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

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:

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.

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.

Calls for Papers: 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy

44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy
“The Pharmacist and Quality Medicines”
5-8 September 2019, Washington, DC

The Program Committee for the 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy is soliciting proposals for oral presentations and poster presentations for the Congress to be held 5-8 September 2019 in Washington, DC.

The Congress theme will be “The Pharmacist and Quality Medicines” and will address two interrelated topics: the history of the work of the pharmacist (i.e., pharmacy practice) and the profession’s effort to provide medicines of good quality. Attendees are invited to submit presentation proposals that touch on these topics, including the training, literature, and regulation of pharmacists or the social, scientific, technologic, or economic aspects of pharmaceuticals and the pharmaceutical industry. The Congress encourages abstracts concerning the history of pharmacy or medicines from all geographical locations and from any historical era.

Abstracts must be submitted online using the online form available at the call for abstracts on the Congress website. Please provide all requested information. Abstracts may not exceed 500 words. The deadline for oral presentation submissions is 1 April 2019 and the deadline for poster presentation submissions is 1 May 2019.

Submitters will be informed of whether their submissions have been accepted by 1 June 2019 for oral presentations and by 1 July 2019 for poster presentations. Although potential presenters may submit more than one proposal for oral and poster presentations, no more than one oral and one poster presentation per individual will be accepted for the program.

All poster and podium presenters must register for the Congress.

Oral presentations will be strictly limited to 15 minutes, including discussion. Posters shall be no larger than 48 inches (122 cm) in width and 72 inches (183 cm) in height.

Congress Information:
The host hotel for the 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy will be the Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, DC.

Plenary speakers will include:
•       Jacalyn Duffin, former president of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the author of eight books, including Medical Saints: Cosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World and Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World.
•      Michael A. Flannery, professor emeritus of UAB Libraries (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and the author of several books, including Civil War Pharmacy: A History and John Uri Lloyd: The Great American Eclectic.
•      Lucas Richert, a Chancellor’s Fellow in History at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) and the incoming George Urdang Chair in the History of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, and the author of Conservatism, Consumer Choice, and the Food and Drug Administration during the Reagan Era: A Prescription for Scandal.

For additional information, please see the Congress website:

The 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy is co-sponsored by the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy and the International Society for the History of Pharmacy. It is supported by a generous grant from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention.

Contact Information:
American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
777 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705
(608) 262-5378