Call for papers: Health Histories: The Next Generation

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
12-13 October 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.

All postgraduate delegates must register (or already be registered) as members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

More information about SSHM student membership

Submissions and queries should be sent to Caroline Marley:

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

Abstract Deadline: 10 March 2017

Call for papers: Ninth Day of Historical Demography, Diseases, Causes of Death and the Epidemiological Transition

This call invites paper proposals pertaining to this broad theme and welcomes contributions from historians, sociologists, demographers, epidemiologists, public health specialists etc. Preferably, paper proposals will be on the following topics: the epidemiological transitions in time and space; disease categorizations; case studies of diseases and epidemiological changes; mortality patterns for one specific cause of death or category of causes of death (e.g. tuberculosis, cholera, smallpox, malaria, coronary diseases, suicide, etc.); social, economic, cultural and/or political aspects of morbidity and cause-specific mortality differentiation; spatial analysis of morbidity and cause-specific mortality; health systems and policies in the past. Obviously, other topics may be suggested as well.

  • Paper proposals (in English) should be sent to no later than 31 May 2016. Notifications of acceptance of papers will be emailed during the month of June. For general inquiries:

Call for papers:  Accounting for Health:Economic Practices and Medical Knowledge, 1500–1970

How has accounting historically shaped health and medicine? What variety of roles have other economic practices played in everyday medical knowing? And, as all accounting used to take place on paper, (how) have past material practices of collecting data, writing and information determined the ways in which medical and economic knowing could influence one another?

In 2016-2017, the ERC Research Group PAPERTECH will organise three workshops in Berlin to explore these and similar questions as part of the Working Group ‘Accounting for Health. Economic Practices and Medical Knowledge, 1500-1970’.

A History of Quarantine Network

A History of Quarantine Network has been established by members of the EAHMH. Their new website can be found here:  

Their inaugural conference will be held in Nov. 2014 in Malta. Please visit their website for more information about their conference, 'The Mediterranean under quarantine'

Plans of the lazaretto of Varignano at La Spezia, c.1825 


New Journal for Disaster Nursing

A new journal for disaster nursing has been launched and they have just issued their first call for papers; historians of medicine welcomed to contribute

Newsletter November 2013

The EAHMH’s Newsletter is fresh off the press. The inaugural issue contains a greeting from our new President and other information which should interest members.

EAHMH Conference 2013

The conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal, 4-7 September 2013. The conference was on the theme of 'Risk and Disaster in Health and Medicine' and was co-organised by the Universities of Evora and Lisbon.

The EAHMH 2013 Book Award

The EAHMH are delighted to announce the second winner of the EAHMH Book Award. The prize of €3000 (granted through the generous support of the Dutch Stichting Historia Medicinae and the German Robert Bosch Stiftung) was awarded to Alun Withey for his book Physick and the Family: Health, Medicine and Care in Wales, c.1600-1750, published by Manchester University Presss. For further details on the prize, please click here.

Alun Withey receiving his prize from EAHMH President, Laurinda Abreu

The Pieter van Foreest Student Prize

The Lisbon conference also marked the presentation of the second Pieter van Foreest Student Prize. A prize of 500 EUR (generously supported by the Dutch foundation Stichting Historia Medicinae) was awarded to the best paper presented by a PhD student at the conference. The winner of the 2013 Noortje Jacobs from the University of Maastricht for her paper, 'Rick as Moral Obligation'. The Scientific Board also commended two further papers of excellent quality by Michael Figueria de Sousa (University of Coimbra) and Nils Kessel (DHVS). For more information on the prize, click here.

Noortje Jacobs with her prize

Publication from an EAHMH Conference

An edited collection, drawing together some of the papers given at the 2007 EAHMH conference in London has recently been published. Environment, Health and History, edited by Virginia Berridge and Martin Gorsky of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, brings together a wide temporal range of historical analysis examining the relationship, sometimes distant, and sometimes close, between concerns about the environment and about health. For further details, click here.