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.
Who are we? Brandy Schillace, founding editor, works in public engagement and outreach for museums, inviting a diverse audience to see themselves as partners in a wider community. She also serves as Editor for BMJ’s Medical Humanities journal. The remaining staff come from varied backgrounds, but each of us have a commitment to issues of access.
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 whose research or experience speaks to the relationship between medical humanities and social justice. We welcome every background, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation and creed. Though we welcome academic inquiry, we intend this magazine for a general reading public. Contributors do not need an institutional affiliation or degree to be considered.
What we offer? We created this platform to provide a space for voices not always heard in academic medical humanities, and further, to bring the discussion beyond the university and into lived experience. 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. We welcome you, also, to be part of how we shape this project and our process.
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.