About

Statement of Purpose

Dósis is an online blog and magazine dedicated to exploring the intersection of medical humanities and social justice. The web-only publication offers three issues annually featuring essays, commentary, and reviews clustered around a particular theme. In addition, the blog will run news and notes on relevant current trends in medical humanities and social justice.

Our authors and audience? We welcome submissions from students, volunteers, social justice warriors, queer theorists, public health policymakers, teachers, scholars, practitioners, patients, artists and Jane Q Public. We invite a broad audience and diverse authors from every background, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and creed.

Submissions

Dósis puts out three calls annually for contributions to our Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall issues. These calls outline the theme for a given issue and provide specific deadlines for essay and commentary pitches as well as suggestions for works to review. Read Dósis online.

Dósis considers three types of submissions:

Essays are between 1000-1500 words in length and grounded in the writer’s area of scholarly expertise, work in the field, or experience as an activist. Essays may also be in conversation or interview format with a scholar or practitioner.

Commentary pieces are 300-500 words in length and are more informal opinion pieces that speak to current events and the issue’s specific theme. Commentary may also be reflection on an event such as a conference session or public lecture that is relevant to the issue’s focus.

Reviews are expected to be 500-750 words in length, providing an overview of the work, its goals, and the reviewer’s estimation of its success.

Cover Art submissions in all visual art formats are considered.

Dósis welcomes submissions from youth, undergraduate, and graduate students with strong writing skills as well as contributions by established scholars, practitioners, and activists whose research and experience speaks to the relationship between medical humanities and social justice. Contributors do not need an institutional affiliation or specific degree in order for their work to be considered.  

While Dósis is currently unable to pay its contributors, writers are given a byline and retain copyright and republication rights to all of their content.

Dósis Online

Book Review: Hunting Girls

Review by Heather Stewart. In Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape (Columbia University Press, 2016), Vanderbilt philosopher Kelly Oliver examines the role of recent popular culture narratives in contributing to the increasingly violent sexual predation of young women and girls. Specifically, she focuses on the space of the university campus …

Book Review: The Butchering Art

Review by Tom Bragg. Both the title and subtitle of Lindsey Fitzharris’s popular medical history—The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine—hint at the sensationalism, the often lurid details with which the author baits the hook of her narrative. The creator of popular websites and a Youtube series about …

Launching Dósis: medical humanities + social justice

We have launched! Submit to the CFP! In the United States today, we face a crisis of health. This crisis manifests in many, many ways—from the opioid crisis and infant mortality to issues of access and deep divides about what health means, for whom, and when. Meanwhile, we watch an unfolding narrative of anger from …

Submission and Style

Submission and Style Guidelines

Dósis puts out three calls annually for contributions to our Winter/Spring, Summer, and Fall issues. These calls outline the theme for a given issue and provide specific deadlines for essay and commentary pitches as well as suggestions for works to review.

Please check out our current CFP .

Dósis considers three types of submissions:

Essays are between 1000-1500 words in length and grounded in the writer’s area of scholarly expertise, work in the field, or experience as an activist. Essays may also be in conversation or interview format with a scholar or practitioner.

Commentary pieces are 300-500 words in length and are more informal opinion pieces that speak to current events and the issue’s specific theme. Commentary may also be reflection on an event such as a conference session or public lecture that is relevant to the issue’s focus.

Reviews are expected to be 500-750 words in length, providing an overview of the work, its goals, and the reviewer’s estimation of its success.

Style Guide

Length: Between 300-700 words. This is an extremely flexible limit and longer pieces can be broken into multiple posts.

Links: Indicate links in the text as follows: “This will be a link [http://www.example.com]”

Images: Please use a maximum of three (unless they are thumbnails); send .jpg images or links to images online to the series editor. Medium or small images (approximately 500 x 400 pixels or less) will look best. Indicate placement in the text in whatever manner you wish. Image slideshows can be included in a post if more than three large images are wanted. Note: the author is responsible for clarifying the ownership or copyright of the pictures. We compiled a list of resources where you can find photos that are in the public domain: Europeana, DPLA, NLM, Flickr, LoC, Yale, Wellcome Images, Wikimedia, creative commons.

Audio/video: Both audio and video files can be embedded in a post. Please send the file to the series editor for inclusion. Indicate placement in the text in whatever manner you wish.

Captions: Please include a brief caption for images, audio, and video, including whatever rights or attribution information is relevant.

Author: Please send a one to three sentence biography of the author for use in the WordPress format.

Areas of interest: We invite guest posts to respond to our CFPs, and to share perspectives about medicine, medical history, health and humanities through a social justice lens. We welcome anthropological and sociological accounts that speak to themes of access, social welfare, cultural and historical practice. Current events are also welcome, and we particularly like to see posts about the under-served. We also welcome posts concerning the medhum aspects of museum and library collections, physical and digital. For more, see the CFP. We also welcome investigations of literature and health, illness narratives, and the power of story in medical humanities.

Current Call

CFP: Sickness and Health in the Era of Trump

The editors of the online magazine Dósis: medical humanities + social justice — a new project of Med Hum | Daily Dose — are seeking contributors for their debut issue: “Sickness and Health in the Era of Trump.” Since January 2017 we have seen the steady erosion of our national — and international — well-being under the GOP-led government. We have also seen citizens and residents in all corners of our nation mounting a steady resistance against the erasure of progress made in the eight years of President Obama’s administration. Progress toward better access to healthcare, environmental sustainability, de-escalation of violence, and the recognition of human rights for all people living within and without our national borders. Dósis seeks essays, commentary, reviews, and visual art that speaks to both destruction and resistance in the era of Trump.

  • What does your research have to say about this moment in our history?
  • How has your work been (re)shaped by the era of Trump?
  • How have you, and the communities to which you belong, responded to the challenges of 2017?
  • Is there a scholar or activist you would like to interview about sickness and health in the era of Trump?
  • What works of fiction or nonfiction, film or television, do you think speak to this moment?

Pitches for essays, commentary, and reviews will be considered on a rolling basis between now and 1 November 2017. First drafts will be due to the editor by 15 December 2017, editorial feedback will be provided by 15 January 2018 and final drafts will be due by 1 February 2018.  

To pitch essays and commentary, please use our query form or contact our managing editor Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook at submissions@medhumdosis.com.

To pitch reviews of fiction, nonfiction, digital resources, and film/television works, please use our query form or contact our review editor Anna J. Clutterbuck-Cook at reviews@medhumdosis.com.

We also seek cover art! If you are a visual artist, or know artists whose work may speak to this theme, please submit a reference image of your work to our managing editor Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook at submissions@medhumdosis.com.

And finally, we have a Patreon! As we relaunch Dósis as a blog and web magazine dedicated to marginalized voices in the medical humanities, we are committed to paying our contributors.  Patreon support will allow us to begin paying our contributors for their work while off-setting current operating costs, currently funded out of pocket by our editor-in-chief. Each successive goal in our Patreon campaign will offset a little more of our operating expenses while giving contributors a raise! We want to ensure Dósis a sustainable future.

Become a patron of Dósis for as little as $1.00/month and help us pay our writers!

Patreon

We have a Patreon!

As we relaunch Dósis as a blog and web magazine dedicated to marginalized voices in the medical humanities, we are committed to paying our contributors.  Patreon support will allow us to begin paying our contributors for their work while off-setting current operating costs, currently funded out of pocket by our editor-in-chief. Each successive goal in our Patreon campaign will off-set a little more of our operating expenses while giving contributors a raise! We want to ensure Dósis a sustainable future.

CURRENT GOAL: $150/month

When we reach an income of $150.00/month from patrons, we will be able to…

  • Pay our Essay contributors! $25.00/piece
  • Pay our Commentary contributors! $15.00/piece
  • Pay our Review contributors! $15.00/review
  • Pay 25% of Dósisoperating costs!

Read about the rest of our goals and giving tiers at our Patreon page. Become a patron of Dósis for as little as $1.00/month and help us pay our writers!