SSHM 50th Anniversary Conference

SSHM 50th Anniversary Conference: Resilience

Swansea University, 8-11 July 2020

The Society for the Social History of Medicine hosts a major biennial, international, and interdisciplinary conference. In years without SSHM conference, we sponsor the biennial conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health.

MRSA (Credit: Annie Kavanagh CC-BY-NC)

What are the histories of resilience as a medical, psychiatric and biological concept? What are the connections between resilience and the social history of medicine?

Over three days the conference will address these questions with over 150 papers spanning the 15th to the 21st century. We will welcome three keynote speakers, Mark JacksonLaura Kelly and Michael Stolberg as well as panels and sessions for postgraduates and early career scholars. The Society’s AGM (where the winner of the Roy Porter Essay Prize 2019 will be announced) will be held on Friday 10 July. On Saturday afternoon we shall be offering a programme of excursions (including the National Botanic Garden of Wales, local heritage and river tours) for those wishing to stay a little longer. (Additional accommodation can be booked for Saturday night.)

Pseudo-sarcophagus of John the physician, fifth century, Istanbul, Bode Museum, Berlin (Credit: Patricia Skinner, CC-BY)

The conference will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Swansea University’s Singleton Park campus, a short step from parkland, beach and sea. Delegate accommodation (single, ensuite rooms) is a very short step away from the conference rooms, and we plan to make this the most sustainable and accessible SSHM conference ever.

The CFP is now closed but exhibitor enquiries are welcome and should be sent to

Registration for the conference is now open.

For advance planning purposes, the conference papers will run from 10.30am (first keynote) on 9 July to 1.30pm on the 11 July. Registration fee (including all sessions and daytime catering) will be £250 (standard), £200 (SSHM/EAHMH members) or £100 (students/unwaged). All-inclusive packages (3 nights’ accommodation from evening of 8th July and all meals including the conference dinner) will be £600 (standard), £480 (members) or £360 (students), representing a significant saving on ‘build your own’ rates for members and students.

Please note: SSHM bursaries are available for student/ECR participants joining the Society, and details can be found at the Society’s web page:

Enquiries about bursaries should be sent to the SSHM Executive Secretary, sshmexecsec@gmail.comnot the conference address.

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