Vacancy: Reviews Editor

Social History of Medicine seeks a new reviews editor to join Professor Christoph Gradmann (co-editor), Professor Patricia Skinner (co-editor), and Dr Dora Vargha (co-editor). The new reviews editor will succeed Dr Vanessa Heggie, who will stand down in 2019. There is a modest honorarium for this work.

Social History of Medicine is a leading international journal and covers all aspects of the social, cultural and economic history of medicine. It is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM). The journal appears four times annually.

Expertise in all areas of history of medicine and/or time-periods will be considered.


The primary duties of the Reviews Editor are as follows:

  • Identify and invite suitable reviewers for books (approx. 250 invitations per year).
  • Manage authors’ queries, extensions and late reviews.
  • Lightly edit submitted reviews for house style (approx. 80-90 per year).
  • Check proofs of reviews for errors and final corrections, including checking SHM issue proofs with particular responsibility for the book review section.
  • Provide Oxford University Press with the running order for each issue.
  • Keep an overview of reviews to spot potential clusters for ‘focus on’ sections and/or essay reviews.
  • Attend Skype meetings with the other editors (approx. 3 meetings/year).
  • Find and manage a book reviews assistant, including managing their hourly fee.
  • Organise a system for receiving and posting books, including making expenses claims.


In addition to the editorial skype meetings, there are usually four meetings (two EC meetings, one Editorial Board meeting, and one SSHM AGM) per year where the reviews editor is present; the reviews editor is an ex-officio member of the Society for the Social History of Medicine Executive Committee. The EC expects at least one of the journal editors to attend each of these meetings. The annual meeting of the Editorial Board usually occurs in the summer; the two regular meetings of the EC are held around March/April/May and October/November/December; and the AGM is usually held in either July or September, depending on when our conference is scheduled.

Travel Allowance

The EC will reimburse reasonable travel costs (standard class train tickets using advance fares if possible, or economy class air fares) for essential meetings.

To Apply

Please send your CV (no more than 6 pages), and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages). The application should provide a brief statement of why the candidate is attracted to the post, an outline of what they would contribute to SHM, and a synopsis of their relevant experience. Applications should be emailed to

Deadline: 30 September 2019

Informal enquiries about the nature of the post can be made by e-mail to Dr Vanessa Heggie by email ( or in person during the EAHMH conference at the University of Birmingham (27-30 August 2019).

Further details about the journal and the Society for the Social History of Medicine can be found at

‘Er indoors’: Domesticity and nature in home and garden– A one-day interdisciplinary conference

University of Warwick, Saturday 23 November 2019

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Ben Highmore, Cultural Studies, University of Sussex
  • Dr Lisa Taylor, Principal Lecturer in Media, Leeds Beckett University

The domestic garden represents, for many, their closest and most significant contact with the natural environment. The relationship of humans with this domestic outdoor space, in which nature can be ‘controlled’ by the householder, is often very different to that with ‘wild nature’, to be found in the countryside and national parks. Domesticity and Nature in Home and Garden seeks to provide a fresh, interdisciplinary perspective on the interaction of humans with the environment by focusing on the relationship between the house and the garden across time and place, on the ways in which family life occurs in the domestic space and how it moves between the indoors and the outdoors. This conference will promote a rethink of our place in the nature that is on our doorstep.

Domesticity and Nature in Home and Garden will appeal to scholars from diverse fields who are concerned with all aspects of the relationship between the inside and the outside of the home. Every time and place has a domestic culture of the inside and the outside that can be critically examined and compared. Areas of interest will include, but will not be limited to, the lived experience of the domestic home and garden (pets, house plants, vermin, barbeques, sheds) and the role of health, gender and class in defining the boundaries of the home and garden space. The study of domesticity inside and outside can reshape understandings of health, wellbeing and the human relationship to the environment and provide new approaches to productively discuss our future domesticities in the context of combatting climate change. This work is of clear significance to the world beyond the academy. The conference will provide a platform for discussion of ways in which the public might be fruitfully engaged, and of any barriers that exist to prevent this.

Participants will be drawn from a range of disciplines with interests spanning, though not restricted to, the humanities, with a balance between contributions adopting historical perspectives and those which critically examine areas of contemporary practice.

We invite proposals for papers of 20 minutes, submitted with a short biography to by 5pm on Friday 9th August.

We hope to support costs of attendance for postgraduate and early career researchers. Please let us know if you wish to be considered.