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Call for Papers

The PJMH: The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities Call for Papers

Call for Papers 2023: Greening the Medical Humanities: The Environment and the Body in Conversation

The PJMH: The Postgraduate Journal of Medical Humanities, based at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Medical History is now accepting submissions for articles and book reviews for its seventh edition ‘Greening the Medical Humanities: The Environment and the Body in Conversation’. we welcome original articles and book reviews that engage with any aspect and interpretation of this theme.

Increasingly in the 21st century we have seen how the Anthropocene encroaches on the environment, and how humanity’s interference with nature is starting to affect us as well. This edition of the journal proposes to “Green” the Medical Humanities to understand the implications of our actions and how anxieties around the environment are being portrayed in the arts and humanities. 

Topics of interest might include, but are not restricted to:

  • Affect Theory
  • Alternative Medicine and the Patient
  • Animals, Animality and Hybridity
  • Anthropocene, Symbiocene and the Biosphere 
  • Apocalyptic Landscapes and Bodies
  • Bioethics and Environmental Ethics
  • Biopolitics
  • Bioterrorism
  • Borders and Boundaries 
  • Dark Ecology, Ecosystems and Climate Change
  • Disease and Embodiment
  • Ecohumanism and Citizenship
  • Food Studies  
  • Medical Imaginaries and Imagery 
  • Psychogeography and Spatiality
  • Public Health, Policy, and Law
  • Semiotics of Space and Place
  • Sensibility and Romanticism 
  • Technology and the Posthuman
  • Travel and Nature Writing

Original articles should be between 5000 and 8000 words, including footnotes and bibliography, and book reviews should be between 500 and 1000 words. Please refer to the MRHA Style Guide for style requirements and use British spellings in all cases except for direct quotations which use alternative spellings.  Please email any questions or submissions as Word attachments to  

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd March 2023.