Call for Bloggers
In historical romance novels, swashbuckling heroes meet widowed gentlewomen, young women send their dashing suitors off to fight in the Civil War, and there are more British dukes that have ever existed in the British peerage.
For the “Romancing Clio” series, Nursing Clio invites pitches for essays of 500–1200 words that dive into the historical world of individual romance novels. We are looking for essays that take historical romances seriously, but also treat them in good faith and maybe even with a little humor. We want experts on the Civil War to tell us why we should be reading Alyssa Cole; scholars of British suffrage and women scientists to read Courtney Milan; and we expect (of course) someone will want to write about Outlander. These are just a few examples, but we welcome pitches about books from diverse time periods (ancient Rome, anyone?) and especially desire essays on non-US/UK settings.
Please send your pitch — a few sentences on your topic — and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 30, 2019. Essays will be due in October and November, to be published over the winter.
Call for Bloggers
Adventures in the Archives
Nursing Clio invites pitches for our ongoing “Adventures in the Archives” series. For this series, we ask writers to narrow in on a specific source or set of sources pertaining to histories of medicine, gender, race, disability, sexuality, and more. We welcome blog posts (500 to 1200 words) covering sources from any time period or geography, but they must be accessible to a general audience. Please send your pitch — a few sentences on your topic — and a CV to email@example.com.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- What’s in your Vulva?, by Elizabeth Reis
- See Sally Menstruate, by Jacqueline Antonovich
- George Washington’s Bodies, by Thomas A. Foster
- Punishing Pushy Women: Gender and Power in the Newsroom, by Carrie Adkins
- The Paralympics, Past and Present, by Adam Turner
- If the IUD is an Abortifacient, then so is Chemotherapy and Lunch Meat, by Lara Freidenfelds
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.