CFP: British Society for the History of Medicine Congress

September 13-16, 2017, Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh

Call for papers

This is the call for papers and posters for the BSHM Congress to be held from 13th-16th September 2017 at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, in association with the Society for the Social History of Medicine.
All those with an interest in history of medicine are welcome to attend and to submit abstracts for 15 minute oral presentations and for posters. Members of BSHM and affiliated societies enjoy a reduced delegate fee.

The Congress has 4 themes: Women in Medicine; Scotland’s contribution and influence; Apothecaries and their successors; Art and photography in Medicine.
These themes are not exclusive. Papers and posters on any aspect of the history of medicine are welcome.

Abstract submission is now open and will  close on 31st May.  Abstracts should be no more than 200 words in length and the title no more than 15 words. A single reference may be added (not included in word count). Abstracts will be peer reviewed and authors notified by 7th July.

Keynote speakers include Professor Malcolm Nicolson, Professor David Watters and Philippa Langley.

Postgraduate students, and early career postdoctoral researchers, who are members of the Society of the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) and who do not have  access to institutional funds, may apply for conference bursaries from the SSHM.   Details about applications can be found here –
Undergraduate students enjoy reduced delegate rates of £25 for the 3 days or £10 per day.

Surgeons Hall is the home of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, first established in 1505. The campus is centred round the Playfair Building, opened in 1832. This historic venue houses a modern conference centre where the Congress be held. It is situated close to the centre of Edinburgh within the UNESCO World heritage site.
Further details are on  our website where you can find information on how to register an interest, register as a delegate and submit abstracts. This will be done using our dedicated conference site at

Hotels of all price ranges are situated within easy reach of the venue.
Further details are  at

Edinburgh has good air and rail links from all parts of the UK. Further details are at

The Congress is supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust, University of Edinburgh, Scottish Society of the History of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Jon Baines.

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Posted: January 23, 2017