Special Call for Proposals
Reimagining and Claiming the Role of Public Bioethics and Health Humanities
Special Call for Proposals Description
There have been recent, major judicial and regulatory changes impacting public health and bioethics. For example, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has issued several rulings in 2022 influencing issues related to public Bioethics and Health Humanities, including climate change, immigration, abortion, second amendment, separation of church and state, and vaccine mandates. In recognition of these decisions, the Program Committee is issuing a Special Call for Proposals for the 2022 Annual Conference. We invite proposal submissions from a diverse array of stakeholders to address these and other relevant late-breaking issues allowing for the exchange of ideas, research, teaching, and policy development among those engaged in all endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and health humanities.
Proposals should remain consistent with the overall program theme, conference objectives, and selection criteria described in the initial 2022 Call for Proposals. The “two submission” and “two presentation” rules described in the original call will not apply to special proposals submitted in response to this call. Individuals may submit and participate in only one response to this call, regardless of whether that is in addition to having submitted one or more proposals in response to the original call.
Individuals whose submissions in response to the original call for proposals were not accepted for presentation may revise them and resubmit them in this special call if they are related to recent events.
The Special Call for Proposals closed at 5:59 pm Central Time (6:59 pm ET/3:59 pm PT) on Friday, August 12, 2022. No additional proposals or changes will be accepted at this time.
- As you submit your proposal, you should be aware that ASBH is unable to accommodate requests for specific dates and times, as any rescheduling has a serious cascading effect on other presenters. There are a very limited number of timeslots available for special proposals. If your proposal is accepted, you should be prepared to pay for registration and attend the meeting on the day on which your presentation is scheduled.
- All presenters are required to complete a registration form, pay the registration fee, and cover all travel and personal expenses. For information on ASBH’s Guest Speaker Policy, visit the FAQ page. Only submit proposals including presenters that will agree to register and pay to attend the conference in Baltimore.
- Individuals may submit and participate in only one proposal in response to this call.
- Any proposal(s) that contain any identifying information (e.g., names, institution names) in the abstract body will not be reviewed.
- All presenters must complete a disclosure of any financial interests or other relationships that could be considered a conflict of interest. Co-presenters listed on the proposal will be contacted following the proposal submission to complete a conflict of interest disclosure form. Proposals will not be accepted into the conference schedule without the completion of all presenters’ COI information.
Be sure to allow time to collect all the following information before the submission deadline. You must provide all the information requested to complete your submission. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed. You will not be able to return to an incomplete submission form, so be sure that you have collected all of the required information before you begin your submission.
For each proposal:
- preferred presentation format
- topic category
- 2-3 learning objectives
- audience engagement strategy (for panels, workshops, debates, and performances/exhibitions)
For each presenter and co-author:
- institution name
- email address*
- phone number
Diverse Discipline Submissions
If your submission brings together speakers from diverse disciplines to examine or demonstrate the intersection of health humanities and bioethics related to your topic, please provide a brief explanation.
Preferred Presentation Formats
Submit your proposal in one format only. Do not revise your proposal and submit it in more than one format.
Allowable formats include:
Workshop presentations are designed for instruction and interaction in a 75-minute session. Presenters must engage and involve the members of the audience for a significant portion of the session in small group activities, breakouts, role play, audience feedback, or discussion of cases or other content, design of materials and models, and similar forms of interactions. These sessions are limited to 4 presenters, preferably from multiple disciplines and institutions.
Performances or Exhibition
These sessions feature work created to be performed or exhibited and invite the audience to reflect critically and in a scholarly manner on relevant issues/topics. Possible formats include, but are not limited to, staged dramatic performances, readers’ theater, movement-based compositions, exhibitions, 2D work, 3D work, projection, sound art, and readings of original work. Performances or Exhibitions may be proposed by one or more presenters and may include more than one performance/exhibition, in which case identifying a critical theme that connects the pieces is strongly recommended. Sessions are 75 minutes and must incorporate at least 15 minutes for audience interaction, questions, and/or other opportunities for response. Proposals should include space requirements and other relevant specifications. These sessions are limited to 4 presenters. We regret that no additional funding is available for producing performance sessions.
The ideal panel presentation compares and contrasts a variety of perspectives on a cohesive theme or includes presentations that are cross-disciplinary and build on one another. Panels are limited to 4 presenters who should be from multiple disciplines and institutions. One of these 4 presenters will serve as a moderator, and will be responsible for teeing up the discussion, introducing the presenters, keeping the session on schedule, and facilitating questions and answers as time allows. You are required to list one primary presenter and at least one co-presenter; you must indicate which panelist will serve as a moderator. Panel presentations are 75 minutes.
This 75-minute session provides an opportunity to present opposing views about a topic. Sessions must include a moderator to introduce the issue/topic and up to three other presenters, each presenting alternative approaches or views to the issue/topic. Proposal abstract should include the issue/topic to be debated, the structure of the debate, descriptions of the major points likely to be argued by each presenter, and the general qualifications of each presenter (without compromising anonymity) to ensure a fair debate. You are required to list one primary presenter and at least one co-presenter; you must indicate which panelist will serve as a moderator. Presenters must incorporate at least 15 minutes for audience interaction, questions, and response.
In this format, one individual will have 15 minutes to present a brief structured discussion or lecture based on a work-in-progress or a paper whose central, substantive content has not been previously published, followed by 10 minutes to address questions from the audience. Three paper presentations will be grouped in a 75-minute session.
In this “flash” presentation format, one individual will have 5 minutes to present 3 slides: one with a title and their name and institution, a second with key points on a work-in-progress or a completed project, and a third with a bibliography. Each 75-minute session will include presentations by up to 10 individuals, followed by a period for individual conversations with each presenter. Members of the ASBH Board of Directors and Program Committee will moderate presentations, transitions between speakers, and interactions with the audience. This format may be especially appropriate for projects that might otherwise be presented on a traditional poster. For example, one potential topic could be changes to hospital policies as a result of changing laws.
Submit your proposal in one topic category only. Do not revise your proposal and submit it in more than one area.
- Clinical Ethics
- Diversity, Disparity, and Inclusion
- Health Humanities
- History, Religion, and Culture
- Law, Public Health Policy, and Organizational Ethics
- Research Ethics and Social Sciences
In 250 words or fewer, describe the content of your presentation or nature of your study as you wish it to appear in the program. If accepted, your abstract will be added to the program exactly as submitted. Please take the time to review your abstract for errors before submitting.
Your submission will not be reviewed if you include the names of presenters or institutions or other information that will compromise the anonymous review process in the body of the abstract.
Provide a minimum of 2 and no more than 3 objectives. Begin each objective with a verb, such as understand, apply, analyze, evaluate, or create. Construct each objective from the point of view of the attendee by completing the following sentence: “At the end of this session, attendees will be able to…”
If accepted, your learning objectives will be added to the program exactly as submitted. Please take the time to review your learning objectives for errors before submitting.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Attestation
At the time of proposal submission, the primary presenter must disclose any financial interests or other relationships that could be considered a conflict of interest. The primary presenter is also responsible for listing the names and contact information for each co-presenter in the proposal submission. These co-presenters will be contacted following the proposal submission to complete a conflict of interest disclosure form. Proposals will not be accepted into the conference schedule without a complete COI disclosure from every presenter.
Review and Notification
- Only complete, online submissions will be reviewed. Proposals received via fax, mail, or email will not be reviewed.
- Any proposals that contain identifying information in the abstract will not be reviewed.
- The Special Call for Proposals will employ a rigorous 2-step review process:
- All submissions are reviewed anonymously by an experience reviewer recruited for their expertise in the topic category selected. Each reviewer is asked to score the proposal on a 5-point scale considering relevance to the late-breaking issues; contribution to existing knowledge; innovation, cutting-edge, and novelty; presentation of innovative solutions to current issues in the fields of bioethics and humanities; cross-disciplinary approaches; and quality of the written proposal.
- The Program Committee—with access to the previous assessment—selects the strongest proposals that address topics of interest to a multidisciplinary community. The committee then considers balance among the categories and subjects, and scans for unique or unusual topics. At this stage, the names of all presenters are revealed to ensure compliance with the one-presentation rule.
The program committee may accept some proposals in a different format, e.g., a proposal submitted as a 20-minute presentation may be accepted as a 5-minute presentation. You will be notified if your proposal type is changed.
You will receive notification of your proposal’s status via email in mid- to late September.