Jobs: PhD post “History of the Medical Faculty at the Reichsuniversitat Strassburg 1941-1944”

Object: Call for applications for a vacant PhD post, to study the “History of the Medical Faculty at the Reichsuniversität Strassburg 1941-1944”.

Duration: 2017-2020

PhD post: Gross annual salary: 27,150 Euros

Title of thesis project: Between the laboratory and the clinic: Clinical research at the Medical Faculty of the Reichsuniversität Strassburg in connection with the hôpital civil (civil hospital)


The need to pursue academic and historical research focusing on the  Medizinische Fakultät of the Reichsuniversität Strassburg resurfaced in 2015 following the discovery of remains of a Jewish concentration camp victim in a University of Strasbourg collection. In response, from September 27, 2016 onwards , the Université de Strasbourg established an independent historical commission for a four-year period to undertake scientific work, so as to shed new light on the unknown history of the institution. This project includes a three-year PhD contract at the Université de Strasbourg for thesis work in History/History of Science, concerning the founding and functioning of the Medizinische Fakultät of the Reichsuniversität Strassburg during the period 1941-1944.The thesis project will cover ideas, institutions and practices at the so called “Reich University” and cover medical crimes and their victims. The thesis research will cover the clinical research jointly conducted by the Medical Faculty of the Reichsuniversität Strassburg and l’hôpital civil, given that such  elements have been completely neglected to date. The intention of the thesis is to document and research the scientific and political activities  of clinic members and representatives of the Medical Faculty of the Reichsuniversität Strassburg (1941-1944) in as much detail as possible, unhindered and impartially, particularly in the area of surgery (Zukschwerdt) and in connection with experimental pathology (Klinge), paediatrics (Hofmeier), ENT (Nuehsmann) and internal medicine (Stein). As noted in the then research funding records, several clinic directors had their work subsidised by the Imperial Research Council (Reichsforschungsrat) between 1941 and 1944. The dissertation should cover the following problem areas.

1. Analysis of institutional strutures: persons, and the mobilisation of resources in their interaction with scientific and epistemic dimensions of research in the context of occupation and war conditions in Alsace.

2. Connections and networks of the medical faculty of the „Reichsuniversität Straßburg“ relating to scientific, state, political and military agencies and institutions of German rule over Europe.

3. The question of agency of the scientists under National Sozialism,

including the connections between the medical faculty of the „Reichsuniversität Straßburg“ to the concentration camp of Natzweiler- Struthof.

4. The problem of continuity of academics at the „Reichsuniversität Straßburg“ from prior to 1940 and after 1944/45.

The application deadline is June 25, 2017.

Interviews with shortlisted applicants are scheduled for July 6, 2017, in Strasbourg (either in person or via Skype/teleconference).

The contract is scheduled to start on September/October 1, 2017.

Application file

Applicants should preferably have a first degree in a relevant subject are a basic grounding and a Master’s degree in History/History of Science/History of Medicine or similar subjects and have worked with archives. German proficiency is strongly recommended.

The thesis can be written in French, German or English.


The historical commission stipulates that all applications must include:

– A cover letter

– A CV

– A 3-4 page thesis outline

– A chapter from your Master’s thesis or a published article

– A letter of recommendation

Application files should be sent to:

For more information, please contact Dr. Gabriele Moser: Département d’Histoire des Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé, Faculté de médecine, 4 rue Kirschleger,

67085 Strasbourg, France.

Fellowships: New York Academy of Medicine

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018 cycle of The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s two history of medicine fellowships: the Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health.  Information about the two residential fellowships, along with application materials and instructions for applying, can be found here:

Questions about the fellowships or the application process may be directed to me.

Arlene Shaner, MA MLS
Historical Collections Librarian
212.822.7313 office

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY 10029

Congratulations to AAHM Award Winners

The American Association for the History of Medicine honored the following individuals at its award ceremony on May 5, 2017 on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN as part of the 90th annual meeting:

Osler Medal: Christopher Sterwald, Duke University Medical School, for “Frosted Intellectuals: How Leo Kanner Constructed the Autistic Family”; First honorable mention:  Sarah Tapp, Emory University School of Medicine, for “’Mothers, Mongols, and Mores’: Physician Advice to Parents of Newborns with Down Syndrome in the Mid 20th Century; and Second honorable mention:  Matthew Edwards, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, for “Freedom House Ambulance Service: Race and the Rise of Emergency Medical Services, 1967-1975”

Shryock Medal: Wangui Muigai  ‘All My Babies: Black Midwifery and Health Training Films in the 1950s’, Princeton University, Program in History of Science; First honorable mention: Vicki (Fama) Daniel ‘Medical Identification and the Emergence of a Forensic Paradigm at the 1949 Noronic Disaster’, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology; and Second honorable mention: Elaine La Fay “‘The slandered torrid zone”: Medicine, Botany, and Imperial Visions of the American Tropics along the US Gulf Coast, 1820-1840’, University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science Department

J. Worth Estes Prize: Anna E. Winterbottom, “Of the China Root: A Case Study of the Early Modern Circulation of Materia Medica.” Social History of Medicine 28 (2015): 22-44

Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome: Rachel Elder, University of Pennsylvania

George Rosen Prize: Marcos Cueto and Steven Palmer, Medicine and Public Health in Latin America: A History (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Welch Medal: Johanna Schoen for her book, Abortion After Roe:  Abortion After Legalization (University of North Carolina Press, 2015)

Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award: Daniel Fox

The Garrison Lecturer for 2018: Julie Fairman, Professor of Nursing, Professor, Department of History and Sociology of Science, Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, Endowed Chair, Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans, Co-Director, RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship: Rice Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing and Health Care History

Rice Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing and Health Care History.

The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (ECBCNHI) and the Religion/Policy/Conflict (RPC) Initiative at the University of Virginia invites applications for one full-time, fixed-term Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the University of Virginia to start in the fall of 2017. This position supports scholars studying the broad history of nursing and health care with a special interest in the nexus of conflict, religion, social values, and care. Projects may include research on knowledge that integrates science and compassion; how nurses and other health care workers historically transformed care in conflict environments (at state, national, and transnational levels); the changing cultural and historical contexts of values towards care; the historical, political, and societal dimensions of domestic and gender-based violence; and/or different narratives of conflict and conflict reduction that have been articulated in specific places and times. Recipients must have received a PhD in the last five years and have a program of research that will advance their fields. Applicants must have well-designed and carefully developed plans for research. The position is intended to provide time and resources to enable recipients to conduct their research. The ultimate product is a major piece of scholarly work that will make major progress toward a book or other equally substantial form of scholarship.

This endeavor is intended to support one academic year of research (nine months) ($50,000).

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  1. Obtain mentorship in their research projects by University of Virginia faculty.
  2. Attend interdisciplinary seminars across Grounds (nursing history, RPC Initiative, etc.).
  3. Participate in a research course in GNUR xxxx (Advanced Historical Methods), as needed.
  4. Present a paper at the UVA School of Nursing through the auspices of the ECBCNHI.
  5. Present a paper at a national conference.

The remainder of the time can be spent carrying out the research. Participants will have considerable flexibility in structuring their research time.

Application Requirements

  1. Completed application form
  2. Proposal (no more than 10 double-spaced pages in Times New Roman 12-point font)
    1. What research question or problem will you be addressing?
    2. What is the research context in which the question or problem is located?
    3. What previously unknown or neglected story are you planning to tell? This may include:
      1. What contribution to knowledge and understanding of nursing care, religion, conflict, politics, and/or history do you expect to make?
      2. How do you plan to use nursing and health care history to answer other kinds of questions, such as those dealing with diversity, conflict zones, transformation of knowledge, etc.?
    4. Why does that matter? To whom?
    5. What sources will you be using during the research project, where are they located, and how will they be accessed? (The recipient may or may not wish to use ECBCNHI sources).
    6. What are the key texts and approaches in the field, and how does your proposal differ from existing lines of argument? How does it extend our understanding of particular questions or topics?
    7. Include a bibliography, in Chicago Style, listing the books and articles to which you refer in the proposal.
    8. Budget (Detail the ways that you will be using the fellowship and briefly justifying the items)
  3. Curriculum vita
  4. Two reference letters, including one from a senior scholar in the field.

 Postdoctoral Eligibility

  1. Applicants must hold the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) no earlier than December 2012.
  2. Applicants must have completed a dissertation that is relevant to nursing and/or health care history.
  3. Applicants will be chosen regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  4. Applicants must show evidence of commitment to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  5. US citizenship or permanent residency is not required, and previous supported research leaves do not affect eligibility.
  6. Individuals in practice-oriented programs (ex. DNP, curriculum development, human resource management, teacher education) are not eligible.

 Criteria for Selection of Proposal

  1. The potential of the project to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
  2. The quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature.
  3. The feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe.

Receipt of the fellowship is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.

To apply, visit and search for posting number 0620951. Complete the Candidate Profile, attach a CV, and contact information for three professional references.

For questions about the application process, contact Susan Loving at or 434-924-8792.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Calls for Papers: Medical History of World War I

Call for Papers: Medical History of World War 1

San Antonio, Texas, US

Proposals Deadline: 10 November 2017

Over 22-25 March 2018, the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 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 medicine and healthcare related to the war are welcome, to include: historical understandings of military medicine as practiced by all participants and in all geographic regions; consideration of the repercussions of the war on the practice of medicine; medicine in various campaigns; effects on the home fronts; postwar medical issues; mental health issues; the pandemic influenza; and related topics.

Presentations should be 30 minutes long, and two-paper panels are welcome.

As with the 2012 conference, we anticipate publication of selected papers.

Contact: Dr Sanders Marble, Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage,

Jobs: Associate Dean for Special Collections The UAB Libraries, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Associate Dean for Special Collections The UAB Libraries The University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks a dynamic and innovative leader for the newly restructured Special Collections department of the UAB Libraries. The UAB Libraries organization was created in 2014 with the merger of the University’s Mervyn H. Sterne Library and Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences under the leadership of an inaugural Dean of Libraries.

The Special Collections department includes three faculty and three paraprofessional staff plus student workers housed within several library facilities: the UAB Historical Collections, comprised of the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, and the UAB Archives, are in the Lister Hill Building, and the Sterne Rare Book collection is housed in a recently acquired annex facility at the edge of campus. The department manages a long-standing history of the health sciences lecture series as well as research fellowships, both bringing noted scholars and researchers to the UAB campus over the course of the academic year. Support for these initiatives comes from a long-tenured friends group comprised of individuals from across the academic health center and the community.

The Special Collections department includes:

  • A history of medicine library with rare books and texts dating from the 14th through the early 20th centuries
  • Specialized collections of published material from the 18th through 20th century
  • The official archival repository for the university that documents all areas of campus which also includes a wide-range of manuscript collections in the health sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities
  • A major museum collection of artifacts, equipment and apparatus documenting the history of medicine, in all the health science professional fields

Acquisitions in all areas are active and ongoing.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Dean of Libraries.  The new Associate Dean for Special Collections will be a member of the library’s faculty and will participate in administrative and strategic planning for the UAB Libraries as part of the dean’s cabinet and administrative council. The ADSC will consolidate, expand and guide the merged department into the future. Major responsibilities for the ADSC position are the management and implementation of the department’s outreach, programming, and donor relations. The ADSC will advance the acquisition of new material via donation or purchase. The ADSC will also coordinate the department’s activities with other library departments, such as technical services and reference. The ADSC oversees department content on the UAB Digital Collections. A non-tenure track faculty appointment with commensurate salary will be granted at a rank based upon the candidate’s experience and background.

Thanks to exceptional financial support from the University and its donors, as well as a well-trained and highly dedicated staff, the University of Alabama Libraries has continued to increase in its rankings among members of the Association of Research Libraries. In addition to the ARL, University Libraries is a member of the National Information Standards Organization, the Center for Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Medical Library Association and the Southern Chapter Medical Library Association.

Requirements:  An MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution; progressively responsible leadership experience in a special or historical collections library, museum, or archives; a record of accomplishment in scholarly publishing, presentations, and professional service to meet faculty qualifications; experience with a friends group or external campus advisory committee and the management of directed endowment accounts; exceptional written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in history or another relevant subject field
  • Experience in a collection with a strong health science component
  • Experience providing outreach to academic and scholarly communities
  • Proven ability to maintain relationships with donors
  • Experience in grant writing, fundraising, and event planning
  • Teaching experience at the university level
  • Knowledge and experience in the maintenance and preservation of library, archival, and museum collections, both physical and digital collections
  • Demonstrated understanding of the application of technology in the service of special collections
  • Experience with digitization projects and the management of digital resources

To apply, please submit your application online:

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

AAHM News: Writing and Publishing Workshop

Writing and Publishing Workshop for Graduate Students and Early Career Scholars

Attending #AAHM17? Sign up for our writing workshop for early career scholars on Thurs May 4, from 3 – 5pm. Nursing Clio’s Jacki Antonovich, University of Chicago Press editor Karen Darling, and Social History of Medicine editor Graham Mooney will cover how to write a book proposal, how to get your first article published, and how to reach a broad audience. The workshop is free, but conference registration is required. Please R.S.V.P. to Jacob Steere-Williams: as space is limited. Sponsored by the AAHM Education and Outreach Committee.

Prizes: Spurgeon Neel Annual Award

The Army Medical Department Museum Foundation is pleased to sponsor the 2017 Spurgeon Neel Annual Award competition for the article of 5000 words or less that best exemplifies the history, legacy, and traditions of the Army Medical Department.

Named in honor of Major General (Retired) Spurgeon H. Neel, first Commanding General of Health Services Command (now U.S. Army Medical Command), the award competition is open to all federal employees, military and civilian, as well as non-governmental civilian authors who submit manuscripts for publishing consideration.

The AMEDD Museum Foundation will present a special medallion award and a $1000 monetary prize to the winner, who will be notified in advance, at a Foundation-sponsored event early in 2018.

All manuscripts must be submitted to the AMEDD Museum Foundation Office by 30 September 2017.  At the time of submission, a manuscript must be original work and not pending publication in any other periodical. It must conform to the Writing and Submission Guidance of the AMEDD Journal, and must relate to the history, legacy and/or traditions of the Army Medical Department. Manuscripts will be reviewed and evaluated by a six-member committee appointed by the President of the AMEDD Museum Foundation.  The winning manuscript will be selected no later than December 2017.

Additional detail concerning the Spurgeon Neel Annual Award may be obtained by contacting Mrs. Sue McMasters at the AMEDD Museum Foundation, 210-226-0265.

Calls for Papers: Marketplace, Power, Prestige: The Healthcare Professions’ Struggle for Recognition

Marketplace, Power, Prestige: The Healthcare Professions’ Struggle for Recognition Developments, Conflicts, and Areas of Tension among Healthcare Professions in the Twentieth Century

The differentiation of non-physician healthcare professions that occurred at the same time as the specialisation of medicine and the development of medical technology gained momentum at the end of the nineteenth century. At this point, the academically educated doctors had already ousted their less-qualified competitors, such as traditional surgeons (Wundärzte or Handwerkschirurgen), from the medical marketplace. This development put doctors in a position, from which they had since secured great influence in the state accreditation process of new or newly regulated healthcare professions: a status that they still possess today. According to the German Vocational Training Act (Berufsbildungsgesetz), for example, the state medical associations (Landesärztekammern) are responsible for education and training of medical professionals.

As widely known, the medical care of the population is currently facing issues in a number of areas. Therefore, it is in the interest of the state and society to allow alternatives to the care by physicians. Especially in recent years, the delegation of doctors’ tasks to other healthcare professions has been discussed. Already in 2010, the Cooperative State University (Duale Hochschule) in Karlsruhe established a bachelor degree as physician assistants (Arztassistent). Examples for this endeavour are corresponding job profiles, which partly exist in other countries since decades. In this context, the professionalization or academisation of nursing plays an increasingly important role. One current example for this development represents the model course ‘Evidence Based Nursing’ at the Medical Faculty of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, established in 2016. The shift of competency and agency, however, led and leads into a number of problems as well. Therefore, the main focus of the conference will be the conflicts and areas of tensions, which accompanied the development or differentiation of the healthcare professions.

For example, the reasons and topics will be discussed because of which conflicts among medical professions occurred. Which parties were involved, which coalitions were established, how did the parties present themselves, and for what aims did they campaign for? Of particular concern will be the question, to what extent contributed such disputes to the shift on the suppliers’ side in the medical marketplace and what consequences had this development on the demanders’ side.

The key questions can be discussed on three levels and with retrospective considerations of the pre-modern period (monopolisation, professionalization).

1. Conflicts and Areas of Tensions Within one Healthcare Profession

On the first level of investigation, the negotiation process within one healthcare profession will be analysed. Within nursing, topics such as the conflicts between men and women, migrants and natives, or also between academic and non-academic people would be possible. Within the doctors’ profession, the main questions would be the conflicts between medical specialist and general practitioners, hospital and private doctors, or also between conventional and complementary or alternative medical practitioners.

2. Conflicts and Areas of Tensions Between Different Healthcare Professions

The second level puts the lines of conflict and tension between the different healthcare professions at the core of the investigation. Which occupational groups exercised influence on the development of adjacent occupations? For this level, it would be possible to analyse the disputes between conventional and alternative practitioners, doctors and osteopaths, psychiatrists and psychologists, gynaecologists and midwives, doctors and nurses, or doctors and psychotherapists.

3. Transnational Perspectives

The transnational perspective describes the comparison of the developments in Germany with other European countries. The question is how the different structural organisation of medical care impacted the development of healthcare professions? A comparison between centralist and federalist or capitalist and socialist systems would be of particular interest to the third level.

Presentations, Discussion, and Reimbursements

A slot of 45 minutes will be given to every presenter, in which a maximum of 20 minutes should be used for the paper and 25 minutes will be reserved for discussion. The spoken language at the conference will be English. The participation at the conference will be funded by the Institute for History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation, which includes the costs of accommodation, conference meals, and 2nd class train tickets for traveling to and from Stuttgart (only in exceptional cases, cheap flights will be reimbursed as well). Unfortunately, the costs incurred when traveling by car cannot be reimbursed.

Registration To participate at the conference, please apply with an abstract of 400 words maximum, which includes title, research question, methods, and used sources as well as possible hypothesis and results, until 30 June 2017 via post or email to Dr Pierre Pfütsch and Dr Sylvelyn Hähner-Rombach, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung, Straußweg 17, 70184 Stuttgart, Germany, or and

Jobs: Lecturer History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational History

Lecturer – History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational History – Department of History

Job #JPF01301

College of Letters & Science – History


Open date: March 10th, 2017

Next review date: March 24th, 2017

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: March 9th, 2018

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Lecturer – History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational History – Department of History

The Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach courses primarily in the History of Science (broadly defined) and Quantitative/Computational History should an opening arise. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from 16% to 100% time, which would translate to 1 to 6 courses over a two semester academic year.

The Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley, is generating an applicant pool of qualified instructors to teach courses in the History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational History, pending openings.

Basic qualifications (at time of application): The minimum qualifications required to be an applicant are the completion of all PhD or equivalent degree requirements except the dissertation.

Additional qualifications (by start date): A PhD or equivalent degree in History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, or Quantitative/Computational history, or related field, is required by the start date. Demonstrated teaching excellence in the appropriate fields with undergraduates and, where appropriate, graduate students, along with a record of accomplishment in scholarship, service and professional activity.

Salary range: $52,099 – $57,507, based on a two semester, 100% time appointment. Starting salary will be commensurate with degrees currently held, past college-level teaching experience, and relevant industry experience.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties may include holding regular office hours, calculating grades, advising students, preparing course materials, managing GSIs, and attending appropriate meetings/orientations, etc.

Applicants whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education are encouraged to apply.

The department encourages individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., children, disabled, or elderly), or have achieved excellence in careers outside academia (e.g., in professional or industry service) to apply. UC Berkeley has a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants must submit a cover letter to include fields of specialization, curriculum vitae, one sample syllabus, and two letters of recommendation.

Please indicate in bold in the first paragraph of your cover letter your area(s) of specialization noting time period, any regional emphasis and topical focus (History of Science, Technology, Medicine, Environment, Qualitative/Computational History, or if other, please specify specialization).

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

Applications will be initially reviewed from March through April 2017 for appointments during the 2017-2018 academic year, including Summer Sessions 2017, Fall 2017, and Spring 2018. Reviews will continue as needed throughout the year.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Questions about this position may be addressed to Professor Mark Brilliant, Vice Chair for Curriculum, Department of History ( Questions about the application process can be directed to Kimberly Bissell, Academic Personnel Coordinator, at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy



Berkeley, CA



Cover Letter to Include Fields of Specialization

Curriculum Vitae

One Sample Syllabus


2 letters of reference required