PhD students and faculty are invited to submit their ideas to The Conversation”.  They ask authors to please sign up and then pitch an idea, rather than email a fully written article to the editors. Here are the latest topics they are looking for:

Arts:  

Some artists are increasingly turning to commissioned projects to make a living in the pandemic. Seeking histories of patronage in the arts.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Susannah Schmidt, susannah.schmidt@theconversation.com

Culture + Society:

Why does diversity make people so uncomfortable? After the Tara Henley piece and now Jordan Peterson’s public resignation in the National Post looking for a critical race scholar to address people’s discomfort with diversity/discomfort with critical race theory.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: haley.lewis@theconversation.com

Looking for an expert to talk about escapism as we round the corner into year 3 of the pandemic.

Deadline: mid-February

Editor: haley.lewis@theconversation.com

Business

How has the coronavirus pandemic affected the insurance industry? We’re looking for stories that examine how small businesses rely on or access insurance to sustain themselves in unprecedented times and how insurance claims processes are changing as the pandemic persists.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Nehal El-Hadi, nehal@theconversation.com

Switch Health is among the private businesses profiting from the pandemic. Is it ethical?

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Lee-Anne Goodman, lee-anne.goodman@theconversation.com

Politics: 

We continue to look for scholars who can provide quick analysis of any breaking developments on the Ukraine-Russia situation.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Lee-Anne Goodman, lee-anne.goodman@theconversation.com

Health/Medicine: 

Vaccine side-effects: Does the severity of temporary COVID-19 vaccine side-effects such as fatigue and flu-like symptoms indicate anything, such as strength of immune system response or likely susceptibility to COVID-19 without vaccine? Why is this response stronger in some people than others?

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Patricia Nicholson, patricia.nicholson@theconversation.com

Placebos and nocebos: A recent study in JAMA Network Open found that up to two-thirds of vaccine side-effects may be due to nocebo effects. Looking for someone to write an explainer about placebo and nocebo effects: what they are, why they happen, treatments or medications they occur most commonly with, and whether the effects themselves are genuine.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Patricia Nicholson, patricia.nicholson@theconversation.com

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) providers and vaccine attitudes: Looking for someone to write about if and how CAM practitioners such as naturopaths, chiropractors and homeopaths influence vaccine attitudes and decisions.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Patricia Nicholson, patricia.nicholson@theconversation.com

Fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now being discussed. Looking for an expert to write about the possibility of repeated booster shots, their potential effectiveness, whether they might be vaccines tweaked for new variants, and the likelihood that people will be willing to get repeat shots.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Patricia Nicholson, patricia.nicholson@theconversation.com

What’s the difference between endemic and pandemic? There is a lot of discussion about whether/when COVID-19 will become endemic, and if that is how the pandemic will end. Looking for an explainer about what endemic infectious disease implies, how they are managed and what it might mean in terms of COVID-19 and the new normal.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Patricia Nicholson, patricia.nicholson@theconversation.com

Looking for stories about the medical impact of the pandemic beyond COVID-19 cases: How things like surgery backlogs, missed screenings and postponed treatments are/will be affecting individual or collective health.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Patricia Nicholson, patricia.nicholson@theconversation.com

Energy + Environment:

The IPCC will release its latest report focusing on impacts, adaptation and vulnerabilities to climate change, in February. I’m looking for authors and expert reviewers to write about the chapters/issues they worked on, for publication on the date the report is issued.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Hannah Hoag, hannah.hoag@theconversation.com

Science & Technology:

As the tensions between Russia and the Ukraine heat up, there are rising concerns about cyberwarfare — we’re looking for stories on what cyberwarfare is, its history, related strategy and outcomes and what it actually means.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Nehal El-Hadi, nehal@theconversation.com

We’re looking for stories on the science of make-up — how is make-up made, the history of how various pigments and dyes were used, toxicity, psychology and desire.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Nehal El-Hadi, nehal@theconversation.com

Education

“Safe spaces” in classrooms and on campuses:   Seeking a history of the development of the notion of safe space in recent decades, and how it has shifted and grown in key educational practice or policy.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Susannah Schmidt, susannah.schmidt@theconversation.com

Reading and disability: Ontario’s “Right to read” report coming out of the public inquiry into human rights issues affecting students with reading disabilities is scheduled for a February release. Seeking a backgrounder explanation of why this was launched and what’s at stake.

Deadline: ASAP

Editor: Susannah Schmidt, susannah.schmidt@theconversation.com

We ask authors to please sign up and then pitch an article idea, rather than email a fully written article to the editors.

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