bibliography. Alternative formats should be between 1 and 15 pages (maximum). For all submissions, please note that one image is equivalent to 250 words (half page). The journal citation style is Chicago Author-Date. For style guidelines and further information about figures and formatting, please see the journal website instructions for authors: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/csosauth.asp Articles should be prepared for anonymous review. Please provide a separate short author biography and an abstract of no more than 150 words. The deadline for submissions is 1 October 2010, with a final publication date scheduled for January 2012. Papers should be submitted by electronic attachment as a Word document (.doc or .txt) or pdf. The subject line of your email should state the special issue title “The Body in Breast Cancer” and be addressed to: specialissuebreast@gmail.com.

General Call for Papers: East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal


Updated: January 13 2010

Daiwie Fu, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
Associate Editors:
Warwick Anderson, University of Sydney, Australia / University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
Pingyi Chu, Academic Sinica, Taiwan
Sungook Hong, Seoul National University, South Korea
Togo Tsukahara, Kobe University, Japan
EASTS is an interdisciplinary quarterly journal based in Taiwan guided by editorial boards of STS scholars from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and the West. Founded in 2007, EASTS provides an international platform for STS scholarship on East Asia. The goal of the journal is to bring Western and East-Asian STS communities together to share ideas, knowledge and research on the full range of topics encompassed by STS. EASTS promotes STS studies from and to the East Asian and worldwide STS communities.
Submit Your Paper Now!
Papers should be submitted via Editorial Manager: http://www.editorialmanager.com/east
Editorial queries can be addressed to: dwfu@ym.edu.tw or eastsjournal@gmail.com
Recent Special Issues:
Constructing Intimacy: Technology, Family and Gender in East Asia
Guest Editor: Francesca Bray
Gender and Reproductive Technologies in East Asia
Guest Editors: Adele E. Clarke, Azumi Tsuge and Chia-Ling Wu
The Globalisation of Chinese Medicine and Meditation Practices
Guest Editor: Elisabeth Hsu
Emergent Studies of Science and Technology in Southeast Asia

Call for Chapters Lecture Notes in Social Networks

September 30 2014 |

Updated: July 14 2014

Special Topic From Problem Framing to Problem Solving: Applications of Systems Thinking and Soft Operations
Research in managing complexity (An edited book - to be published by Springer in 2015)
Today we find ourselves confronted with problems of dynamic complexity and interdependency. Such ‘wicked problems’ and messes are seemingly intractable and are characterized as value-laden, ambiguous, and unstable, and thereby resist being tamed by classical problem solving. Actions and interventions associated with this complex problem space can have highly unpredictable and unintended consequences. Examples of such complex problems include health care reform, global climate change, transnational serious and organized crime, terrorism, homeland security, human security, disaster management, and humanitarian aid. Moving towards the development of solutions to these complex problem spaces depends on the lens we use to examine them and how we frame the problem. Systems Thinking and Soft Operations Research has had great success in contributing to the management of complexity. This book captures current trends and developments in the field of systems thinking and soft operations research.
Topics This book entitled: ‘From Problem Framing to Problem Solving: Applications of Systems Thinking and Soft OR in managing complexity’ will discuss relevant theoretical frameworks and applications of systems thinking and soft OR in various domains. Recommended topic areas include, but are not limited to:  Soft OR/ Hard OR synergies  Systems thinking  System Dynamics/ Agent Based Models  Management Science  Visual analytics  Modeling and Simulation  Human Security  Humanitarian Aid/ Disaster Relief  Defence  Security  Safety  Health Care  Climate Change  Disaster Management Important dates  Abstract (Proposal) Submission Deadline: 30 September 2014  Notification of Proposal Acceptance: 15 October 2014  Full Chapter Submission deadline: 15 Feb 2015  Notification of Full Chapter Acceptance: 28 Feb 2015  Revised Chapter Submission Deadline: 30 March 2015  Final Submission to Publishers: 15 April 2015

Submission Information Academics, researchers and industry practitioners are invited to submit 1-2 page manuscript proposals in the form of an abstract detailing the background, the objective and structure of their proposed chapter as well as a broad indication of the subject matter to be covered - by the date shown above. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified within two weeks and will be given instructions and guidelines for full chapter preparation. Full chapters should be about 10,000 words or 15-20 pages in length. All chapters will be reviewed with an emphasis on relevance, quality and originality. Case studies are especially welcome. The book is scheduled to be published by Springer in Q2 of 2015. Proposals and final chapters (WORD or PDF format) should be sent to:  Dr Anthony J Masys, Advisory Board: Lecture Notes in Social Networks and Special Edition Editor Email: anthony.masys@gmail.com For enquiries, please contact the Special Edition editor: Dr Anthony Masys on the above email address. You can visit his profile on LinkedIn. Further details: http://www.springer.com/series/8768