“Graphic Medicine,” a special issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, has been selected as Honorable Mention (second place) for the Best Special Issue Award in this year’s Council of Editors of Learned Journals contest.
The CELJ judges offered the following assessment of the special issue:
Honorable Mention: “Graphic Medicine,” a special issue of Biography
The number and quality of submissions for the 2022 CELJ Best Special Issue Award was truly impressive, making adjudication both delightful and difficult. We were inspired by the range of topics and approaches. In making our decision, we considered the clarity of editorial vision, the significance of the contribution, whether or not an issue was conceptually interesting beyond a single field, formal and methodological innovation, and evidence of collaborative engagement across individual contributions to the broader project of the issue.
The award review committee recognizes “Graphic Medicine,” a special issue of Biography on life narratives in the medium of comics, with an honorable mention. The decision to include different genres—both scholarly essays and original autobiographical comics—resulted in a multi-genre issue that compellingly explores the possibilities and concerns raised by living with (and/or alongside) illness and disability. The scope of the articles encompassed a broad but interrelated investigation into the topic, and the editor’s introduction effectively contextualized these articles in relation to the field of interdisciplinary medical humanities while making a persuasive argument about how comics “expose the subjective experiences of health and healthcare systems that may be difficult for both practitioners and patients to understand or explain in either verbal or visual language alone.” We appreciated the wholistic approach taken in developing the issue, with contributions being collectively workshopped as part of the process. Finally, the layout, typesetting, and graphics all contributed to an excellent reading experience.
Congratulations to the coeditors—Erin La Cour and Anna Poletti—and the contributors to the special issue—Safdar Ahmed, Suzy Becker, Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, Jared Gardner, Crystal Yin Lie, John Miers, Nancy K. Miller, JoAnn Purcell, Susan Squier, and Julia Watson.
Biography has been recognized by CELJ for special issues twice before: in 2017, when it won the Special Issue Award for “Indigenous Conversations about Biography” edited by Alice Te Punga Somerville, Daniel Heath Justice, and Noelani Arista, and in 2012, when it won for “(Post)human Lives” edited by Gillian Whitlock and G. Thomas Couser.
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