Calls for Papers: Angelical Conjunctions: Crossroads of Medicine and Religion, 1200-1800

Angelical Conjunctions: Crossroads of Medicine and Religion, 1200-1800

to be held at McGill University on April 13-15, 2019

“Angelical Conjunction” was the term coined by the seventeenth-century New England Puritan Cotton Mather to denote the mutual affinity of medicine and religion. Indeed, medical and spiritual practices have a long history of coexistence in many religious traditions. This connection took many forms, from the pious provision of health care (in person or through endowed charity), to the archetypal figure of the healing prophet. Yet despite decades of specialized research, a coherent and analytical history of the “angelical conjunction” itself remains elusive.   This conference therefore aims to explore the connection between medicine and religion across the time-span of the late medieval and early modern eras, and  from an intercultural perspective. Taking as our focus the Mediterranean, the Islamic World and Europe, and the various Christianities, Islams and Judaisms that flourished there, we aim to develop methodological and theoretical perspectives on the “angelical conjunction(s)” of these two spheres. How did the entanglement of religion and medicine shape epistemologies in both of these spheres? What are the conceptions of the body and its relationship to the soul that these entanglements assumed or envisioned? What were the limits to coexistence? How did the “conjunction” change over time?

We invite papers on a range of themes that include, but are not limited to:

–       The relationship between spiritual charisma and medical practice
–       The involvement of medical practitioners in theological debates
–       Medicine and “fringe” religious traditions (e.g. Hermetic, heretical, “occult”…)
–       Representations of the healer-prophet or healer-saint in art
–       Debates on body and soul informed by medical and theological knowledge
–       Spiritualization of physical illness
–       Devotion as therapy, and (the provision of) therapy as devotion

Accommodation and meals will be provided. We are seeking grant support to subsidize travel.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a CV to Dr. Aslıhan Gürbüzel at by January 10, 2018.

Calls for Papers: Society for the History of Navy Medicine Conference with Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage

Over 22-25 March 2018, the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences along with the Society for the History of Navy Medicine will be co-sponsoring a conference on the medical history of WWI.

It will be hosted at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas.

Presentations on all facets of naval medicine and healthcare related to the war are welcome, to include: historical understandings of navy medicine as practiced by all participants and in all geographic regions; consideration of the repercussions of the war on the practice of navy medicine; navy medicine in various campaigns; effects on the home fronts; postwar navy medical issues; navy mental health issues; the pandemic influenza; and related topics.  A special call is made for papers tied to gender and navy medicine, especially in the context of navy nurses who served in World War I.

Presentations should be 30 minutes long, and two-paper panels are welcome.  Shorter papers are welcomed as well.

A travel grant award for graduate students who wish to present papers at the conference will be offered.  Encourage graduate students to submit papers.  Any facet of naval medicine will be acceptable.

Those interested in presenting in the context of naval medicine please contact the Executive Director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine, Dr. Annette Finley-Croswhite, Professor of History, Old Dominion University,


Please consider proposing a panel or paper for the upcoming conference in San Antonio.

We want to be present at this important conference in San Antonio, Texas, US

Contact Info: Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D., Executive Director, Society for the History of Navy Medicine, Department of History, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA  23529-0091; Email:

Grants: Osler Library Research Awards and Travel Grants 2018

The applications for the 2018 Research Awards and Travel Grants are now open for the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University, Montréal. The deadline for all applications is 31 December 2017. Please circulate as you see fit:
  • Dr. Edward H. Bensley Osler Library Research Travel Grant – Awarded to those whose project requires traveling to Montreal to consult material in the Osler Library. Each year up to $4000 in awards will be made available to one or more individuals who require a minimum of 2 weeks to carry out their research. This research must fall within the calendar year in which the grant is awarded. Applications for the 2018 grant must be received by December 31, 2017.
  • Mary Louise Nickerson Award in Neuro History – Awarded to one or more scholars who are interested in carrying out research utilizing the Neuro History Archival and Artifact Collections – the centre-piece of which is the Penfield Archive in the Osler Library – and other available resources at the Osler Library, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and the McGill University Archives. Applications for the 2018 award must be received by December 31, 2017.
For additional information, please visit: http:/
Alternatively, you may email with questions. We hope to see you in Montréal!

Jobs: George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy

The University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Sciences Division invites applications for a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position at the assistant/associate/full professor rank. Associate and full professors will hold an endowed chair. An assistant professor will hold the endowed chair upon promotion with tenure.  Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. in the history of pharmacy, social and administrative pharmacy or a closely related field and have an established record of independent scholarship and research related to historical aspects of pharmacy and/or pharmaceuticals or a related field of study. Applicants possessing doctorates in other disciplines and exceptional achievement in the field of interest will be considered.  The successful candidate will be expected to continue their independent research program; advance the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy; be committed to effective teaching of required and elective courses in professional and graduate programs within the Social and Administrative Sciences Division that serve a diverse student body; assist in expanding the graduate program; and be active in university service.

The George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy, the first such chair in the nation, named in honor of Dr. George Urdang (1882-1960). Urdang, a renowned pharmacy historian and professor of the History of Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy, was also the first Director of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. The Urdang Chair holder will support and advance the academic discipline of the History of Pharmacy at the UW School of Pharmacy and the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy (AIHP). As part of collaboration with AIHP, the Urdang Chair is expected to further the mission of the Institute in a leadership role. The endowed chair appointment is renewed every five-years and includes a significant source of funding for research support. The renewal decision for the endowed chair is based upon continued scholarly activity and successful collaboration with and contribution to AIHP and its mission.

We seek an individual with excellent written and verbal communication skills who will foster Urdang’s commitment to the humanistic aspects of the pharmacy profession. A focus on modern pharmacy and/or pharmaceuticals is preferred.  A background or professional degree in pharmacy is desirable, but not required.

The successful candidate will join a major university that encourages, values, and supports basic, applied, and interdisciplinary research.  Joint appointments are possible with several relevant campus units such as history of medicine, history of science, history, and population health.  The University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research including a 125-year commitment to scholarship in history of pharmacy. The University of Wisconsin-Madison holds in its various libraries and repositories the largest collection of printed and manuscript materials documenting the history of modern pharmacy in North America.  Support for graduate students includes the Clarence Sondern Fellowship in the history of pharmacy.  The Social and Administrative Sciences Division is well established with faculty members at all academic ranks and diverse expertise. Madison and its surrounding communities consistently are rated in the top tier of “most-livable cities.”  In addition to the energy of this Big Ten campus, Madison and South Central Wisconsin boast great schools, plentiful recreational opportunities, and year-round cultural diversions.  Visit for information on living and working in Madison.
To apply, please use the following link:

All applications must be received by December 20, 2017 to ensure full consideration with the appointments starting on or around September 1, 2018. Women and underrepresented minority groups are especially encouraged to apply.  The search will continue until the position is filled.
Applications should submit
1) Cover letter/statement of interest;
2) Curriculum vita;
3) One document that contains brief statements (1 page) in the areas of:
-teaching interests that includes a review of the applicant’s teaching experience and teaching philosophy
–summary of current and planned research;
4) copy of, or link to, a published writing sample.
In addition, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references within the application process.  At a future date applicants may be asked to provide at least three letters of reference.
The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Calls for Papers: Cultural Histories of Air and Illness Conference

Call for Papers
Cultural Histories of Air and Illness Conference

University of Warwick
8–9 June 2018

Keynote Speakers:
Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University)
Richard Hamblyn (Birkbeck, University of London)

Air has always had an influence on the health of individuals, societies, cities, and nations. From Hippocrates’s belief that air affected the human body to Victorian medical theories on tropical climates and bad air as the source of disease, air was understood to have a direct effect on health and to be a cause of illness. With the advent of modern medicine, the role of air’s impact on human health has shifted, but remains present. For instance, current concerns about air pollution and respiratory disease, as well as the role climate change is playing on the health of ecosystems and nations, demonstrate the continued significance of air’s relationship to health.

The Cultural Histories of Air and Illness Conference will span disciplines and periods to explore broadly the link between human health and the air. How have we thought about, studied, and depicted the connections between air and illness? In what ways have we represented air as a source or carrier of visible and invisible dangers? How have humans constructed their relationship with the environment and what role has the environment played in the history of human health? How has air pollution and climate change impacted health across a globalized world?

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical theories about air and the body across history
  • Representations of the relationship between air and health in literature, art, visual culture, film, theatre, and the media
  • Cultural constructions of healthy and unhealthy environments
  • Air as a vector of disease
  • Medical topography, meteorology, and climatology
  • Air pollution and industrialization
  • Urban planning, gardens, and green lungs
  • Radiation and the threat of the invisible
  • Climate change and global health

The conference welcomes proposals of 250 words for twenty-minute papers suitable for an interdisciplinary audience. The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2018. Please use the conference organizer’s email address for all correspondence and proposals:

For further information, please visit the conference website at:

Conference Organizer: Dr Amanda Sciampacone

This conference is generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Warwick’s Humanities Research Centre.

Grants: Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Grant

Larry J. Hackman Research Residency

The New York State Archives offers grants for qualified applicants to conduct research using historical state government records in the Archives. The Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program supports advanced work on New York State history, government, or public policy by defraying travel-related research expenses. Residents conduct research at the State Archives in Albany, NY.

Previous Residents have included academic and public historians, graduate students, independent researchers and writers, and primary and secondary school teachers. Residencies range from a few days to several weeks depending upon the nature of the research and volume of records consulted. Contact the Archives Researcher Services staff to discuss your research topic and the records you propose to use: or 518-474-8955. Submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

Learn more at:

Grants: Georgia College Special Collections Library Research Grants

Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, offers short-term Library Research Grants every year to scholars and students whose work would benefit from access to materials in Ina Dillard Russell Library’s Special Collections. Strengths of the collections include Milledgeville/Baldwin County history and culture, (local/regional) women’s history, and Georgia College history. Special Collections houses the papers of authors Flannery O’Connor and Alice Walker and several political figures, including U.S. Secretary of Labor W. J. Usery, U. S. Senator Paul Coverdell, U. S. Representative Carl Vinson, and Georgia State Senator Floyd L. Griffin, Jr. History of Medicine collections include Clyde E. Keeler and Kathleen Wilkinson Wootten. For more information about Special Collections or the grant, please visit:

Deadline: April 2, 2018

Fellowship: Reynolds-Finley Research Fellowships in the History of the Health Sciences for 2018

The Reynolds-Finley Associates, in conjunction with the Historical Collections (HC) unit of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), are pleased to announce the availability of short-term awards of up to $2,500 to individual researchers studying one or more aspects of the history of the health sciences during the 2018 calendar year. Intended to support research using the HC unit as a historical resource, the fellowship requires the on-site use of at least one of the unit’s three components, which are the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Reynolds-Finley Historical Library and UAB Archives. All application materials must be submitted by January 31, 2018 to receive consideration. For details go to:

Calls for Papers: Joint Meeting of the Asian Society of the History of Medicine and History of Medicine in Southeast Asia

Joint meeting of The Asian Society of the History of Medicine (9th meeting) and HOMSEA (History of Medicine in Southeast Asia)
to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 27-30, 2018

Theme: Colonial Medicine after Decolonisation: Continuity, Transition, and Change

Guidelines for Submission: Submissions on all topics related to the history of medicine in Asia are welcome; submissions related to the conference theme are especially encouraged.
Participants can submit full panels (2, 3, or 4 papers) as well as individual papers. Paper proposals (title, author, and an abstract in English of no more than 200 words) and a1-page
curriculum vitae or panel proposals (a panel proposing of no more than 200 words with abstracts and 1-page CVs of all participants) should be sent by electronic mail to Dr. James
Dunk ( The program committee reserves the right to suggest changes and revisions to abstracts and panel proposals.

Deadline for submission: 1 February 2018
Notification of acceptance will be given by 1 March 2018.

Program committee: Dr. Harry Yi-Jui Wu (Hong Kong); Dr. Ning Jennifer Chang (Taipei); Prof Laurence Monnais (Montreal); A/Prof Hans Pols (Sydney); Dr. Yu-Chuan Wu (Taipei);
Dr. Por Heong Hong (Kuala Lumpur); and members of the Local Arrangements Committee. Unfortunately, the ASHM cannot offer funds to defray travel expenses due to budget
constraints. There is a range of affordable accommodation available near the conference venue. Participants are encouraged to apply for support from their home departments or

The conference will be hosted by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, which is located in the new buildings of the Indonesian National Library in the centre of Jakarta.

Calls for Papers: Abortion in the British Isles, France and North America since 1800

International Conference organised by the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France), 6-8 November 2018.

Conveners: Claire Charlot, Adrien Lherm (Paris-Sorbonne, HDEA EA 4086), and Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq (University François Rabelais, Tours, ICD EA 6297).

Around the world, 2018 will mark the anniversary of a series of events relating to the decriminalisation of abortion: the enforcement of the UK Abortion Act 1967 (50 years), the US Supreme Court ruling of Roe vs. Wade (45 years), and the Canada Supreme Court ruling of R. v. Morgentaler (25 years). The Republic of Ireland is also planning a referendum on the possible repeal of Article 8 of its Constitution which, if approved, would lead to the decriminalisation of abortion there too. In addition, shortly after the British General Election of 2017, Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that women from Northern Ireland (currently excluded from the British Abortion Act) would be allowed to travel to mainland Britain to secure an abortion on the National Health Service.

Over the years, some countries have authorised abortion on therapeutic grounds (when the physical and mental health of the mother or health of the foetus is at risk), and sometimes extended terminations to other grounds such as birth control or the right of women to take control over their bodies. In this instance, the context provided by the 1960s and the 1970s would prove decisive in the liberalisation of legislation; a move described by some as ‘permissive’ and by others as ‘progressive’. A reform of the laws on contraception often pre-dated the legalisation of abortion, helping to shape a context in which women sought greater freedom from child-bearing.

However, despite changes in attitudes and legal frameworks, the abortion debate goes on and many attempts have been and are still being made to turn the clock back. This can take various forms: street protests, physical violence (including assault and shootings), legal challenges, and demands for amendment or repeal of existing legislation from anti-abortion lobbies and political movements or parties created for the sole purpose of going back to a world without legally-available abortion.

The aim of this conference will be to consider all these developments in France and in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the United States, and to seek to explain how debate, the Law, as well as the situation on the ground, have changed over the last two centuries in the different countries concerned. Among the possible topics of interest for the conference are: a) quantifying abortions and relating the phenomenon to that of statistical knowledge; b) charting the evolution of the legislation or rulings which led to the criminalisation and then the decriminalisation of abortion; c) examining the social status of women affected by those changes in the countries concerned; d) describing and explaining changes in attitudes among the various actors involved: public opinion, the medical profession, politicians, members of the different churches, journalists, the activists of the different movements or political parties and of course women themselves; e) exploring the sociological profiles of women who seek abortions.

Such topics raise a number of key questions. Is abortion used today as a method of birth control? Can we speak of abortion on demand? Can we speak of a backlash against abortion? Such questions, it is hoped, will contribute to an interdisciplinary discussion among conference participants concerning the issues raised by abortion.

Proposals for papers on one of these topics – or others – are invited either in French or English, and may address only one aspect of the abortion question at a national level, or adopt a comparative approach. We hope to attract specialists from a wide variety of fields: bioethics, demography, law, religious studies, economics, history, medical studies, philosophy, sociology, political science, and so on.

Please send a proposal (a 500-word abstract and a short CV) to each of the three organisers: Claire Charlot (, Adrien Lherm ( and Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq ( The deadline is 23rd December 2017. Those submitting a proposal will be informed before the New Year whether their paper has been accepted. Some papers will be published. A registration fee will be asked of participants.

Scientific committee: Nathalie Bajos (INSERM, France), Françoise Barret-Ducrocq (Paris-Diderot, France), Claire Charlot (Paris-Sorbonne, France), Ann Furedi (Bpas, United Kingdom), Hélène Harter (Rennes 2, France), Françoise Le Jeune (Nantes, France), Adrien Lherm (Paris-Sorbonne, France), Janine Mossuz-Lavau (CNRS, CEVIPOF), Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq (Tours, France), Joshua C. Wilson (Denver, USA).