CAHN/CSHM 2021 Call for Papers


Call for Papers

Joint Conference: Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM) and Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN)

June 1 & 2, 2021

The 2021 joint meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing will be a virtual conference on June 1 & 2, 2021.

COVID-19 has revealed the multiple ways that structural discrimination shapes healthcare systems. Following the cancellation of Congress 2020, which was to focus on “Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism,” the Programme Committee is particularly interested in papers that address medicine’s historic and ongoing role in perpetuating Anti-Indigenous and Anti-Black racism, and how racism and discrimination have shaped experiences, understandings, dialogues, and debates on disease, health, and healing at local, national, and global levels. Broadly-defined histories of health, healing, and resilience in  BIPOC communities are also particularly welcome, as well as papers that critically and creatively explore the relationships between historians of health and medicine and the communities they influence and are influenced by. Submissions from community-based presenters are also warmly welcomed. Proposals on topics unrelated to the theme will also be considered.

The online conference will take a unique format. Each panel will be 75 minutes and will include four ten-minute presentations, remarks from a commentator, and time for questions. Presenters will be required to submit a draft of their presentation to their panel commentator two weeks before the conference. There is no fee for the conference, but presenters are required to be members of either CSHM or CAHN.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 150 words, as well as a one-page CV, to Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek at by December 10, 2020. The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for organized panels of four related papers and a commentator; in this case, please submit a panel proposal of less than 200 words in addition to an abstract and one-page CV for each presenter. The Committee will notify applicants of its decision by January 30, 2021. Those who accept an invitation to present at the meeting agree to provide French and English versions of the accepted abstract for inclusion in the bilingual Programme Book.

Questions can be addressed to the Programme Committee Co-Chairs:
Dr. Caroline Lieffers, King’s University (
Dr. Lydia Wytenbroek, University of British Columbia (