Calls for Papers: Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Medical History and Digital Humanities

Viral Networks: An Advanced Workshop in Medical History and Digital Humanities

Organizers of the Viral Networks workshop seek proposals for Contributing Scholars who will present work in progress using the tools and methods of network analysis to advance scholarship at the intersection of medical history and digital humanities. Viral Networks will pursue an innovative approach to collaborative scholarly publication that combines virtual editing environments with a face-to-face two day workshop hosted by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, on January 28-30, 2018. Contributing scholars will commit to share works in progress and engage in networked learning as they revise their contributions in a collaborative framework. Proposals are especially welcome from advanced graduate students, faculty and librarians new to the field, and experienced scholars interested in new approaches to research. The outcome of the workshop will be a publication that includes chapters from contributing scholars and introductory essays by consulting scholars, using innovative tools in digital  publication that ensure open access, broad dissemination, and scholarly rigor. Proposals are welcome from faculty, librarians, and graduate students in any field who use methods from the digital humanities and medical history. Proposals that address medical history topics in global contexts, focus on underrepresented populations and communities, and address questions of identity, power, and equity are particularly encouraged.  Proposals must be submitted using an online form, available here and below, which asks for the following:

  • Name, email, institutional affiliation, and position
  • Title of paper and research keywords
  • Abstract (300 characters, including spaces)
  • Personal statement (1000 characters, including spaces)
  • Proposal (4000 characters, including spaces)
  • Academic record (2000 characters, including spaces)
  • Commitment to participate in all stages of the workshop
  • Request for travel bursary

The abstract, personal statement, and proposal should explain how your research project engages the digital humanities and medical history. The evaluation criteria for proposals will include the following elements:

  • Discussion of the ways in which network analysis informs the research project;
  • Description of chapter’s data sources, historiographical contribution, and methods;
  • Explanation of how the workshop chapter relates to applicant’s overall research agenda
  • Contribution of the chapter to understanding digital humanities and medical history

Proposals are due by November 8, 2017. Accepted papers will be notified by November 15, 2017. Contributing Scholars must attend the whole workshop, from the afternoon of January 28 through midday on January 30, 2018. Lodging will be provided for Contributing Scholars. Limited travel bursaries are available for Contributing Scholars with limited institutional resources. Questions should be directed to project director Tom Ewing ( More information is available from the workshop website:

Link to submission form:

Tom Ewing
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Professor, Department of History
Wallace 260D
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg VA 24061
(540) 231-3212
Twitter: @ethomasewing

Jobs: Faculty Position in Health Policy, University of Rochester

The Program in Public Health-Related Majors in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rochester is conducting an open rank faculty search for a scholar specializing in the historical, social, political, and/or ethical dimensions of health policy. The program seeks outstanding candidates who work at the boundaries between public health, the humanities, and the social sciences and who are able to engage with multiple audiences, both inside and outside of the University. This will be a tenure-track appointment in one of several appropriate departments in Arts and Sciences at the level of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor.

The candidate should be prepared to:

1. Maintain an active program of research and scholarship on health policy.  Applicants should have an established record of research and publication commensurate with their rank and their field of expertise.

2.  Take an active role in the Steering Committee and academic advising for the Program in Public Health-Related Majors, as well as in the functioning of the home academic department.

3. Teach an introductory-level overview of the U.S. health care system and upper-level courses on US health care policy and/or global health issues for the program, as well as courses for the home department.

The interdisciplinary Program in Public Health-Related Majors requires students to examine health and health care through many different lenses: anthropological, psychological, historical, epidemiological, economic, political, and ethical. The members of the Steering Committee collaborate to oversee the five majors in the program: Bioethics; Epidemiology; Environmental Health; Health Policy; and Health, Behavior, and Society. The Steering Committee insures that students get a consistent and rigorous liberal arts education. In addition, it actively seeks to expand the curriculum by soliciting new course offerings from faculty across the university who can address emerging issues in health and health care and develop innovative programs that engage our students with both the local and the global communities.

The position is open to candidates in any academic discipline.  Successful candidates will have a Ph.D in hand by July 1, 2018, and will join an appropriate department in the School of Arts and Sciences.  To apply, visit  and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, article-length writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references by November 1, 2017. Please note that the job is listed under the department “Dean’s Office-SAS.”

For more information about the Program in Public Health-Related Majors, visit The University of Rochester has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education. University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Review of applications will continue until a successful candidate is identified. For more information about the position, please contact: Daniel Reichman, chair of the search committee,

EOE / Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled

The University of Rochester, an Equal Opportunity Employer, has a strong commitment to diversity and actively encourages applications from candidates from groups underrepresented in higher education.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Calls for Papers: Workshop Exploring the History of Animal-Assisted Therapy and Service Animals

Being Well Together: human-animal collaboration, companionship and the promotion of health and wellbeing (19th-21st September 2018).

Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM).

University of Manchester (UK).

Being Well Together will critically examine the myriad ways humans have formed partnerships with nonhuman species to improve health across time and place. The late twentieth century witnessed the simultaneous rise and diversification of varied entanglements of humans and animals in the pursuit of health and wellbeing. Clinical examples include the use of maggots to treat chronic wounds and the post-surgical use of leeches to aid healing. In wider society we might consider service animals, such as guide dogs, diabetes alert dogs, and emotional support animals. In the home pets are increasingly recognized to contribute to emotional wellbeing, with companion animals particularly important to those who are otherwise at risk of social isolation. Expanded to include concepts such as the ‘human’ microbiome in the opening decades of the twenty-first century, these entanglements may be recognized as ‘multispecies medicine’. In each case, human health and wellbeing rests on the cultivation of relationships with other species. Being well is a process of being well together.

We invite proposals to explore multispecies communication, collaboration and companionship in contexts of medicine, health and wellbeing. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the lived experience of health as a product of multispecies relations, the role of affect and emotion in the maintenance of human and nonhuman wellbeing, and the societal politics of ‘being well’ when ‘being well’ is a more than human condition. The lived experience of being well with animals can reshape understandings of health, wellbeing and disability; its study may provide new approaches to productively frame the relationship between the politics of animal and disability advocacy.

Participants will be drawn from a range of disciplines with interests spanning, though not restricted to, medical and environmental humanities. We aim to strike a balance between studies adopting historical perspectives and those which critically examine areas of contemporary practice. In bringing historical accounts into dialogue with present practices, Being Well Together will generate new perspectives on medicine, health and changing relations of human and animal life in society.

Practical Details.

Titles and abstracts (400 words maximum) as well as general queries should be addressed to Rob Kirk ( and Neil Pemberton ( by Thursday 30th November 2017.

Invited participants will provide a written draft paper for pre-circulation (6-8000 words maximum inclusive of references) by 31st July 2018. These ‘work-in-progress’ papers will be the starting point for discussions at the September workshop with a view to producing an edited volume.

Accommodation and travel costs for invited participants will be covered by the organisers.

Being Well Together is the first in a series of activities supported by the Wellcome Trust (UK) Investigator Award, ‘Multispecies Medicine: Biotherapy and the Ecological Vision of Health and Wellbeing’. Based at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, this collaborative research project examines how, why and to what consequence, human and nonhuman life has become variously entangled within health, wellbeing and society.


Fellowships: Harvey Mudd College Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies

Harvey Mudd College (Claremont, California) invites applications for the Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies, beginning fall 2018. Applications are invited from scholars working on any aspect of science and technology and their social dimensions. We especially encourage applicants whose work draws attention to intersections of science and technology with race, gender, sexuality, class and/or disability. We seek applicants whose research methods draw from fields that can include, but are not limited to, anthropology, communication, history, literature, media studies, philosophy, and sociology. The successful candidate will have a PhD by the time of appointment, a strong and ongoing research program, and the potential for excellence in teaching. Harvey Mudd College is committed to broadening participation in STEM fields. Applicants are asked to provide in their cover letter detailed examples of strategies used to support underrepresented students and to promote diversity in the classroom.

This 1 to 2-year early-career fellowship balances teaching and research. The fellow will teach two undergraduate courses per academic year, and will be encouraged to take advantage of the resources available to support teaching development at the Claremont Colleges. While pursuing their own independent research, we expect the fellow to act as a catalyst for conversations among faculty and students. The fellow will work with the Hixon-Riggs director to lead a faculty reading group in the first year, and to organize and host a workshop or conference in the second year. The annual salary for the position is $65000 and includes health benefits. In addition, the fellow will receive a professional allowance of  $3000 per year to support travel and research.  Second-year renewal is contingent upon successful performance in the first year.

Harvey Mudd College is a highly selective, academically challenging institution that offers majors in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering. This position, funded by the Hixon Riggs Program for Responsive Science and Engineering, is housed in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts – an interdisciplinary department supporting the college’s liberal arts program. HMC’s membership in the Claremont Colleges consortium allows significant opportunities for collaboration with colleagues at the other Claremont Colleges and the Claremont Graduate University, especially in the Intercollegiate STS Program. Situated approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Claremont offers easy access to LA’s cultural scene.

Applications must be submitted to: Preference  will be given to applications received by Nov. 15, 2017. Applicants will be asked to submit: a letter of application, a CV, a short research statement, a writing sample, a teaching portfolio including testimony of effective teaching and a statement of teaching philosophy,  two sample syllabi for proposed courses, and three letters of recommendation.

Harvey Mudd College enthusiastically welcomes applications from talented individuals from all cultural backgrounds. The College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will be given consideration for employment without regard to age, race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law. Further questions may be addressed to Vivien Hamilton, Hixon-Riggs Director and chair of the search committee:

Calls for Papers: Material Cultures of Psychiatry Workshop


 Date: 3-4 May 2018, Hamburg

 Organisers: Dr Monika Ankele (Department for History and Ethics of Medicine at the University Clinic Hamburg-Eppendorf) and Prof. Benoît Majerus (Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, University of Luxembourg)

 Deadline: 15 December 2017

Languages: German, English

In the past, our ideas of psychiatric hospitals and their history have been shaped by objects like straitjackets, cribs and binding belts. These powerful objects are often used as a synonym for psychiatry and the way psychiatric patients are treated. But what do we really know about the social life (see Majerus 2011) of psychiatric patients and the stories of less spectacular objects in the everyday life of psychiatric institutions? What do we know about the material cultures of these places in general?

The workshop will use the term “material cultures” very broadly and in the plural. This term refers not only to medical objects, objects of therapy and objects of care, but also to everyday cultural objects. The latter are subject to change when they enter the realm of psychiatry, where they become part of the specific cultural praxis of psychiatric institutions: a bed clearly changes its meaning in a psychiatric hospital, but so do flowers, a mirror and a blanket. The term “material cultures” also includes phenomena that have a material dimension like air, light, colours and sound (see Kalthoff et al. 2016). The use of the term in the plural should make us aware of the different, often competing cultural practices that emerge when we focus on the application and appropriation of objects and materials by patients, doctors and nursing staff. It also raises the question of the extent to which material cultures influence both therapeutic treatment and the production of knowledge.

Objects as agents

Objects can be described as agents since they have a stabilising, destabilising and transforming impact on the practice of psychiatry; they organise social relationships, influence or predetermine the practice of psychiatry, have an impact on power relations and create specific self-relations and relationships with others. Presentations should analyse objects from the history of psychiatry as agents and explore their fields of action.

Means of appropriation and expropriation

The (artistic) works of patients, as found in historical collections such as the Prinzhorn Collection in Heidelberg and the Morgenthaler Collection in Bern, are impressive testimonies of the manifold ways that patients appropriated the different materials of psychiatric hospitals, including remnants, clippings, bedsprings and much more. They are part of a material culture of psychiatry and bear its traces. In parallel, patients’ works as well as personal belongings were subject to expropriation, interpreted as symptoms of a disease or used for the implementation of new (power) relations. Appropriation concerned not only materials but also therapeutic objects or objects of care that had to be appropriated by patients, doctors and nursing staff.

Scenography of things

The term “scenography” refers to the design of stage scenery. It draws attention to the spatial arrangement of people and things as well as the scripts that are inscribed in an object, which the spatial arrangement (of a ward, a day room, a hall) should express. It poses the question of how objects and material phenomena structured the perception, communication and movements of patients, nursing staff and doctors, and how these spatial arrangements of objects and agents influenced the interactions and power relations between them.


How do objects of therapy and objects of care, as well as everyday cultural objects, materials and material phenomena, acquire their specific meaning for the various agents of a psychiatric institution? What transformation process do they go through? What transformations do these objects undergo in practice? Objects should also be seen as an interface, where ways of thinking and acting meet, condense, shift and materialise.


Examining the material cultures of psychiatry involves looking at questions of economy: the economy of the institution, individual economies like the exchange of materials and things, the economical use of materials, etc. In what ways do the economic conditions of the institution influence the material cultures of psychiatry and how do these cultures affect the economy of the institution?

Presentations should take into account the social and cultural background of objects of psychiatry, their various meanings, their involvement in actions, their ability to act and to shape social and spatial relations as well as their reference to practices of knowledge, specific discourses and power relations. Corresponding approaches referring to the “material turn” are the focus of much interest in the cultural and social sciences and have been the subject of research in the history of medicine, but they have been neglected in historical research on psychiatry, at least in the German-speaking realm.

Possible research objects for your presentations could be the following: beds, baths, doors, corridors, walls, bed screens, tables, chairs, bedside tables and bath tubs; tools, dishes, knives, spoons and forks; murals, bars, fences, windows; bowling alleys; keys and locks; paintings, books, plants, flowers, mirrors; light, darkness, water, electricity, smells; syringes, needles, sleeping pills and tranquilisers, straitjackets, binding belts; blankets, pillows, sheets, clothes, white coats, fabrics; straw, seaweed, horse hair, paper, packing material, cigarettes; telephones, watchs, typewriters; food, etc.

We are also interested in discussing the epistemic value of a material approach for the history of psychiatry and its possible additions to or corrections of this history. What agents, practices and social interactions come into view when we focus on the material dimensions of psychiatry? What agents and practices that previously went unnoticed gain significance by focusing on the material cultures of psychiatry? And what new perspectives on the psychiatric institution open up?

Please submit an abstract (max. 2000 characters) with a short CV by 15 December 2017. Inventive approaches and presentations are especially welcome. We would also be delighted to receive proposals for artistic work.

The workshop is part of the research project “Bed and Bath: Objects and Spaces of Therapy in Psychiatry of the 19th and 20th century” (head of project: Univ. Prof. Dr Heinz-Peter Schmiedebach), funded by the German Research Foundation. We are not yet sure that travel and accommodation costs will be fully covered.

It is planned to publish the papers presented at the workshop in an edited book. The contributions (15 to 20 papers) should be submitted by 10 July 2018 to ensure a quick turnaround.

Calls for Papers: Scoeity for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM)

Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM)

Call for Papers

2018 Biennial Conference – University of Liverpool

11-13 July 2018

The Society welcomes proposals on the theme of ‘Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine’

Deadline for Proposals Friday 2 February 2018

The Society for the Social History of Medicine hosts a major biennial, international, and interdisciplinary conference. In July 2018 it will meet in Liverpool to explore the theme of ‘Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine’.

This broad theme plays on several levels. It reflects our local Liverpool health heritage as a site of public health innovation; independent and at times radical approaches to health politics, health inequalities, health determinants, treatment and therapies (including technological innovation, community and collective practices, and the use of arts in health).

We envisage that this conference theme will also stimulate participants to think about how medical orthodoxy has been shaped and re-molded, and how patients and practitioners choose to conform to conventional practices, seek alternatives, resist or compromise. The theme further facilitates a transnational conference strand, examining the construction of, and attitudes towards, Western and other medical traditions and health systems. In light of this theme, the 2018 conference committee encourages papers, sessions, round-tables and other interventions that examine, challenge, and refine histories of conformity, resistance, dialogue and deviance in medicine and health. These might be set in relation to inclusions, exclusions and injustices; insiders, outsiders and mediators; peoples, places and cultures; and diverse and expanding new social histories of health and medicine.

For further details, please visit the conference webpage link:


Graduate Online Courses: Johns Hopkins University

The Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University now offers graduate-level courses online. Students can take individual courses or pursue a certificate or M.A. degree in the History of Medicine. Registration is now open for the Term 2 (October 23–December 19) class, Survey of the History of Medicine 4: Biomedicine and its Consequences. For additional information about the program or upcoming courses, visit, or email with questions or to be included on our mailing list.

Jobs: Molina Curator for the History of Medicine and Early Science

The Huntington Library in San Marino, California, seeks a collaborative, innovative, and technologically aware professional with a strong academic background to develop and interpret its collections in the history of medicine, as well as its science holdings through the early modern period. The incumbent will be responsible for the stewardship of print, manuscript, realia, and digital holdings in this area, building and maintaining a vibrant collections profile that serves the needs of advanced researchers and contributes to the cultural enrichment of the general public.

The Huntington Library is one of the world’s leading libraries for advanced research in the humanities. Its 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 Curatorial Department. 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. The successful applicant will demonstrate an understanding of physical historical collections—their intellectual content and materiality—and the ability to envision their interpretation through traditional scholarly modes and emerging technologies.

Qualifications include specific academic subject knowledge of the history of medicine and the history of science and an advanced degree in a relevant discipline. A minimum of two years of employment in a special collections research library, university teaching, and/or in digital humanities projects is required. Experience with digitization and digital humanities projects is strongly preferred.

This positions has been reposted and reclassified. Minimum salary $63, 315; Midpoint $89,197.
Comprehensive benefits package.

Preference will be given to candidates who apply by September 30, 2017.

For further information about the position and to apply, visit www.huntington.organd 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.

Conferences: Media Medica Conference

Registration open for Media Medica Conference!
Institution/Sponsor: Johns Hopkins University

When: October 27th & 28th
Where: Johns Hopkins Medical & University Campuses, Baltimore, MD
Why: Medicine never takes place in a vacuum – the spaces between patient, doctor, and scientist have always been mediated by a set of paper, analog, and digital technologies. Join an international group of scholars in humanities and social sciences, physicians and medical educators to explore the changing role of new media in medicine.

For program & registration information, see: