CFP: Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Special Issue: Food as Medicine

As an Assistant Editor for the journal Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (RHM), I’m pleased to share our CFP for an upcoming special issue on “Food as Medicine.” This special issue will be co-edited by Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, of University of the Sciences, in consultation with RHM co-editors. 500-1000 word proposals (excluding citations) should be submitted to by October 15, 2019. Cristina is very willing to answer email queries, and her email address is Please submit and feel free to share widely.

The full CFP can be found here.

Call for Submissions, Journal of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science

The Journal of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (JSAHMS) is accepting submissions for the spring 2020 issue.

JSAHMS accepts submissions year round; however, the deadline for consideration to be published in the spring 2020 issue is September 30, 2019.

JSAHMS is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, with support from Troy University. We accept original articles on all aspects of the history of medicine and science. For more information on making a submission and author guidelines, please visit the website or contact Karen Ross, editor, at

JSAHMS (ISSN 2639-6661)

Robert M Young

I just learned that Robert M. (Bob) Young died on 5 July 2019. Younger scholars may be unaware of the profound impact Bob had on the history of science. But for my generation he was an inspirational figure whose groundbreaking work on cerebral localisation and on Darwin and Darwinism set new standards of critical historiography. He left the history of science mid-career, but before he did he made a major contribution to the development of social historical approaches to science. A short obituary was published in The Guardian and a longer one on the website of Free Associations, the publishing company Bob founded. Sadly, neither really does justice to his historical work, to which our discipline is deeply indebted.

Steve Sturdy
University of Edinburgh

2019 DHST Dissertation Prize

The list of Laureates and Honorable Mentions of the 2019 DHST Dissertation Prize (formerly DHST Young Scholar Prize) has now been published on the DHST Website:


Sandra Elena Guevara Flores, “The sociocultural construction of Cocoliztli in the epidemic of 1545 to 1548 in New Spain,” [La construcción sociocultural del cocoliztli en la epidemia de 1545 a 1548 en la Nueva España] (Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2017. Director: Dr. José Pardo Tomás; Tutor: Dr. Jorge Molero Mesa).

Marcin Krasnodębski, “The Pine Institute and Resin Chemistry in Aquitaine (1900-1970),” [L’Institut du Pin et la Chimie des Résines en Aquitaine (1900-1970)] (University of Bordeaux, 16 November 2016. Director: Pascal Duris).

Emily Margaret Kern, “Out of Asia: a global history of the scientific search for the origins of humankind, 1800-1965,” (Princeton University, April 2018. Directors: Erika Lorraine Milam and Michael Gordin).

Honorable mentions

Shira Dina Shmuely, “The bureaucracy of empathy: vivisection and the question of animal pain in Britain, 1876-1912,” (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 9 August 2017. Director: Harriet Ritvo).

Jonas van der Straeten, “Transmitting Development: Global Networks and Local Grids in the Electrification of East Africa, 1906-1970,” (Darmstadt University of Technology, 27 April 2017. Director: Mikael Hård).

See more on our website.

Congratulations to them!

The Laureates will be invited to present their research at the 26th ICHST, to be held in Prague in July 2021, together with the Laureates of the 2021 edition of the Prize.

Please note that the call for application for the 2021 edition of the Prize (for degrees awarded between 1 September 2018 and 1 September 2020) will be published in the autumn of 2020.

CFP: Book Series on Health and Healing in Africa and the African Diaspora

We’re currently accepting proposals for a new book series: Routledge Research in Health and Healing in Africa and the African Diaspora. You may send a book proposal or a detailed query for preliminary review to the Series Editor, Donna A. Patterson or the Routledge Editor, Leann Hinves. They’ll be an opportunity to meet with the Series Editor, Professor Patterson, and discuss your book idea at this year’s Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and African Studies Association (ASA) meetings. Do contact her if you wish to schedule a meeting.

We welcome proposals on a variety of topics in particular, public health, global health security, health care delivery, innovation in health, epidemics, women and children’s health, masculinity and health, mental health, traditional healing, and community initiatives. We seek publications from a range of disciplines and in some cases are interdisciplinary in nature from the social sciences, public and global health, clinical sciences, and the humanities. In addition, we seek research and analyses from area studies that transcends health issues, including African Studies, African American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Women and Gender Studies and work that is transnational and that in some cases straddles more than one country or region.

For more information about the new series, visit our website.

Message From ACLS President Joy Connolly

Matthew Goldfeder, Director of Fellowships in ACLS’s Office of Fellowships and Public Programs, is pursuing new endeavors on the west coast. He will take leave of his position on September 30.

ACLS grew substantially in scope during the years of Matthew’s service, granting over $25 million in fellowships in 2018-19 from $15 million in 2013-14. Eight new programs were established since 2012, including ACLS’s new involvement with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. Matthew played a key role in implementing this expansion. We are proud of his achievements in broadening ACLS’s reach to new audiences, including faculty at teaching-intensive institutions and from underrepresented groups. Thanks in part to his hard work, ACLS now welcomes a more diverse community of reviewers and fellowship recipients.

In all the work he has undertaken on behalf of the humanities and related social sciences, Matthew has sought to ground change in data and data analysis. His examination of applicant pools and review structure revealed ways ACLS could meaningfully increase its impact through better outreach and clearer communication through every step of the fellowship application. Under his leadership ACLS programs were transformed from paper and snail-mail to fully online processes, allowing an ever-widening group of constituents easier access to apply, conduct reviews, and receive funding. Among Matthew’s achievements is his effective mentorship of colleagues as they take their own career steps within ACLS or in graduate school.

As part of the transition as Matthew prepares to depart, we are beginning the search for a new Program Officer. All of us here at ACLS wish Matthew the very best.

The American Council of Learned Societies, a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations, is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $25 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

August HPS&ST Note

The August HPS&ST Note is now on the web here.


  • Introduction
  • NARST 2020 Conference: Strand 13 (HPS) Submissions (August 15)
  • IHPST Life-Time Achievement Award to Fabio Bevilacqua
  • Book Reviewing for the British Journal for the History of Science
  • History of Electricity (A.K.T. Assis) Volume
  • Feng Shui: Teaching About Science and Pseudoscience
  • IHPST Latin America Regional Conference (2018) Abstracts
  • Journal Thematic Issue: What are the Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Foundations of STEM Education?
  • Proceedings of the International Congress on the History of Science in Education, Vila Real, Portugal
  • Opinion Page: The Problem of Scientific Bias: The 1919 Astronomical Confirmation of Einstein’s Theory (Daniel J. Kennefick)
  • PhD Theses in HPS&ST Domain: Veli Virmajoki, University of Turku
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

The HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,800 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.

The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.

Contributions to the note (publications, thematic issues, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor: Michael R. Matthews, UNSW,

If you have friends, colleagues or students who would like to subscribe to the list, tell them to send a message to: There is no need for subject header or any message; the email itself suffices for addition to the hpsst-list.

Michael Matthews

CFA: Disability History Association Mentorship Program

The Disability History Association’s Mentorship Program was founded as part of the American Historical Association’s Advisory Committee on Disability, to assist in facilitating network connections between graduate students and established faculty working on disability history.

Mentoring is a crucial process of academic learning. For graduate students, it offers an opportunity to ask questions about challenges they may face in the duration of their career: doing research, preparing for their exams and defense, learning about effective teaching strategies, dealing with administrative roadblocks, and more. For faculty volunteers, mentoring serves as an extension of teaching skills and presents an opportunity to guide rising scholars in the field.

The DHA Mentorship Program aims to match volunteer mentors with students who are either pursuing a graduate degree in the same subfield of history or who have the same disability, if that information is disclosed. The mentor is not meant to replace or interfere with the supervisor-student relationship, but rather to serve as a helpful resource in the field for general advice and professional development.

This informal Program is based on communication through email, phone, or Skype. The frequency and mode of contact will depend on the mentee and mentor, but DHA recommends it must be no less than 1-2 hours every 4-6 weeks for at least a year.



  • Graduate students doing a MA or PhD in history, disability history, history of science or history of medicine with a specialization in disability history. Students working in related disciplines, such as American studies, historical sociology, historical anthropology, or material culture studies are also welcome. Students working outside the U.S. are welcome to apply.
  • Demonstrated an interest in developing a career as a researcher and teacher/faculty in the history of disability
  • Students with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply


  • Scholars worldwide working in the area of disability history or related fields
  • Faculty with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply

To apply, please send an email to Dr. Jaipreet Virdi, director of the Mentorship Program at with a short paragraph outlining:

  • Your name, affiliation, and email
  • Your field of study/program, year of graduation (mentees), and area(s) of specialty.
  • What do you aim to achieve from this program?
  • If so desired, you are welcome to disclose your disability/disabilities
  • For mentors: how many mentees are you willing to take on if they are a good match? (DHA recommendation is 1-3)

Applications for the fall semester are due AUGUST 19. Mentee-mentor matches will be set by September 1. The next round of applications will be in December for a January match.

If you have any questions, please contact the director of the Mentorship Program, Dr. Jaipreet Virdi at

Click here for more details.

Archival Elements: Newsletter of the Society of American Archivists Science, Technology, and Health Care Section

The Society of American Archivists Science, Technology, and Health Care Section is a professional community of the archivists and special collections librarians who develop and maintain the collections which we rely on as historians. We publish an annual newsletter, Archival Elements, which often includes news about new collections, exhibit, and other projects of as much relevance to historians as to archivists. The 2019 issue is now available, as are back issues and guidelines for submission.