Conference announcement and call for papers: Progress in Medicine

13 – 15 April 2010, University of Bristol

The aims of this conference are:

• To examine the nature, scope, causes, and grounds of progress in medicine.

• To provide a forum for developing the unified study of the history and philosophy of medicine, and in particular raising the profile of the philosophy of medicine in the UK and its engagement with the history of medicine.

• To create interdisciplinary bridges between the medical, philosophical, and historical professions, enabling medical professionals to become more theoretically engaged, while philosophers and philosophically-minded historians of medicine engage with the actual practice of medical professionals, so that their research reflects the realities and needs of modern medicine.

• To facilitate the wider dissemination of research in the philosophy and history of medicine beyond the boundaries of those disciplines, and especially in medical practice.

• To identify opportunities for public engagement concerning the relation between medical progress and changing attitudes to medical knowledge, the medical profession, and medical authority.

Conference homepage: <>

Call for papers: <>

The organising committee are:

Professor Alexander Bird (University of Bristol), Michael Bresalier (University of Bristol), Dr Alex Broadbent (University of Cambridge), Dr Havi Carel (University of the West of England), Dr Jeremy Howick (Oxford/UCL); advised by: Professor Donald Gillies (UCL) and Dr Rachel Cooper (Lancaster). This conference is generously supported by the Mind Association, the British Society for the Philosophy of Science, and the Aristotelian Society.

We are inviting submissions for contributed papers to the conference Progress in Medicine. The aims of the conference are listed on the homepage. Central topics to be discussed are listed here. We welcome submissions from historians and philosophers of medicine, clinicians and other medical practitioners. The conference will aim to be inclusive in nature and the topics listed above are not an exhaustive list.

Submissions should include (a) title, and (b) extended abstract of 300–500 words long. The submissions should preferably be sent in pdf (or MS Word or RTF if pdf is not possible) as an attachment to an email that should contain the author’s name, affiliation, contact details, and the title of the submission. The email should be sent to: [email protected].

The deadline for submissions is 1200 GMT on Monday 11 January. We will aim to have made our decisions by the beginning of February.

Selected papers from the conference will be considered for publication in the Mind Occasional Series (published by the Mind Association and Oxford University Press).