CFP: Ethics and Neurodiversity

Submission deadline: March 15, 2012

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As the neurodiversity movement continues to grow, it faces many of the ethical and political issues characteristic of rights movements. Mental health awareness is drawing attention to many critical issues related to the understanding of the autism spectrum, mood and personality disorders and behavioral healthcare more generally. This anthology will include chapters that address ethical and political questions related to neurodiversity, broadly construed.  Questions might include:  How can neurodiverse individuals be empowered?  How can the goals of the neurodiversity movement be furthered?  What justice issues related to mental health might arise in various institutions?  Is it possible to define “normal”?  How are the severely mentally ill to be treated?  What is the role of advocacy in mental illness?

We encourage submissions from scholars and clinicians at all career levels and particularly welcome submissions from those within the neurodiverse community.  Chapters will include papers presented at Social, Political, and Ethical Perspectives on Autism in April 2012, and in Bergen Community College’s Ethics & Mental Health Speakers Series in addition to selected submissions.  We hope for interdisciplinary papers from disciplines such as Philosophy, Psychology, Legal Studies, Medicine, Bioethics and Education. 

Time frame:

  •    Deadline for abstract proposals : March 15th 2012
  •    Communication of acceptance: April 15th, 2012
  •    Rough Drafts of Chapters due June 30th, 2012

If you are interested in contributing a book chapter to this volume, please send a tentative title, a brief abstract for review (max 500 words) and short bio (150 words), to the book editors:

Alexandra Perry [email protected]
Anthony Yankowski  [email protected]

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