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The Deathbed

The history of medicine is not just a history of the sick and the well; it is also the history of the dead and of the dying. The cadaver and the specimen have long played important roles in medical education, but modern medicine has also significantly redefined the dying process. The corpse has become increasingly medicalized, shaping public health and death care practices that, in turn, have become sites for expressing political, economic, and social values.

For “The Deathbed” series, Nursing Clio invites pitches for essays of 500–1200 words that explore the history of death and the care of the dead. We are looking for blog posts that reconsider how death has been regulated, defined, staged, and experienced across time and culture—in short, that question what it has meant to die. We are interested in work that looks to complicate traditional histories of death; work that explores the intersectional relationships between race, gender, sexuality, weight, class, and death; and work that brings together medical history and death studies in new ways. We also welcome essays on the experience of dying—pieces on hospice care, death doulas, the deathbed as a social space, or medical-aid-in-dying movements—as well as the handling and care of remains, such as burial, mourning, organ and tissue donation, preservation, or display.

Please send your pitch—a few sentences on your topic—and a CV to nursingclio@gmail.com by January 31, 2020.

Essays will be due in February and March, to be published over the spring.


Want to contribute? We’re eager to include new voices and welcome writing on a wide range of topics. If you would like to write with us, send an email to nursingclio@gmail.com introducing yourself. Please attach a your CV/resume, and give us two article ideas — pieces you could see yourself writing and publishing on the site.

There are a variety of interesting pieces on the site, but if you think you might be interested in contributing and want to get a sense of our style and tone, we suggest you review our Style Guide and check out these examples:

A Little About Us

We’re an open access, collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to current political, social, and cultural issues related to gender and medicine. Bodies, sexuality, health care, medical technology, and reproductive rights play central roles in both political debate and popular culture. Our tagline — “The Personal is Historical” — emphasizes the fact that these issues don’t develop spontaneously; they represent ongoing dialogues that reach far back into the past.

Nursing Clio provides a platform for historians, students, health care workers, community activists, and the public at large to analyze, discuss, and debate these kinds of connections between the present and the past. We do publish long-form, scholarly pieces, but we also want to focus on shorter, historically-informed responses to the world around us — current events, music, film, television, sports, and anything else that intersects with gender and medicine. We want, ultimately, to create a balance between fun conversations, political debate, and serious scholarship.

We are an all-volunteer group, from our editorial team to our contributors. To learn more about Nursing Clio, see our about page or meet the NC team.