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PalComms Special Issue on 'Humanising Epidemiology'

Please see below for a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Palgrave
Communications on 'Humanising Epidemiology'

Humanising Epidemiology: Non-medical Investigations into Epi/Pandemic
Guest Editor: Diaa Ahmed Mohamed Ahmedien (Faculty of Art Education, Helwan
University, Cairo, Egypt)
Co-Guest Editor: Michael Ochsner (ETH, Zurich, Switzerland)

Advisory board: Jon Hovi (University of Oslo, Norway), Adele Langlois
(University of Lincoln, UK), Tony Waters (California State University,
Chicago, USA), Merryn McKinnon (Australian National University, Australia),
Chisomo Kalinga (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), Ann H Kelly (King's
College London, UK), Jochen Buechel (Charite Berlin, Germany), Lin Wang
(University of Cambridge, UK), Shinichi Egawa (Tohoku University, Japan).

Pandemic outbreaks as public health crises have the potential to reshape human
life, from herpes, and Legionnaires’ disease to HIV and Ebola. Each virus or
bacteria has its unique biological properties by which it interacts with and
affects populations. Human coronaviruses, for instance, have been known since
the 1960s. In the past two decades, however, several new dangerous human
coronaviruses have emerged, namely, SARS-CoV in 2002, MERS-CoV in 2012, and
currently, SARS-CoV-2 is the cause of the disease known as COVID-19, which has
put global public health institutions on high alert. Each pandemic brings its
own political, economic, cultural, social and ethical challenges. Although
efforts to combat such outbreaks are primarily driven by clinical and medical
professionals, the contributions of academics, policymakers and other
stakeholders from other arenas, including the humanities, arts and social
sciences (HASS), should not be overlooked.

Against this backdrop, this research collection aims to examine the role and
contributions of the HASS disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary efforts,
in shaping the global response to public health crises. To this end, this
collection intends to bring together a range of perspectives, empirical and
theoretical, qualitative and quantitative, which draw on methods and
approaches from, among other areas: cultural studies, new-media arts, history,
digital humanities, law, media and communication studies, political sciences,
psychology, sociology, social policy, science and technology studies.

We welcome articles exploring topics including, but not limited to, the
following key themes:

The role of virtual societies/environments in reinforcing the conceptual
principles of digital citizenship and other related social alternatives, by
which the effects of quarantining and its social and mental consequences can
be mitigated;
The cultural, political, and ethical dimensions of telemedicine and the
role of sociology of artificial intelligence and social robotics to develop
their potential applications to secure efficient healthcare systems within the
context of today's digital revolution;
Social, cultural, and ethical trends in biopolitics and their effects on
epi/pandemic responses;
Cultural, ethical, and aesthetic potential of enhanced technologies to
be presented to laypeople via bio or digital media;
Human, viral, and artificial intelligence; theoretical and empirical
approaches towards convergent interpretations of virality within the context
of contemporary cyberculture;
Historical, philosophical or social inquiries into how pandemics emerge
and transform societies and their influence on innovation and technology;
Unfolding pandemic phenomena as social drama: the ways societies respond
to a contagious disease at different times, the various challenges they face,
how they deal with them, and how economic and cultural dimensions may have a
lasting effect;
Social, psychological and economic consequences of the complete or
near-complete institutional and societal lockdown; policies to address such
consequences and strategies for non-pharmaceutical public health
Diverse human responses to pandemics, relating to religion, race,
ethnicity, class, or gender identity;
Approaches to highlight the dynamic role of medical humanities to
improve integrative medical understanding and fuel social cohesion and
psychological stability when direct/pure medical interventions are not enough
to support the public;
The influence of individuals' specific choices and organisational
routines on the relationship between transmissibility and pathogenicity of
viruses as well as the regional and historical variability of such influences
due to social, cultural and ethical values.
Scholarly contributions that address the above areas but with a focus on
COVID-19, directly or indirectly, are particularly welcomed.
* Interdisciplinary perspectives are welcomed, whether between HASS
disciplines, or at the interface between HASS scholarship and the physical and
clinical sciences, or engineering, mathematics, computer science.

While purely clinical and medical studies are not in scope, contributions that
draw on contributions from areas like medical anthropology, telemedicine, bio
philosophy, integrative medicine, global public health, social medicine, and
digital medicine, will be considered.

Prospective authors can direct questions to the Guest Editor
(, in the first
instance. Submissions will be welcomed up until the end of December 2021.


Dr Adele Langlois | Associate Professor of International Relations/Programme
Leader MA International Relations

College of Social Science
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool,
Lincoln, LN6 7TS
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