1 de agosto de 2020

CfP: ESEH 2021 Conference – Same planet, different worlds: environmental histories imagining anew

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to invite proposals for our upcoming conference at the University of Bristol, UK. We want to host a conference for a post-plague world. Right now, our old ways of living have been interrupted, disrupted and ruptured by the COVID-19 outbreak. This devastating global pandemic carries an undeniable message of our entanglement across continents, species, societies, and bodies. Yet the virus hits us differently. We are all on the same planet but we are experiencing radically and divergently altered worlds. We thus draw inspiration for our conference theme from Arundhati Roy’s observation: ‘But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next’. The conference will provoke questions and conversations that can help us through the gateway. After all, our conferences have always been meaningful reactions to global conditions. Twenty years ago, at St Andrews we held the first ESEH Conference on ‘Environmental History: Problems and Potential’. Two decades later, we are now long past ‘potential’ – we need urgent intervention from historians in the crises of our times.

We embrace history that matters and our discipline’s ability to create ‘useable pasts’ for unusual times. This conference moves from the premise of an entangled world: first and foremost enmeshed in a global pandemic, a shared ecological crisis and climate catastrophe, as well as cultural connections from past colonial and postcolonial histories. Understanding entanglements and challenging boundaries has been important in bringing us together over the years. In Prague, we considered the boundaries of ‘diversity’. In Zagreb, we tackled boundaries as ‘contact zones’. In Tallin, we explored the boundaries ‘in/of environmental history’. In Bristol, we cross the boundaries into a new world.

Thus this conference resists a ‘return to normality’. These are extraordinary times and this will be an extraordinary conference. At this critical moment, as historians we need to look without and within. Certainly, we need to engage with the wider world: environmental historians are vital in today’s biggest planetary emergencies. Yet at the same time, we need to engage within our own discipline to rethink our academic practices in terms of environmental realities. This means thinking about writing ethical history, sustainable history and history that matters.

We want to use this opportunity to imagine anew: both how we have conversations (the conference format) and what the conversations are about (the possibilities of our discipline). This conference thus will be engaging in experimental new ways of sharing and generating knowledge, including a blended and collaborative co-learning environment.

Possible topics to be discussed under the umbrella concept of ‘Same planet, different world’, include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Pandemics: Politics, panics and panaceas
  • Environmental histories of public health and public policy
  • Industrial and agricultural impact on disease
  • Resisting the return to normality: the activist historian and strategies for sustainable research
  • Environmental histories of ‘wicked problems’
  • Edge effects: the uneven fallout of climate change
  • Other knowledges: vernacular histories and indigenous knowledge systems
  • Burning issue: fire histories
  • Justice and the past: writing history in the time of Black Lives Matter
  • Technology and envirotechnical systems in natural resource protection and conservation
  • Environmental justice: the legacies of colonialism and post-colonialism
  • Writing more-than-human histories
  • Creativity and the historical discipline
  • The possibilities and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research
  • Imagining other futures

31 de julio de 2020

CfP: Special Issue "In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century"

The incorporation of technological solutions to all kinds of problems is something which is becoming more and more present in our daily life. Teleassistance devices, diabetes monitoring systems, intelligent houses or robotic pets are examples of present caring technologies that condition and modulate our relations with the environment and with others. “In the Hands of Technology: Care in the XXI Century” is an invitation to reflect on the development of care technologies, with a special interest in identifying the main challenges of the intensification of the implementation of technology into care processes.

Faced with discourses that ofen see the incorporation of technology into care processes as inevitable, we propose an in-depth discussion on how we want to be cared for in the future. Not to deny a role to technology, but to take it to the point where it can serve as a contribution to good care. We would like to receive submissions covering all the possible aspects concerning this debate: ethical, social, political, economic, and so on. 

There are many issues we would like to address. For instance: What are the ethics of care embedded in technological developments? Do caring artifacts respond to the emotional and social needs of most vulnerable people? What is the economic and political logic behind the development of care robots and other similar technologies? How do the different groups involved in the care activities participate in the conception and design of these devices?
This Special Issue departs from the present, but it is a reflection on the future, on how we want to approach our life in common with the machines of tomorrow. It is a reflection on how we want to grow, how we want to age, the world we want to be born in, and the technologies we will find in it.

The list of topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • The future of care
  • Ethical issues
  • The impact of technology in vulnerable groups
  • The role of robots in care
  • The design of technologies of care
  • Imaginaries of care technologies
  • Aging in a technological world
  • Care technology assessment
  • STS approach to care
Guest Editors: Dr. Miquel Domènech and Dr. Núria Vallès-Peris

More information on this issue can be found at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/Technology_Care

Wellcome funded PhD on medical careers in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office

Fully-funded PhD studentship to work on medical careers in the British Post Office. This research is part of Addressing Health, a three year Wellcome funded project that explores morbidity, mortality and occupational health in the Victorian and Edwardian Post Office.


The aim of the PhD is to understand the roles, status, career trajectories and professional contributions of medics employed by the UK’s Post Office in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Post Office Medical Service was a comprehensive network of permanent and contracted medical practitioners appointed to provide healthcare to the workforce. By the end of the nineteenth century over 500 doctors were involved, making it the largest occupational medical service in the country. 

This studentship will develop a clearer understanding of the growth of the Post Office Medical Service in the context of the field’s professionalisation. It will focus on identifying the medics employed and their professional backgrounds, and will identify change over time and between places, investigating the changing qualifications and experiences of doctors employed to provide care to the workforce. It will look at their medical expertise, examining their contributions to knowledge and exploring the significance of Post Office employment for their professional practice. It will also compare the nature of medical practice in the Post Office with other organisations, including other branches of the civil service and the police.


Details of the PhD are here


For further information please contact Dr Doug Brown

30 de julio de 2020

Call for Contributors: A Cultural History of Historiography

The editors of Volumes 5 and 6 of A Cultural History of Historiography are seeking contributors. The volumes are part of a six-volume set to appear in Bloomsbury Academic’s cultural history series.


All six volumes have the same eight chapter headings. Each chapter explores how the themes specified in the chapter title resonated in the work of historians and historical thinkers in the period. Each chapter is 8,000 to 10,000 words including notes and references. The submission deadline for the chapters is July 1, 2021.


The following chapters currently need authors:


Volume 5: A Cultural History of Historiography in the Age of Empire (1800-1920)


2. “Family, Household, and Health”

3. “Economics and Social Relations”

4. “Technology, Transportation, and Communication”

6. “Religion, Science, and Popular Beliefs”



Volume 6: A Cultural History of Historiography in the Modern Age (1920-Present)


1. “Geography and Social Hierarchy”

2. “Family, Household, and Health”

4. “Technology, Transportation, and Communication           “

6. “Religion, Science, and Popular Beliefs”


If interested, please submit the following to both editors:


• a current c.v.,

• a writing sample,

• a brief description of what you propose to include, specifying the chapter and volume.


In addition to established academics, we welcome proposals from those in the earlier stages of their careers (including graduate students and postdocs), as well as from public history professionals and independent scholars.


Jason McDonald, Truman State University

Torbjorn Wandel, Truman State University

Contact Info: 

Jason McDonald
Torbjorn Wandel

Crida Seminaris Cehic

El CEHIC està preparant un nou programa de seminaris per aquest curs acadèmica 2020-21. Com l'any anterior, els seminaris tindran dos formats ben diferenciats. 

En primer lloc, continuarem amb els "Work in Progress", un fòrum de discussió transversal on podeu presentar recerques en curs, noves idees per projectes, esborranys d'articles (que poden ser precirculats o no), qüestions historiogràfiques, etc. Està obert a membres i no membres del CEHIC interessats /des en història de la ciència. 

En segon lloc, busquem també propostes de "Seminaris Cehic", seminaris d'investigadors locals o estrangers consolidats que ens mostrin recerca puntera o noves idees historiogràfiques. Membres i no membres del Cehic poden proposar candidats també per aquesta modalitat que tindrà un pressupost limitat de despeses. 

Els seminaris tindran lloc un divendres al mes durant el curs acadèmic 2020-21. Us adjuntem el calendari amb les dates que tenim lliures. Sempre que les circumstàncies ho permetin, els seminaris es realitzaran de forma presencial al CEHIC. Si no ho permeten, els farem de forma virtual.

La vostra proposta ha d'incloure un títol, un petit abstract, una imatge que il·lustri el seminari, axií com la data o dates preferents. Les propostes de "work in progress" les haureu d'enviar a jaume.sastre@uab.cat i les de "Seminaris Cehic" a agusti.nieto@uab.cat. Restem a l'espera que ens feu arribar les vostres propostes abans del 15 de setembre.

29 de julio de 2020

CfP: Objects of Understanding, Flensburg 19 - 23 July 2021

We would like to invite the submission of paper and poster abstracts for a five-day conference on the history of objects and practices in science education. The conference had initially been planned for June 2020 but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding the history of science education is essential if we want to understand the generation, reproduction and circulation of scientific knowledge, practices, practitioners, and objects. While history of science education has moved from the periphery to the focus of history of science in recent decades, the central role of instruments, demonstrations and models in teaching has barely been explored. Particularly with respect to the analysis of scientists’ formation in different periods, the role of objects and of practices in laboratories appears to be crucial. Moreover, with respect to the political and social function that was ascribed to science, the role and purpose of objects in school science education needs a more thorough reflection.

In this conference, we want to discuss objects that were explicitly designed for the purpose of science education such as teaching demonstrations and students’ experiments, models and collections of specimens. Moreover, we want to address the relationship between teaching and research instruments and collections, and the practices associated with them. We explicitly want to bring together objects and practices from the different contexts and periods of science teaching in schools and technical training institutes, the formation of future scientists at universities, and teaching a general audience about and through science. Following the conference Learning by Doing hosted in 2009 at the University of Regensburg, we invite historians of science as well as scholars from neighboring fields such as material culture studies, history of education and science museums to present their work on the historical development and role of objects that were intended to represent, present and transfer knowledge within the scientific disciplines.

We invite proposals for presentation of individual papers of 20 minutes as well as posters. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to OoU-conference@uni-flensburg.de. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 October 2020, notification about acceptance will be sent by 5 November 2020. If your abstract has already been accepted for the 2020 conference, you do not need to send your abstract again but you should let us know whether you will be able to present your paper / poster at the new dates.

We will not hold this conference as an online conference and assume that it will be possible again to travel and meet in person in July 2021. However, in the case of travel restrictions for individual regions due to COVID-19, we will consider the possibility of online participation and presentation of affected participants.

Organizers: Peter Heering, Europa-Universität Flensburg, Germany, and Roland Wittje, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India

The conference is sponsored by the Scientific Instrument Commission (SIC), the International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group (IHPST), the International Committee for University Museums and Collections (UMAC) and Universeum, the European Academic Heritage Network

28 de julio de 2020

CfP: Illness and Health in Polish Literature, Culture and Language

The international, peer-reviewed and open access journal «pl.it / rassegna italiana di argomenti polacchi» is accepting submissions for its twelfth issue (2021).

We are most inclined to receive proposals of papers focusing on illness and health in Polish literature, culture and language. We do not intend to dwell on the present pandemic of Coronavirus. The approach should be more general, including such topics as: illness and literature, perception of and coping with illness, the relationship between our own and the other’s body, spiritual discomfort, real or alleged mental illness, health and illness in nature and society, old age as a moral illness or an existential experience, the search for a cure (a retrospective look at pre-modern literature and culture may also be of interest) or manifestations of mental discomfort in bodily illness. Other pertinent views on the subject are also welcome! We believe that Polish literature of any period may offer interesting inputs for investigation of these topics.

In addition to a monographic section, the journal also has a “miscellaneous” section, where we welcome papers devoted to other aspects of modern and contemporary literature, culture, arts, language and translation. Please note that the year 2021 marks the anniversary of birth or passing away of several important writers of the 20th-21st century, including Baczyński, Lem, Różewicz, Bratny, Norwid and Zapolska. You may find inspiration in rereading and reinterpreting the works of these important figures. Certainly, there are also other significant historical or cultural events that may become stimulating topics for your research.


Please send your title proposal with a short description in English (no more than 2,000 characters incl. spaces) and a brief biographical note (300-600 characters incl. spaces) to segreteria.plit@gmail.com by 30 August 2020.

Notification of acceptance or rejection of the subject proposed in the abstract will be communicated by 30 September 2020.

If the proposal is accepted, authors are required to submit their manuscripts (no more than 45,000 characters, including spaces, footnotes and references) by 31 January 2021.


Please note that the papers submitted to the journal must be original contributions not published previously elsewhere in any language.

Each paper will be subjected to double blind peer review before being accepted for publication.

The papers may be written in Polish, Italian, English, French, German. The issue is planned for publication in 2021.



25 de julio de 2020

CfP: Historia Sociocultural de la Medicina y la Salud en América Latina. Siglos XVI al XX

Url: https://revistas.uptc.edu.co/index.php/historia_memoria/announcement/view/189

La revista Historia & MEMORIA de la Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, tienen el gusto de anunciar que se encuentra abierta la convocatoria para el Dossier temático: “Historia Sociocultural de la Medicina y la Salud en América Latina. Siglos XVI al XIX”, en homenaje a la desaparecida profesora emérita de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Estela Restrepo Zea, pionera en este campo, que nos acompañó en proyectos y eventos.
Este Dossier tiene por objeto recoger la nueva producción historiográfica existente sobre este tema, desde los grupos de investigación conformados hace varios años, que son responsables del desarrollo del campo en el país en el siglo XX, hasta los nuevos investigadores y las reflexiones surgidas de sus disertaciones doctorales. La Historia Sociocultural de la Medicina y la Salud tiene como característica principal su interdisciplinariedad, lo que permite la interacción de distintos saberes que se reúnen en torno a la salud y la enfermedad, sus instituciones, sus disciplinas, sus figuras y la producción y reproducción del saber médico.  

Los aportes investigativos cubrirán un campo cronológico y geográfico amplio, que permita visibilizar el desarrollo de métodos y técnicas de la Historia Sociocultural de la Medicina y la Salud aplicado a distintas épocas. Desde la conquista, el inagotable tema del colapso demográfico indígena causado por las pestes coloniales desde Santo Domingo a Manila, de la ciudad de México al Cusco; el cambio de paradigma producido en las instituciones de asistencia hospitalaria y el efecto del reformismo borbónico en el ejercicio y la enseñanza de la medicina y la higiene pública, así como la inoculación y la llegada de la Expedición Filantrópica de la Vacuna a inicios del siglo XIX. El papel que tuvo la Independencia sobre las instituciones hospitalarias y los cambios producidos en la vida de los habitantes de las nuevas naciones surgidas del colapso monárquico. La difícil consolidación de los estados nacionales en América Latina y el papel de las nuevas instituciones de control y enseñanza del saber médico en el siglo XIX, jalonado en gran parte del continente por las guerras, el control sanitario de las migraciones, la higiene portuaria entre siglos, con el paso del modelo médico francés al norteamericano, la medicalización, la medicina tropical, así como las distintas campañas contra enfermedades como la anemia tropical, el paludismo, la malaria y la fiebre amarilla. La salud pública en el acelerado proceso de urbanización en América Latina en el siglo XX, con la creación de ministerios de salud y de la Seguridad Social, la medicina ocupacional, el saneamiento y control de enfermedades como la sífilis y la tuberculosis, la medicina escolar y la eugenesia blanda o dura aparecida en distintos países hasta la APS, son el amplísimo campo en donde se desarrolla actualmente la Historia Sociocultural de la Medicina y la Salud y que tendrán en este dossier un espacio de difusión científica.

Coordinadores: editoriales invitados: Abel Fernando Martínez Martín, Doctor en Historia y Andrés Ricardo Otálora Cascante, Doctor en Historia. 

Se reciben artículos hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2020 a través de la plataforma de OJS: http://revistas.uptc.edu.co/revistas/index.php/historia_memoria/login

CfP: Knowledge and Practice of Farming in Times of Climate Change

In 2021 the special thematic focus at the International Medieval Congress (IMC) in Leeds is ‘Climates’. The Darmstadt medievalists Gerrit J. Schenk and Stephan F. Ebert would like to organise two sessions at the congress.
The current debate on climate change has led to new perspectives and approaches to agriculture and food habits on a global scale. The production and consumption of food among worldwide food chains has become a core element of agro-food-studies. However, interrelations of nature and culture in terms of socioecological preconditions, land-use practices and animal husbandry have been concerns of earlier generations too. In the late Middle Ages a combination of climatic trends during the Little Ice Age (c. 1300–1850) and social distresses such as the Great Famine (1315–17) or the Black Death (1347–52) with substantial mortality rates required pragmatic efforts in agriculture, economy and society.
Humanists translated agronomical knowledge into vernacular languages. The writings on agri- and horticulture by Bolognese jurist Pietro de’ Crescenzi are probably the most prominent translated compilations of this period. The technological innovation of Gutenberg’s printing press (1450) helped to distribute this ‘new’ knowledge on food and farming, viniculture and pomiculture (e.g., methods of grafting). As new food arrived in the Old World via the Columbian Exchange this knowledge helped to integrate plants into existing dietetics as the German physician Leonhart Fuchs demonstrated in his “New Herbal” (1543). Ancient knowledge was not only copied and transferred into the present, certain plants were also examined and information on climate, soil and growing seasons was added to the texts. Sources like cooking recipes or account books inform about contemporary and changing eating habits and allow for a comparison of food production and consumption – of changes in theory and practice. These processes collided with transformations of the market economy (primal forms of ‘capitalism’) and manorialism. How did this affect local and rural communities and how did it form new ways of human interactions with and transformations of ecosystems?

24 de julio de 2020

CfP: Historical Approaches to Covid-19

We seek proposals for brief, 2,000-3,000 word essays on the relationship between history and Covid-19. More specifically, we invite pitches for essays on the following topics: historical approaches to Covid-19; what historical study can offer our analysis of Covid; or what Covid does for our analysis in any field or subfield of history. Our intent is to publish essays that will be of interest to historians and students, with a special interest in essays that can be used in undergraduate courses to add Covid-related content to already existing courses. We seek essays that relate to any field of historical inquiry — any time period, any geography, and any theme — that would be useful to help students think about Covid historically or through historical approaches. They should be footnoted, but they need not contain new, primary-source research.

Please submit a proposal of 100-200 words by August 10, 2020. The editors will be in touch with decisions by August 19. Full essays will be due October 1, and they will then be peer reviewed, with the goal of publishing the essays in November and December. They will be published as a digitized collection, hosted on the website of the Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Critical disaster studies is an international field, and we seek contributions from all countries and about any area of the world. We intend to have a bilingual publication process, in which we publish papers in English and the native language of the author, if different. We can accept contributions in English, French, German, and Italian and will endeavor to include abstracts in each of those languages. We may be able to publish in other languages, so please enquire if you would like to submit an essay in a different language. 

Potential themes include but are by no means limited to: 
  • Disasters or pandemics mitigation urban plan in the history of design
  • Oral Histories of Covid-19
  • Update on past and future of the “epidemiological transition” model
  • Historical comparison in the context of Covid-19
  • Disaster, pandemics, and intersecting layers of inequality
  • Politics and social movements in and related to disaster and pandemic
  • Urbanization patterns and forms in relation to disasters and pandemics
  • Segregated neighbourhoods in relation to disasters and pandemics
  • Rural settlements and Covid-19
  • Food accessibility during past disaster and post-disaster events
  • Migration and disasters and pandemics
  • History of disasters and pandemics
This series of working papers is organized under the auspices of the Historical Approaches to Covid-19 Working Group of the National Science Foundation-funded Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network and the CONVERGE facility at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder (NSF Award #1841338). 

Please submit your proposals as an email attachment (Word or PDF) to Jacob Remes. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Editorial committee:
Carla Brisotto, University of Florida
Julia Engelschalt, Universität Bielefeld
Julia Irwin, University of South Florida
Valerie Marlowe, University of Delaware
Jacob Remes, New York University