Prizes: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Urdang Medal and Kremers Award

Call for Nominations for 2019 Urdang Medal and Kremers Award

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is now accepting nominations for the Urdang Medal and the Kremers Award, two of the most prestigious awards for scholarly work in the history of pharmacy. The deadline for receipt of nominations is April 30, 2019.

The George Urdang Medal is awarded for an original and scholarly publication, or series of publications, pertaining primarily to historical or historico-social aspects of pharmacy. The Medal may also be awarded for popular works intended to achieve more widespread appreciation for, and better understanding of, pharmacy and its past among members of the pharmaceutical profession, allied professions, or the public.

The Urdang Medal is awarded without restriction as to citizenship of the author or place of publication. Evaluation is based on competence of research and skill of interpretation and presentation. The nominee’s age, total number of publications or previous honors is not given primary consideration.

Nominations are evaluated by a committee consisting of three members of AIHP’s Committee on Awards and three historians of pharmacy from countries other than the United States. If awarded, the 2019 Urdang Medal will be presented at the 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, which will be held in Washington, DC in early September 2019.

The Urdang Medal was established in 1952 in honor of Professor George Urdang, one of AIHP’s founders and a renowned scholar of the history of pharmacy.

Download a Nomination Form (.pdf) for the George Urdang Medal.

The Edward Kremers Award was established in 1961 to honor Edward Kremers, a pioneer of American pharmaceutical education, distinguished American historian of pharmacy, and one of AIHP’s founders.

The Kremers Award is conferred on the same basis as the Urdang Medal, except that the candidates for the Kremers Award must be citizens of the United States.

Download a Nomination Form (.pdf) for the Edward Kremers Award.

The deadline for submitting nominations for either award is April 30, 2019. Complete nominations forms should be emailed to or mailed to the office of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, 777 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI  53705.

Calls for Papers:Integrative Healthcare Strategies: Exploring Culture and Practice in Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Integrative Healthcare Strategies:  Exploring Culture and Practice in Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine

September 21, 2019, Utica College, Utica, NY

Integrative medicine, a holistic approach to healing that incorporates the practice of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (T/CAM), is increasingly accepted within conventional systems of medical treatment throughout the developed world. In Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East T/CAM is the accepted medical standard used by the vast majority of the population. In the United States, nearly half of adults opt for integrative medical treatments which represents a collaborative opportunity to enhance the strategies that conventional medicine has taken for more than a century.

This conference seeks to create a new discourse on the practice, history, and culture of traditional, complementary and alternative medicine by bringing together Integrative medical specialists and scholars of traditional medical systems such as historians, anthropologists, and sociologists. We invite proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and poster presentations that examine the clinical application and/or history, sociology, anthropology, or culture of T/CAM fields such as (but not limited to) acupuncture, acupressure, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathy, naturopathy, and Tai Chi.

Proposals for session presenters (individual or group) should include: 1) title; 2) abstract of up to 250 words, and; 3) a 150 word bio. Complete panel proposals should include an abstract and bio for each paper, as well as a panel abstract. Poster session proposals should include: 1) title; 2) abstract of up to 250 words; 3) 150 word bio, and; 4) statement of objectives. All proposals from healthcare practitioners must include a statement of objectives. All sessions are 60-minutes in length. Please submit proposals by April 1, 2019.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Acupuncture and treating pain
  • Anthropology of healing
  • Aroma therapy
  • Ayurveda: its history and practice
  • Better health through Yoga and Ayurveda
  • Chinese herbal medicine and sports injuries
  • Chinese, Japanese, or Korean medical history
  • Contemporary study and practice of traditional medicine
  • Energy therapies
  • Globalization of Asian medicine
  • Herbal medicines and supplements in American society
  • Institutionalization of T/CAM in the global society
  • Mindful meditation
  • New approaches to traditional medicine
  • T/CAM and clinical application of traditional medicine for cancer treatment
  • Tai Chi and healthy aging
  • Traditional medicine and chemotherapy
  • Transformation of traditional medicine into a Western medical context
  • Treating neurological disorders with T/CAM
  • Western academic studies of traditional medical systems

Contact Info: David W ittner,Department of History, Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Rd, Utica, NY 13502

Fellowship: MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) offers a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellow will collaborate with MIT faculty and invited guests on the production of an international symposium and a publication issuing from the event (please see the 2014 symposium Seeing/Sounding/Sensing and subsequent book, Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense, and the 2017 symposium Being Material and subsequent book, Active Matter). Additional duties of the CAST fellow include development and teaching of cross-disciplinary courses or workshops, and possibly supervision of students engaged in undergraduate research opportunities (UROPs) at the intersection of the arts, science and technology.

Young scholars from any relevant field will be considered, but a demonstrated interest in working beyond one discipline is essential, and administrative experience and capabilities are required. The position offers opportunities for publishing, curating, and producing exhibitions, performances or conferences; previous experience in one of these domains is highly desirable. Scholars whose work engages the role of the arts and humanities in the major new initiatives at MIT around nanotechnology and computing are encouraged to apply.

Terms of Appointment
Applicants should designate a primary academic discipline at MIT within which they would ideally be placed, even though their work is cross-disciplinary. MIT Departments who have agreed to host the successful candidate are: Anthropology; Comparative Media Studies and Writing (CMS/W); History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art (HTC); Music and Theater Arts (MTA); Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP).

Appointments will be for two years, effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2021. The fellow will teach at least one course, but no more than three during the appointment. S/he and must be in residence at MIT during the entire term of the position. Teaching obligations will begin in the second semester of the appointment.

The salary will be $66,300 in the first year with a 2.5% increase in the following year, health benefits, and a fund of $2,500 each year to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.

Eligibility and Selection
Applicants must have received the PhD, DMA or other terminal doctoral degree no earlier than July 1, 2016 and no later than July 1, 2019. If applicants have not formally received a doctoral degree at the time of application, they must forward certification from the Department Head or the Graduate Studies Office at their institution to confirm that they are expected to earn a PhD prior to July 1, 2019. The CAST Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow may not hold other appointments during the period of the fellowship.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the US. Selected candidate may be eligible for J-1 visa sponsorship.

Application Materials Required
Upload to MIT’s applicant tracking system:
Submit the following (applying to Job #16890) via MIT’s applicant tracking system at
•       Letter describing teaching and research experience, and contribution to the creative mission of the Center and the intellectual project of the symposium (see below).
•       Curriculum vitae.
Email to
•       One-page description of an undergraduate cross-disciplinary class.
•       One-page description of a possible CAST symposium topic Seeing / Sounding/ Sensing,” “Experience” and “Being Material”.
•       Three letters of recommendation.
•       Letter of Certification from the Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or Department Head, certifying that the applicant will be formally awarded a PhD diploma by July 1, 2019. This requirement is only relevant for applicants who have not yet formally received a PhD at the time the application is due.
•       Finalists will be asked for writing samples.

Questions about the position should be directed to

About CAST
Established in 2012 in the Office of the Provost, CAST facilitates and creates opportunities for exchange and collaboration among artists, engineers, scientists and scholars in the humanities. CAST is a joint initiative of the Office of the Provost, the School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS). Evan Ziporyn, Kenan Sahin Distinguished Profess of Music, is Faculty Director, and Leila W. Kinney is Executive Director. The Center is committed to fostering a culture in which the arts, science and technology thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge and discovery. Read more about the Center’s leadership and activities:

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Jobs: Collections Manager

The Country Doctor Museum Bailey, NC seeks applicants for Collections Manager.

Managed as part of the History Collections of Laupus Library, the Country Doctor Museum is the oldest museum in the United States dedicated to the history of America’s rural health care. Located in Bailey, NC, the museum invites people of all ages to visit and learn about the history of rural health care in the United States. Docents lead tours through three buildings of exhibits and are available to answer questions. Exhibits contain artifacts relevant to the practice of medicine between the late 18th century and the first half of the 20th century. Management of these materials includes preserving, conserving, curating, exhibiting, making the items available for research, and providing guided tours.

This position is a full time 1 year time-limited vacancy, reporting the Director & Curator of The Country Doctor Museum and the Assistant Director of Collections & Historical Services at Laupus Library.

For details and to apply, click here:

Calls for Papers: Medicine in Bible and Talmud-European Association of Biblical Studies

“Medicine in Bible and Talmud” CALL FOR PAPERS 2019 – Ancient Medical Expertise and Healing Experts

European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), Warsaw –  11-14 August 2019

Deadline for abstracts: 28 FEBRUARY 2019

For the research unit “Medicine in Bible and Talmud” convened by Markham J. Geller and Lennart Lehmhaus and supported by the Collaborative Research Center SFB 980 “Episteme in Motion”, Freie Universitaet Berlin ( ), we welcome contributions on ancient medicine and knowledge that fall into the general scope of our research unit as outlined on our website ( ).

For the next meeting in Warsaw 2019 we invite proposals for individual presentations or for pre-organized panel-sessions on the theme, “Even the best among doctors is destined for Gehenna/Hell- ancient medical expertise and healing experts”. The thematic sessions will deal with questions of experts and expertise in various medical and religious cultures of (Late) Antiquity, ideally from a comparative perspective.

Thematic Outline

It has become a common notion that the ancient “medical marketplace” was not populated by competing medical schools and high-profile medical authors alone. Rather, this was a crowded arena with a variety of actors, in which different types and fields (e.g. medical subfields, botany, pharmaceutics, astrology/astronomy, religion, and philosophy) of related expertise merged, complemented but also fiercely contested each other. Healing expertise comprised various approaches (diagnosis/prognosis; recipes, diet, and other cures including amulets and incantations; divination, dream interpretation, dream healing and incubation; charismatic healing) in different contexts (private households, a doctor’s or pharmacist’s house, public places, temples, churches, monasteries etc.). What was the attitude of so-called political, intellectual or religious elites (like priests, rabbinic sages, philosophers, medical authors, Christian clergy, heads of academies etc.) to and their involvement in the field of medicine? Do ancient sources relate to the role of women as healing experts and to what extent may one discern a gender bias that reflect hierarchies of authority or prerogatives of male “legit” experts against “illicit” female healing personnel?

In a dialogue with current research on ancient medicine and sciences, this panel aims at discussing how medical and related types of expertise manifests itself in and were appropriated to different, overlapping traditions, practices, and socio-historical settings. This pertains to traditions that were primarily associated with religious and normative discourse and (ritual) practices such as medical (technical) information integrated in religious texts and contexts (biblical, rabbinic, early Christian and Islamic, mystical etc.). However, is also aims at medical traditions that developed in dialogue with or contained philosophical and theological questions.

How do authority and authorship interlace? Which strategies of self-fashioning, claims to expertise and superior knowledge techniques (theories, taxonomies, empiricism) play a major role, also for the transmission of certain knowledge? Papers can also address the framing of medical expertise in specific genres like case (hi)stories, question and answer formats, anecdotes and other narratives. May one discern some striking differences between so-called miraculous healing stories and other healing narratives? Alternatively, do these various approaches mix within our sources? How do language and narratives about illness and health function among and between patients and doctors in different traditions and various healing contexts? What other aspects and cultural specificities may we observe in the interaction between different medical experts, on the one hand, and between patients and the healing experts they attended to, on the other?

As mentioned in the research unit’s description, we welcome papers that relate to one or more of these issues in relevant traditions and periods, if possible, with a comparative (synchronic or diachronic perspective), while discussing the central theoretical or methodological assumptions and challenges involved.


Please submit your proposal by 28 February 2019 via the electronic system:

Please also send it to the chairs of this research unit Markham J. Geller and Lennart Lehmhaus

Calls for Papers: Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the History of Science, Technology and Mātauranga (Indigenous Knowledge)

The University of Otago and the Tōtaranui 250 Trust announce a conference to take place in Blenheim, New Zealand from 1-3 December 2019 that will explore the global history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge). The conference will be part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration. These mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage and the first onshore meetings between Europeans and the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori.

The conference is especially interested in analysing the implications for the global history of science, technology, medicine, and indigenous knowledge. The two major themes central to the Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration, ‘dual heritage-shared future’ and the importance of voyaging, pose a range of questions about knowledge, how it is generated, how it is communicated and translated, and how it is entangled with power. The emphasis on the important role of voyaging is consistent with a recent emphasis in the academic field of the history of science on ‘knowledge in transit’ or how science, technology, and indigenous knowledge – involving people, instruments, tools, communications, values, and epistemology – travel from one region to another and are transformed, reworked or contested. We welcome papers or panels that explore these kinds of questions, either within the specific contexts of the southern Pacific in the 1760s and 1770s, or in any other context where encounters and exchanges were integral to knowledge making.

Building on the ‘dual heritage-shared future’ theme of the Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration, conference participants will explore recent efforts to analyse reciprocal relationships, the places between regions or cultures where exchanges, negotiations, trade, and transactions have taken place, and the important role of mediators or go-betweens in the history of science, technology and indigenous knowledge. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the value of models for interactions that emphasise such concepts as ‘cultural borderlands’, ‘contact zones’, and ‘trading zones’. The conference will be especially interested in exploring the complex role of indigenous people in the history of science. Recent scholarship has emphasised that local people in all parts of the world not only gathered information but also helped categorize and conceptualize the information. Distinctions between amateurs and professionals as well as producers and users are no longer sharply conceived. As a contribution to the recent emphasis on exploring history of science in a global context, the conference will encourage research covering all parts of the world. The organisers plan to publish selected papers in an edited volume on the global history of science, technology, medicine, and indigenous knowledge.

The conference will include keynotes from leading scholars as well as a programme of special public events in the evenings. Notable participants include Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University; Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia; Peter Moore, author of Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World (2018 book of the year by the Sunday Times); New Zealand filmmaker Lala Rolls, who will present her feature-length documentary film Tupaia’s Endeavour; Damon Salesa, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Pacific at the University of Auckland; Matariki Williams, Curator Mātauranga Māori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; and critic and former Poet Laureate of New Zealand, Ian Wedde.

This gathering will be held in Blenheim, a small city with a rich cultural heritage and which is surrounded by vineyards and stunning scenery. It will be distinguished by the integral role of local iwi (tribal communities), and participants will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with the knowledge traditions and historical experiences of the tangata whenua (people of the land). This is particularly important as the conference will be a forum for a range of vantage points on how knowledge is created and shared and it will enable genuine and critical reflection on the often painful and contested legacy of Cook’s voyages and the histories of empire and colonization that followed.

A website with additional information about the conference that will include a link for submitting abstracts for paper proposals is forthcoming. The deadline for proposals is 15 April.

Travel grants will be available for postgraduate students at New Zealand universities and early-career scholars in New Zealand.

To express an interest in the event or for more information, please contact:

Jobs: Lecturer in the History of Medicine, Yale University

Yale University seeks a non-tenure track Lecturer in the History of Medicine, to begin July 1, 2019.  Ph.D. in hand in any area of the history of modern medicine.  An initial one-year appointment, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.  The primary appointment will be in the School of Medicine, and duties will include a 2/1 teaching load in the undergraduate and graduate Program in the History of Science and Medicine (Department of History) as well as participation in lectures and small group discussions for medical students.

Yale University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively encourages applications from women and underrepresented minorities.

A letter of application, current curriculum vitae, two sample syllabi, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically to John Harley Warner, Chair, History of Medicine
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Applications will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2019, until position is filled.  Questions may be directed to, Kathleen Keenan, History of Medicine, Administrative Supervisor.

Calls for Papers: Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine Biennial Conference 2019

Call for Papers

Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine Biennial Conference 2019:

Beyond Borders: Health and Medicine in Historical Context

Date: 3-7 December 2019

Venue: Auckland New Zealand

This conference is located in Auckland New Zealand. Whilst New Zealand is far removed geographically from the epicentre of many significant past medical developments, we believe it is important to view the history of health and medicine in a broad international perspective, with ideas and systems taking on different forms in different contexts. It is this intersection between the local and international which will form a major theme of our conference.

This biennial conference is not exclusive in terms of its themes, and aims to reflect the diversity of the discipline of the history of health and medicine. We welcome papers from all areas of that history, including health systems, public health, indigenous health, mental health, biography, hospital history and nursing history. We also welcome papers/panels relating to medical museums/exhibitions.

Submissions from scholars across the range of career stages are welcome, especially those from postgraduate and early career researchers. We offer competitive travel grants to postgraduate students to attend the conference.

Call for Papers opens: 14 January 2019 an closes 31 May 2019

Please see our conference website for further details:, or check out our facebook page: ANZSHM Conference 3-7 December 2019.

Prizes: Graduate Student Essay Award in the History of Medicine

The Forum for the History of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and Cambridge University Press invite submissions for our inaugural Graduate Student Essay Award. The award will be given for the best original, unpublished essay in the history of health, medicine and the life sciences submitted to the competition as judged by the FHHMLS’s assessment panel. This award advances the FHHMLS mission of encouraging scholarship that addresses conversations occurring across and between the histories of science, medicine, and technology broadly conceived. The author of the winning essay will receive 5 books of their choosing from the current book list of the Cambridge University Press.


We welcome submission of unpublished manuscripts in English on any aspect of the history of health, medicine and life sciences written by students registered part-time or full-time in a graduate degree or completing their degree in 2019. Submissions should bridge the histories of science, medicine and/or technology.

Submissions should be no more than 10,000 words in length (inclusive of footnotes and all references). Entries should be accompanied by a one-page cover letter detailing how the research fosters new conversations between the histories of medicine, science and/or technology.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2019. Entries should be sent to fhhmls.hss@gmail.comPlease submit cover letters and essays as two separate files. The essay file should only include the title, with all author information removed. 

The winning submission will be announced at the 2019 HSS meeting in Utrecht. Authors do not need to be members of HSS at the time of submission.

We are grateful to Cambridge University Press for their generous sponsorship of this prize.

FHHMLS Steering Committee:
Elizabeth Neswald
Robin Scheffler
Elaine Leong
Jaipreet Virdi
Heidi Morefield

Calls for Papers: Seventh MOMS History of Medicine Conference

On September 27-28, 2019, the University of Minnesota will host the 7th Manitoba-[Northwest] Ontario-Minnesota-Saskatchewan (MOMS) History of Medicine Conference. The conference will be held on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus.

MOMS welcomes papers in all areas of the history of health and healing including medical ideas, practices and institutions; illness and disease; health professions; and public health and health disparities. The conference will provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty the opportunity to present papers from all eras and regions of the world. Works in progress are encouraged.

The Program Committee invites both individual and panel presentations.

(1) Individual papers: Sessions will be 90 minutes in length and speakers should plan a presentation of no more than 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions and turn over. presentations should represent original, unpublished work.

(2) Panels: Panel proposals are welcome. These will consist of 3 original papers (again limited to 20 minutes each) addressing a common topic. An appointed moderator should submit a proposal for the entire panel and coordinate individual speakers. Each speaker should submit an individual abstract noting that it is part of a panel.

The conference is open to all interested scholars. Please submit an abstract (no more than 300 words) and a one-page curriculum vitae with contact information to Peter Kernahan ( For programming purposes, please indicate if you are a member of one of the MOMS institutions.  Deadline for submissions is midnight March 31th, 2019.  We hope to notify participants by May 1.

  • Submissions by graduate and medical students are particularly welcome. Though yet to be determined, some travel and housing assistance may be available for student participants. When submitting an abstract please indicate if you are a student and are interested in assistance.