The Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present, Oxford Brookes University and the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford
The Society for the Social History of Medicine hosts a major, biennial, international, and interdisciplinary conference. In 2014 it will explore the relationships between health, disease, and the state. Responses to disease and concerns about health contributed to the development of the state, yet disease and medicine have also challenged and disrupted state authority. The biennial conference is not exclusive in terms of its theme, and reflects the broad diversity of the discipline of the social history of medicine.
We are pleased to announce guest speakers for the 2014 conference. The Society for the Social History of Medicine keynote speaker will be Sally Sheard (University of Liverpool), who will discuss the governance of British health, examining the changing role of doctors, civil servants, government ministers, and special advisers in developing twentieth-century health policy. The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health keynote speaker will be Laurinda Abreu (Évora University), who will discuss the role of health and poor relief policy in the building of the early modern state. Conference opening remarks will be given by Paul Weindling (Director, Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present, Oxford Brookes University), and conference closing remarks will be given by Mark Harrison (Director, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford).
Call for Papers
Proposals that consider all topics relevant to the history of medicine broadly conceived are invited, but the 2014 committee encourages proposals for papers, sessions, and round-tables that examine, challenge, and refine the history of disease, health and the state. Suggested themes include local and global understandings of health, medicine, and governance; the consolidation, breakdown, or absence of state power in the midst of health and medical crises; and the experience of health and medical bureaucracies in the past.
From discussions on the health of the body politic, the role of public health in imperial governance, the nature of military medicine, environmental regulations, to socialized medicine, we welcome approaches from a variety of disciplines and time periods. However, submissions are not restricted to any area of study, and the committee welcomes proposals on a range of subjects relevant to the history of medicine, from the history of health and disease to the history of medical care.
The committee encourages proposals advancing innovative thinking based on new research. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract and a 1-page CV. Panel submissions should include three papers (each with a 250-word abstract and 1-page CV), a chair, and a 100-word panel abstract. Round-table submissions should include the names of four participants (each with a 1-page CV), a chair, and a 500-word abstract. The committee kindly requests that proposals are submitted as a single file (email attachment), saved under the surname of the proposer.
Submissions should be sent to: sshm2014(at)wuhmo.ox.ac.uk.
Call closes: 1 January 2014
Call for Posters
Proposals are invited for a special Poster Exhibit on the conference theme to be held on the second day of the conference. The exhibit will provide participants with an opportunity to showcase their research in a format that is interactive and collegial. It offers an alternative for those eager to share their work through one-on-one discussion, is especially useful for work-in-progress, and may be particularly appropriate for projects where visual or material evidence represents a central component. An award will be given to the best poster displayed at the conference.
Poster proposals can complement paper and panel submissions. However, poster submissions that describe novel work not presented elsewhere in the conference are strongly encouraged. Accepted participants will be expected to stand by their poster during the two coffee breaks on the Poster Exhibit day. The final format for the posters will be A0 (Portrait). Display boards will be provided.
Oxford University Computing Services provides excellent advice on how to prepare successful posters. Recent examples of posters in the Arts and Humanities can also be found on the University of York website. If you have questions about poster submissions, please contact the poster coordinator, Yolana Pringle (yolana.pringle(at)gmail.com).
Poster submissions should include a 250-word abstract and a 1-page CV. The committee encourages, but does not require, the inclusion of a simple visual mock-up of the poster in PDF format. The committee kindly requests that proposals are submitted, if possible, as a single file (email attachment), saved under the surname of the proposer, and sent to: sshm2014(at)wuhmo.ox.ac.uk.
Call closes: 1 January 2014
Further details, including registration information, will be available soon.
Image: Detail from: Episodes from the plague in Rome, 1656. Wellcome Library, London.
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