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Call for Applications: Co-Editor for the Social Histories of Medicine series, Manchester University Press
The Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) is seeking a third editor for our book series, ‘Social Histories of Medicine’, as Keir Waddington is standing down after 13 years as co-editor. We invite applications from historians working on any area or time period of the history of medicine, and are especially interested in applications by historians with expertise in global histories of medicine. The successful applicant will have a proven track record of publication in order to be able to advise authors. We will consider applications from early-career historians who have a strong track-record of publishing. We are motivated in part by a desire for greater editorial diversity and would welcome applications from candidates from less well-represented backgrounds and disciplines. The new editor will work with both monographs and edited collections and will be mentored by the current editors, David Cantor and Elaine Leong.
More information on the series can be found at https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/series/social-histories-of-medicine/
The Co-Editor of ‘Social Histories of Medicine’ is expected to serve a term of five years. After five years, an extension can be agreed by the Co-Editor and the Executive Committee (EC) of the SSHM.
It is expected that all co-editors share the workload in equal terms as far as possible. All co-editors will fully participate in all editorial affairs, including dealing with incoming manuscripts, and peer reviewers, as well as soliciting submissions, and working with authors and Manchester University Press to prepare manuscripts for publication. The editorial team are advised by the Chair of the EC of the SSHM, and the publisher, Manchester University Press, and will be expected to arrange the practicalities of this cooperation. As part of their editorial duties, the co-editor will help to form an editorial board for the book series.
There are usually four meetings a year (some of which may be virtual) where the new co-editor may be present: two SSHM Executive Committee (EC) meetings, one Social History of Medicine (journal) Editorial Board meeting, and one SSHM Annual General Meeting AGM). The book series editors are members of the editorial board of the journal, Social History of Medicine, and are ex-officio members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine Executive Committee. The EC usually expects one of the editors to attend each of these meetings and so each editor is likely to attend a maximum of one or two meetings per year. The annual meeting of the Editorial Board usually occurs in the Northern summer; the three regular meetings of the EC are held in the Northern winter, spring and autumn; and the AGM is usually held in either July or September, depending on when our conference is scheduled.
The EC notes the generous cooperation offered by the Co-Editor when it comes to travel costs. The EC will reimburse reasonable travel costs (standard class train tickets using advance fares if possible, or economy class air fares, accommodation and conference fees if necessary) up to £1200 per year. This funding may be used to pay for registration for (virtual) conferences where the co-editor represents the series, and they can propose to the EC attendance at conferences to hold ‘Meet the Editor’ sessions. The Co-Editor is expected to consult with the SSHM Chair and Treasurer regarding the proposed event and costs, before booking flights / accommodation.
Please send your CV (no more than 6 pages), and a covering letter (no more than 2 pages) detailing your relevant experience, and including a statement on how you see your role in curating the book series to reflect the current state of the field. Applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and addressed to Dr Rosemary Cresswell, Chair of the Society for the Social History of Medicine.
Deadline: Friday 17 September 2021
For queries about the role, please contact our current book series editors, David Cantor <email@example.com> and Elaine Leong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AGM / EC Nomination Form
Our next Annual General Meeting will take place on 24 June 2021 at 16:00, virtually via Zoom. The Zoom link is available here. During the AGM, we will be talking about our activities in 2020. The AGM is also the opportunity for SSHM members to provide us with feedback and suggestions. We will also re-elect and nominate members at this meeting. Please note that nomination forms must now all be received by email. You can find the nomination form here: