About the Society for the Social History of Medicine
Since its inaugural meeting in 1970, the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) has pioneered inter-disciplinary approaches to the history of health, welfare, medical science and practice. Consequently, its membership consists of those interested in a variety of disciplines, including history, public health, demography, anthropology, sociology, social administration and health economics.
The Society has an active Programmes Committee which organises at least two conferences per year, the results of which were originally summarised in the Bulletin of the Society for the Social History of Medicine (1970-87). As interest and membership in the Society grew, the Bulletin evolved into Social History of Medicine (1988-), a journal published by Oxford University Press, and The Gazette, an accompanying newsletter reporting on conferences and other relevant news.
In 1987, following a number of Society-sponsored publications, SSHM also launched a series of edited volumes, currently published by Manchester University Press. Since 2001 the Society has accepted single-authored monographs for the series as well.
Though primarily based in the United Kingdom, the Society has always had a thriving international membership, and Social History of Medicine has continued to expand its international coverage, reflecting the growing number of subscribers who are outside the UK.
The SSHM is a charitable organisation registered in the UK.
Charity Registration Number: 278414
The next Annual General Meeting will take place during the biennial conference of the European Association for the History of Health and Medicine (EAHMH), which takes place from 27 to 30 August 2019 in Birmingham, UK. The exact time and location will be announced in due course.
We will be discussing the activities we undertook in 2018 and the AGM is the opportunity for SSHM members to provide us with feedback and suggestions.
Consultation: Plan S and Open Access
Planned changes to open access publishing policies by European research funding bodies will affect many of our members, either directly if they receive funding from these organisations, or indirectly because of the implications for journals and learned societies.