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British Society for the History of Medicine Biennial Congress


September 15-18, 2021 The British Society for the History of Medicine is organising its biennial congress in Sheffield this year. Key themes are: the history of medicine in the workplace pandemics nursing innovation in medical engineering and other general topics in the history of medicine Abstract submissions are welcome until May 31, 2021. For more…

Galen conference


As part of the Galen project directed by Teun Tieleman an international conference will be held in Utrecht from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 September 2021. Invited scholars will present papers in such areas as Galen’s physiology/anatomy, the soul-body relationship, ethics/moral psychology, cosmology and religion, as well as what these different perspectives on human nature…

Pandemic Legacies: Health, Healing, and Medicine in the Age of Slavery and Beyond


The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, based in New York, is organising an online conference on health, healing and medicine in the age of slavery and beyond from October 6-8, 2021. Just as the slave trade tied together the cultures and populations of four continents, it also wed together distinctive disease…

New perspectives in transcultural and postcolonial psychiatry


Within the framework of two ERC Starting Grants (‘Decolonizing Madness’, PI Ana Antic, University of Copenhagen, and ‘Governing Madness’, PI Romain Tiquet, CNRS, Marseille), a two-day conference will be organized at the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin) at the beginning of November 2021 with a focus on new perspectives in the history and anthropology of transcultural…

Families and health: Historical perspectives


The University of Wolverhampton organises a one day online conference that seeks to explore the relationship between family life, family relationships and health from a historical perspective. Proposals that focus on mental or physical health are equally welcome, and they can be on any historical period or geographical area. The conference is open to both…

Medicine in early modern Italy

Florence, Italy

The Medici Archive Project in Florence organises a conference entitled "Medicine in early modern Italy: Between theory and practice, 1500-1700" on Friday, November 19, 2021. Traditionally, the history of medicine in early modern Italy was a field divided sharply into the study of theory and the study of practice, yet this separation was neither equal…

Health, body, and the profit motive: Medicine as a business in history


For the night owls among us in Europe, the Historians’ Workshop and the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Economics organises a two-day online international conference exploring medicine’s co-dependent relationship with business and capitalism. Commentators past and present have viewed medicine as a ‘public good’ that risks becoming inefficient or undersupplied when exposed too much…

AAHM’s 95th annual meeting

Saratoga Springs NY, deadline cfp Sept 27, 2021

The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) holds its 95th annual meeting in Saratoga Springs, New York, April 21-24, 2022. The AAHM welcomes papers on the history of health and healing; the history of medical ideas, institutions, nursing and medical practices; and the history of illness, disease, or public health. Submissions pertaining to…

Contested expertise: Trust in science and technology


9th Gewina Woudschoten Conference 17-18 June, 2022, Zeist This two-day conference brings together historians of science, humanities, medicine, universities and technology; and all those from other fields with an interest in the history of knowledge. The theme of this year’s conference is: Contested Expertise: Trust in Science and Technology. More information on the Gewina website.

Suicide and its prevention: Contemporary and historical perspectives in nursing, 1880–2020

Leiden, deadline cfp May 31, 2021

The European Association for the History of Nursing and five professional nursing organisations from The Netherlands organise a pan-European conference that will examine contemporary and historical perspectives on suicide and its prevention, with reference to theory and practice. It will be limited to a maximum of 75 participants in order to facilitate thorough discussion and…

Between the natural and the supernatural, affected bodies during the 18th century

Lausanne, Switzerland; deadline cfp Sept 30, 2021

From May 31st tot June 3rd, 2022, the CHUV university hospital in Lausanne hosts an international conference on the question of the body, between the natural and the supernatural, in Europe during the 18th century. It will review the epistemological argument that has been commonly adopted in historiography, according to which the Enlightenment and the…

SSHM 50th Anniversary Conference: Resilience


Biennual conference of the Society for the Social History of Medicine June 29- July 2 The Society for the Social History of Medicine has had to postpone last year's conference again, this time to June-July 2022. The theme is resilience: What are the histories of resilience as a medical, psychiatric and biological concept? What are…