Calls for Papers: Canadian Society for the History of Medicine

The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine will hold its annual meeting on May 27 to 29 at Ryerson University (Toronto, ON) in conjunction with the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Programme Committee calls for papers that address the theme of this year’s Congress: “From Far and Wide: The Next 150.” Scholars are invited to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial by presenting research that draws on histories of medicine, healing, health, and disease to illuminate the individual and collective experiences of its past and future. Proposals on topics unrelated to the Congress theme are also welcome. Please submit an abstract and one-page CV for consideration by 15 November 2016 by e-mail to Susan Lamb, Abstracts must not exceed 350 words. We encourage proposals for organised panels of three (3) related papers; in this case, please submit a panel proposal of less than 350 words in addition to an abstract and one-page CV from each presenter. The Committee will notify applicants of its decision by December 15, 2016. Those who accept an invitation to present at the meeting agree to provide French and English versions of the accepted abstract for inclusion in the bilingual Program Book.

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.

Calls for Papers: Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics
Edited by Tamara Kneese and Beza Merid

We invite submissions to a peer-reviewed, themed section of Catalyst on the topic of “Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics.” Illness, injury, dying, and death have been recent sites of scholarly investigation in fields like feminist critical theory, STS, and medical anthropology (Braidotti 2013, Fassin 2007, Jain 2006, Mialet 2012, Serlin 2010). Through the production and circulation of personal narratives about experiences with pain and loss, new publics are created while networked subjectivities are negotiated. Complex publics and subjectivities form through encounters between patients and caregivers, among networks of mourners, and through subjects who trade paradigms for “how best to live on, considering” (Berlant 2011). Those who are sick or dying may describe their affective, embodied, psychological, and existential conditions over social media platforms, through illness blogs or comedy performances, over Kickstarter campaigns seeking money to help with medical costs, during in-person support group meetings, or in emails sent to update established social networks. Caregivers may give voice to their own experiences through similar outlets, producing and circulating knowledge about their position as care workers who, facing burnout or illness, need care themselves. Face-to-face interactions, privately sent emails, posts on semi-public Facebook walls, and the public comment sections of personal illness blogs all participate in the production of both subjects and publics.

Given the complex, relational aspects of illness, injury, dying, and death, submissions might take inspiration from a range of voices, including those in feminist work on affect and embodied care. Possible themes of accepted papers might include:

-The relationship between social media platforms and care work
-Digital media where experiences of and knowledge production about illness are shared
-Imaginings of the self in relation to illness, injury, or mortality
-Networks formed, reinforced, or maintained through sickness, dying, and death
-New taxonomies of kinship induced by networked publics and experiences of illness
-Articulations of and negotiations with biomedical risk
-The affects/effects of health and illness
-The conceptualization of health as a personal, moral, and civic responsibility
-Performances and narratives surrounding illness, death, and enduring
-The temporal experiences of illness, dying, and care
-Institutional, infrastructural, and personal life spans

Titles and abstracts for submissions must be received by November 30, 2016. Please send abstracts to Selected authors will then be asked to submit draft articles to Catalyst through the online submission portal by March 15, 2017. Selected submissions will be published pending peer review.

Contact Info:

Beza Merid and Tamara Kneese, Co-Editors

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: 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)