The Society for the Social History of Medicine invites submissions for its 2010 Conference ‘Knowledge, Ethics and Representations of Medicine and Health: Historical Perspectives’, to be held at Durham and Newcastle (UK), 8-11 July 2010, organised by the Northern Centre for the History of Medicine (NCHM).

Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2009

The organisers welcome proposals for 20-minute papers under the theme ‘Knowledge, Ethics and Representations of Medicine and Health: Historical Perspectives’. We particularly encourage papers addressing questions such as:

* What processes have generated knowledge about the body, illness and health that has become authoritative in different societies?

* How have claims of medical expertise been justified vis à vis claims from other domains of social and cultural authority such as religion and law?

* What did it mean for medical practitioners in different cultural and social contexts to claim to be ethical as well as knowledgeable?

* How did they present themselves to the public?

* What kind of material, visual and textual representations of body, mind, health and disease have gained ‘defining power’ exerting influence on medical practice and research until today?

Submissions covering all periods (from Antiquity to the 21st Century) and all regions of the world are welcome.

In addition to individual papers, we seek proposals for panel sessions (with 3 papers), as well as suggestions for suitable chairpersons.

Abstracts of up to 250 words should include the title of the paper, information concerning the research question examined, the sources used and preliminary results. Please also include on the abstract your contact details (name, affiliation, e-mail-address).

All papers are to represent original work not already published.

Please send your proposal by 1 November 2009 to the NCHM (Email: [email protected]). Decisions on papers will be made by January 2010.

Key-note speakers will include: Professor Heinrich von Staden (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, USA), Dr Tim Boon (Science Museum, London, UK), and Professor Martha Few (University of Arizona, USA)

Organising Committee: Philip van der Eijk (Newcastle University), Holger Maehle (Durham University), Cathy McClive (Durham University), Diana Paton (Newcastle University), Thomas Rütten (Newcastle University), and Lutz Sauerteig (Durham University)

For more information on the SSHM please see For more information on the NCHM, a collaboration of historians of medicine from Durham and Newcastle universities, please see