Calls for Papers
Open Call for Papers:
The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) provides a forum within bioethics for feminist thought and debate. IJFAB welcomes feminist scholarship on ethical issues related to health, health care and the biomedical sciences, the social determinants of health, and global ethics. IJFAB aims to demonstrate clearly the necessity and distinctive contributions of feminist scholarship to bioethics.
IJFAB publishes at least one open issue per year, in addition to thematically framed special issues. Please submit your manuscript in any of the categories listed below, and the Editorial Office will see that it is reviewed either for IJFAB’s next open issue or for an appropriate special issue of IJFAB.
- Articles should not exceed 8,000 words (roughly 32 manuscript pages). Shorter articles are welcome. Additional instructions for authors are available in the style guidelines.
- Conversations provides a forum for public dialogue on particular issues in bioethics. Scholars engaged in fruitful exchanges are encouraged to share those discussions here. Submissions for this section should be limited to 3000 words.
- Commentaries offers an opportunity for short analyses (under 2000 words) of specific policy issues, legislation, court decisions, or other contemporary developments within bioethics.
- Narratives often illuminate clinical practice or ethical thinking. With issue 5.2 IJFAB inaugurates a new section for narratives that shed light on aspects of health, health care, or bioethics.
All papers published in IJFAB have been subject to triple anonymous peer review. The Editorial Office aims to return an initial decision to authors within 8-10 weeks. Authors are frequently asked to revise and resubmit based on extensive reviewer comments. The Editorial Office aims to return a decision on revised papers within 4-6 weeks.
Vol. 10, No. 2: "Health and Ecological Destruction: Fracking and Beyond"
The deadline for submission for this issue is January 1, 2016. *please note new submission deadline*
Guest Editors: Laura Purdy and Wendy Lynne Lee
“Which questions moral philosophers choose to study—and choose not to study—is itself a moral issue,” wrote Virginia Warren in her groundbreaking 1979 article. Indeed, bioethics has often focused on important, but relatively narrow issues based on the assumption that health is a natural lottery and that the chief moral questions have to do with the quality of care, and fair access to it, or with the implications of new technologies to treat or cure, and questions about reproduction and death. Of course, some writing has always acknowledged many influences on health and thus longevity, encouraged, no doubt, by scholarship in epidemiology, the social determinants of health, interest in food/agriculture issues, and concern about occupational and environmental pollution.
This special issue of IJFAB aims to examine, through a feminist lens, human activities such as fracking, that, by negatively impacting the environment, threaten health.
Science fiction, such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, abounds with post-apocalyptic nightmares, but rarely devotes any attention to how they came about or whether they could have been prevented.
Yet, as ever more paths to environmental disaster are opened up by corporate and governmental decisions, the preventable is being touted as inevitable, natural, and good.
Many of us now live in disbelief at the deliberate dismantling of the conditions required for human (and nonhuman) flourishing by people apparently oblivious or disdainful of the consequences. If these forces continue to prevail, it is only a matter of time before the consequences of widespread lack of access to clean water, air and land pollution, desertification, and deforestation, will drastically reduce human life spans, and quite possibly lead to human extinction. The process will exacerbate the fight for survival at all levels, from the individual to the national.
We encourage readers to think about the many ways human activities are putting at risk human health, shortening lives, and risking species suicide.
Our main goal is to evaluate the health consequences of activities intended to maintain and expand dependence on fossil fuels, and technology in general, especially that held to be necessary for sustaining rapidly growing populations, no matter at what cost to the environment. These goals, in turn, reflect the needs and interests of continued western hegemony. We encourage potential contributors to contact us for a more detailed description of possible topics. In addition, we hope for submissions on the many related topics not listed here, such as mountain top removal, tar sands development, or as yet unidentified threats.
Vol 9, No. 2: See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink Fitness
The deadline for submission for this issue is April 1, 2015.
Guest Editors: Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs
Fitness is a neglected concept in bioethics but fitness is of key importance to women’s health and well-being. Blogging at Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs have been exploring the connections between women's bodies, the medicalization of women's health, and the multimillion dollar fitness industry. Until recently the focus of feminist criticism was on diet and weight loss, while ‘fitness’ was thought to be benign. More recently feminists have been engaging with the rhetoric of fitness as well. Some of the issues discussed show that there are significant impediments to women’s flourishing associated with fitness talk: fat shaming, body image, the tyranny of dieting, the narrow aesthetic ideal of femininity and how antithetical it is to athleticism, the sexualization of female athletes, women and competition, issues about entitlement, inclusion, and exclusion, the way expectations about achievement are gender variable, the harms of stereotyping. Feminists have begun to interrogate the very assumptions about what constitutes “fitness” in the first place. How is fitness connected to ableism and non-disabled privilege? Sport and fitness provide us with microcosms of more general feminist concerns about power, privilege, entitlement, and socialization.
Interested contributors are encouraged to submit papers on any topic related to feminism and fitness. Possible topics include:
- Is there a role for medical professionals to play in women's fitness?
- Do the norms of femininity and feminine socialization conflict with fitness
- Doctors often worry about the suitability of women’s bodies for exercise. How should feminists think about the role medical professionals played in making women’s effort to exercise a matter of serious health concern?
- Pregnant bodies have often been the source of medical policing when it comes to physical activity. Women are told to be sure to exercise, but not too much, and in this way, not in that way, for fear of damaging their unborn child’s health. What critical perspective does a feminist analysis of prenatal fitness bring to bear?
- What should we make of the coercive nature of health claims? Is ‘healthism’ something that ought to be of concern to feminists?
- How should we define fitness? Is a feminist account of fitness possible? What would a feminist account of fitness look like?
- How do we balance the benefits of fitness against the dangers inherent in sport?
- Is fitness an inherently ableist notion, making troubling assumptions and presumptions about disability, normality, normal function, and fitness?
Vol 8, No. 2: JUST FOOD: Bioethics, gender, and the ethics of eating
The deadline for submission for this issue is April 1, 2014.
Editor: Mary C. Rawlinson
Western ethics rarely makes eating a main theme. Food belongs to the often invisible domain of women’s labor. While obesity, malnourishment, and lack of access to clean water are regularly cited as global factors in mortality and morbidity, bioethics, even feminist bioethics, gives little attention to culinary practices, water rights, or agricultural policy or to their effects on the status of women and the health of communities.
What and how we eat determines not only our health, but also our relation to other animals, the forms of social life, the gender division of labor, and the integrity of the environment. If hunger is the hallmark of poverty, obesity and obesity-related diseases are ironically afflicting the poor at alarming rates. Hunger also attends war, violence, and catastrophic environmental events; thus, thinking ethically about food engages issues of war and peace, as well as calling into question the global dependence on fossil fuels. Food can reflect social inequity or economic independence and social justice. It can preserve cultural integrity or yield to the homogenizing force of global capital. Food encompasses the full range of issues arising at the intersection of health and justice.
The Editorial Office of IJFAB invites submissions for JUST FOOD: bioethics, gender, and the ethics of eating, vol. 8.2. Essays may investigate any aspect of the ethics of eating, particularly as it relates to health and gender.
Women are disproportionately responsible for food around the world, yet they are globally underrepresented in the ownership of property or decisions about land use or in determining environmental or food policy. As the spike in obesity among women and children in “low-income” countries under the shift to global food indicates, women, like other vulnerable and underrepresented populations, are disproportionately affected by the globalization of food, as well as by environmental degradation and climate change.
Research suggests, however, that women are also “key drivers of change,” necessary to improving food production and consumption, as well as environmental health in any community. “If you pull women out, there will be no sustainable development.” (Report of Regional Implementation Meeting for Asia and Pacific Rim, Jakarta, 2007.)
IJFAB 8.2 will investigate the bioethical problems that result from the industrialization and globalization of agriculture, as well as the role of feminist bioethics in reimaging agriculture and our culinary practices to be more life-sustaining and to better promote justice, community health, and agency for each and all. Only very recently have large populations been able to eat without any knowledge of how their food is produced. This issue explores the question of our responsibility for what and how we eat, as well as global responsibilities for hunger and diet-related disease.
Possible areas of research include:
- hunger and poverty
- hunger and violence
- consumption and health
- immobility, obesity, and agency
- animal rights
- environmental ethics
- ethics of land and water policies
- agricultural policy and economic independence
- scale in farming
- food security
- local vs. global food
- geopolitics of food
- food as commodity
- food and labor
- eating and culture
- the aesthetics of food
- food and community.
All papers must be submitted in IJFAB style. Please consult this page for style guidelines. Authors who plan to submit are encouraged to contact the Editor ahead of time.---
IJFAB also welcomes proposals for future special issues.