Call for Papers: Frictions of Futurity in Transplant Medicine
Dr. Suze Berkhout’s research group at the University Health Network is looking for contributors to submit papers for a special section of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience Journal.
This special themed section of Catalyst asks, “What kinds of futures are materialized when transplant medicine is brought into conversation with questions about life, liveability, difference, and thriving?” The group seek to illuminate central tensions surrounding the curative intent of transplantation and explore the field as a site of deep ambivalence with respect to futurity. They seek work that challenges what they believe they know about experiences that exist across the span of transplantation and work that challenges how we know these same challenges, bringing together artistic expression, biomedical understandings, and crip and feminist science and technology studies (STS) insights. The group invites those working at critical intersections in STS, particularly critical disability studies and feminist STS, to bring their practices, methods, and critical scholarship to bear on the field of transplantation as well as transplant-related technologies and sciences.
The group welcomes a range of formats for papers, and invite both scholarly articles and shorter, experimental contributions that creatively and critically investigate transplant, including commentaries, visual essays, roundtables, reviews, or other innovative formats. Interdisciplinary research, co-authored submissions, and submissions from those with lived experience of transplantation are particularly welcome. They are especially interested in contributions that reflect on futurity as an unstable horizon that requires innovation in methods and practices—from arts-based methods and research creation, to sound studies, to social geographies, to ethnography—to engage a diversity of approaches in STS that help to understand issues such as the liminality of being waitlisted, the challenges of adhering to strict regimens to preserve a transplanted organ, or the not-infrequent experience of graft rejection.
Submit your abstract!
To be considered for inclusion in this themed section, please send an abstract or proposal (max 500 words) plus a short bio (max 250 words) to all three special section editors by March 1, 2023:
Selected papers and proposals will be invited to submit fully developed submissions to Catalyst via the journal’s online submission portal by October 1, 2023. Selected submissions will be published pending peer review in Fall 2024. Full papers and other contributions should be prepared according to the Catalyst author guidelines. All articles will undergo review by the editors as well as a standard peer-review process.