CFP New Deadline: History of Women’s Health Conference, 4/2015, Philly

Joseph-James Ahern Discussion

Call for Papers Deadline Extended

The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its Tenth annual History of Women’s Health Conference on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. We invite interested persons to send a one to two page proposal or abstract of your topic by Friday, December 19, 2014 for consideration.  The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on areas of women’s health from the 18th century to the present.  This conference encourages interdisciplinary work.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, obstetrics and gynecology (fertility, infertility, birth control methods, menopause), adolescence (health, cultural influences, body image, puberty, eating disorders), mental health topics, aging concerns, women’s health as consumer health, the female as conveyed in popular culture, overall women’s health, access to health care, minority health, nursing, midwifery, female healers, and more.

Our keynote speaker is Rene Almeling, PhD., Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University. She is the author of Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011), which her talk will be based on.

The History of Women’s Health Conference began in 2006 as part of the Pennsylvania Hospital’s celebration of co-founder Benjamin Franklin’s tercentenary.  Each year since, scholars from the humanities and health care professionals gather to discuss the past, present, and future state of women’s health.  The conference is jointly sponsored by the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and the Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collection.

Please e-mail your one to two page proposals to:

Stacey C Peeples, Curator-Lead Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital

Please call (215-829-5434) or e-mail with any questions or for more information.