Calls for Papers: ICTAM IX 2017 Asian Medicines: Encounters, Translations, Transformations

The International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicines (IASTAM) is now accepting applications for abstracts of papers for ICTAM IX— the leading international congress on the study of Asian medicine that will be held at Kiel University, August 6–12, 2017. We encourage papers that develop the theme of the congress “Asian Medicines: Encounters, Translations and Transformations” by revisiting old paradigms in the spirit of new research.

If you would like to be a part of ICTAM IX, please submit an abstract of your paper using the link below:

The deadline for abstract submission is November 1, 2016.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kiel, Germany in August 2017!

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.

Calls for Papers: Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence

Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence

February 24-25, 2017

Call for Submissions:

The graduate students of Yale University’s Program in History of Science and Medicine are excited to invite submissions for a conference entitled “Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence,” taking place at Yale on the February 24–25, 2017. Submissions are due by November 15, 2016.

We have been inspired by recent conversations at Yale and other campuses on how to address histories of racial violence, inequality, and erasure at colleges and universities, and how these histories continue to impact our learning environments today. The activism led by undergraduates in the NextYale movement created new spaces and momentum within our university for organizing around issues of racial violence and social justice. However, last fall, at an open forum for graduate students to discuss issues of race, racism, and diversity, we were disappointed when Yale Dean Lynn Cooley suggested that teaching future scientists about subjects such as race and ethnicity would not only be impractical but also unnecessary, dismissively stating “How would you teach race and ethnicity studies in a science course?”

There is a long history of scientists and doctors perpetuating violence and inequality through their work. Yale administration’s failure to acknowledge—or perhaps, even ignorance of—this history is a telling reminder of the injustice that continues to permeate our universities. In this case, it was graduate students who responded, including our colleague Viet N. Trinh who wrote “Is it so ridiculous for future doctors to recognize that groundbreaking medical advances were often only possible through experimentation on enslaved people? For public health experts to know that their predecessors in California and Texas not only regarded the myth of the ‘dirty, unhygienic Mexican’ as scientific fact, but also used said myth to concoct medical justifications for segregating, regulating, and controlling nonwhite bodies?…Racism is not a problem exclusively for historians and sociologists…As inheritors of its painful legacy, we must all reckon with racism not just as a matter of personal principle, but of professional ethics.” [1]

Historians of science and medicine are well-positioned to examine these issues, and not only because of our own disciplinary record of documenting violence in scientific and medical practice. We are, ultimately, concerned with issues of how knowledge is produced, whose knowledge is valued, and who has access to knowledge, issues that underlie histories of racism in science and medicine. We believe that we have unique expertise to address systemic inequality and critique structures of power and authority. Yet we also recognize that if we want to address discrimination in the broader academy, we need to look for injustice within our own discipline who has access to our field? And in turn, what knowledge and forms of scholarship have been privileged?

Finally, conversations within our scholarly community alone can only take us so far. This is a critical moment to build bridges with activists, organizers, and the communities beyond our campuses. We hope that this conference will begin conversations and help build alliances and strategies for addressing systematic violence and inequality, inside and outside of academia.

We call for submissions that address three broad themes:

1. History of Science and Medicine as a platform for change in the larger world: what can academics do to effect change, and how can scholars build equitable and productive relationships with outside communities?

2. Social justice and racial violence itself as an object of academic study

3. Issues of social justice, inequality, and violence within History of Science and Medicine as a discipline.

We are looking for submissions that address any of these topics. We are interested in traditional academic papers, as well as discussions of activist work, artistic projects, archival and museum initiatives, and other presentations that address the themes of science, medicine and racial violence in some way. We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who have made activism a crucial part of their scholarly work. The conference committee will group presentations into panels on related themes. Rather than a series of discrete presentations, though, we envision structuring this conference as a series of panel conversations between participants. We want to encourage dialogue, partnerships, and idea-sharing that will continue after the conference is over.

Participants should submit a brief (300 words max.) proposal to no later than November 15, 2016. The conference committee will review all proposals and respond to all submissions by December 15, 2016. Please circulate to anyone you think would be interested.


[1] Viet N. Trinh, “On Science and Racial Violence: A Letter to Lynn Cooley,” ed. Amanda Joyce Hall, Conversation X , December 1, 2015. Retrieved from

Calls for Papers: Migration in the History of Medicine

Submissions are invited for a series hosted by the REMEDIA blog on the theme of ‘Migration’ in the history of medicine. The pieces we choose will imaginatively and rigorously tackle topics including (but by no means limited to) the challenges of moving populations in the sphere of public health; notions of risk, prevention, contamination and containment; impact of wars and natural disasters on medical aid provision; differences in health-seeking behaviors between cultures; patterns of migration among healthcare professionals; the ethical and legal challenges of migrants seeking clinical attention; the influence of international organizations in shaping global health policies for migrants; vaccination, screening and the ways in which epidemics and pandemics are tethered to particular groups of people as they move across the globe.

We welcome papers from colleagues working in history, history of medicine and science, anthropology and elsewhere in the humanities. There are no restrictions to particular geographical locations or historical time periods. If you are interested in contributing to REMEDIA, for this themed series or to showcase your research on another subject, please send an email to Lisa Haushofer and Kate Womersley at with an abstract of c.200 words outlining your proposed topic by 1st October 2016.

For more information, see our guidelines for contributors.

Calls for Papers: Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Sciences (SAHMS)

Call for Papers: Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS) Nineteenth Annual Meeting,  Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 16-18, 2017

 Submissions for individual papers or for panels can be made online at the SAHMS website, at

SAHMS is seeking paper submissions from scholars in the history of medicine and science. Anyone including students, with an academic interest in the history of medicine and or science is to welcome and encouraged to submit a paper.

History of Medicine and Science is broadly construed to encompass all fields and subfields historical, literary, philosophical, legal, and sociological related to the historical understanding of any aspect of science, medicine, health care, and the medical and health science professions.  SAHMS also welcomes paper submissions on closely related topics, including issues related to science or medicine involving race, disabilities, sustainability, technology, and gender studies. Participants may propose individual papers or panels of several papers on a particular theme.

If you are proposing a panel, please provide the title and theme of the panel, and a list of 3 or 4 authors and paper titles related to that topic; each author will need to individually submit their own paper proposal for their paper within the panel.  SAHMS reserves the right to reject individual papers or the entire panel topic, or to add thematically related papers to the panel as our scheduling needs dictate.

Each presenter is limited to 20 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion when possible. Please do not submit papers that have already been published, presented, or scheduled for presentation at another meeting. All participants and attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses and must pay conference registration costs/meeting fees.

A limited number of student travel awards are available each year; for more information click on “Student Travel Grant Guidelines” on the SAHMS website, and see the “Call for Papers” page. Students MUST follow these guidelines to be considered for these travel awards.

For further information about this meeting or SAHMS in general, please contact the SAHMS President and Program Chair, Adam Davis, at, or email the organizational inbox at

Deadline for paper abstracts and panel submissions is: October 31st, 2016.

Calls for Papers: International Conference on ‘Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World’

Call for Papers: International Conference on ‘Medicine, Literature and Culture in the Early Modern Hispanic World’, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 3-5 July, 2017

Conference Aims: To bring together experts in medicine, literature, history, and related or connected disciplines, including the visual arts, to share research and ideas with a focus on medicine and its role in the Spanish-speaking world in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. The aim is also to foster an interdisciplinary approach to answering questions that have arisen in the research focus stated above, and propose future collaborations.

Confirmed plenary speakers: Dr Alexander Samson, University College London; Dr María Luz López-Terrada, I.n.g.e.n.i.o. (CSIC – Universitat Politècnica de València); Prof M. Pierre Civil, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3; Prof Christoph Strosetzki, Universität Münster

To propose a paper: Topics from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines are welcome, provided they maintain their focus on medicine and the Spanish-speaking world in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. Papers may be given in English or Spanish. Please send in a 200 word abstract, including title, in Microsoft Word format to Dr Ted Bergman: Panel proposals will also be considered. Please be sure to include your name, title, institution and e-mail address in you proposal. The deadline is 15 December, 2016.

Conference website:

Conference organised by: Dr Ted L L Bergman and Prof María Luisa Lobato. Sponsoring organisations: University of St Andrews, Grupo PROTEO (Universidad de Burgos), CRES (Centre de Recherche sur l’Espagne des XVIe et XVIIe Siècles, Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3)