Call for Papers 2020

The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) invites abstracts for papers in any area of the history of health and healing for its 93rd annual meeting, to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 7-10, 2020. The AAHM welcomes papers on the histories of medicine, disease, and health broadly defined, including the history of medical ideas, practices, or institutions and the history of healing, illness, disease, or public health. We welcome proposals related to all eras and regions of the world. The Program Committee, led by co-chairs, Raúl Necochea López and Dominique Tobbell, particularly encourages the submission of papers and panels that increase the methodological, thematic, chronological and geographical diversity of the history of medicine and engage related fields (such as social medicine, literary studies, anthropology, or sociology).

The Program Committee seeks four kinds of submissions:

Individual papers: All papers in this category should represent original scholarship not already published or in press. Speakers should expect to give a presentation of no more than twenty minutes followed by ten minutes of discussion. Authors wishing to publish their papers are urged to submit them for consideration to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

Panels: These consist of three individual papers featuring original scholarship (again limited to twenty 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 as well. Please note that both panels and the individual abstracts for the papers included in them will be judged collectively and will be kept intact on the program. Panels may also include an invited discussant but must still fit within a ninety-minute session (i.e., fifteen minutes per paper).

Symposium/Lunch Workshops: Symposia and workshops address topics of broad interest, such as historiography, teaching, research methods, and advocacy, rather than original scholarship. These 75-minute sessions have a flexible format and can include a larger number of presenters (5-6), and leave ample space for discussion with the audience. A number of these symposia will be scheduled during lunch breaks. We are particularly interested in roundtables that bring together different disciplinary or methodological backgrounds, engage with topics with scholarly or political immediacy, or that address audiences or use formats not well supported by a more traditional panel format.

Flash talks: Flash talks are concise presentations of developing and ongoing research meant to highlight the work of students. Flash talks last up to 5 minutes, and will be followed by discussion of up to 10 minutes.

Posters: Posters are well-suited to works that emphasize non-textual content. A limited number of them, representing original work not already published or in press, will be accepted for display in a designated area, with planned times for discussion during the meeting.

**Please note that submissions are limited to one per person per category—one symposium/workshop, one paper abstract, one flash-talk abstract, or one poster. Presenters, however, can also be chairs of an organized panel.

Submissions must include an abstract (of no more than 300 words) with title, your name and institutional affiliation, three key words that describe your proposed paper, and three Continuing Medical Education (CME) learning objectives (the learning objectives are not considered part of the word count). For suggestions on developing learning objectives, see: And for examples of successful abstracts from selected past programs, see:

Individuals are not required to be AAHM members at the time of submitting an abstract, but they must join AAHM before registering for and presenting at the meeting.

Abstracts must be submitted by midnight, Pacific Time (US), September 30, 2019. No late submissions will be considered.