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

Call for papers: 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 February, 25, 2017.

Please direct abstracts and enquiries to:

Calls for Papers: Cities, Urban Societies, and Syphilis in the Mediterranean

Call for papers

Cities, Urban Societies, and Syphilis in the Mediterranean, 16th-21st Centuries

Faculty of Medicine, Marseille, 25-27 October 2017

 With almost 500 cases diagnosed in France in 2015, syphilis has not disappeared yet. The “scourge of Naples” is still challenging society and medicine. The very nature of syphilis both frightens and fascinates. Traditionally considered a shameful disease contracted in the intimacy of the bedroom, it has been of concern to societies for many centuries now, as it relates to their morals, their capacity to medically and therapeutically innovate, as well as their arrangements for the enforcement of a public health policy or their will to assume an efficient healthcare policy. Although those questions are not recent, they remain deeply rooted in our relationship to the disease and to the bodies it inhabits, which can be severely bruised in the third stage of its evolution.

The main topic of this symposium is to propose a convergence among scholarship emanating from historians, anthropologists, and physicians with a focus on the “shock” caused by the encounter of the Treponema pallidum with societies on a municipal scale, and particularly in harbour cities. The symposium aims at combining a multiplicity of contexts, including global, colonial, and metropolitan perspectives, and a long-time perspective with the contemporary experience of a growing syphilis epidemic.

The symposium will be organized into three sessions aiming at documenting and giving useful information about the spread of the disease on the scale of a city, a harbour and notably a Mediterranean territory. In order to compare diffusion as well as origins of the disease, contributions about other geographical areas will also be welcome. Preference will be given to papers that explore a municipal scale or harbour context (be it civil or military) or that deal with enclosed spaces, like enclaves or geographically, culturally or socially-isolated populations.

The symposium will start with communications dealing with very contemporary medical issues (Session 1 – Cities, Urban Societies and Syphilis in the Mediterranean: Current Medical Data). These contributions will be based on issues linked with the diagnosis and the epidemiology of syphilis, with the methods of prevention and the way public health policies work on the ground, or with the available therapeutic solutions. The symposium will then move on to diachronic perspectives (Session 2 – Cities, Urban Societies and Syphilis in the Mediterranean: Historical Context and Medical-historical Inferences). To finish, the anthropological dimension will be taken into account (Session 3 – Cities, Urban Societies and Syphilis in the Mediterranean: Anthropological Approach). Beyond the paleo-pathological and archeo-thanatological contexts, this final session will try to broach the evolution of social constructions and differing representations of the disease.


We accept both paper and poster communications. Papers can be submitted for all three sessions; posters, based on case reports or shorter studies, can be included only for Sessions 1 and 3.

The conference languages are French and English, and abstracts for papers and posters may be submitted in either language.

All abstracts must include:

  • a text (maximum of 1000 words), in Microsoft Office Word or compatible format. This should explain contain the main goals, methodology, results, discussion or final considerations of the presentation. It should clearly state whether you wish to present a paper or a poster
  • Title of paper/poster
  • Author(s) and institutional address(es);
  • Contact emails for all authors
  • Session in which you would like to present
  • Between three to five keywords to use for indexing. These should not appear in the title of the abstract.

Please submit all abstracts via email to The deadline for abstract submission is 30 APRIL 2017.

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Accommodations in Marseille

Calls for Papers: Society for the Social History of Medicine Postgraduate Conference 2017

Society for the Social History of Medicine Postgraduate Conference 2017
In cooperation with the University of Strathclyde and Shanghai University
Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Health Histories: The Next Generation
October 12-13, 2017
Shanghai University, China

The Society for the Social History of Medicine periodically hosts an international conference for postgraduate students. The 2017 conference committee welcomes papers on any topic within the discipline of the social history of medicine and particularly encourage proposals for papers and panels that critically examine or challenge some aspect of the history of medicine and health. We welcome a range of methodological approaches, geographical regions, and time periods.

Proposals should be based on new research from postgraduate students currently registered in a University programme. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract, including five key words and a short (1-page) CV. Panel submissions should feature three papers (each with a 250-word abstract, including five key words, and a short CV), a chair, and a 100-word panel abstract.

For postgraduate students not currently funded through an existing fellowship or grant, funding is available to cover the costs associated with visas, travel, and accommodation in Shanghai. Upon confirmation of an accepted abstract, each postgraduate student is required to apply for a visa to travel to China. For more information about visas, please see

All postgraduate delegates must register (or already be registered) as members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine. For more information about SSHM student membership, please see

To propose an abstract, please visit:
To propose a panel, please visit:

Submissions and queries should be sent to Mrs Caroline Marley:

Conference Organizers:
Dr Stephen Mawdsley, University of Strathclyde
Professor Yong-an Zhang, Shanghai University

Abstract Deadline: 10 March 2017

Call for Papers: Money and Medicine, Remedia series

Submissions are invited for a series hosted by the REMEDIA blog on the theme of Money in the history of medicine.

Topics of interest might include (but are by no means limited to) finances of healthcare delivery, insurance arrangements, rationing of resources, metrics of health evaluation (QALYs, DRGs), economic and pecuniary metaphors in relation to conceptions of the body and disease, generic vs branded medication, luxury and lifestyle medicine, the commodification of body parts, medicine and profit, and considerations of human labour in medicine.

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 no later than March 1st 2017.

For more information, see our guidelines for contributors.

Contact Info: Lisa Haushofer and Kate Womersley, Editors Contact Email:; URL:

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: 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:

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.