Call for Writers: Synapsis Journal of Health Humanities

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Closing date for applications: August 31, end of day

Call for Writers: Synapsis Journal of Health Humanities

The editors are pleased to invite new writers to contribute to Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities. Synapsis is an online publication designed to bring together humanities scholars and students from across institutions and disciplines in a “department without walls.” The site is founded and edited by Arden Hegele, a literary scholar, and Rishi Goyal, a medical doctor. 

They are looking for 8-10 PhD students and junior scholars whose work intersects with the medical humanities to become regular writers for our publication. The commitment is one piece of writing every two months. These pieces can intersect with your research, or be one-off creative explorations. Contributions need not be long (500 to 1,000 words is ideal). Please see the journal site for the kind of work our writers produce. More information about Synapsis is also available below.

To apply, please write to the assistant editor, Liz Bowen (, with a short statement of interest and a CV. The deadline to apply for a writing position is August 31, end of day.

Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities

Who are we?

Synapsis: A Journal of Health Humanities is an online journal founded in 2017 by Arden Hegele, a literary scholar, and Rishi Goyal, a physician. Our mission is to develop conversations among diverse people thinking about medical and humanistic ways of knowing.

What topics do we cover?

Anything that connects medicine with the humanities—critical reading, looking, listening. Our interests are wide ranging: historical précis, new takes on books, investigations into cognition and imagination, and, of course, medical practice.

Who writes for us?

Anyone with expertise and a fresh perspective, from professors and graduate students to emergency physicians. We are based in New York City, but our writers are located across the country and around the world.

We are particularly interested in new work by young scholars in the fields of literature, history, anthropology, neuroscience, and more. We will be issuing a general call for new contributors in August 2019, but you can write to us anytime to get involved.

How can I get involved?

Lots of ways! You can pitch a story, apply to be an ongoing contributor, or come to an event.

Our Editors

Rishi Goyal is Director of the Medicine, Literature and Society major in the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University, and an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department of Columbia University’s Medical Center. Dr. Goyal’s research, writing and teaching focuses on the reciprocal transformation that results when new ideas about health, disease and the body find forms of expression in fiction and memoirs. His most recent work explores the political, aesthetic, and social dimensions of the representation of physical trauma in literature. His writing has appeared in The Living Handbook of NarratologyAktuel Forskning, Litteratur, Kultur og Medier, and The Los Angeles Review of Books among other places.

Arden Hegele is a Mellon Fellow at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities and a Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She received her PhD from Columbia in 2016. Dr. Hegele’s book in progress investigates how British Romantic literature is transformed on a formal level by the era’s medical discoveries. Her work has appeared in Public Books, European Romantic Review, Romanticism, Partial Answers, and other scholarly publications. 


Dr. Arden Hegele

Society of Fellows & Heyman Center

Columbia University

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