CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS: Genetic Histories and Liberties: Eugenics, Genetic Ancestries and Genetic Technologies in Literary and Visual Cultures Gender and the Body Series, Edinburgh University Press

It is often assumed that the eugenics propaganda and involuntary sterilisation programs of the early 20th century, aimed at those with physical and mental ‘defects’ ceased after World War II. However, unethical eugenic experimentation and practice aimed at the poor, the promiscuous, the illiterate, the sexually deviant, the dangerous and the incarcerated continued in countries such as America and Sweden during the 1960s and 1970s. Non-consensual, compulsory sterilisations and coercive eugenics state practices have continued in the C21st.

Contemporary immigration controls aimed to exclude the entry of undesirable others into ‘near perfect societies’ and discourses of developing world overpopulation suggest that postwar social policy continues ideas and mechanisms incubated within the eugenics movement. Likewise, recent discourse in relation to COVID-19 has highlighted discussions about the shameful history of unethical experimentation and surgery upon BAME communities and their pervasive mistrust of clinical research.

We invite chapters that examine the ways in which representations of the body and gender within literature and visual culture (including film, television, graphic novels, comics, and video games) from the eighteenth century to the present day have engaged with and challenged political, religious, cultural and social attitudes towards eugenics, genetic ancestries and genetic technologies. Contributors may focus upon the ways in which genetic technologies have enabled individual choices and challenged deeply entrenched social issues such as racism, sexism and heterosexism.

We welcome original chapters that address topic areas and questions such as:
• ‘Eugenics’ (well born), ‘dysgenics’ (poor birth)
• ‘Liberal’ eugenics and/or state sanctioned policies
• Beauty, health, morality, disability, utopian bodies
• Sexual selection, sexual hygiene, birth control
• Racial hierarchies, degeneration
• Criminality, sexual ‘disorders’
• Future bodies, cyborgs, transhumanism, post-sexuality
• Epigenetics
• Ectogenesis
• Eugenics survivor narratives
• Medical genetics and genetic engineering
• Genetic inheritance, ancestral histories
• Human futures: the body, sexuality, gender, race,
• Ethics and human rights

How to Submit:
Chapter Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 November 2020. Please include (i) an abstract (no more than 200 words), (ii) a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the aims and concerns of your proposed chapter, (iii) a copy of your C.V and (iv) your contact details.
Final Acceptance Notification: 1 February 2021
Full Chapter Submission Deadline: 1 April 2021
Guidelines for Submissions: Final chapter word length: 8,000 words max.
Contact Details: Please send your submissions to the editors at:

Introducing Perspectives

We are happy to introduce Perspectives, a new library of podcasts, videos, and essays, along with resources for further learning and opportunities to engage in ongoing conversations. Accessible through the Consortium’s website, Perspectives provides discussions with leading scholars, interviews with recent authors, and archival highlights from renowned history of science collections.

Perspectives sheds historical light on contemporary issues. For example, the forum on the COVID-19 pandemic features a series of discussions by an international group of scholars exploring the history of epidemics and public health crises; the intersection of COVID-19 with issues of race, gender, and economic status; and the broader consequences of pandemics on society and culture.

Coming in mid-September, we will launch a series of posts in which historians and researchers discuss the history of race science, taking listeners through different aspects of how science, race, and racism have been intimately intertwined over the past three centuries.

Perspectives offers expanded conversations about history by providing ideas from multiple sources, approaches, and viewpoints. In our interviews, we invite authors of recent books to explain their research to a broad audience of researchers, scholars, teachers, and the general public. Similarly, the forthcoming section on archival collections looks at objects of widespread interest and fascination—e.g., our first two posts will be on sex education manuals and sundials—and goes in depth into why they matter today.

Perspectives supplements these audio and video resources with textual resources for further consideration. Forums include commentary essays from scholars, professionals, and other interested parties responding to the original content; and all posts include links to archival resources to facilitate further study and research.

To find out more, please visit Perspectives at

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International Virtual Conference on Contagion Narratives: Society, Culture And Ecology Of The Global South

August 25, 2020 to August 26, 2020
Subject Fields:
Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Popular Culture Studies, South Asian History / Studies

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore astonishing discrepancies in response to the threat among different locations in the Global North and South. Emerging records of strategies and successes from different regions indicate that resourcefulness in handling the pandemic is not necessarily correlated with affluence or the availability of the best healthcare. The contagion that rapidly spread from China to Europe and the US, arguably, has effectively highlighted the flipside of both high capitalism and globalisation….

…As historian Yuval Harari noted, the virus SARS‐CoV‐2 has affected aspects of our lives that make us human, such as the possibility of close communication in a direct, face-to-face mode. If infectious diseases become recurring phenomena in a world transformed by climate change, all aspects of human life, including our notions of literature, films and other forms of art, would have to be re-thought. The ways in which our forms of aesthetic expression respond and change would be a matter of interest to this conference. Against this background, the two-day international virtual conference welcomes papers that analyses narratives from the Global South about deadly infectious diseases like COVID-19 by situating them in their wider medical (including biochemical), eco-social and cultural contexts. The conference is conceived as interdisciplinary and participants are encouraged to draw on theories ranging from the medical and environmental humanities, philosophy, gender, cultural and film studies, as well as various strands of social sciences.

Sub-themes include, but are not
limited to

  • Contagion and literature
  • Contagion and language
  • Contagion and climate change
  • Contagion and environment
  • Contagion and the Global South
  • Contagion and social challenges
  • Contagion and culture
  • Contagion and philosophy
  • Contagion and films
  • Contagion narratives and technology
  • Contagion and gender

Abstract Submission July 24, 2020  August 07, 2020
Notification of Abstract Acceptance July 31, 2020 August 14, 2020
Registration Opens August 12, 2020
Registration Ends August 21, 2020
Submission of Full Paper August 22, 2020

Registration Link

Contact Info:

Dr Sreejith Varma R., Dr Jobin M. Kanjirakkat
Assistant Professors
Department of English, School of Social Sciences and
Languages, Vellore Institute of Technology
Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
PIN: 632014
Mobile: +91-9940236178, +91-9449305995

Special Issue on Covid-19

August 31, 2020
Subject Fields:
Asian American History / Studies, Asian History / Studies, British History / Studies, Environmental History / Studies, Geography

Lahore Journal of Policy Studies

Special Issue on Covid-19

Call for Papers


Dear Sir/Madam


We intend to take out the next issue of the Lahore Journal of Policy Studies on Covid-19. The novel Coronavirus has come as a major calamity out of the blue leading to a sudden economic halt across the world. There had been other pandemics earlier but the response was never so severe, widespread and universal. The Third World acted largely on the basis of   scientific predictions and policies originating in Developed Countries without any policy based on locally grounded scientific/medical knowledge. With the high death rate reported from Italy and Spain followed in a couple of months by even higher deaths in US and UK the world was terrorized. The fast pace of statistics did not allow for a cool headed debate and reflection nor did people have any facts on which to develop some degree of understanding and make an opinion. Except for a few critical special publications, the media has been more interested in statistical reporting than any critical analyses.


With the passage of time many riddles and paradoxes, have come to the fore and call for reflection. There is need to explore these riddles and paradoxes because many revelations are likely to come out of these. For instance,


  • Why have there been far more deaths in the prosperous and highly developed countries of US and Britain than in the countries of the Third World?
  • Why have there been far more deaths in the urban areas which have more awareness and healthcare facilities compared to the backward rural areas?
  • Is the pandemic primarily a medical issue to be dealt with by doctors or a socioecological issue to be dealt with through political debate and policy?
  • What has been our experience of pandemics in the past in India whether it was bubonic plague, Spanish flu or smallpox, in each instance the epidemic continued for many decades? What communities and what geographies were affected? What conditions brought the disease under control?
  •  What was the role of vaccines in ending the pandemics?
  • What was the relation of poverty to the number of deaths and why? Was it because of hygiene or was it because of food and healthcare?
  • What is the relationship between our economic goals of productivity and development and the onset of disease
  • Industrial agriculture including deforestation, monocultures, genetic selection and animal feed lots have greatly increased production. What is its relationship with the pandemics
  • The growth of giant cities in the Third World has created new environment for the spread of disease. Why has this aspect not been highlighted in the coronavirus debate?
  • What is the role of globalization of commodity production, services and people in the generation and spread of pandemics?
  • Where has this virus come from? Has the frequency of deadly viruses like Ebola, MERS, SARS, Corona, H1N1 increased in the past few decades? Is there any common process of generation between them?
  • How has the pandemic changed the ecologies of work such as education, commerce, health, entertainment  and hospitality?
  • The impact of the lockdowns on gender inequality

You may choose a topic or write generally about the impact and origin of the disease.


Submission of abstracts          31st August 2020

Submission of final papers     31st October 2020

Whatever contributions we receive by the end of October 2020 will pass through a process of refereeing before they are accepted.


Note:   The Lahore Journal of Policy Studies is a refereed journal. The journal has a broad scope, covering national, regional and international political, economic, social and cultural issues of immediate relevance to public policy. It aims to be a forum for significant new ideas and seeks to challenge thinkers and intellectuals to policy debate. It is neither a journalistic magazine nor an overly technical one. Rather, it is a scholarly journal containing provocative, thoughtful, but well-researched writings with an educated and discerning readership in mind. It seeks originality and rigour of argument. The selection of papers will be based on topicality, originality, clarity, the extent to which they advance knowledge, understanding and application and their likely contribution towards inspiring further development, research and debate.


Contact Info:

Rabia Nadir

Editor, Special Issue

Lahore Journal of Policy Studies

Please mail queries and abstracts to

History of Psychology Virtual Workshop

by Jacy Young

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Subject Fields:
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Psychology

History of Psychology Virtual Workshop

The Workshop aims to create an inter- and multi-disciplinary space for pursuing theoretically-informed, critical histories of psychology. We welcome scholars at all career stages and all disciplines, including those in related fields concerned with the history, sociology and ethnography of the human sciences. The content of monthly meetings will vary session to session based on member interest. The goal is to offer a mix of a reading group of critical texts, panel presentations on a common theme, and workshop opportunities for works-in-progress.
The first meeting (1pm EST, August 12th, 2020) will revolve around a discussion of the following texts and planning future events.

Tuck, E. (2009). Suspending damage: A letter to communitiesHarvard Educational Review, 79(3), 409-428.

Mascarenhas, M. (2018). White space and dark matter: Prying open the black box of STSScience, Technology, & Human Values, 43(2), 151-170.

If you would like to attend this workshop and/or sign up for notifications of future events throughout the year, please register at our eventbrite page. 

Kira Lussier (University of Toronto)
Michael Pettit (York University)
Dana Simmons (University of California Riverside)
Chad Valasek (University of California San Diego)
Jacy L. Young (Quest University)

The revelation of the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic and Exploration of Socio-cultural responses

by Usha Rana

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Call for Papers
July 15, 2020 to August 10, 2020
Subject Fields:
Cultural History / Studies, Economic History / Studies, Health and Health Care, Public Health, Social Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you and your colleagues towards a book chapter for The revelation of the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic and Exploration of Socio-cultural responses to be published by AAP CRC Press (a Taylor & Franscis Group). Please submit your chapter(s) before August 10, 2020.

The issue of COVID-19 and its effects on society is a growing topic of discussion worldwide. This COVID-19 is in all parts of the world, leading to enormous anxiety and uncertainty. This book explores the challenges and impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for societies and individuals.  This edited book will critically reflect the challenges for the global society and will focus on a comprehensive understanding of COVID-19.With the increasing threat of COVID-19 on all aspects of global health, workforce, and interrupt in regular life, this book will serve as an opportunity for teacher-scholars and advanced practitioners to reconsider and reimagine the work for the betterment of societies.

Topics in this book may include Interpersonal relations, changes in normal way of life, state policies to welfare, unorganized sector, migration, gender, children, family, elderly people, poverty, physical and mental health, and other similar topics. The purpose of this book is to assess the impact of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on different aspects of human life. An understanding of the topics covered in the book is imperative in the context of understanding the challenges and strategies to protect society from further losses and harm due to SARS-CoV-2 infection-causing.


Tentative Table of Contents/Topic Coverage 

Section 1: COVID-19: Social strategies

Donation and social corporate responsibility (CSR) during coronavirus

Mask, sanitizer, gloves and isolation a rising of new culture

Social distancing a new way of life

Section 2: Community responses during COVID-19

Rural community’s responses during the COVID-19

Tribal communities during COVID-19

Urban challenges during outbreak of coronavirus

Section 3: Role of different organizations and professions

Health care persons and COVID-19

Non-governmental organization during infectious disease

Police professionals and challenges of COVID-19 outbreak

Role and responsibilities of the state during pandemic

Section 4: Impacts of COVID-19 on age, gender and profession

Domestic worker during COVID-19

Elderly problems and Coronavirus

Impacts on children of COVID-19 outbreak

Migration and unemployment during COVID-19

Sex workers and challenges during Pandemic                      

Women in dangers due to COVID-19

Section 5: Social challenges and consequences of COVID-19

COVID-19 and human rights

Democracy and COVID-19

Mental health decline during corona virus outbreak

Morbidity and mortality during Pandemics

Poverty and Hunger during COVID-19

School and collage closing and students during COVID-19

Or any other title but it should be related to main theme of book



Editors: Usha Rana1 and Jayanathan Govender2

1School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University, Sagar, India

2School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa


Word Limit: 6000-8000

The template can be downloaded from…


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University of Pennsylvania – Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
in the Humanities
Darmstadt University of Technology – Postdoc Researcher: Global
History of Material Culture and Technology, 1850-2000

I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance
Studies – Post-Doctoral Fellowship in African Studies, c. 1250-1750

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science – Max Planck Research
Group Leader + Professor for the History of Science / Knowledge