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Seeking: working group, digital designer, independent illustrator

Independent Family Planning: Choosing Solo Motherhood through Gamete Donation

This project seeks to produce an 8-page A5 booklet on solo motherhood by choice to be shared with fertility clinics throughout the United Kingdom. The objective of this booklet is to highlight to industry professionals the lived experiences of solo mothers at the stages of family planning, choosing donor gametes, embarking on the conception journey, pregnancy, and birth. This project is fully funded and led by Dr Grace Halden.


Please submit applications for the following paid positions:


Seeking solo mothers by choice with professional expertise in the following: publishing, medicine (from administration to practice), nursing (especially reproductive nursing), marketing, and adult counselling, or related fields. The working group will meet for three workshops of up to two and a half hours each to plan, draft, and review the booklet.

Fee: £120 per workshop (total of three workshops) plus London Travel fee of £14.10 per workshop (if applicable). Tea/Coffee provided.


Workshop dates: Planning Workshop September 2022; Drafting Workshop October 2022; Review Workshop December 2022. Dates and times to be decided by the appointed group but please only apply if you have some availability in these months.


Location: 43 Gordon Square, London (online access to meetings can be facilitated).


One-hour virtual consultation plus the production of one colour cover illustration, and 4 small illustrations in colour.


Fee: £1002

Completion date: November 2022


One-hour virtual consultation and design of an 8-page A5 portrait booklet incorporating image and text for digital dissemination and printing.


Fee: £1002

Completion date: February (materials for pamphlet design will be submitted in January)

Note: applications are open to all members of the donor conception community; priority will be given to solo mothers by choice.


​To apply please submit a letter of interest detailing relevant experience to Grace Halden at Applications close: 22nd August 2022.


To design this booklet, a six-member working group of experts from within the donor conception community will be established. The working group will ideally consist of professionals in the following fields: educational publishing, reproductive medicine administration, reproductive nursing, digital marketing specialising in healthcare, and adult counselling. As the academic lead, Grace Halden will be the sixth member (she is also a donor recipient). The working group will meet for three workshops to plan, draft, and review the booklet. A fertility consultant at a London clinic will review the booklet as representative of the target audience. An artist will be commissioned from the donor conception community to produce illustrations for the booklet and a professional designer will be commissioned to digitally construct the booklet. As the chair of the working group, Grace Halden will share the digital booklet with the Donor Conception Network, British Medical Association, Fertility Groups, and fertility recognised clinics. A trial run of printed booklets will be shared with three London based clinics and two outer London clinics. There is scope for the printed run to be extended. The development of this booklet has the potential to make a transformative intervention in the academic field of medical humanities, in public understandings of fertility health, and impact how fertility professionals view solo mothers by choice.


July 2022: Call for applications released

August 2022: Application deadline and successful applicants appointed

September 2022: Planning Workshop

October 2022: Drafting Workshop

November 2022: Draft sent to a fertility consultant for review and illustrations due

December 2022: Review Workshop

January 2023: Proofing and materials sent to designer

February 2023: Booklet design to be completed

March 2023: Printing and dissemination of digital and paper copies


This project is funded by the Birkbeck / Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF). This project responds to the Wellcome Trust’s remit by exploring important cultural phenomena and responding to the “needs, values and priorities” of women experiencing social rather than biological infertility. Fees for the working group, artist, and designer have been pre-allocated and cannot be altered. Fees were calculated through obtaining independent quotes and identifying standard service payment for similar projects.


Publication opportunities (rolling publication)

Special Collection: Waste: Disposability, Decay, and Depletion


Waste, whether municipal, hazardous, biomedical, or contaminate, is receiving increasing attention both academically and politically. A drive for improved education around waste management is visible at national and community levels, while the media is brimfull of reports that shed light onto the complex global challenges of pollution, toxicity, and ongoing environmental damage. ‘Disposable populations’ also frequent the news, with anti-refugee, anti-immigration, and anti-globalization sentiments increasingly visible across Europe and America. Within academia, meanwhile, there is a growing and nuanced study of what waste can mean. Moving away from waste studies at resource and value level, academia now considers waste in its various representations as engaging with the temporal, moral, geographic, economic, and artistic.

This Special Collection will make visible the untold story of waste by exploring its representations, both material and metaphorical, within contemporary culture. Calling on related discourses from the arts, social sciences, medical humanities and beyond, Waste: Disposability, Decay, and Depletion will bring together a diverse collection of quality articles on a (waste) matter that impacts and implicates us all.


Submission topics for the special collection may include, but are not limited to, the following:


• Literatures of waste (e.g. fiction about waste, recycling, printing)

• Eco-criticism (e.g. exploration of the Anthropocene)

• Pollution and toxicity (e.g. physical / metaphorical, environmental, social)

• Junk, dirt and rubbish (e.g. the abject, hygiene, creation of)

• Decomposition and decay (e.g. illness, corpses, physical ‘wasting’)

• The temporality of waste (e.g. ‘wasting time’, aging and depletion)

• The geography of waste (e.g. LULUs, derelict spaces, wastelands)

• Human waste / Wasted humans (e.g. bodily matter, biopolitics of


• Petrocultures and industrial waste (e.g. extraction, environmental damage of)

• Economies of waste (e.g. commodification, the cost of waste, disposal



Please read the details below regarding how to apply. View the journal here. Queries can be directed to or

Open Library of Humanities

Attached HERE is the official call for articles for the Open Library of Humanities Special Collection. Research articles should be approximately 8000 words in length, including references and a short bibliography. Submissions should comprise of:

• Abstract (250 words)

• Author information (short biographical statement of 200 words)

• Full-length article (8000 words)


The OLH 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 OLH has no author-facing charges and is instead financially supported by an international consortium of libraries.


Please read the attached call for papers in detail.

NOTE: This is a rolling publication and submission deadlines etc no longer apply

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