Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine Call for Papers


The Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine is seeking abstracts for research presentations on topics related to the history of health and healing; of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and of illness, disease, and public health, from all eras and regions of the world.

The 10th Annual seminar will be held the weekend of October 5-6, 2012 in New Haven, CT and is jointly hosted by the Section in the History of Medicine and the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University.
Abstracts should be no more than 350 words and should clearly state the purpose, thesis, methodology, and principal findings of the paper to be presented. Please note that abstracts more than 350 words in length will not be reviewed. Speakers must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of the conference.
We will be accepting abstracts for twenty-minute presentations as well as a limited number of pre-circulated papers (20-25 pages). The pre-circulated paper sessions will be with a small group of peers who have read your paper before the conference. This option is ideal for papers that are being submitted for publication.

The seminar is organized and coordinated by graduate students across the United States working in fields related to the history of medicine. Our mission is to foster a sense of community and provide a forum for sharing and critiquing graduate research by peers from a variety of institutions and backgrounds. For more information, including previous years? programs, please visit

All abstracts should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to [email protected] with a completed cover page. The cover page is attached this email and is also available at A panel of graduate students from several different institutions will review the abstracts. The deadline for abstracts is May 31, 2012.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide financial support for travel to participants. We will, however, make every effort to provide free accommodation for presenters. We urge students whose papers are accepted to seek financial support from their home institutions to participate in the seminar. Registration for the conference is free.

Kelly O?Donnell and Heidi Knoblauch
Program in the History of Science and Medicine
Yale University
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