Roy Porter Prize Update
In light of the cancellation of the SSHM conference this year, we wanted to update our Roy Porter Prize entrants. We want to assure those who submitted essays that the Prize will go ahead, despite the need to reschedule the conference. While the planned judging timetable for this year will remain in place, the final sign-off and official announcement of the winner and runners up may need to occur after our AGM (in September 2020), and therefore take place later than would usually be the case. We will communicate the outcome to entrants, and the Roy Porter Prize will be announced through our official channels.
2019 Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Competition
The Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) now invites submissions to its 2019 Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Competition. This prize will be awarded to the best original, unpublished essay in the social history of medicine submitted to the competition as judged by the SSHM’s assessment panel.
The competition is open to undergraduate and post-graduate students in full or part-time education. The winner will be awarded £500.00, and his or her entry may also be published in the journal, Social History of Medicine. Please click here for a list of the published articles that were past competition winners.
You can read Social History of Medicine articles by past winners of the Roy Porter essay prize FREE online: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/sochis/porter_prize.html.
Please see here for 2019 contest regulations and submission form.
The deadline for entries is 1 February 2020.
Any questions about the competition should be directed to our Executive Secretary.
2018 Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Winners
2017 Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Winners
Congratulations to Kit Heintzman (Harvard University), for her winning essay for the Roy Porter Prize 2017-18: ‘Bedrooms and Barnyards: Two Medicines in Revolutionary France’. The judges felt that this was ‘a very interesting and well-researched paper, which utilises the concept of One Health to pick apart relationships of scientific and healing communities within the state in Revolutionary France’.
Thanks to the other entrants also for the high standard of essays received. Due to the quality of their submissions, two other essays were also ‘highly commended’:
- Peder Clark (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine): ‘”Problems of today and tomorrow”: Prevention and the National Health Service in the 1970s’
- Michelle Webb (University of Exeter): ‘ “Spotted all over”: The afterlife of leprosy in Early Modern England’
We hope to see the entrants’ essays published in SHM in due course.
Undergraduate Essay Prize
The SSHM Undergraduate Prize Competition awarded prizes for the best unpublished original research essays in the social history of medicine, from two groups of undergraduate students: humanities and social science students; and medical, healthcare and allied science students. Previous winners have written blogs based on their essays, which can be found HERE.
This prize is discontinued, but undergraduates can enter the Roy Porter Student Essay Prize competition.