Society for the Social History of Medicine Summer Conference



Queen Mary, University of London, 10-12 September 2012


The Society for the Social History of Medicine hosts a major biannual, international, interdisciplinary conference. In 2012, it will be held in conjunction with the Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions.


Plenary Speakers:            Professor Mark Jackson (Exeter University)

                                                Professor Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck, University of London)

                                                Professor William Reddy (Duke University, USA)


The conference this year investigates the intimate relationship between the emotions and medicine. Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers, addressing any chronological period and from across the disciplines, including the medical humanities. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:


?              Managing the passions

?              Disease, contagion and emotion

?              Death and mourning

?              Pathologies of emotion

?              The politics of wellbeing and happiness

?              The chemistry and physiology of emotion

?              Psychosomatic medicine and emotion




Deadline: 16 January 2012


To submit a proposal for a 20-minute paper, or for a panel (3 papers, plus a panel rationale) please visit The deadline for proposals is 16 January 2012. A number of bursaries will be available for postgraduate speakers. Subsidized on-site childcare will be made available subject to demand. Discounted registration fees will be available to members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine and the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health. For all other enquiries, please email:


[email protected].


Convenor: Professor Colin Jones

Organising Committee: Dr Thomas Dixon, Dr Fay Bound Alberti, Dr Rhodri Hayward, Professor Tilli Tansey, Dr Elena Carrera, Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith & (for SSHM) Dr Rosemary Wall.