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Society for the Social History of Medicine 2014 Conference

Disease, Health and the State

Oxford 10-12 July 2014

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). 

Please find the full conference programme here. Speakers are reminded that papers are 20 minutes in length.  PowerPoint projectors and laptops are available in all rooms.  We recommend you bring PowerPoint presentations on a USB memory stick to load in advance, and your own VGA adapter if you are using a laptop with a non-standard VGA port. 


Registration is now full and therefore closed.  To be added to the waiting list, please contact the organizers at sshm2014[at] .


Accommodation is NOT included in registration.  You can book on-site accommodation at St Anne’s College directly here using code SSHM14590. Check-in is available from 13.00, and check-out is at 10.00, via the Porter’s Lodge.  Luggage can be securely stored outside of these times at the Porter’s Lodge. 

Nearby hotels include The Old Parsonage and Cotswold Lodge.  Most hotels located in the city centre are within walking distance of St Anne's college: full details of Oxford accommodation can be found on the Visit Oxfordshire site. 

You can also book rooms (some en-suite) at various Oxford colleges, through a central booking site; maps show where these colleges are located within Oxford.

Please note that accommodation in Oxford is very popular, particularly during peak tourist season, and we advise delegates to book accommodation as soon as possible.

Travelling to St Anne’s and Oxford

The conference will be held at St Anne’s College on Woodstock Road, part of the University of Oxford.  Wifi internet access at St Anne’s is provided through Eduroam, which requires you to have login details from your home institution. If you do not have Eduroam credentials and will require internet access during the conference, please notify the organisers at sshm2014[at]

No parking is available at St Anne’s.  Oxford’s city centre is small and pedestrian-friendly, which means that there is little to no parking available.  We encourage delegates with cars to use Oxford’s Park and Ride service []. 

Further information on travelling to Oxford can be found here.  From Heathrow and Gatwick, it is easy to travel to Oxford by coach.  Another nearby airport with many UK and European destinations is Birmingham International, only one hour away from Oxford by train.  Frequent coach services run between Oxford and London, as do trains.

Student and early career members of the SSHM are eligible to apply for travel bursaries: details are available on the SSHM site.

General conference queries should be directed to the conference email account

SSHM 2014 Conference Organizers: Dr Katherine WatsonDr Erica Charters

Image: Detail from: Episodes from the plague in Rome, 1656. Wellcome Library, London.

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