Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ethnographic Narratives, Call for Manuscripts

Narratives sought for series:


Series Editors:Arthur P. Bochner and Carolyn Ellis (University of South Florida)

"Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives" publishes narrative representations of qualitative research projects. The series editors seek manuscripts that blur the boundaries between humanities and social sciences. We encourage novel and evocative forms of expressing concrete lived experience, including autoethnographic, literary, poetic, artistic, visual, performative, critical, multi-voiced, conversational, and co-constructed representations. We are interested in ethnographic narratives that depict local stories; employ literary modes of scene setting, dialogue, character development, and unfolding action; and include the author's critical reflections on the research and writing process, such as research ethics, alternative modes of inquiry and representation, reflexivity, and evocative storytelling.

Proposals and manuscripts should be directed to

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Tonight In My Blues Travels

Every so often I like to share work from a featured artist on the "Crossing Borders" blog. Tonight, in my blues travels, I had an opportunity to hear gifted singer, songwriter, Ruthie Foster. For those who love the music, I invite you to listen to "The Travelling Shoes"....

Front row seats at Youtube :

For more about Ruthy Foster and her music:

Friday, November 23, 2007

World AIDS Day Commemoration, University of Toronto

Arts, original performances featured on evening's programme
University of Toronto World AIDS Day Commemoration
The Centre for International Health, Faculty of Medicine

Friday November 30, 2007, 7:00 p.m.

Toronto, Ontario

the Great Hall of Hart House

7 Hart House Circle


Introduction: Pavan Gill (HIV/AIDS Student Committee Chair, UTIHP)
David Zakus (Director, Centre for International Health, Faculty of Medicine)
Aaron Yarmoshuk (Director, HIV/AIDS Initiative-Africa, Centre for International Health)
David McKnight (Associate Dean, Equity and Professionalism, Faculty of Medicine)
Brodie Ramin (Student, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto)

Music, Dance, Performances, Opera

Among the performances for the evening:

Henri-Paul Sicsic, pianist; Kwasi Dunyo, percussionist

Contemporary Dance created for World AIDS Day 2007

by Faculty of Medicine students

An African Bell Song, conducted by Greg Samek

Ladom Ensemble, piano, cello, accordian and percussion

and "We Shall Overcome", an original operatic work

This is a free event! Information and RSVP to or (416) 946-7962.
For more WAD events programmes visit

More info at:

Monday, November 19, 2007

Public Health and Social Justice New Website Offers Accessible Articles, Slide Shows, Resources

From Martin Donohoe MD, FACP:

I have recently developed a website covering public health and social justice, which can be found at or at

This website contains articles, slide shows, syllabi, and other documents relevant to topics in public health and social justice. References for most of the information contained in the slide shows can be found in the accompanying articles. Presentations will be updated a few times per year.

The site is aimed at students, educators, and the general public. It grew out of my recognition that medical, and even nursing and public health schools tend to inadequately address the social, economic, environmental, human rights, and cultural contributors to health and disease. Some of the content focuses on the medical humanities and the history of medicine, long-standing passions of mine.

Feel free to use information from the articles and slide shows, indeed even the slides themselves, with appropriate citation. It is my hope that this information can be disseminated widely, influencing current and future generations of health professionals and others concerned about creating a more just and peaceful world.

I am hoping to add other syllabi and articles from the many talented individuals working in this area. Please email me any articles and/or slide shows you would be willing to share, along with comments, corrections, and suggestions re my content.

My goal is to create an on-line clearinghouse for information and curricular materials re public health and social justice, and eventually to develop an annual, week-long colloquium/training, run by experts in their fields, for health professionals, students, and others interested in becoming social justice advocates.

Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP

We were pleased to receive this general notice from Dr. Martin Donohoe who tells us he enjoys reading the CCAHTE Journal and has recommended it to colleagues.

Martin Donohoe MD, FACP is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Community Health at Portland State University and a hospitalist at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Hospital. He serves on the Board of Advisors of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and is Chief Scientific Advisor to Oregon PSR’s Campaign for Safe Foods.

His site is comprehensive and well designed, a generous sharing of information and knowledge about critical health and social issues such as pharmaceutical ethics, physician drug testing, food safety, homelessness, homosexuality and human rights. Accessible slides, presentations, articles...

Highly recommended, check out the website at


Conference Listings 2008

I thought it might be helpful to list just a few of the events and conferences that may be of interest upcoming in 2008. You can find out more details about each event with links by doing a search at the top of this blog "conferences" or by scrolling down to the labels listing and clicking on "conferences".

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference
March 24 - March 28
New York

Narrative Matters "Storying Our World"
May 7 - 10
Toronto, Ontario

Fourth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
May 14 - 17
University of Illinois
Urbana Champaign

2008 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
May 31- June 8
Vancouver, British Columbia

IABA International Auto/Biography Association
June 23 - 26
Honolulu, Hawaii

Sunday, November 18, 2007

2008 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Vancouver, British Columbia

May 31 - June 8, 2008
Thinking Beyond Borders...Global Ideas, Global Values

The 2008 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada’s largest multi-disciplinary academic meeting, will be held at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. This major national event – a congress of about 70 conferences – will be held May 31st to June 8th, 2008. This nine day event is expected to attract over 8,000 delegates.
Congress is hosted by a Canadian university in co-operation with the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences, an umbrella organization of 66 scholarly associations and 69 universities and colleges and comprising more than 50,000 scholars, students and practitioners across Cananda.

For those interested in humanities, social sciences, qualitative research this is a conference that shouldn't be missed.

See the website:

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Concordia University Research Records Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War

Life Story in Research
Concordia University, Montreal, P.Q.
Life Story Research Uses Oral History to Record Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Violations

Montrealers who have come from areas of violent conflict will be able to record their stories and have them preserved through a five-year, $ 1-million project funded by a national program called CURA, the Community-University Research Alliances.

This is Concordia University's first CURA project, and has the potential to promote healing in divided communities and a greater understanding of the impact human rights violations have on the lives of those affected.

Steven High will serve as principal investigator for the project. It will be housed in the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling which High was instrumental in creating.

Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Violations developed as a way to build on the History Department’s strengths in oral history and genocide studies through Frank Chalk’s Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies.



"Like most urban centers in Canada, Montreal has a large, diverse immigrant population. In 2001, 25% of the city’s residents were foreign-born. Yet one distinguishing feature of Montreal as an urban community is that a significant proportion of its immigrant population is composed of people displaced by mass violence, ranging from the Holocaust to war and atrocity crime in Rwanda, Cambodia, Latin America, Haiti, and South Asia. Our proposed CURA project, Life Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide, and other Human Rights Violations, will use the methodology of oral history to explore survivors’ experiences and social memories of trauma and displacement. By conducting life story interviews with 1000 residents the project will examine how horrific events in other parts of the world have shaped the lives of individuals and refugee communities in Montreal. This project will make a significant, original contribution to the preservation of historical memory in Canada both with respect to transnational and local community contexts and realities."

See More about Project Description and Details:

Monday, November 12, 2007

Open Medicine Benefit November 21, 2007, Toronto

It is our pleasure to invite you to a benefit evening for Open Medicine, Canada's new peer-reviewed open-access general medical journal. Open Medicine was launched in April 2007 by a group of volunteer medical doctors and editors who wished to set a new standard for independence and access to medical research.
On NOVEMBER 21, 2007, we will be celebrating the journal's remarkable success to date and raising awareness and support for this bold initiative.
Please join Open Medicine for


TIME: 8:00 - 11:00 PM

LOCATION: The Common Room, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, Toronto

COST: $25

Dr. Richard Smith, former Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal and author of The Trouble with Medical Journals (2006) will be in attendance, as will Open Medicine's Editorial Team, Editorial Board and Board of Directors. There be live music featuring Tony and the Hegemones, including band member John Willinsky, Open Medicine's publisher and a prominent open-access advocate.
Registration is required.
Please visit: or contact Lindsay Borthwick at 416-534-5562;
A Conversation with Dr. Richard Smith. Hosted by Dr. John Hoey, a founding editor of Open Medicine and former Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
TIME: 6:30 pm (sharp)

LOCATION: George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto

COST: Free Registration is required.

We would sincerely appreciate your attendance in support of Open Medicine and its efforts to advance medical publishing. Tax-deductible donations will also be welcomed.
Best regards,Anita Palepu, MD, MPH, FRCPC
Stephen Choi, MD, FRCPC Co-editors, Open Medicine
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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Global Health the Theme for New Open Medicine Issue

Up Close and Personal

Global Theme Issue

Open Medicine: A Peer Reviewed Independent Open Access Journal