Indigenous Responses to Disease: Ethnohistory inspired by COVID

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Call for Publications
January 30, 2021
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

The Coronavirus (COVID) global pandemic has had far reaching effects on human societies and has certainly left its mark on many aspects of life. It has shaped cultural, political, and economic experiences around the world.

Indigenous people are well-aware of the catastrophic results, and at times, creative responses to disease and community crisis. Scholars have taken note on the many ways the spread of diseases such as the Coronavirus have influenced Indigenous traditions, worldviews, international relations, kinship etc.

Ethnohistory is pleased to welcome abstracts of articles for a special issue that explores Indigenous perspectives on disease within the North American and Latin American contexts. The proposed essays should focus on topics that address new sources, methodologies and interpretations concerning Indigenous-centred experiences.  Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full article manuscripts for double-blind peer review.

Those interested should send a 250-300 word abstract by 30 January 2021 to the attention of co-editors Katie Labelle ( and Rob Schwaller ( Invited authors will be asked to submit a full article (7000-9000 word) manuscript for peer review by 1 August 2021.

 Ethnohistory is a quarterly journal published by Duke University Press and the American Society for Ethnohistory ( For more information about Ethnohistory please visit 

Contact Info: 

Robert Schwaller, editor, Associate Professor, University of Kansas, Department of History,

Katie Labelle, editor, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Department of History,

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