Diagnosing Migrant Experience: Medical Humanities and Transnational American Studies

Due Date: 09-30-2021

This special forum proposes using the insights and perspectives of medical humanities and transnational American studies to theorize each other in reimagining differing concepts of life: How do medical narratives contain or seek to contain migrants who are “unruly subjects”? What does listening to migrant experience reveal about state categories of those “deserving” or “undeserving” of medical care? How can the approach of transnational American studies bring social justice issues of racialized border-crossing experiences and migrant trauma into conversation with the focus of medical humanities on health and well-being, both personal and collective? Please submit a 250-word abstract by 30 September 2021. Please e-mail abstracts and questions to Mita Banerjee ( and Davina Höll ( The editors will review abstracts and invite full-length essays of 5,000–8,000 words. For more information, visit