Conference: ‘Prison Medicine: Health and Incarceration in History’ : 2nd and 3rd May 2019, Old Parramatta Gaol, Parramatta, Australia

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Call for Papers
March 10, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Human Rights, Oral History, Public Health


Second Call for Papers – Closing Date Extended to 10 March 2019


We are pleased to announce our keynote presenters for the conference ‘Prison Medicine: Health and Incarceration in History’, and to extend the CfP.

  • Professor Chris Cunneen, professor of criminology at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology Sydney, who has an international reputation as a leading criminologist specialising in Indigenous people and the law, juvenile justice, restorative justice, policing, prison issues and human rights
  • Dr Ciara Breathnach, senior lecturer in history at the University of Limerick, who has published widely on Irish, socio-economic, gender, cultural and health history

Researchers, scholars, historians, policy makers, doctors, nurses and other stakeholders are welcome to submit an original research paper or presentation on the theme of the history of health and health services in prisons. We invite responses to this theme in a variety of formats: formal papers (20 mins long), panels (75 mins long including 15 mins for Q & A), posters, and flash presentations (5 min presentations in which a speaker describes an area of research). Two publications will emerge from this conference including a special issue of ‘Health and History’ journal and in book form.


We recognise that diverse issues have been involved in the provision of health and health services to prisoners over time, and we welcome conference participants to contribute to mapping the history of medical service provision to this vulnerable community.


Please send your 300-word abstract in a Word document, Times New Roman 1.5 spaced, including author names and affiliations, to Associate Professor Kathryn Weston at


Closing date for abstracts:     Sunday 10 March 2019

Conference dates:                   Thursday 2  and Friday 3  May 2019

Duration:                                   Two days with an evening ‘Ghost Tour’ of Old Parramatta Gaol

Location:                                    Old Parramatta Gaol cnr New & Dunlop Streets Nth Parramatta

Cost:                                            General registration: $250 includes ‘Ghost Tour’ and dinner

                                                       Student registration: $150 includes ‘Ghost Tour’ and dinner

                                                 Scholarships available, please enquire


The ‘Caring for the Incarcerated: Lessons from the past, policy for the future’ research project is a collaboration between the School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network NSW, and receives financial support from UOW through the Global Challenges program and the Faculty of Science Medicine & Health. We also gratefully acknowledge support from the Justice Museums Group, Old Parramatta Gaol management and the Deerubbin Land Council.


Contact Info: 


Associate Professor Louella McCarthy

Community Engagement, Medical Humanities

School of Medicine

University of Wollongong, NSW Australia


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