Notification and CFP: Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine Conference

July 11-15, 2017, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy Campus


15th Biennial Conference, Melbourne

Health, Medicine, and Society: Challenge and Change

Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy Campus

Tuesday 11 July – Friday 14 July | Saturday 15 July: Witness Seminar

Keynote Speakers

Prof Barbra Mann Wall, Thomas A Saunders III Professor of Nursing, University of Virginia, USA

Dr Criena Fitzgerald, Professional Historian, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia

Dr Peter Hobbins, ARC DECRA Research Fellow, University of Sydney, 2016 Merewether Scholar, SLNSW

Program Features

  • Keynote addresses by prominent scholars
  • Papers and other presentations on a wide range of topics
  • Witness Seminar – leading medical scientists and clinicians discuss curiositydriven research and health outcomes, from benchtop to bedside
  • Gala dinner at Melbourne Museum
  • Visits to museums and cultural collections

Key Dates

Call for papers opens 7 Nov 2016

Call for papers deadline 20 Feb 2017

Registration opens 3 Apr 2017

Early bird registration deadline 30 May 2017

For further Information and Expressions of Interest

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or contact conference managers DC Conferences on 61 2 9954 4400

Call for papers

The 2017 conference theme ‘health, medicine and society: challenge and change’ offers a broad canvas for papers on the history of health and medicine, from local to global, from ancient to modern.

Submissions are welcome on, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • disciplines and practice • gender; language; biography
  • disease and epidemics; migration • the arts
  • innovations; technology • material culture and collecting
  • war and reconstruction • place and the built environment
  • indigenous peoples • policy and politics; law and ethics
  • wine and food as therapeutics • impact of social and economic pressures

We encourage papers that challenge accepted narratives of health and medical history, and/or address the impact of change.

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts of up to 250 words may be submitted for a full paper (20 minutes) or for a short paper (10 minutes). A limited number of short papers will be included in a session called “1,000 words on a picture”. We also welcome panels in which 3 or 4 papers are presented on a particular topic.

Full details of abstract submission are available at the Conference website

Deadline: February 20, 2017

Posted: January 23, 2017