Fellowships: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Medicine

The Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, seeks applicants for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship. The fellow will have teaching and administrative responsibilities in the department’s new online program in the history of medicine and protected time to pursue his or her research and writing. The successful candidate will have a proven record of teaching in the history of medicine, a strong research profile and excellent organizational skills. Experience with online teaching an asset. Candidates must have defended their PhD thesis by June 15, 2017. The term of appointment is one year, beginning July 1, 2017.

Closing date for applications: March 31, 2017.

If you have any questions about the position, please email Dr Graham Mooney at gmooney3@jhmi.edu

Full application details are available here.

Grants: Travel Fellowship in the History of Academic Health Center & Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota

Purpose: The Travel Fellowship in the History of the Academic Health Center & Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota is intended to promote research on post-World War II developments in academic health centers and health science research using the University of Minnesota Archives.  The University of Minnesota Program in the History of Medicine in conjunction with the Academic Health Center History Project (http://editions.lib.umn.edu/ahcarchives/) will offer up to two fellowships per year to interested scholars whose research is well suited to the health science and administrative collections in the University Archives. Where possible, preference will be given to early career scholars: graduate students in the research stage of their dissertation and recent Ph.D.s.

University of Minnesota Archives Holdings: The University of Minnesota Archives https://www.lib.umn.edu/uarchives house numerous collections related to the history of the Academic Health Center (AHC), its forerunning administrative configuration the College of Medical Sciences, and the records of the six schools and colleges that comprise the Academic Health Center:  medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. The Archives also house collections pertaining to interdisciplinary centers within the Academic Health Center and oral histories and personal papers of prominent faculty and administrators.

Finding aids for many of the collections at the University Archives can be found at http://special.lib.umn.edu/uarch/. Digital documents related to the AHC and University administration are available through the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy at http://conservancy.umn.edu/. Applicants are encouraged to contact University Archivist Erik Moore at moore144@umn.edu to discuss the collections before applying.

Application and Expectations: Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, names and contact information of two referees, a brief proposal of no more than two pages, and a one-page proposed budget. The one- to two-page proposal should outline clearly the purpose of the research and its central questions, what records or materials will be used, any bigger project of which this research is a part, and the intended product(s) such as a dissertation, publications, or documentaries. Selection of fellows will be based on the decision of a multi-disciplinary committee.

Fellowship recipients will be required to submit a short report on their research. Recipients are also required to supply the University Libraries with a copy of any publication resulting from research conducted as a result of the grant.

Duration and Support: The fellowship covers a flexible visit of between one to four weeks. The amount of the fellowship is up to $1,000.00 to support expenses related to travel, lodging, research costs, and other incidental expenses. The fellowship is available for a single, continuous research trip between the dates July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.


Deadline for applications is April 30, 2017. Candidates will be informed of the results by June 1, 2017.

Applications should be submitted via email. Be sure that your last name appears in the filename of each document. Send applications to: Dominique Tobbell, Program in the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota, dtobbell@umn.edu (612-626-5114). If you have any questions about the travel grant, please contact Dominique Tobbell.

Grants: Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) invites applications for its Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine.  Interested family physicians, residents, students, other health professionals, historians, scholars, educators, scientists and others are invited to apply.

The successful applicant will be awarded a fellowship grant in an amount of up to $2,000 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses relating to research on a project of their choosing dealing with any aspect of the history of General Practice, Family Practice, or Family Medicine in the United States.

The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 31, 2016.  Complete fellowship rules, application forms, and instructions are available online through the Center’s website at the following link:


For more information, please contact:
Don Ivey, MPA
Center for the History of Family Medicine
11400 Tomahawk Creek Parkway
Leawood, KS 66211
Telephone: (800) 274-2237, ext. 4420
Fax: (913) 906-6095
E-mail: chfm@aafp.org

Grants: Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award

The Medical Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its tenth annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library: http://library.medicine.yale.edu/historical/us/grant

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anatomy, anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula.  The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects.  The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large archive of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2017-2018 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library:  http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/.  There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants will need to apply through our fellowship site:  https://yale.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx, and upload a curriculum vitae and project description, including the relevance of the Medical Historical Library collections to the project, as well as provide two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Medical Historical Library.  This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale.  Applications are due by Monday, MAY 1st, 2017.  They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by June 2nd, 2017.  Winners may be asked to do a blog post discussing their research.

The application period is now open!  Please apply online at: https://yale.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx

Requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
Head of the Medical Historical Library and John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636
E-mail: melissa.grafe@yale.edu

Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/

Calls for Papers:Role of Health and Social Welfare Polices in European Inclusion and Exclusion Processes

Call for papers: The role of health and social welfare policies in European inclusion and exclusion processes: historical perspectives on contemporary issues.
6-7 April 2017, University of Evora, Portugal

Organizing committee: Laurinda Abreu, University of Evora    Sally Sheard, University of Liverpool     Francisco Javier Martínez, University of Evora

Health risks created by population movement, and policy responses to them, have been an integral part of European history since the early modern period. They have helped to shape wider cultural ideas on economic risks, attitudes to integration, and enlargement of the EU. Twenty first century Europe is addressing new questions and challenges: how to live together, and include new territories and new populations and cultures without compromising our health, both personal and economic. These have contemporary policy implications.

Our aim is to contribute to a deeper understanding of the cultural heritages and roots of the European welfare model. Proposals on the following research questions are particularly encouraged: how have European states historically succeeded in constructing secured space, from a health and social welfare perspective? What has been the role of frontiers in facilitating economic prosperity and social inclusion of migration and immigrants? How have past societies coped with population movements, epidemics and social and economic changes resulting from industrialisation and urbanisation? What is the role and potential of knowledge of the past within our new ‘knowledge society’? How can new knowledge of the past be used for building trust and solidarity in an integrated Europe?

We invite submission of 300 word paper abstracts (with your affiliation and contact details) by February, 25, 2017.

Please direct abstracts and enquiries to: franciscojavier_martinez@yahoo.com

Jobs: Molina Curator for the History of Medicine & Early Science, The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library seeks a knowledgeable, energetic, and collaborative professional to develop and interpret its collections in the history of medicine, as well as its science holdings through the early modern period. The Molina Curator will be responsible for the intellectual management of print, manuscript, and realia holdings in these areas, creating and maintaining a vibrant collections profile that resonates with the needs of advanced researchers and contributes to the cultural enrichment of the general public.

The Library’s existing strengths in medicine include over 500 medical incunabula and the Lawrence D. Longo and Betty Jeanne Longo Collection in Reproductive Biology, as well as the papers of significant nineteenth- and twentieth-century health professionals. The Huntington is also home to the Los Angeles County Medical Association Collection of 7,000 rare books and journals. Early science materials range from a thirteenth-century Ptolemy Almagest manuscript to landmark works in the world-renowned Burndy Library, acquired by The Huntington in 2006.

The Molina Curator is a newly endowed position in the Library Division’s recently unified Curatorial Department, in which curators take a primarily subject-based approach to The Huntington’s collections, reflecting how researchers use them. This position reports directly to the Chief Curator & Associate Director of Library Collections and will work closely with the Dibner Senior Curator for the History of Science & Technology, as well as other curators with intersecting collection areas. Appointment will be at the curator or senior curator level, depending upon the successful applicant’s experience.

Qualifications include specific academic subject knowledge of the history of medicine and the history of science and an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science and /or an advanced degree in a relevant discipline, and a minimum of five years of professional work experience in a special collections research or academic library.

Salary commensurate with experience; minimum $71,925. Comprehensive benefits package. Start date: July 1, 2017.

For further information about the position and to apply, visit www.huntington.org and click on Employment under “More to Explore” at the bottom of the page. Application should include letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three professional references.

Calls for Papers: Cities, Urban Societies, and Syphilis in the Mediterranean

Call for papers

Cities, Urban Societies, and Syphilis in the Mediterranean, 16th-21st Centuries

Faculty of Medicine, Marseille, 25-27 October 2017

 With almost 500 cases diagnosed in France in 2015, syphilis has not disappeared yet. The “scourge of Naples” is still challenging society and medicine. The very nature of syphilis both frightens and fascinates. Traditionally considered a shameful disease contracted in the intimacy of the bedroom, it has been of concern to societies for many centuries now, as it relates to their morals, their capacity to medically and therapeutically innovate, as well as their arrangements for the enforcement of a public health policy or their will to assume an efficient healthcare policy. Although those questions are not recent, they remain deeply rooted in our relationship to the disease and to the bodies it inhabits, which can be severely bruised in the third stage of its evolution.

The main topic of this symposium is to propose a convergence among scholarship emanating from historians, anthropologists, and physicians with a focus on the “shock” caused by the encounter of the Treponema pallidum with societies on a municipal scale, and particularly in harbour cities. The symposium aims at combining a multiplicity of contexts, including global, colonial, and metropolitan perspectives, and a long-time perspective with the contemporary experience of a growing syphilis epidemic.

The symposium will be organized into three sessions aiming at documenting and giving useful information about the spread of the disease on the scale of a city, a harbour and notably a Mediterranean territory. In order to compare diffusion as well as origins of the disease, contributions about other geographical areas will also be welcome. Preference will be given to papers that explore a municipal scale or harbour context (be it civil or military) or that deal with enclosed spaces, like enclaves or geographically, culturally or socially-isolated populations.

The symposium will start with communications dealing with very contemporary medical issues (Session 1 – Cities, Urban Societies and Syphilis in the Mediterranean: Current Medical Data). These contributions will be based on issues linked with the diagnosis and the epidemiology of syphilis, with the methods of prevention and the way public health policies work on the ground, or with the available therapeutic solutions. The symposium will then move on to diachronic perspectives (Session 2 – Cities, Urban Societies and Syphilis in the Mediterranean: Historical Context and Medical-historical Inferences). To finish, the anthropological dimension will be taken into account (Session 3 – Cities, Urban Societies and Syphilis in the Mediterranean: Anthropological Approach). Beyond the paleo-pathological and archeo-thanatological contexts, this final session will try to broach the evolution of social constructions and differing representations of the disease.


We accept both paper and poster communications. Papers can be submitted for all three sessions; posters, based on case reports or shorter studies, can be included only for Sessions 1 and 3.

The conference languages are French and English, and abstracts for papers and posters may be submitted in either language.

All abstracts must include:

  • a text (maximum of 1000 words), in Microsoft Office Word or compatible format. This should explain contain the main goals, methodology, results, discussion or final considerations of the presentation. It should clearly state whether you wish to present a paper or a poster
  • Title of paper/poster
  • Author(s) and institutional address(es);
  • Contact emails for all authors
  • Session in which you would like to present
  • Between three to five keywords to use for indexing. These should not appear in the title of the abstract.

Please submit all abstracts via email to syphilis.marenostrum@gmail.com). The deadline for abstract submission is 30 APRIL 2017.

Some tourist informations about Marseille and Provence


Accommodations in Marseille


Grants: Travel Scholarships Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University

Travel Scholarships Available for Archives and Rare Books Collections Use

The Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is fortunate to have robust collections in archives and rare books that document the history of medicine from the late 15th century up to the present. Subjects in which the library’s holdings are particularly strong include ophthalmology and optics, neurology, deaf education, and the history of dentistry. In order to encourage researchers living more than 100 miles from St. Louis to use these collections, Becker Library will offer grants up to $1,000 to help defray the costs of travel, lodging, food and photo reproductions. Covered expenses will be reimbursed at the conclusion of the visit.

Eligible applicants are students enrolled in graduate degree programs (master’s and above), faculty and independent scholars. Applications will be reviewed by Becker Library’s rare book librarian and archivists. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects overlap with the library’s subject strengths. Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2017 and will have up to six months to use their award and must submit a brief report upon the completion of their visit.

To apply, please send the following to Rose Kettler at rosekettler@wustl.edu by April 1, 2017 (include “travel grant application” in the email’s subject line):

  • A personal statement describing how the library collections will be beneficial to the applicant’s research (no more than one page)
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from an academic advisor if the applicant is a student
  • Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address

Additional information about Becker Library’s archival and rare book holdings can be found at https://becker.wustl.edu/arb.

Calls for Papers: Society for the Social History of Medicine Postgraduate Conference 2017

Society for the Social History of Medicine Postgraduate Conference 2017
In cooperation with the University of Strathclyde and Shanghai University
Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Health Histories: The Next Generation
October 12-13, 2017
Shanghai University, China


The Society for the Social History of Medicine periodically hosts an international conference for postgraduate students. The 2017 conference committee welcomes papers on any topic within the discipline of the social history of medicine and particularly encourage proposals for papers and panels that critically examine or challenge some aspect of the history of medicine and health. We welcome a range of methodological approaches, geographical regions, and time periods.

Proposals should be based on new research from postgraduate students currently registered in a University programme. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract, including five key words and a short (1-page) CV. Panel submissions should feature three papers (each with a 250-word abstract, including five key words, and a short CV), a chair, and a 100-word panel abstract.

For postgraduate students not currently funded through an existing fellowship or grant, funding is available to cover the costs associated with visas, travel, and accommodation in Shanghai. Upon confirmation of an accepted abstract, each postgraduate student is required to apply for a visa to travel to China. For more information about visas, please see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china/entry-requirements.

All postgraduate delegates must register (or already be registered) as members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine. For more information about SSHM student membership, please see http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/sochis/access_purchase/price_list.html.

To propose an abstract, please visit:
To propose a panel, please visit:

Submissions and queries should be sent to Mrs Caroline Marley: cshhh-admin@strath.ac.uk.

Conference Organizers:
Dr Stephen Mawdsley, University of Strathclyde
Professor Yong-an Zhang, Shanghai University

Abstract Deadline: 10 March 2017

Fellowships: Summer Research Fellowship in the History of Women in Medicine

The M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner, M.D. Summer Research Fellowship is offered annually by the Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, Archives and Special Collections on Women in Medicine. A $4,000 stipend is awarded to one applicant for research completed in residence at the Legacy Center. The term of the fellowship is no less than four to six weeks to begin on or after June 1. The deadline for current applications is March 10th, 2017. A short essay summarizing research findings is required upon completion of the fellowship.

In addition to materials related to the history of the Woman’s Medical College/Medical College of Pennsylvania, the collections have particular strengths in the history of women in medicine, nursing, medical missionaries, the American Medical Women’s Association, American Women’s Hospital Service, and other women in medicine organizations. The majority of the collections fall within the period 1850 to the present.

This fellowship was established in memory of M. Louise Carpenter Gloeckner, M.D. by her husband Frederick Gloeckner in recognition of her key leadership role in the medical profession. This is a competitive annual fellowship open to scholars, students and general researchers.

Full information at http://bit.ly/wye5FM or email Joanne Murray atarchives@drexelmed.edu