AAHM Deadline Alert: Canuck Medical Historians Should Attend Minneapolis 2016

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The Call for Papers was long ago issued for the 2016 American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, which will take place in the great city of Minneapolis from 28 April to 1 May.  In fact, the deadline for applications is Monday September 28 — less than a week away!  Proposals are welcome for panels, single papers and even, for the first time, posters.

Here’s the link: http://www.histmed.org/cfp2016

All good historians of medicine should think about proposing something for this meeting, but those based in Canada should make a special effort.  Why?  Not just because it’s close and Minneapolis is a cool place to visit.  When push comes to shove, the annual meeting of the AAHM is the premier conference event in global history of medicine.

I confess I winced a bit as I wrote that, because in my experience the hallmark of the AAHM is that, though officially a single conference, it feels more like a dual affair, and unless you’re a scholar or policy wonk based in the United States of America, you’ll only be attending one of them.  But that’s ok, because both are good and fun, and they get along together nicely.  What I’m saying is, as with many globally-oriented societies whose locus is US academe, our American HM cousins give their national intellectual endeavours an international context to generate higher-grade treasure that will mostly accrue to US academic and government institutions, and to US-based intellectual careers.

This is one of the things that makes the US academy so great and powerful a cultural and political juggernaut. What’s more, Canada adopted the model — in some ways more successfully because the stakes of our own nation-statehood are so much less grandiose, and academic and government institutional power in many ways more diffuse, meaning the international and global projects have greater purchase on our national discussion.  Amazingly, along with Great Britain and to some extent Australia, the US and Canada are the only places in the world where scholars are permitted and enabled to do fundamental research on places other than their own nation-state.  As a result of this and other things related to anglo-US hegemony in North America, the AAHM inner folk have such kinship with Canadian historians of medicine  that they don’t even notice we’re not them (they just aren’t sure which US university we might be from).  They’ve even been known to elect a Canadian president — whether they were aware of it or not, Jacalyn Duffin can tell us — and regularly have Canucks on their various boards and juries and such.

Mostly, Canadian historians of medicine should propose to give papers at the 2016 AAHM to showcase for the world, and to themselves, the great quality and range of scholarship that is going on in this country, and to enrich and expand a discussion that, if kept somewhat in check by a ballast of often surprisingly parochial US history, is ultimately ecumenical, international and global — and usually pretty thought-provoking.

Plus you’ll get to see a lot of stars of the discipline, schmooze with editors from many of the top HM publishers, maybe even catch the Twinnies or a pop-up 3RDEYEGIRL show  …

Hurry up — there’s less than a week left!

AAHM 2016 – Call for Papers

The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) invites abstracts for papers in any area of medical history for its 89th annual meeting, to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 28 April to 1 May 2016. The AAHM welcomes papers on the history of health and healing; the history of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and the history of illness, disease, or public health. Submissions pertaining to all eras and regions of the world are welcome. Papers and panels that expand the horizons of medical history and engage related fields are particularly encouraged.

In addition to single-paper proposals, the Program Committee, led by Co-Chairs Sarah Tracy <swtracy@ou.edu> and Scott Podolsky <scott_podolsky@hms.harvard.edu >, encourages proposals for creatively structured panels and for luncheon workshops. Please contact one or both of the Program Committee Co-chairs if you are planning a panel or workshop. The Program Committee will judge individual papers in each of these venues on their own merits.

Presentations are limited to no more than 20 minutes. Papers must represent original work not already published or in press. Speakers are encouraged to make their manuscripts available to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, the official journal of the AAHM.

This year, for the first time, the Program Committee also invites a limited number of poster presentations. Poster proposals likewise will be considered individually.

The AAHM uses an online abstract submissions system, accessible through the organization website at http://www.histmed.org/cfp2016. Guidelines for writing a successful abstract may also be found through this link. Abstracts must be submitted by 28 September 2015.

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