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Opportunities 2024

Call for Articles: Radical Narratives of Assisted Reproduction

Radical Narratives of Assisted Reproduction is an interdisciplinary special collection on the topic of assisted reproduction covering the interconnected fields of the arts, medical humanities, social sciences, and law. By crossing social, political and clinical domains, this special collection offers scholars the opportunity to explore storytelling strategies, personal experience, and public discourse on new forms of technologically mediated reproduction.


The diversity of narratives and how this term is used to interrogate traditional understandings of “assisted reproduction” lies at the heart of this special collection. As such, this edited collection encourages contributions from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., policy documents offer a narrative in a way that shapes regulators and healthcare providers; literature shapes how publics—that may or may not be engaged in assisted reproduction—view the practice), without any restriction of “narrative” to a specific understanding.



Research articles should be approximately 8,000 words in length, including references and a short bibliography. Submissions should include:


  • Abstract (250 words)  

  • Full-length article (8,000 words)

  • Author information (short biographical statement of 200 words)


Submissions open now. Deadline for submission is 30 September 2024


The special collection, edited by Dr Grace Halden and Dr Zaina Mahmoud, is to be published in the Open Library of Humanities Journal (OLHJ) (ISSN 2056-6700). The OLHJ is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded open-access journal with a strong emphasis on quality peer review and a prestigious academic steering board. Unlike some open-access publications, the OLHJ has no author-facing charges and is instead financially supported by an international consortium of libraries.


Authors are invited to submit abstracts to the editors (Grace and Zaina) in advance of submitting to the journal platform directly, if they are unsure if their idea would fall within the remit of the special issue; the editors will be able to offer advice based on such expressions of interest. If accepted, the full submission would then go through the usual peer-review process. If interested in this option, please email Grace ( and Zaina (


Submissions should be made online at in accordance with the author guidelines and clearly marking the entry as [“Radical Narratives of Assisted Reproduction,” SPECIAL COLLECTION]. Submissions will then undergo a double-anonymous peer-review process. Authors will be notified of the outcome as soon as reports are received.


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