CFP: Journal of Women in the Arts

While this journal concentrates on the long 18th
C, the theme of this issue should be of interest
to independent scholars in many fields and


Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 10:58:32 -0600
From: Jennifer Golightly <Jennifer.Golightly@DU.EDU>
Subject: Amended–ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830

The editors of ABO: Interactive Journal for Women
in the Arts 1640-1830 are pleased to announce the
release of volume 2.2, a special issue dedicated
to the topic of “The State of the Profession.”
The new issue features reviews of recent work by
Eve Tavor Bannet, Susan Carlile, James P. Carson,
Pilar Cuder-Domínguez, and Bonnie Nelson and
Catherine Burroughs as well as a special panel of
essays by Linda Zionkowsi, Catherine Ingrassia,
Srvidhya Swaminathan, Mona Narain, Christine
Clark-Evans, Julie Candler Hayes, Lisa A.
Freeman, Judith Slagle, and Nora Nachumi.

Please visit our website to view the new issue.

ABO is an online academic journal that serves as
a forum for interactive scholarly discussion on
all aspects of women in arts between 1640 and
1830, especially literature, visual arts, music,
performance art, film criticism, and production
arts. The journal features peer-reviewed articles
encompassing subjects on a global range and is
intended for scholars and students.  The journal
is comprised of five divisions: Scholarship;
Pedagogy; New Media; Notes and Discoveries; and

Jennifer Golightly, Ph.D.
Arts & Culture Program
University College
University of Denver

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CFP: Infertility in History

Infertility in History, Science and Culture


The infertile woman is a familiar figure in popular culture. Soap operas dramatise the tragedy of infertility, right-wing tabloids threaten career women with the horrors of involuntary childlessness, and the news media greets each new breakthrough in reproductive technology with a strange combination of celebration and dread at the potential Brave New World we are sleep-walking towards. This portrayal of a realm where science fiction threatens to spill over into fact adds to our sense of infertility as a peculiarly modern condition. Yet there is a longer history of involuntary childlessness – a history which stretches back to the Book of Genesis and beyond – as well as many different potential experiences of infertility according to nation, class, gender, and race.


This symposium will explore the history of infertility, and the place of infertility in science and culture. Our primary focus is historical, but we welcome contributions from scholars in different disciplines and employing a range of approaches – social scientific, literary, feminist, psychological, and legal. We aim to bring together researchers working on this fascinating and under-explored field in order to better understand historical and contemporary representations and experiences of infertility across different cultures and from different perspectives. Potential topics for papers include, but are not limited to:


-          the role of gender, class and race in shaping experiences and representations of infertility;

-          individual, familial, and social contexts of infertility;

-          infertility as a bodily and/or psychological experience;

-          heterosexuality, homosexuality, and involuntary childlessness;

-          reproductive science and access to reproductive technologies;

-          the interplay of medical, scientific, and cultural understandings of infertility;

-          the role of politics, law, and religion in shaping experiences of and attitudes towards infertility;

-          changing experiences of infertility across time and space, including comparative histories;

-          the relation of perceptions of infertility to beliefs about fertility control, the constitution and social role of the family, and sexuality;

-          different disciplinary approaches to infertility.


An edited collection based on the presented papers is planned.


The symposium is co-convened by Gayle Davis (University of Edinburgh) and Tracey Loughran (Cardiff University). It will be held at the University of Edinburgh on 4-5 July 2013. Abstracts of 250 words, for papers of 20-30 minutes, should be sent to by 25th January 2013.

Published in: on August 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

CFP: Panelists for AAHM Session on history of sexuality

Hello All,
We are currently seeking papers to complete a panel for the 2013 meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) (Atlanta, Georgia, May 16- May 19)on the state of the field of the history of medicine and sexuality. The panel is titled “The Anatomy of Sex” and we are specifically looking for someone doing the history of sexuality, the body, and medicine in the mid-twentieth century who is taking a more nuanced approach and/or looking at new sources.
Our two papers are entitled “Dissecting a Theory: Representations of the Clitoris in Anatomy and Gynecology Textbooks during the Peak of the Vaginal Orgasm Theory, 1948-1966” (Sarah B Rodriguez) and “ ‘Morally, if not physically’ – Happiness and the Role of Erotic Function in Sexual Surgery on Hermaphroditic Children, 1940-1960” (Sandra Eder)
Please send titles and 350 word abstracts (see AAHM guidelines: to both Sandra Eder <> and Sarah B Rodriguez <> by August 20th.

Sandra Eder & Sarah Rodriguez
Sandra Eder, Ph.D
Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine
University of Zurich
Hirschengraben 82
CH-8001 Zurich
++ 41 44 634 2129
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CFP: 86th Annual Meeting of AAHM

The AAHM invites submissions in any area of medical/health care history for its 86th annual meeting to be held May 16-19, 2013 in Atlanta,GA. Program Co-Chairs Susan Reverby and Anne-Emanuelle Birn are also encouraging proposals for the regular paper time slots for round-tables that assess the “state of the field” in various sub-fields of the history of medicine. See the complete call here.

Published in: on July 20, 2012 at 8:23 am  Leave a Comment  

CFP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine



The Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine is seeking abstracts for research presentations on topics related to the history of health and healing; of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and of illness, disease, and public health, from all eras and regions of the world.


The 10th Annual seminar will be held the weekend of October 5-6, 2012 in New Haven, CT and is jointly hosted by the Section in the History of Medicine and the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University.

Abstracts should be no more than 350 words and should clearly state the purpose, thesis, methodology, and principal findings of the paper to be presented. Please note that abstracts more than 350 words in length will not be reviewed. Speakers must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of the conference.

We will be accepting abstracts for twenty-minute presentations as well as a limited number of pre-circulated papers (20-25 pages). The pre-circulated paper sessions will be with a small group of peers who have read your paper before the conference. This option is ideal for papers that are being submitted for publication.


The seminar is organized and coordinated by graduate students across the United States working in fields related to the history of medicine. Our mission is to foster a sense of community and provide a forum for sharing and critiquing graduate research by peers from a variety of institutions and backgrounds. For more information, including previous years’ programs, please visit


All abstracts should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to with a completed cover page. The cover page is attached this email and is also available at A panel of graduate students from several different institutions will review the abstracts. The deadline for abstracts is May 31, 2012.


Unfortunately, we are unable to provide financial support for travel to participants. We will, however, make every effort to provide free accommodation for presenters. We urge students whose papers are accepted to seek financial support from their home institutions to participate in the seminar. Registration for the conference is free.

Kelly O’Donnell and Heidi Knoblauch

Program in the History of Science and Medicine

Yale University

Published in: on May 22, 2012 at 8:56 am  Leave a Comment  

CFP: The Book in Art and Science

fwd from SHARP-L  (with apologies for cross-posting)

Just a reminder that the deadline for individual and panel proposals for the SHARP 2011 conference is November 30, 2010. The links to the electronic proposal submission forms for individual papers and panels can be found at the SHARP website and the conference website.

Washington, DC is served by three airports, train, and a variety of buses running the Northeast corridor.  Accommodations will offer a range of prices, and we will have a message board for room sharing on the conference on website.

Taking “The Book in Art & Science” as its theme, the nineteenth annual conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP) will be held in Washington, DC, Thursday, 14 July through Sunday, 17 July 2011. The sponsors of the conference are the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library and Institute, and the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The National Library of Medicine will be the site for welcome ceremonies and the conference’s opening keynote address by Dr. Jon Topham, Senior Lecturer in History of Science & Director of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds. Evoking Washington’s status as an artistic and scientific center, “The Book in Art & Science” is a theme open to multiple interpretations. Besides prompting considerations of the book as a force in either art or science or the two fields working in tandem, it also encourages examinations of the scientific text; the book as a
work of art; the art and science of manuscript, print, or digital textual production; the role of censorship and politics in the creation, production, distribution, or reception of particular scientific or artistic texts; the relationship between the verbal and the visual in works of art or science; art and science titles from the standpoint of publishing history or the histories of specific publishers; and much more. As always, proposals dealing with any aspect of book history are welcome.

We look forward to seeing many long-time SHARP members as well as new faces in Washington, DC, this coming July.  For those of you are frequent lurkers on or contributors to SHARP-L but have never officially joined the Society, we’d like this year to be the year that you do! SHARP conferences afford a wonderful opportunity for
exchange and to forge ties with fellow scholars working in the field and particular areas within the history of the book (and, of course, that includes manuscripts, periodicals, ephemera, digital texts, and

If you would like a copy of the CFP to circulate, please just email me directly:


Eleanor Shevlin and Casey Smith

Conference co-chairs

Eleanor F. Shevlin, Ph.D.
Dept. of English
548 Main Hall
West Chester University

Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP)
Membership Secretary<>

Home/Mailing Address

2006 Columbia Road, NW
Apt. 42
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-462-3105

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CFP: Routledge Handbook series on History of Nursing

We have been given to opportunity by Routledge, a prestigious and global publisher to create an edited volume that captures both the state of the art scholarship in new areas of the history of nursing, and that invites readers to consider new understandings of the historical work and worth of nursing in a larger and more global context.

This opportunity comes at a perfect moment as our field has become increasingly important to historians exploring the global circulation of ideas about the care of the sick; about gender and the valuation of care work; about the intersections of lay and professional care; and about the actual practice of care work in different settings and contexts ranging from homes to hospitals to battlefields.

This edited collection would join Routledge’s Handbook… series: books on a range of topics capturing state of the art thinking and scholarship in discrete areas.

We are looking for scholars to participate in this project. The only criterion is that your work be new (not published elsewhere) and that it contain a discussion of its place in the current historiography of your topic. We welcome inquiries from all disciplines that use nursing or nursing care as a vehicle for exploring larger historical issues.
To propose a chapter idea, please email Julie Fairman and Patricia D’Antonio, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania ( who will co-edit this volume.

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CFP: Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts

NEASECS CFP, “Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts,”

October 21-23, 2010

We are still considering paper proposals for the panel “Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts in the Long Eighteenth Century,” which will occur during the annual NEASECS meeting to be held in Buffalo from October 21-23, 2010. If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal, please email a 250 word abstract and a brief CV by May 15.

Danielle Spratt and Angela Monsam and <>

“Representing Women’s Medico-Literary Texts in the Long Eighteenth Century”

Over the past several decades, critics have explored how literature and medical texts represented and often objectified women during the long eighteenth century. In addition to examining representations of women, their bodies, and “female” illnesses – both in medical and literary texts — this panel also considers how women responded or “wrote back” to such objectification. We are especially interested in papers that explore the various ways in which women directly adopt, negotiate, or manipulate discourses of medicine, whether about their own bodies or the bodies of others. In so doing, the panel hopes to demonstrate how women writers were able to carve out their own empowered textual space in the increasingly male-dominated medical realm. Possible authors include (but are not limited to) Anne Conway, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Mary Wortley Montagu, Joanna Baille, Ann Hunter, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Mary Robinson; potential textual sources include signed and anonymous midwifery and cookery books.

For more information on the conference, please visit:


Danielle Spratt

PhD Candidate

Departmental Teaching Fellow

Fordham University

Dealy Hall 550

441 East Fordham Rd.

Bronx, NY 10458

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CFP: The Future of Medical History

Dear WHOMers,

Those of you involved with the international community of medical historians will want to know this – and also consider submitting abstracts for the proposed conference in July.

The Future of Medical History
15th – 17th July 2010
International Conference Announcement and Call for Papers

The Wellcome Trust and University College London have decided to close the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine and initiate a two year wind down, without a quinquennial peer review. This marks the end of the Centre, and its prior incarnation of the Academic Unit of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine.

The academic staff of the Centre will be hosting a three day international conference on the Future of Medical History, to take place on 15-17 July 2010 at Goodenough College in London. In keeping with the research of the Centre and former Institute, contributions will be welcome on all aspects of medical history. Papers will be limited to 20 minutes each.

Please send an abstract and contact details to Lauren Cracknell ( by 1 June 2010. Due to current circumstances, the Centre will not be able to cover the cost of travel or accommodation.  Further details will be available on the Centre website soon.

Monica Green
Professor of History
4th floor, Coor Hall
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ  85287-4302

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CFP: Health Activism in the 20th Century

Call for Papers:

Health Activism in the Twentieth Century: A History of Medicine Symposium at Yale University

October 22-23 2010

The Section for the History of Medicine at Yale University and the Department of History at the University of Manitoba invite scholars to participate in a symposium on health activism in the twentieth century with particular attention to issues of race, gender, sexual orientation and disability.  The symposium will be held at Yale.  Papers are welcomed dealing with this topic in any country.   This small symposium will consist of three moderated panel sessions where the majority of the audience will be presenters.  Potential participants must submit an abstract of 300 words by May 15, 2010.

We especially invite papers focused on:

  • Health workers and patients as political agents
  • Fundraising and models of “charity” in health activism
  • Inequality and discrimination within medical and health-related organizations
  • Ideas that have driven health activism (such as social justice, human rights, fiscal conservatism and “family values”)
  • Comparisons of health-related movements with other social movements, especially their reliance on specialized scientific knowledge.

Papers will be pre-circulated to symposium participants in advance.

Interested scholars should submit the following:
(1) Applicant’s name, institutional affiliation and contact details
(2) A 300 word abstract
(3) A one-page CV
Submissions should be emailed to:

Abstracts are due on May 15, 2010.
Successful applicants will be informed that their paper has been accepted by June 15, 2010.
Completed papers must be submitted by October 1, 2010 so that they can be circulated and read by all symposium participants.

Published in: on April 3, 2010 at 7:44 am  Leave a Comment  

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