CFP--American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) annual meeting

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Call for Papers
September 18, 2022 to September 30, 2022
New York, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, European History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Call for Papers 2023


The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) invites abstracts for papers in any area of the history of health and healing for its 96th annual meeting, to be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, May 11-14, 2023. The AAHM welcomes papers on the histories of medicine, disease, and health broadly defined, including the history of medical ideas, practices, institutions, and technologies; the history of healing, disability, illness, disease, pharmaceuticals, and public health; and the history of peoples’ experiences of health, illness, and disability. We welcome proposals related to all eras and regions of the world that engage with biomedical and non-biomedical therapeutic systems and traditions. The Program Committee, led by co-chairs David Herzberg and Sarah Rodriguez, encourages the submission of papers that build connections between the history of medicine and related fields and disciplines; that expand the methodological, thematic, chronological, and geographic diversity of the history of medicine; and that address the role of medicine in reinforcing and challenging social hierarchies of race, gender, empire/nation, ability, etc.

In response to strong expressed desire for a virtual option, and mindful of the challenges of a mixed in-person and online event, the AAHM Council has approved, on a trial basis, a supplementary one-day virtual meeting to occur approximately one week later. All submissions should indicate whether they want to be considered for the in-person or the virtual meeting. Major elements of the in-person meeting, such as the Garrison lecture and the awards presentation, will be broadcast, but owing to technological and financial obstacles, regular panels will not include virtual or pre-recorded presentations.

The Program Committee seeks four kinds of submissions:

Individual papers: All papers in this category should represent original scholarship not already published or in press. Speakers should expect to give a presentation of no more than twenty minutes followed by ten minutes of discussion.  Authors wishing to publish their papers are urged to submit them for consideration to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (BHM)Submit an abstract here:

Panels: These consist of three individual papers featuring original scholarship (again limited to twenty minutes each) addressing a common topic. An appointed moderator should submit a proposal for the entire panel and coordinate individual speakers. Each speaker should submit an individual abstract as well, with a note indicating their participation in the panel. Please note that both panels and individual abstracts for the papers included in them will be judged collectively with a goal of keeping proposed panels intact as proposed; occasionally, however, the program committee may make changes. Panels may also include an invited discussant but must still fit within a ninety-minute session (i.e., fifteen minutes per paper). Submit a panel proposal here:

Lunch Workshops: Unlike the above, these are intended not for original scholarship but to address topics of broad interest, such as historiography, teaching, research methods, and advocacy. These 75-minute sessions have a flexible format and can include a larger number of presenters (4-5), while also leaving ample space for discussion with the audience. Only one abstract need be submitted by the organizer (although all participants should be confirmed).  A number of these symposia will be scheduled during lunch breaks. We are particularly interested in roundtables that engage with pressing scholarly or political issues, bring together different disciplinary or methodological backgrounds, or that address audiences or use formats not well supported by a more traditional panel format. Submit a lunch workshop proposal here:

Posters: A call for posters will be issued in January 2023. Posters are well-suited to works that emphasize non-textual content. A limited number of them, representing original work not already published or in press, will be accepted for display in a designated area, with planned times for discussion during the meeting.

**Please note that submissions are limited to one per person per category. Presenters, however, can also be chairs of an organized panel.

The AAHM uses an online abstract submission system.  Submissions must include an abstract (of no more than 300 words) with title, your name and institutional affiliation, three key words that describe your proposed paper, and three Continuing Medical Education (CME) learning objectives (the learning objectives are not considered part of the word count). For suggestions on developing learning objectives, see: And for examples of successful abstracts from selected past programs, see:

Individuals are not required to be AAHM members at the time of submitting an abstract, but they must join AAHM before registering for and presenting at the meeting.

Abstracts must be submitted by midnight, Pacific Time (US), September 30, 2022. No late submissions will be considered.

Contact Info: 

David Herzberg and Sarah Rodriguez

Program Committee Co-Chairs

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