Mental Health

Performance Enhancement & Health: Call for Papers

27 November 2012 at 20:36

Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, disability is considered to be an evolving concept that “results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.”

The theme of the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December 2012) is: Removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all. (


The Royal Society’s ‘Human enhancement and the future of work’ project report, released in November 2012, documents how some scientific and engineering enhancements are likely to have an impact on the future of work. Key messages from the report included not only the need to understand the nature and scope of enhancements, but their accessibility and financial costs, as well as the social and ethical impacts of their use. The report calls for interdisciplinary research and wide public consultation to inform policy, and “thus to harness maximum benefit with minimal harm.” .


In keeping with these themes, this proposed Special Issue of Performance Enhancement & Health will be devoted to exploring critically the role of assistive technologies in performance enhancement and health for people with disabilities. Performance enhancement can be seen as the pharmacological, genetic, psychological or technological means to increase participation and productivity, improve quality of life and pleasure, and forge identities and build communities.


While assistive technologies promise greater participation, performance and health, they are not without their issues and problems, some related to access, others to dubious ends to which these technologies are put. For example, the recent Paralympics in London demonstrated greater participation and improved performances by athletes with disabilities, but exposed some ethically suspect and self-harming methods.


This inter-disciplinary and cross-professional special issue will seek innovative and provocative papers to challenge and extend our conceptions of ability and disability in our high-tech age.



It is assumed that articles are submitted exclusively to the journal and will not be submitted elsewhere in relevant areas including, but not limited to, the following:

• Body Image and Body Building

• ‘Boosting’ and Sport

• Diet, Nutrition and Wellbeing

• Education Technologies and Participation

• Epistemologies of Ability and Disability

• Ethics and Policy

• Genetic (Screening and Profiling) and Eugenics

• High-Tech Sport and Recreation

• Media Representation

• Medical and Social Discourses

• Paralympics and Doping

• Performing Arts

• Public Funding and Distributive Justice

• Reproduction and Family

• Sex and Intimacy

• Social Media and Community Development



The submission must include the title, abstract of your paper, and all the authors’ names, affiliations and contact emails. All papers will be rigorously peer-reviewed for originality, scientific and scholarly rigour, as well as coherence and clarity of writing.


More specific guidelines for the preparation of the manuscripts are provided at the Performance Enhancement and Health website: and-health/2211-2669/guide-for-authors


Please submit your paper using this website:


Deadline for Submission: Monday 18 February 2013 for publication in December 2013.


Guest Editor

Associate Professor Dennis Hemphill

School of Sport and Exercise Science

Institute for Sport, Exercise and Active Living

Victoria Institute for Education, Diversity and

Lifelong Learning

Victoria University, Australia

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