25 de agosto de 2016

CfP: Beyond Therapy: Situating art and design in healthcare contexts

Type: Call for Papers
Date: November 7, 2016
Location: United Kingdom
Subject Fields: Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Health and Health Care, Urban Design and Planning
CFP: “Beyond Therapy: Situating art and design in healthcare contexts”
Panel at Association of Art Historians (AAH) annual conference, 6th to 8th April 2017, Loughborough University
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 7 November 2016

Tamar Tembeck, McGill University, tamar[DOT]tembeck[AT]mcgill[DOT]ca
Mary Hunter, McGill University, mary[DOT]hunter2[AT]mcgill[DOT]ca

In Europe and North America, greater attention is being paid to the built environment in medical spaces. ‘Healthy design’ initiatives are increasingly being integrated into hospital planning, in a vision that is coherent with the WHO’s definition of health, according to which ‘mental and social well-being’ are considered in addition to ‘the absence of disease or infirmity’. Government percentage-for-art schemes and public art funding policies count amongst the initiatives that have allowed for the integration of art in hospital architecture, the commissioning of in situ works, and the establishment of artists’ residences in medical environments.

Existing studies on art and design in healthcare contexts overwhelmingly focus on accumulating evidence of their beneficial impacts on patients’ recovery and general well-being. Since the birth of hospitals in the Middle Ages, however, the integration of art has played a variety of other roles in medical spaces, ranging from providing contemplative touchstones for patients, staff, and visitors, to improving the institution’s overall image in the public eye.

This panel invites historians of art, architecture and design, as well as cultural practitioners, programmers and policymakers, to reflect upon, critique and question the forms and functions of contemporary and historical art and design practices in healthcare environments (hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, etc.). We are particularly interested in investigating art and design practices that are deployed outside of an explicitly therapeutic context (eg, in art therapy). Submissions pertaining to live art practices in healthcare spaces are also welcome.

Please email your paper proposals to the session convenors. Provide a title and abstract for a 25-minute paper (max 250 words). Include your name, affiliation and email. You should receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your submission within two weeks.
Contact Info: 
Tamar Tembeck, McGill University

2017 International Conference on Medical Humanities

Type: Call for Papers
Date: September 10, 2016
Location: Poland
Subject Fields: Health and Health Care, Humanities, Psychology, Sociology
2017 International Conference on Medical Humanities
10-11 March 2017 – Warsaw, Poland

Interdisciplinary Research Foundation

Conference venue: As-Bud Conference Centre, Al. Jerozolimskie 81, Warsaw
“Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity”

Keynote speaker:

Dr Helen Lambert, University of Bristol (UK)

The conference will explore the social, historical and cultural dimensions of medicine. It will promote an interdisciplinary perspective on health, illness, health care and the body. The conference will also focus on the issues relevant to medical knowledge, public health policy, the experience of being ill and of caring for those who are ill.
Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
  • history of medicine
  • medical anthropology
  • bioethics
  • sociology of medicine
  • medicine in literature and cultural studies
  • medicine and art
  • medicine and philosophy
  • health geography
  • medical education
We also welcome poster proposals that address one of the conference themes.
The language of the conference is English.
The conference is addressed to academics, researchers and professionals with a particular interest related to the conference topic. Proposals up to 200 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 10 September, 2016 to: medhumconf@gmail.com. Notifications from the Conference Committee will be sent by 30 September 2016.
We are planning to publish the conference papers in a collected volume.
Full registration fee – 150 €       Student registration fee – 115 €
The conference fee covers all conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch and dinner. We are also planning to organise a guided city tour which will be free of charge for the participants of the conference.
For the information about hotels close to the venue, please visit   www.accorhotels.com/Warsaw‎.
Contact Info: 
Proposals up to 200 words and a brief biographical note should be sent by 10 September, 2016 to: medhumconf@gmail.com.

Call for Papers: Environmental History of Warfare in Eastern Europe

Type: Call for Papers
Date: October 1, 2016
Though research on the environmental history of war has made major advances, we have had little success in studying East Europe as a region.  The 2017 European Society for Environmental History conference on 28 June – 2 July presents an ideal opportunity to make progress, since it will be hosted by our colleagues in Zagreb, Croatia.   I welcome proposals or suggestions for panels on East Europe, and especially its southern region.  One conference theme is contact among states, economic systems, cultures and religions.  New understandings of the environmental settings and consequences of wars in that region’s history would be an important contribution.  If you are interested to participate, please send a 250 word abstract and short CV to rptucker@umich.edu. For more information on the conference, see
The deadline for proposals is 1 October 2016.

Call for Papers: Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS)

Call for Papers: Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS) Nineteenth Annual Meeting,  Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 16-18, 2017

Submissions for individual papers or for panels can be made online at the SAHMS website, at http://www.sahms.net/call-for-papers.html.

SAHMS is seeking paper submissions from scholars in the history of medicine and science. Anyone including students, with an academic interest in the history of medicine and or science is to welcome and encouraged to submit a paper. 

History of Medicine and Science is broadly construed to encompass all fields and subfields historical, literary, philosophical, legal, and sociological related to the historical understanding of any aspect of science, medicine, health care, and the medical and health science professions.  SAHMS also welcomes paper submissions on closely related topics, including issues related to science or medicine involving race, disabilities, sustainability, technology, and gender studies. Participants may propose individual papers or panels of several papers on a particular theme. 

If you are proposing a panel, please provide the title and theme of the panel, and a list of 3 or 4 authors and paper titles related to that topic; each author will need to individually submit their own paper proposal for their paper within the panel.  SAHMS reserves the right to reject individual papers or the entire panel topic, or to add thematically related papers to the panel as our scheduling needs dictate.

Each presenter is limited to 20 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion when possible. Please do not submit papers that have already been published, presented, or scheduled for presentation at another meeting. All participants and attendees are responsible for their own travel expenses and must pay conference registration costs/meeting fees. 

A limited number of student travel awards are available each year; for more information click on “Student Travel Grant Guidelines” on the SAHMS website, http://www.sahms.net/ and see the “Call for Papers” page. Students MUST follow these guidelines to be considered for these travel awards.

 For further information about this meeting or SAHMS in general, please contact the SAHMS President and Program Chair, Adam Davis, at adavis@ccac.edu, or email the organizational inbox at sahmsconference@gmail.com 

Deadline for paper abstracts and panel submissions is: October 31st, 2016. The Program Committee will notify you as to whether or not your paper is accepted no later than November 16th, 2016. ( I would take this sentence out just in case we are latter than the 16th with the notifications)

CFP: Disease, Disability & Medicine in Medieval Europe

Disease, Disability & Medicine in Medieval Europe

10th Anniversary Annual Meeting, Swansea University 2-4 December 2016
at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Disability and Religion


This three-day conference forms the tenth workshop in the D&D series and aims to explore the interactions between disability and medicine in the Middle Ages by bringing together established scholars and postgraduates, international discourses and theoretical approaches from across a wide range of the humanities and sciences.
Paper proposals are invited on, but certainly not limited to, the following topics:
  • Medieval disability and the 'religious model' of disability
  • Disability and charity
  • Medieval theological concepts of disability
  • Canon law and disability
  • Interstices of law and medicine in the Middle Ages
  • Religion versus science/medicine?
  • Devotion, piety and religiosity and voluntary disability
  • Disability as form of religious expression
  • Corporality and disembodied disability
  • Disability between confliciting notions of physical and spiritual health
  • Disability and the afterlife

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 20 to 30 minute paper, together with a brief biography, to I.V.Metzler@swansea.ac.uk by 1 October 2016. If you have any queries please contact Dr Irina Metzler at the same email address.
Attendance at the conference will be free to all participants but numbers are limited to 50 attendees.

Accessibility information: The conference will take place on the first floor of the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea, which has wheelchair accessible lifts. The lecture theatres are wheelchair accessible and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

NLM seeking part-time historian to help develop web archive collection on AIDS

The History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine is seeking a part-time professional historian to help develop a web archive collection of materials related to Auto-immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). NLM holds a large collection of AIDS materials consisting of manuscript, audio-visual, photographic, and printed materials. To further enrich the NLM’s publicly-available, AIDS-related resources and information, NLM seeks to identify and select for long term preservation web content that documents the history of AIDS.

The historian will research and identify web (online) content related to AIDS including public health campaigns and other public health information; patient narratives; care giver narratives; World AIDS Day content; social media; news stories; and web sites and social media of organizations such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, Doctors without Borders, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease; state and national health agencies, and NLM’s Division of Specialized Information Systems. The final products produced by the historian will include a report containing URLs for all identified sites to be archived by NLM, documentation of the selection criteria and the decision making process used, a broad description of the collection, and recommendations for future web collecting about AIDS. The contractor may write at least one blog post for Circulating Now, the History of Medicine Division blog, about the collection.

We request that you please share this opportunity with your colleagues who may be interested in submitting a proposal.  Proposals are due by August 29th.  Additional information, including instructions for submitting a proposal are available on Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) at 

Assistan professor positions

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society [STS] expects to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor. We invite applications for this expected position at this time. The successful applicant would begin September 1, 2017. This position continues the re-invigoration of the research potential of the STS Center at Drexel University, which included the successful recruitment of a new  Director in 2011, an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in 2012, and an Assistant Professor in 2013. The position will be a joint appointment with the successful candidate’s appropriate disciplinary department (e.g. globa history, political science, sociology, etc.)
We are primarily interested in candidates who investigate the social and political dimensions of information technologies and/or digital infrastructures, especially as those relate to uneven distributions of power. Faculty expertise could, for example, be in the historical, cultural and political dimensions of the development and use of smart grids, patient health records, or digital media; issues of privacy, surveillance and big data; changes in regulatory structures and policies related to information technologies; access to information technologies; and/or the identities and communities created in digital worlds. Although open to any areas of study, we encourage scholars with an international or comparative focus to apply. Computing and society are central to Drexel's strategic plan, and the STS Center would like our new colleague t . We are especially interested in applicants with grounding in the field of STS, and strong methodological skills (e.g., in-depth interviews, focus groups, archival research, fieldwork, GIS or statistics). Applicants' degrees could potentially be in science and technology studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, history, or other relevant fields. We expect that this person's research and teaching, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, will contribute to the STS graduate program and the successful applicant’s disciplinary department, and that our new colleague will participate in and initiate collaborations across the Schools, Colleges, and Centers at Drexel.
Candidates should include: 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) up to three samples of your scholarly writing; and 4) the names, institutional affiliation, and email addresses only of at least three references. Ple ase do not submit refe ence letters at this time as such letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed applicants. All applications must be submitted online at www.drexeljobs.com. The successful applicant must have completed all requirements for their Ph.D. by August 15, 2017.
Review of applications will begin October 15, 2016 and continue until filled. Please address all queries to Prof. Kelly Joyce at kelly.a.joyce@drexel.edu.
Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11%) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation. ormal">Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.
Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Center for STS is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.  

17 de agosto de 2016

CfP: International Conference: Medical Practice in Early Modern Britain in Comparative Perspective

Papers are invited for an international conference to be held at the University of Exeter (UK) on 4-6 September 2017, funded by the Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award for the project ‘The Medical World of Early Modern England, Wales and Ireland 1500-1715’ led by Professor Jonathan Barry and Dr Peter Elmer at Exeter (see the project website at http://practitioners.exeter.ac.uk/). This conference will consider the outputs from this project, in particular the database which has been created of more than 30,000 medical practitioners operating in the period, and the opportunities this offers for new research in the field. It will also consider comparative perspectives on early modern Britain, both spatially and temporally, and so welcomes papers from colleagues working on medical practice in other parts of Europe or its colonies, on other cultures (Islamic, Indian, Chinese etc) and also on the periods either side of our 1500-1715 focus, so that we can place the findings of the project in the widest possible context. Proposals for panels will be welcomed, but so will individual paper proposals, including from research students (for whom bursaries covering the cost of attendance will be available). Those attending will be given exclusive access in advance of the conference to research findings from the project database, which they will be encouraged to consider in their contributions, which we expect to be pre-circulated to encourage the highest level of focused debate during the conference.  Senior scholars willing to act as commentators on papers are also encouraged to express an interest in this role, as well as in offering their own papers.
Major themes for consideration include the following: 

Continuity and change in the character and scope of medical practice, including the impact of war and imperial expansion on pre-existing medical culture, the influence of new ideas and/or persistence of established approaches across the period, as well as the significance of attempts at regulation.

Trends in education, training and career patterns, encompassing hereditary succession, patronage, apprenticeship and university study, and levels of provision in different regions and types o settlement.

The roles played by women, in popular and domestic medicine and beyond, and by other alternatives to orthodox male practitioners, and by the growth of new methods fro the production and sale of medicines.

The place of medicine within processes of social and cultural change in the British Isles more generally, and the wider parts played by medical practitioners in scientific, intellectual, political, military, confessional and other spheres.

The opportunities for comparative research across national boundaries, both in tracing the movement of medical practitioners and in comparing levels and types of medical provision in different cultures.

If you are interested in participating please send an email to Professor Jonathan Barry at J.Barry@exeter.ac.uk, with an abstract of c. 200 words indicating the proposed  topic of any paper or panel, preferably by 15 September 2016. 

CfP: The workshop of nature. Production of material knowledge, material production of knowledge

Call for papers
International Study Day
The workshop of nature. Production of material knowledge, material production of knowledge
(LabEx Hastec, CAK, CHC)

Paris, 10th, november 2016

Deadline for abstract: 20th, September 2016

The International Study Day wishes to explore the link between working on sites and working in workshops, recreating similar experiences. In such a framework, it makes sense to bridge a various set of practices not restricted to science: a local site is the constantly evolving product of the practices, imaginations, and negotiations of the users (scholars, travelers, artists, inhabitants) of a given place. In any case, our idea is that a site is surely in the scholar’s job an en-plein-air experience that should be related to the atelier phase, by which nature can be recreated (painters), transformed (laboratories), classified (collectors) etc.

Workshops and sites of naturalist interest are hybrid fields of material and knowledge production, places where materials are often transformed by means of knowledge and where knowledge is transformed by the materials involved in its development. How do these transformations in materials (by knowledge) and in knowledge (by materials) circulate? How they can be recognized and represented?
To better understand that, it is worth a broad investigation of the cultural and experiential transformations of relationships with nature and its mastery/control, at the articulation among the Modern times, the Enlightenment moment and the Romanticism period.

Our focus on “sites” of knowledge makes it easier to show the representation of the production of material knowledge as well as the representation of the material production of knowledge in images and literature. We plan to do it by examining the nature of knowledge from the peculiar point of view of the knowledge of nature.
Moreover, this continuous flow/activity of cross-references is the tool by which borderline scientific disciplines (see for example chemistry, mineralogy and geology of the second half of the 18th century) can be cultivated in a site that is not simply the theatre of these transformations but an active element of transformation, too.

The discipline of chemistry is often associated with the myth of the phoenix; chemistry, from a certain point of view, was born by fire, as for many years fire was the only instrument chemists could use to manipulate nature. That use of fire was often associated with volcanic phenomena, and if we follow this way of thinking we should find the same process in early workshops and, above all in cases of industrial accidents. In fact, they are frequently described as explosive disasters, in reality, not very far from a picture of a volcanic eruption.

Our aim is that these rich topics will be well expanded by a meeting between cultural historians, historians of sciences, techniques and environment, historian of arts and literature.
It will be held at the EHESS on the 10th November 2016, with the support of the LabEx HASTEC, the Centre Alexandre Koyré and the Club d'histoire de la chimie (Société chimique de France).

Colleagues wishing to submit papers should send an abstract (no more than 250 words in English or French) and a brief academic CV with institutional affiliation to
Corinna Guerra  corinna.guerra@ehess.fr  et Marie Thébaud-Sorger  marie.thebaud-sorger@cnrs.fr

CHM seeks Research Fellow for prisoners health project (Women, Health and Maternity)

CHM invites applications for a Research Fellow for the project 'Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000'

The Research Fellow will conduct a specified programme of research on ‘Women, Health and Maternity in the English and Irish Criminal Justice Systems’, involving independent and collaborative historical research in archives and libraries in England and Ireland, along lines agreed with the project’s PIs. The Research Fellow will also advance and organise public outreach activities central to the project. The post will be based at the Centre for the History of Medicine (CHM), University of Warwick, and supervised by Professor Marland. This is a 3-year post, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Full details, contacts and online application here on the University of Warwick’s HR site.
Closing date for applications: 6th September 2016
Interviews to be held second half of September.

Proposed start date: 01 January 2017