Calls for Papers: New Horizons for Medical Museums, Leiden 2020

Conference: New Horizons for Medical Museums
Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Leiden / the Netherlands, 23-26 September 2020

Medical museums are always in flux. Collections containing objects related to the history of medicine and health played a role in teaching, research and learning in the broadest sense. From small scale local collections to national medical heritage entities, ways of dealing with these collections continue to change. The topic of this conference is the role of medical museums (collections) in the past, present and future. To explore this topic, an international and interdisciplinary conference will be held at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden, the Netherlands between 23 and 26 September 2020. The conference aims to bring curators, scholars, students and medical professionals together to discuss ways of keeping medical collections relevant. What could be the place for medical heritage within the new museological landscape? How can we explore new horizons for medical museums?

Papers (20 minutes) might address, but are not limited to the following themes:

  • Medical museums and the future
  • International collaborations and medical collections
  • History of medical museums/collections
  • Medical museums and teaching
  • New approaches towards exhibiting medical collections
  • Audiences old and new – diversity, inclusion and public engagement
  • Medical museums and media

We particularly welcome papers or panels that are explicitly inclusive and embed diversity into our discussions.

Proposals for papers should be in a single Word document, including 250-word abstract and a short CV/biographical statement, and sent to by 30 April 2020. We also welcome proposals from participants who would like to present or discuss on a roundtable some of the ways that they are working together on medical collections related topics.

This conference will be organized by a new international association for medical museums (provisionally named International Association for Medical Museums). This association is the successor of the European Association for the History of Medical Sciences (EAMHMS). During this 2020 conference the new international association will be formally launched and we invite all interested to be part of this new movement.

Calls for Papers: Healthy Environments: A Medical Humanities Symposium

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to foreground the cross-cultural history of health and environment. Academic papers are invited from a range of disciplines including medical history, anthropology, art and design history, museum studies and literature to discuss this relationship and how it has intersected concerns such as gender, ethnicity, race, religion, class, citizenship, activism, industrial development and everyday life.

The following questions offer possible discussion points that the symposium hopes to consider:

  • What are healthy and unhealthy environments, and how have understandings changed over time?
  • How has the relationship between human health and planetary health been conceptualised?
  • Why have certain built and natural environments been seen to be curative, whilst others were viewed as harmful?
  • How has the natural environment been used for healing?
  • How have different cultural communities understood the connection between health and landscape differently?
  • In what ways have people understood a connection between human mind, body, spirit and the natural and built environment?

Where and When
The event is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is jointly organised by The David F. Musto Center for Drugs and National Security Studies and The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow through the Medical Humanities in China and the UK Project.

The event will take place on 30 and 31 March 2020 at Shanghai University.

How to Apply
We look forward to reading your abstracts of 250 words max and a short biographical note. Please send your applications to Chi Chi Huang at by 24th January.  The committee will send out decision notifications during the first week of February.

Contact Info: +44 (0) 141 444 8421

Calls for Papers: Concept of “Future” in Ancient Medicine Symposium on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the international and interdisciplinary Working Group

The Concept of “Future” in Ancient Medicine Symposium on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the international and interdisciplinary Working Group  “Ancient Medicine”

Date: Friday and Saturday, 19-20 June 2020

Place: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Organizer: Norbert W. Paul, Tanja Pommerening

Call for Papers 

Deadline: 31 January 2020

Perspective of the future plays an essential role from early healing practice to the modern; what we call biomedicine. It is precisely through the practice of prognosis that the future enters medicine as an epistemologically and practically uncertain dimension. Divinatory texts in the Near East, oracle texts in Greco-Roman Antiquity, prognoses in Egyptian medicine, Hippocratic treatises on prognosis, or the writings of Galen, offer a multitude of ways for explaining illness, healing and death that are oriented towards the future. Movements of demarcation, that separated medical prognosis from divination, are found for example in the Corpus Hippocraticum and in the writings of Galen. In all cases, it becomes clear that a supposedly safe practice of medicine and healing is initially based primarily on the past, on experience, empiricism, and evidence and places these in relation to the present within the context of the diagnosis. The exact recognition of what is the case and medical problem solving, acting and justifying are always dependent on the reinsurance of the past.

Deeply rooted in the healing and medicine of the present, is the practice in the past. Equally, it is directed towards the future; in the narrower sense towards future health and participation, up to and including global health. While empirical knowledge and diagnostics justify medical decisions and actions, prognosis and prevention dictate the goals for the future in the sense of preventing the worst.

It is in this historically, historic-epistemologically and medical-theoretically rich context that the 40th conference of the Ancient Medicine Interdisciplinary Working Group, which is jointly supported by the DFG Research Training Groups “Early Concepts of Man and Nature: Universality, Specificity and Tradition” and “Life Sciences – Life Writing: Borderline Experiences of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lifeworld Experience”, will take place. Which individual levels of action of practitioners and patients are oriented towards the future? What overarching ideas about the shaped future can be discerned from historical sources? What allusions can be found in texts from the Near East, Egypt, in Plato’s Politeia, in the Greek-Roman and Arabic works of medicine, or the relevant works of the Renaissance, such as Morus, Bacon, Campanella – or even concepts of the more recent and most recent history of medicine that refer to long lines of tradition? With such and other perspectives, temporality in medicine and healing arts is to be made the subject of interdisciplinary exchange.

Due to the anniversary, there will be a keynote lecture by Prof. Dr. Florian Steger (Ulm) on Friday evening. After a small reception there will be the opportunity for a joint dinner.

We expect proposals of papers in German and English limited to 20 minutes, as well as panels with a series of papers, lasting 90 minutes.

Beside the specified theme, it is also possible to include other papers (limited to 20 minutes) from the domain of the pre-modern medicine.

Please submit your proposals of papers or panels to Nadine Gräßler ( before 31 January 2020 including an abstract (c. 300 words), which clearly describes the questions and outcomes of your study.

You will find further information on: or

Calls for Papers: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences Special Issue

The Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences is soliciting abstracts for articles to be included in a special issue, “Wounded Healers and the Politics of Wellbeing: Healthcare Practitioners’ Emotions in 20th Century Anglo-America”.

In the last few years, humanities scholars and social scientists studying medicine and healthcare have paid increasing attention to affect theory and the history of emotions. Indeed, emotions and affect are key to many of the fundamental themes in the history of medicine. Historians are attuned to the emotions of suffering patients, they have attended to the role feelings play in the construction of pre-modern clinical stereotypes, and they have addressed the emotional intensity of healthcare activism and the political deployment of public feeling. However, less attention has been paid to the feelings of healthcare practitioners and the efforts on behalf of governments, administrators, managers, and policymakers to manage the emotional landscape of twentieth- century healthcare.

These concerns are timely. Anxieties about the emotional health and ‘wellbeing’ of healthcare professionals have gained increased public attention in both Britain and the United States of America. Professional organizations and health policymakers have placed new emphasis on issues such as stress, burnout, and bullying; and research has demonstrated elevated levels of depression and suicidal ideation amongst doctors and nurses.

This special issue will historicize these issues, explore the changing nature of ‘wellbeing’ as both experience and concept, and use the past to critically appraise current policies and practices. We seek contributions that address meaning, emotions, and technologies of affect management in twentieth-century Anglo-American healthcare. By maintaining an Anglo-American focus, we hope to illustrate the similarities, differences, and interconnected nodes between these two nations. We welcome contributions that address issues such as national politics and practitioners ‘wellbeing’, the emotional landscape of the NHS versus the US insurance-based systems, and the way affect shapes healthcare cultures and environments. Methodologically, contributions will straddle affect theory and the history of emotions, and we seek productive theoretical engagements that attend to these contrasting scholarly traditions. We are interested, too, in work accessible to practitioners and welcome articles that make links between practitioners’ emotions, cognition, and clinical praxis. How might our historical work inform efforts to ameliorate the working lives of the healthcare practitioners we study?

Articles might address:

  1. The emotional costs of care and healthcare practitioners’ mental(ill) health. The policies and practices, institutions, organizations, and governments have implemented to shape the 
emotional health of healthcare practitioners. 
  2. Collegiality, communities of feeling, and emotional interactions. 
  3. ‘Wellbeing’ rhetoric and ‘neoliberal’ regimes of health management. 
  4. Social democratic healthcare, labor relations, and industrial action. 
  5. The feelings of non-clinical members of the healthcare workforce such as porters, receptionists, administrators, and laboratory technicians. 
  6. Intersections between class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and emotions. 
  7. Subjectivity and experience in the working lives of healthcare providers. 
  8. ‘Work-life balance’, excessive temporal commitment, and boundaries between leisure and labor. 
  9. Ideas about vocation, professionalism, and ‘labors of love.’
  10. Affect theory and social science approaches to the history of healthcare.

Authors whose abstracts are selected will be invited to submit an article (c.8,000 words) for consideration for publication in the special issue. Articles selected will be due in late summer 2020 and undergo peer review before publication in 2021. Please send an abstract (no more than 500 words) by February 1, 2020 to Dr. Agnes Arnold-Forster

Calls for Papers: Drugs and Drug Market

Call for Papers: Drugs and Drug Market

American Journal of Qualitative Research

American Journal of Qualitative Research (AJQR) is pleased to announce a special issue on “Drugs and Drug Market” to be published in Spring 2020. The objective of this issue is to understand the current illegal drug market in various countries as a reference for policy makers and academics given the fact that qualitative research can provide more insight and information, which could be helpful for understanding the structure and dynamics of the illegal drug markets.

AJQR publishes purely qualitative research which includes but not limited to ethnography, interviews, content analysis, case studies, historical analysis and descriptive research. To that end, the guest editors welcome to have any manuscripts written in a variety of qualitative perspectives. We are specifically interested in having manuscripts from different countries and regions, which are coauthored by scholars and practitioners. The possible topics include, but are not limited to:

New Trends in Illegal Drug Market

Drug Trafficking

New Psychoactive Substances

Drug Law Enforcement and Investigations

Drug Market in Correctional Institutions

Legal and Policy Changes in Illegal Drugs

Impact of Legalization / Decriminalization of Cannabis

Online Drug Market, Darknet and Cybercrimes

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed and should be between 3000-8000 words with an unstructured abstract of 150-200 words. Manuscripts must be written in English with APA format. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is March 31, 2020. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their proposal (e.g., an abstract, a cover letter including authors’ name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address) to the guest editors, Dalibor Doležal ( and Arif Akgul ( by December 1, 2019.

For more information about the journal, please check its website:

Special Issue Editors:

Dalibor Doležal
Department of Criminology
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Arif Akgul
School of Criminology & Security Studies
Indiana State University, USA

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Calls for Papers: Critical and Cultural Perspectives on Dementia Today

Palgrave Communications ( ) the open access journal from Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature),  which publishes research across the humanities and social sciences, is currently inviting article proposals and full papers for a research article collection (‘special issue’) on ‘Critical and Cultural Perspectives on Dementia Today’:

This collection is being edited by: Dr Lucy Burke (Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)

Research indicates that dementia has overtaken cancer as the condition that people most fear. The notion of dementia as both a terrifying illness and a significant societal threat is the result of a complex conjunction of events and forces—from demographic shifts to the impotency of global Pharma in the development of medical interventions.

This research collection aims to bring together scholarship that thinks critically about dementia from new arts and humanities-based perspectives rather than more traditional quantitative, medical and scientific approaches.

Submit a research paper

This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions will be welcomed at any point up until 28 February 2020. To register interest prospective authors should submit a short article proposal (abstract summary) to the Editorial Office ( in the first instance.

Palgrave Communications uses an Open Access model. Learn more about publication charges and discounts here:

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