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.

About Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience is a peer-reviewed journal that serves the expanding interdisciplinary field of feminist science and technology studies (STS) by supporting theoretically inventive and methodologically creative scholarship incorporating approaches from critical public health, disability studies, sci-art, technology and digital media studies, history and philosophy of science and medicine, and more.

Catalyst’s goal is to support innovation in feminist STS and related areas of study, as well as to provide a venue for the publishing of activist feminist and critical theory concerning matters of science, technology, information, and medicine, and more. This means the inclusion of both senior as well as junior scholars, professors emerita and undergraduates, artists and activists, and all those who span multiple professional and intellectual identities. Catalyst’s intended audience includes established STS scholars, students, and junior scholars in the discipline. As a further catalyst for new avenues of research and theoretical development in feminist STS, Catalyst’s intended secondary audience are scientists working on issues relevant to feminist STS.  Catalyst is and continues to be a polyphonic site for both the analysis and the production of feminist STS in all of its myriad forms.

Learn more here.