The Society for the Social History of Medicine 2008 Annual Conference will be jointly organised by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare Glasgow, a research collaboration between Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde ( and the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Glasgow (

The conference will embrace all historical perspectives on the broad issue of how health has been defined and by whom. It will also consider the reasons that the various agencies involved in healthcare, including patients and communities, have adopted their approaches and strategies. The event is framed by reference to the generation of historians influenced by the idea that issues of health and healthcare are entangled in the projects of government, and seeks to engage with and critique ‘governmentality’ as a tool of analysis in the history of medicine.

The conference encourages papers from all periods and places in seeking a wide-ranging and inclusive set of discussions.

Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2008 To submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words please contact Lydia Marshall [email protected]