Calls for Papers: 15th Biennial Conference Melbourne Health, Medicine, and Society

15th Biennial Conference, Melbourne Health, Medicine, and Society: Challenge and Change

Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy Campus Tuesday 11 July – Friday 14 July | Saturday 15 July:Witness Seminar


The 2017 conference theme ‘health, medicine and society: challenge and change’ offers a broad canvas for papers on the history of health and medicine, from local to global, from ancient to modern. Submissions are welcome on, but not limited to, topics such as:

• disciplines and practice
• gender; language; biography
• disease and epidemics; migration
• the arts
• innovations; technology
• material culture and collecting
• war and reconstruction
• place and the built environment
• indigenous peoples
• policy and politics; law and ethics
• wine and food as therapeutics
• impact of social and economic pressures

We encourage papers that challenge accepted narratives of health and medical history, and/or address the impact of change. Abstract Submissions Abstracts of up to 250 words may be submitted for a full paper (20 minutes) or for a short paper (10 minutes). A limited number of short papers will be included in a session called “1,000 words on a picture”. We also welcome panels in which 3 or 4 papers are presented on a particular topic. Full details of abstract submission are available at the Conference website Key Dates Deadline for submissions 20 Feb 2017

For further Information and Expressions of Interest Email OR visit or contact conference managers DC Conferences on 61 2 9954 4400

Calls for Papers: The Governance of Health Conference 2017

The Governance of Health Conference 2017

Historical & Contemporary Perspectives on Medical, Managerial and Economic Influence on Health Policy-Making
10-12 July 2017
At the Liverpool Medical Institution (LMI), 114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Call for Papers:

The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a sea change in approaches to health policy making. In many health systems, there had been heavy reliance on the involvement of the medical profession through their representative bodies and advisory committees. In more recent decades, new sources of expertise have influenced the process. Individual special advisers have improved the technical expertise available to government ministers, and their number has steadily increased. Two new groups in particular have been brought into the process: management consultants and health economists. However, we still appear to know relatively little about what their real impact on health policymaking has been.

This conference will bring together academics, politicians, civil servants, and medical professionals to discuss these and other issues, historical and contemporary.

Proposals are invited for papers which consider any aspect of health policymaking, but we particularly aim to encourage debate in the following areas:

  • Medical expertise, clinical autonomy and the role of the professions
  • Economic expertise and the impact of Health Economics
  • Managerial expertise and the role of management consultants
  • Special Advisers and the relationship between politicians and experts
  • The role of think tanks
  • Reorganisation and reform in healthcare
  • Analysis of health systems
  • Theories of policymaking and health
  • International and comparative perspectives on health policymaking

We welcome proposals for individual papers (please submit an abstract of 300 words) and panels (please submit an outline of 200 words).

Please submit proposals by 29 January 2017 to

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Rt. Hon. Frank Dobson, Former Secretary of State for Health (1997-99)

Frank Dobson was Labour Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras (1979-2015) and Secretary of State for Health (1997-1999). He oversaw the creation of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Scott Greer, Ph.D.

Scott Greer is Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the politics of health policy, with a special interest in the European Union. He also holds a post of Senior Expert Advisor on Health Governance for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

This conference is organisged in collaboration with History and Policy and forms part of the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘The Governance of Health: Medical, Economic and Managerial Expertise in Britain since 1948’ based at the University of Liverpool.  For more information on the project, please visit The Governance of Health website.



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

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 January 31, 2017.

Please direct abstracts and enquiries to:

Calls for Papers: 3rd International Conference on Public Health in Asia

Welcome to the 3rd International Conference on Public Health in Asia. COPHA 2017 is an international, peer-reviewed, weekend event which will be held in Hiroshima, Japan from Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, 2017 at the Hiroshima KKR Hotel.

The symbol of Hiroshima is ‘water’ and so the theme of COPHA 2017 is Global Challenges for Public Health and Water. The aim of this conference is to promote the importance of global health and also access to safe drinking water, both of which have been declared as basic human rights by the United Nations.

Today, over 780 million people lack access to clean water and nearly 1.9 billion lack adequate sanitation and 1.5 million children under the age of five die each year as a result of diarrheal disease, and in India alone, approximately 600,000 children fall victim to diarrhea or pneumonia annually as a result of toxic water and poor hygiene.

COPHA 2017 is an excellent opportunity for health managers, physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators, researchers, academics, medical students, humanitarian aid workers, policy makers, non-profit professionals and related healthcare specialists to exchange information, debate and discuss trends in public health, water, sanitation and hygiene.

We welcome submissions of 250 words in English by Friday, March 10, 2017 on these areas:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Ageing Health
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Dental Public Health
  • e-Health, m-Health, Telemedicine
  • Environmental Health
  • Maternal, Infant & Child Health
  • Mental Health & Psychiatry
  • Non-communicable Diseases
  • Nursing Practice & Education
  • Nutrition and Malnutrition
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Public Health Pharmacy
  • Public Health Promotion
  • Public Health Systems
  • Public Health and Community Health
  • Public Health and Palliative Care
  • Sexual Health and Wellness
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
  • Other Areas (please specify)
Contact Info:

Please contact Michael Sasaoka Contact Email: URL:

Calls for Papers: Conflict, Healing, and the Arts in the Long Nineteenth Century

One Day Conference

Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

Durham University, UK
27 May 2017

CFP Deadline: 31 January 2017

Keynote Address: John Morgan O’Connell (Cardiff University)
Call for Papers: 

The ‘long nineteenth century’—from Hobsbawm’s ‘Age of Revolution’ beginning in 1774, through the ‘Age of Empire’ and end of the First World War in 1918—witnessed a multitude of military conflicts and wars that shaped and reshaped identities, communities, nations, and empires. While individuals’ and nations’ artistic responses to these wars have been well documented by those working in art history, musicology, ethnomusicology, and literature, such work tends to operate exclusive of each other. Often it focuses on the specifics of artistic activities and outputs of individuals and groups rather than seeking out theoretical principles by which to conceptualise artistic practices, responses, and discourses during war. As this conference seeks to explore, healing is one such conceptual model for arts and conflict which can bridge regional and disciplinary foci within the arts and humanities, while simultaneously engaging with medical humanities, social science, and the history of medicine.

This conference will investigate the ways in which the arts—materially, sonically, and aesthetically—promoted, transformed, and negated experiences of healing for soldiers, civilians, and communities between 1774 and 1918 across European Empires, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. We consider ‘healing’ in a broad sense, including both physical and psychological healing, occurring at personal and inter- and intra-cultural levels. Participants from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome.

Suggested topics related to the healing role of the arts during conflict and war, 1774-1918: 

  • Written word: letters, diary-keeping, memoirs, fiction, poetry, hospital and battalion magazines
  • Oral cultures: storytelling, preaching, singing
  • Performance cultures: theatre, film, musical performance, musical composition, musical improvisation, dance
  • Visual arts: painting, sketching, trench art, photography, sheet music covers, propaganda posters
  • Memory-keeping and commemoration: gardens, memorials, architecture, religious services, scrapbooking, collecting, musical composition and performance
  • The origins of the disciplines of art and music therapies
  • Application of arts therapy models (psychoanalytic, social-art, person-centred, group-interactive, feminist, Gestalt, social art therapy, etc.) to past artistic practices, discourses, and processes during conflict and war
  • Artistic practices, discourses, products, and processes in spaces of healing, training, and combat
  • The role of the arts in fostering, reifying, and negating healing practices and rituals in communities, ethnic and religious groups, and nations

Abstract Submission Information

Abstracts are invited from academic staff, postgraduates, and other researchers for 20-minute individual papers and panels of three papers (90 minutes).

All abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Please also include your name, institutional affiliation or city, and a bio of up to 100 words.

Papers accepted will be considered for inclusion in a future edited collection.

Please send abstracts by 31 January 2017 to Michelle Meinhart at Acceptance decisions will be made by 1 March 2017.

This conference is hosted by the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies with support from Durham University’s Centre for Visual Arts and Culture, Centre for Medical Humanities and Centre for Death and Life Studies, along with the US-UK Fulbright Commission.

Contact Info: Michelle Meinhart, Fulbright Fellow, Department of Music and Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Durham University, UK; Contact Email:

Calls for Papers: Special Issue on New Trends in the Historiography of Medicine

Call for Papers: special issue on New trends in the historiography of medicine

Deadline for paper submission: July 31th2017.

Publication of the issue: December, 2017.

We are expecting to receive submissions related to the new methodological approaches and the new objects that have been recently explored in the field of the history of medicine. These submissions can either propose a kind of meta-analysis of a new field of studies in the history of medicine (such as “global health”, relation between medicine and gender or race studies, history of pharmacology, health and environment, history of medicine in Africa etc.), or propose some epistemological analysis on new methodological approaches that have emerged in these last decades (such as the articulation of ethnography and historical methods, the historical epistemology applied to medical history, the relevance of visual studies to the history of medicine etc.). Papers applying an original methodology to a specific object or historical materials are especially welcomed, as papers trying to embrace the development of an emergent field of researches in the area of history of medicine.

We are also expecting book reviews relevant for the above thematic.

In addition to English articles, Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science accepts articles in French, Portuguese and Spanish for evaluation, but after approval for publication the author should send the final version in English.

Submission details:

Submissions must be received by July 31th, 2017 via the webpage of the Journal, so they can be considered for the December 2017 issue. Submissions must be prepared for double blind review.

Author Guidelines

Online Submissions

For any further information concerning this Call for Papers, please contact:

Prof. Ana Carolina Vimieiro Gomes, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. E-mail:

Prof. Claude Olivier-Doron, Université Paris-Diderot (Paris VII), France. E-mail:

For any further information concerning this Journal, please contact the Editors-in-chief below.

Prof. Mauro L. Condé, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. E-mail:

Prof. Marlon J. Salomon, Federal University of Goiás, Goiania, Brazil. E-mail:

Calls for Papers: American Association for the History of Nursing

The American Association for the History of Nursing and St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing are co-sponsoring the Association’s 34th annual conference to be held in Rochester, NY. The conference provides a forum for researchers interested in sharing new research that addresses events, issues, and topics in any area of nursing and healthcare history, broadly construed to encompass the history of nursing, global nursing history, nursing practice, healthcare institutions, caring, illness, healing work and public health. Submissions pertaining to all areas and regions of the world are welcome. Papers and posters that expand the horizons of nursing and healthcare history and engage related fields such as women’s labor, technology, economic history, and race and gender studies are encouraged.
Guidelines for Submission:
  • Individual Paper or Poster: A one-page abstract of a completed study will be accepted by email.Presentations are 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions. Abstracts must include: 1.Purpose of study; 2. Rationale and significance; 3. Description of methodology; 4. Major primary and secondary sources; 5. Findings and conclusions. Each section of the abstract should be clearly identified with these specific headers.
  • Panel: A panel consists of 3-5 persons addressing a common topic. Panels need to submit an abstract describing the overall topic with each presenter also submitting an abstract. Each abstract will be judged on its own merits. Panels are 90 minutes in length. Abstracts should follow the same format requirements as papers/posters (see above).
  • Thematic Proposals: The organizer should submit a one-page abstract giving a short, clear statement of the purpose of the presentation. These presentations are intended not for original scholarship, but to address topics of broad interest such as new themes in historiography, teaching, research methods, and advocacy. Though limited to 90 minutes, they can include several speakers with a flexible format.
 Abstract preparation: Submit a one-page Word document file which must fit one side of one 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Margins must be one and one-half inches on the left, and one inch on the right, top, and bottom. Center the title in upper case, and single space the body using 12-point Times (New Roman) font.
Submit two copies of your abstract; one must include the title, author’s name(s), credentials, institutional affiliation, phone/fax and email. If more than one author is listed, indicate who is acting as the contact person. Indicate whether a paper, poster, panel or thematic presentation is sought. The second copy of the abstract should include only the title and mode of presentation with no other identifying information.
By submitting an abstract, you also give permission to the AAHN to use the work for educational purposes only. This includes, but is not limited to, inclusion in the conference program, posting to the AAHN website before and/or after the conference, and use of excerpts or themes for conference marketing efforts.
Submission deadline: Abstracts must arrive on or before January 31, 2017. Abstract results will be communicated to all submitters by the end of March 2017.
**Individuals are not required to be AAHN members at the time of submitting an abstract, but if accepted, you must join AAHN before registering for and presenting at the meeting.

Call for Papers: Pharmaceuticals Innovation after World War II

Professor Tilli Tansey (QMUL) and Dr Apostolos Zarros (QMUL) are organising a Research Topic / eBook in collaboration with ‘Frontiers in Pharmacology’ (IF = 4.418):

Pharmaceutical innovation after World War II: from rational drug discovery to biopharmaceuticals’.

The twentieth century has witnessed an unprecedented advancement of biomedical sciences, especially in drug discovery and design. After World War II, life-saving pharmaceutical innovation has materialised primarily through systematic research, and has consisted of a series of thematic developments that have been tightly-linked not only to the contemporary technological advances, but also particularly to the contemporary understanding of human physiology and pathophysiology.

This Research Topic aims to delineate and conceptualise pharmaceutical innovation within the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the post-World War II era, and to highlight its roots and pathways throughout that period. From the systematic assessment of botanicals and vital stains to the era of structural biology and computational modelling, authors are invited to contribute to the analysis of the historical and scientific details that have shaped pharmaceutical innovation.

For more information please see the announcement on our website, here  Please note the submission deadline for this Research Topic: Feb 28, 2017.