Call for Papers: Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Medical Humanities

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The editors are inviting scholars of medical humanities to participate in the The Encyclopaedia of Health Humanities to be published by Springer Nature (under the imprint of Palgrave Macmillan). This will be the first reference volume of the health humanities of its kind. Entries are sought with a lower limit of approximately 500-1,000 words and an upper limit of no more than 10,000 words. Entries will be published online by Springer as they are approved, with a final date of January 2022 for publication. A guideline for entries follows. We welcome you will join this groundbreaking venture. 


Scope of the Encyclopaedia. The Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Health Humanities aims to be a pre-eminent, seminal, and international work that draws upon the multiple and expanding fields of inquiry underpinned by the health humanities, that link health and social care disciplines with the arts and humanities. A major focus of the volume will be the role of the health humanities in illuminating and enriching the social, cultural, and phenomenological experience of being ill, and of caring for those who are ill, as well as documenting how these experiences have contributed to the development of the arts and humanities themselves. Overall, this volume will offer a thorough development of critique and critical theory concerning health care, in order to enable readers to question not only current practice, but also the foundational assumptions of health care and the health humanities. This volume will provide a foundational resource to scholars and practitioners in the arts, humanities, healthcare, health and well-being from around the world.


Contribution level. Our aim is to publish a work of tertiary literature, which provides summarized information derived from primary or secondary sources, rather than original articles. As such it contains digested knowledge in an easily accessible format. Please don’t use your entry as an opportunity to publish (exclusively) your own scientific work (primary literature). Rather, the current state of literature should be summarized including also possible review articles. As with any other scientific paper, proper references are required. Content, therefore, consists of established information in a particular field.


The level of contributions should be such that anyone from a student to a researcher would benefit from a contribution, which is not from his or her area of expertise. Each contribution should stand on its own without an assumption that a reader will be seeing any other portion of the work.


Length of text. Each entry should consist of between 1,000 and 10,000 words (excluding figures and references) with the following suggested ranges: Short (1,000-3,000 words), Medium (3,000 to 7,000 words), Long (7,000 to 10,000 words). Please feel free to add tables and figures.


The following link leads to a google sheet with two worksheets.

The first is an indicative chapter listing of topics sought by the senior editors, but which should not be considered exhaustive or definitive.  The second sheet shows confirmed topics. 


If you would like to contribute, please contact me at, with the subject heading Palgrave Encyclopaedia of Health Humanities, and inform me of your chapter topic and title.  Please also make an annotation to the google sheet.  I will compile this list and forward to the senior editors.


Best wishes,


Michael Stanley-Baker,

History and LKC School of Medicine

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore