Call for Submissions: Public Health and/in the US and Global South

Call for papers

Southern Spaces, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal, invites scholars, critics, writers, health care providers, public health practitioners, and patients to submit essays, photo essays, original documentaries, and digital projects for a forthcoming series titled Public Health and/in the US and Global South.

This 2015–2016 series will examine the relationship between public health and specific geographies—both real and imagined—in and across the US and global South. The journal welcomes projects relating to any time period or genre. Interdisciplinary frameworks, critical approaches to space and place, and work that foregrounds a transnational approach to public health are especially encouraged. Where possible, proposals should include media—sound, video, maps, images.

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following themes framed in relationship to the US and/or global South:

  • The relationship between health and migration,
  • Public health and its material culture(s)
  • Intersections of public health with place, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class
  • Campaigns for immunization, safe food, clean water, and disease eradication
  • Forms of healing (religious, spiritual, nutritional, and medicinal)
  • Historically Black Medical Schools
  • Disease specific analyses: sickle cell anemia, malaria, pellagra, hookworm, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, Ebola, HIV/AIDS
  • Disability studies
  • Local, state, and federal public health programs and institutions: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Public Health Service (PHS), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
  • Drug testing, DNA analysis, and genetic screening programs
  • Prisoners and public health
  • Health insurance: Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Affordable Care Act
  • Public health and racial segregation
  • Labor and public health, corporate medical policies, work-related health issues
  • Rural poverty and well-being
  • Mental health
  • Food deserts and place-based food insecurity
  • Health-focused writing: fiction, memoir, and (auto)-biography
  • Domestic violence
  • Gun control and public health
  • Eugenics
  • Maternal and child morbidity and mortality

In addition to essays, photo essays, and short videos, this series will feature peer-reviewed digital projects. Please contact the journal if you have any questions about the submission process or other aspects of digital project publishing. Southern Spaces editors are committed to assisting scholars at all levels of technological proficiency and support journal authors in selecting and producing multi-media materials to accompany their scholarship.

Please submit proposals (350-700 words) to by March 31, 2015.

Series editor: Mary E. Frederickson, Emory University.

Submission deadline: March 31, 2015.

Questions: Contact managing editor Jesse P. Karlsberg.

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Deadline: March 31, 2015

Posted: February 09, 2015