Call for Papers

Call for papers
January 2021


Special Issue on Health Humanities

Issue Editor: Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan
National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India

As an emerging transdisciplinary field of inquiry, health humanities actualize C.P. Snow’s vision, that is, to integrate “the two cultures” of sciences and humanities. As a field of inquiry, it evolved from medical history and medical humanities via narrative medicine to form what is now called health humanities. Unlike scientific and medical approaches to disease, the health humanities, while embracing the major stakeholders (patient/caregiver/doctors), offers insights into the experience of illness and how the individual constitutes the meaning of her health-related experiences. Furthermore, as health humanities demystify illness by talking of it, they also critique contemporary medical practices and its overdependence on technologies at the expense of human empathy. The concerns of health humanities are too broad and include the social determinants of illness, health justice, application of the creative arts, cultural contexts of medical care, global disparities, ethical challenges in medicine, among others. Put differently, and health humanities are many things at once because it works so well at different levels and, hence a significant cultural discourse in the post-millennial times. As such, the project of health humanities is urgent, for the power of human illness stories to effect change, but in an industrialized and bureaucratized health care. Given the global traction and urgency of the health humanities, this special issue proposed by Media Watch is one of its kind in India, which seeks to curate the historical, cultural, and literary dimensions of health, illness, and well-being. In so doing, the special issue seeks to foster a cultured conversation between and among these issues.

Potential topics that might be addressed include, but not limited to:
Given the trans-disciplinary focus of the theme, we encourage contributions from individuals working in any discipline related to health, illness, and well-being.

Graphic medicine
Representation of health in various media
Representation of medicine in literature and cultural studies
Philosophy of health, biology, biomedicine, and media
Health and Geography/Health humanities in India
Mental health and media
Communication aspects of Medicine/Nursing/Social Work/Caring
Information communication Technology and Medicine
Politics and economics of health
The narrative on complementary and alternative medicine
Digital health humanities
Cross-culturalism and health
Critical studies and health

Papers in no more than 7,000 words should be submitted to the Issue Editor following the below publication timeline. For submission guidelines and other details, please see:

Publication timeline/schedule
Last date for the submission of abstract: March 15, 2020
Intimation of acceptance/rejection of abstracts: April 15, 2020
Submission of the full article: September 30, 2020
Publication of the special issue: January 2021

Editorial correspondence, submission, and inquiries:

Dr. Sathyaraj Venkatesan
Associate Professor
National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India.
Manuscript submission guidelines: