CFP: Book Reviews & Photo Essays on Transnational Health in East Asia

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The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies is pleased to announce a call for papers, book reviews, and photo essays for a special issue on transnational health in East Asia to be published in its peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, Asia Pacific Perspectives.

With this series, we plan to examine the inventive ways that scholars in the social sciences and humanities are exploring issues related to transnational health in East Asia, both historically and today. We are interested in submissions related to both policy and the transnational movements of medicines, treatment methods, and other ways of dealing with disease and disaster. Scholars working on topics related to medical diplomacy/public health diplomacy ranging from emergency relief (both nutritional and medical) after natural disasters and outbreaks of disease are encouraged to apply. Other proposed themes include mask diplomacy and, more recently, vaccine diplomacy, government surveillance during pandemics, health monitoring, and border restrictions during outbreaks of disease, among others. 

We are looking for one additional peer-reviewed article (8,000-12,000 words).

We invite book reviews (700-1200 words) on any work on these topics that has come out in the last two years. Suggestions include:

  • Jiyong Jin. International Regimes in Global Health Governance. Routledge, 2021.
  • Soon, Wayne. Global Medicine in China: A Diasporic History. Stanford University Press, 2020.
  • Céline Coderey, and Laurent Pordié. Circulation and Governance of Asian Medicine. Routledge, 2019.  

We also welcome photo essay submissions (1250-2000 words) at this time. We are particularly interested in portrayals of public hygiene, mask wearing, border-crossing, and quarantine. Submissions will include a non-peer reviewed essay contextualizing the photographs in the text and:

  • 10-15 high quality photos each with descriptive captions and complete credit/source information (as a single PDF)
  • a one-page description of the theme of the essay and the timeliness/importance of the images to scholars of Asia
  • a brief bio paragraph about the curator (approx 100 words) and complete contact information
  • [Note: obtaining copyright permissions for all images is the responsibility of the author]

Papers must represent original work not already published or in press. For more information about Asia Pacific Perspectives, please visit our website:

DEADLINE: Review of submissions will begin on March 29th, 2021

To submit a paper: Email your documents electronically to
Asia Pacific Perspectives (APP) (ISSN: 2167-1699) is an international, peer-reviewed electronic journal that promotes cross-cultural understanding, tolerance, and the dissemination of knowledge about the Asia Pacific. The editors welcome submissions from all fields of the social sciences and the humanities that focus on the Asia Pacific, especially those adopting a comparative, interdisciplinary approach to issues of interrelatedness in the region. The journal facilitates academic discussions among both established scholars in the field and advanced graduate students. APP is published twice each year by the University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies.

Why publish with us? Asia Pacific Perspectives offers authors:
• Established journal with a track record of publication since 2001
• Benefit of full peer review on a shorter timeline than comparable venues
• Open-access and fully indexed via EBSCO, providing ease of access
• E-journal format allows publication of numerous, full-color images

For more information, contact: Melissa S. Dale, Editor at or visit: and view our Guidelines for Contributors.