Society for the Social History of Medicine 2014 Conference: Disease, Health, and the State

Society for the Social History of Medicine 2014 Conference: Disease, Health, and the State

10-12 July 2014

Oxford, UK

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.

*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 short CV. Panel submissions should include three papers (each
with a 250-word abstract and short CV), a chair, and a 100-word panel
abstract. Round-table submissions should include the names of four
participants (each with a short CV), a chair, and a 500-word abstract.

Submissions should be sent to:

Call closes: 1 January 2014


Conference Organizers: Dr Katherine Watson, Dr Erica Charters