Conferences, Events and Calls for Papers


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Call for Papers: Couples with Mixed HIV Status: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Serodiscordance

Editors: Asha Persson, Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia | Shana Hughes, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, University of California San Francisco

For those with access to ARV treatment, the last twenty years have brought about dramatic changes in the kind of lives and futures people with HIV can expect. Increased longevity and less arduous pharmaceutical regimens have opened new possibilities for post-diagnosis life, including greater opportunities to form long-term intimate and even reproductive relationships with partners who are HIV-negative. These “serodiscordant” relationships, as they are called, have been considered a primary driver of the epidemic in many parts of the world, but this notion is increasingly challenged by research and by the rapidly moving field of HIV medical science.

The recent past has witnessed important developments both in our understanding of the virus, and new possibilities for controlling its transmission, most notably the concept of treatment-as-prevention (TasP), and prophylactic technologies (e.g. PrEP and microbicides). Serodiscordant couples have played an important part in the research leading to these discoveries. But while clinical trials have produced a wealth of data on sexual behaviour, transmission risk, and the preventive effects of ARV among serodiscordant couples, our knowledge about such couples outside of the narrow confines of controlled studies remains quite limited. In particular, what begs exploration is the experience of “serodiscordance” as a negotiated practice and process, inseparable from the social context in which it is situated. The critical work that is needed is to understand how cultural dynamics of illness, gender, sexuality and power, as well as access to global biomedical technologies, both enable and constrain the ways serodiscordance is lived, managed and made sense of in local settings. As HIV is increasingly represented as a chronic condition, we must ask how serodiscordant intimate relationships are understood by those who live them; and how this not only shapes transmission risk, but how it impacts and articulates with the rest of their lives.

Such understandings of serodiscordance are valuable for their practical application of informing health interventions and policy, which may ultimately contribute to the emergent global goal of ending the pandemic. But serodiscordance also provides a unique lens through which to explore and gain sociological insights into locally situated conceptions and intersections of illness, intimacy, risk, sexuality, reproduction, stigma, love, and citizenship more broadly, as well as the diverse and complex ways humans both resist and make use of the increasing biomedicalisation of the societies in which they live.

We welcome conceptual and empirical work on gay and heterosexual serodiscordant couples (including those in polygamous relationships) in a range of cultural and epidemiological settings. Discussion pieces, personal stories, and critical reviews of the literature are also welcome.

The audience for this book will be students and researchers in anthropology, sociology, gender studies, social work, nursing, public health and medicine who have an interest in cross-cultural perspectives on sexual health, relationships and biomedicine. The audience will also include members of affected communities, advocates, and health care and other service providers who work with serodiscordant couples.

A chapter length will be about 8000 words. Some photographs can be included in the chapter. The submission date will be 15 May 2015 (can be negotiable). The book is likely to be published in the Springer’s book series: Cross-Cultural Research in Health, Illness and Well-Being. Springer normally provides a free copy of the book to the first three authors of the chapter.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting book, please send an abstract (300 words) and your short biography (100 words at most) to Asha Persson: by 10 November 2014.

Call for Papers: Society for Prevention Research, 23rd Annual Meeting Integrating Prevention Science and Public Policy
Hyatt Regency Washington, Washington, DC |  May 26 – May 29, 2015

Preconference Workshops May 26, 2015

The abstract site will open Thursday, September 18, 2014
Deadline for Abstract Submission: Friday, November 7, 2014

The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) is dedicated to promoting global health and well-being, and the SPR annual meeting provides an opportunity for scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss strategies to achieve this goal.

This year’s conference theme, “Integrating Prevention Science and Public Policy,” offers the opportunity to consider the intersection of prevention science and policy in settings around the world. This theme emphasizes the value of a mutually supportive dialogue that addresses ways prevention science can effectively contribute to advancing evidence-based policy, and opportunities for policy issues to drive a pragmatic science agenda.  Both researchers and policymakers have long suggested that high-quality research could and should be used to inform and shape policies and practice. The policy context can also serve as an important driver of applied research to provide empirical answers and data-driven information to address policy questions. Over the last several years, there have been exciting developments in both public and private investments in identifying solutions that work and making them work for more people.  For example, initiatives such as the Social Innovation Fund seek “new ways to solve old problems that are faster, cost-effective, data-driven and lead to better results for the public good.”

Additionally, major shifts in health policy driven by the Affordable Care Act provide opportunities to conduct research to advance prevention in a changing health service context. The intent of this conference theme is to foster discussion regarding how and under what conditions research is used to inform policies and practices and how policy priorities shape what researchers study.  Discussions regarding the strength of evidence and “what works,” emerging science of studying how evidence can more effectively inform policy, cost-benefit considerations, and strategies for scaling programs to make deep and broad impact are central to this topic.  Importantly, this conference theme will encourage knowledge sharing about the science at all levels of integration of prevention science and public policy including cutting edge strategies and models for evidence-based policy and policy-informed science.

Special Conference Themes

Each year SPR selects special themes designed to highlight specific areas of research relevant for prevention scientists. These special themes guide the development of plenary sessions, symposia, and preconference workshops.


  • Prevention Science and Emerging High-Priority Policy Issues
  • Scaling Effective Early Childhood Interventions
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention

General Conference Themes: Advances across the Stages of the Prevention Research Cycle

  • Epidemiology and Etiology
  • Development and Testing of Interventions
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Innovative Methods and Statistics

NIDA International SPR Poster Session

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is sponsoring an international poster session. Posters will highlight drug abuse prevention and/or drug-related HIV prevention research completed in international settings by international, domestic, and cross-nation teams of researchers. A separate call for submissions to this international poster session is issued.  NIDA CALL FOR PAPERS CLICK HERE.
The abstract site will open Thursday, September 18, 2014
Deadline for Abstract Submission: Friday, November 7, 2014

All abstracts will be submitted on-line at  
Please contact Jennifer Lewis for questions at 703-934-4850, ext. 213 or

NIDA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research
Friday, November 14, 2014 | Bethesda, MD, Building 45 at NIH

Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-convention – The National Institute on Drug Abuse will once again hold the Frontiers in Addiction Research Mini-convention in association with the Society for Neuroscience Meeting on November 14, 2014.  The mini-convention will take place on the NIH campus in Natcher auditorium.  The schedule for the mini-convention is below.  Additional information, including registration information can be found on their website.

NIDA Mini-Convention: Frontiers in Addiction Research – Natcher Auditorium (Building 45) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland

Agenda at a Glance
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.                     Registration
8:00 – 8:15 a.m.                     Welcome
8:15 – 9:30 a.m.                     Session 1: Emerging and Novel Aspects of Neuronal Transmission
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.                   Session 2: 2014 Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Lecture
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.                 Break
10:15 –11:30 a.m.                  Session 3: Extracellular RNAs in Neuroscience: Biology, Biomarkers, and Therapeutics
11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.           Session 4: Early Career Investigators Poster Session
Lunch on Your Own
1:45-2:15 p.m.                        Session 5: 2013 Jacob P. Waletzky Memorial Lecture
2:15-2:30 p.m.                        Break
2:30 – 4:10 p.m.                      Session 6: Advances in High Resolution and Large Scale Imaging of Brain Networks and Circuits
4:10 – 5:50 p.m.                     The Effect of Drug-, Stress-, and Pain-induced Neuroinflammation on Glymphatics
5:50 p.m.                                  Adjournment

Call For Papers: The Economics of Global Poverty

January 5-7 2015, Wenham, MA – An international conference on the campus of Gordon College

“Most of the people in the world are poor, so if we knew the economics of being poor we would know much of the economics that really matters.” This opening sentence from T.W. Schultz’s 1979 Nobel Prize in Economics acceptance speech resonates equally today, as billions of people struggle on $2/day or less. With high-level policymakers’ attention returned to issues of poverty, leading economics departments have reprioritized empirical research on global poverty.

The economics of poverty is also of special interest to Christian scholars in light of Jesus’ repeated Gospel cautions (e.g., Matthew 25:40) that to ignore the suffering of others is an offense against God. An important window is opening within the academy, one through which Christian voices can be heard if they tap cutting-edge technical toolkits and effectively organize to advance cutting-edge Christian thought from within the discipline.

CONFERENCE DETAILS: This conference draws together scholars and practitioners working on different aspects of the economics of global poverty, from theoretical to empirical work, at macro or micro scales of analysis. At the individual level, we aim to provide presenters with a high quality forum to enhance the professional and public visibility of their work. At a collective level, we aspire to help foster a community of scholars informed by the Gospels and committed to rigorous research that can inform responsible answers to pressing societal questions around poverty. The opportunity to promote an evidence-based, Gospel-motivated program of publicly-engaged scholarship is great at this moment.

Organizers (Chris Barrett of Cornell University and Stephen L.S. Smith of Gordon College) will select a program of papers for presentation January 6-7, 2015. The event – conveniently scheduled at Gordon College on Boston’s North Shore, to start following the conclusion of the ASSA annual meetings in Boston – kicks off with a dinner Monday night, January 5, featuring keynote speaker David Beckmann (President, Bread for the World, and World Food Prize laureate). Selected paper sessions will run all day Tuesday, January 6, and all morning Wednesday, January 7, before a concluding luncheon featuring keynote speaker Bruce Wydick (University of San Francisco).

PAPER SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: To apply to present, submit a complete draft paper or an extended (3-5 page) abstract no later than August 15, 2014, through the online portal The organizers will cover economy class airfare, lodging, meals, ground transport, and conference registration costs for one presenter per paper selected for presentation.

For presenters who wish to participate, the organizers aim to produce an edited volume of selected conference papers and a special issue of Faith & Economics (the papers for which will undergo the regular peer review process).

Co-sponsored by the Association of Christian Economists, Calvin College Summer Seminars, and Gordon College.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For more information contact or visit the conference website.

CALL FOR PAPERS, TUTORIALS, PANELS: ICDS 2015, The Ninth International Conference on Digital Society
February 22 – 27, 2015 – Lisbon, Portugal

General page
Call for Papers
Submission page

– regular papers [in the proceedings, digital library]
– short papers (work in progress) [in the proceedings, digital library]
– ideas: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
– extended abstracts: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
– posters: two pages [in the proceedings, digital library]
– posters:  slide only [slide-deck posted at]
– presentations: slide only [slide-deck posted at]
– demos: two pages [posted at]
– doctoral forum submissions: [in the proceedings, digital library]

Proposals are being accepted for: symposiaworkshopstutorials, and panels
Submission deadline: September 28, 2014
Sponsored by IARIA

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in IARIA Journals.
Print proceedings will be available via Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be archived in the free access ThinkMind Digital Library.

Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
Call for Papers: Deadline November 30, 2014

The Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (JHDC) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Health and Disability. This call for papers aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding health, disability and human development, as well as the linkages among them and a range of policies, institutions, and social structures that influence such links and their dynamics.

Submissions related to this topic are welcome. In particular, though not exclusively, we welcome submissions in the following themes: i) Social justice and resource allocation; ii) Health system financing and access; iii) Public health and health policy; iv) Disability, poverty and human development; v) Social determinants of health and disability; vi) Disability definition and measurement; vii) HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapies; viii) Health care services and provision, and; ix) Maternal, child and reproductive health.

Full papers in English, in .doc or .docx formats should be submitted by November 30th, 2014. Strict compliance with this deadline is required. Papers submitted will be evaluated through a standard peer review process. Authors of the selected papers will be notified by e-mail. Submission of a paper implies that the author has the intention of publishing the paper in the JHDC, and it is not currently under evaluation at another journal.

Submission procedure
Please submit papers online at: According to the JHDC’s guidelines for preparing manuscripts, please send the paper identified as “Main Document”, with all information identifying the authors removed to allow it to be refereed anonymously. The main document should include the following:

· The title of the paper.
· An abstract of approximately 150–200 words.
· Up to five key words.
· Numbered pages in sequence.
· All necessary material (e.g. figures and tables and their captions; appendices).

In addition to the main manuscript, a separate file should also be sent, identified as “Title Page”, and must include all of the following information:

· The title of the paper
· The names of the authors
· The full postal and email addresses of all the authors
· Affiliation details for each author (job title, institution, city, country)
· A brief biographical note for each author (around 100 words)
· One author should be indicated as “Corresponding author”. He/she will be notified of the selection outcome after submission of the manuscript to an anonymous peer review process, and if the paper is selected.

Complete instructions for authors can be found at the publisher’s website.

For inquiries, please contact Sophie Mitra ( or Jennifer Prah Ruger (

“Building Connections: Bridging Interdisciplinary Leadership in Substance Use Education, Research, Care and Policy”
The 38th AMERSA Annual National Conference will be held
November 6-8, 2014, at the JW Marriott, Union Square, San Francisco, CA

The Call for Abstracts and Workshops is now open and available at

Substance Abuse Journal
AMERSA’s Substance Abuse journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, high-impact print journal in its 4th decade of publication.  Substance Abuse offers wide-ranging coverage for healthcare professionals, addiction specialists and others engaged in research, education, clinical care, and service delivery and evaluation.  The journal welcomes original research, brief reports, case studies, commentaries, editorials, and letters to the editor and is accessible in all prominent indices. Complete author guidelines are available (, and manuscriptsubmission occurs electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts (  On average, first decisions on manuscripts are communicated within one month of submission, and accepted papers are published online (ahead of print) within 3 weeks of a decision. Please direct any questions to the Editor-in-Chief, Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM (


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