Annual Conference


Joint Conference: Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM) and Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN)

June 1 & 2, 2021

The 2021 Joint Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing will be held virtually on June 1 and 2, 2021. The draft programme includes a wide variety of research that examines histories and understandings of health and well-being in Canada and beyond.

COVID-19 has revealed the multiple ways that structural discrimination shapes healthcare systems. Following the cancellation of Congress 2020, which was to focus on “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism,” the Programme Committee particularly welcomed papers that address medicine’s historic and ongoing role in perpetuating Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Black racism, and how racism and discrimination have shaped experiences, understandings, dialogues, and debates on disease, health, and healing at local, national, and global levels.

Conference registration will be free, and all are encouraged to attend. More information about registration, the final conference programme, keynote speakers, and CME credit will be available soon.

Questions can be addressed to the Programme Committee Co-Chairs:
Dr. Caroline Lieffers, King’s University (
Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek, University of British Columbia (

Draft program now available (May 26)

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Abstract Booklet

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Conference Registration

Past Programmes

Please follow the link below to view past conference programmes of the CSHM.


Past Programmes

Conference History

Since 1978, the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine has held annual conferences in conjunction with the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Conferences include round table discussions, the prestigious Paterson Lecture Series, peer-reviewed scholarly papers, and the H.N. Segall Prize for best student presentation. The journal of the CSHM/SCHM is the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, a bilingual, peer-reviewed journal, with its own website. The Society and its journal are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council [SSHRC] and by Associated Medical Services, a charitable organization that has for many years supported initiatives in the history of medicine, bioethics, professional education, and other aspects of Canadian health care.

The meets once a year in conjunction with Congress of the Social Sciences and the Humanities. Meetings are usually two-and-a-half days over a weekend in late May or early June. Research papers are selected in a peer-review process by a committee of society members who build a coherent program with several thematic sessions. A pay-as-you-go social evening is usually part of the weekend (discounts for students).

Meeting highlights include the annual AMS/Paterson Lecture, by a distinguished historian of medicine and the H.N. Segall Prize awarded to the best student paper.

Since 2005, the CSHM has held an annual collective book launch reception as part of the annual meeting. Members are encouraged to celebrate books that they have published since the previous meeting. If you have a new book to celebrate, please contact the conference organizers. Information for speakers and session chairs: the “CSHM Riot Act”

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