To bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences

Health and Environment

This network addresses the basics of human wellbeing: health and human environment. Both fields are connected to (almost) all other fields of life, so presentations can address a wide range of health and environment related topics, including social, scientific, cultural, medical, economic, political or climate related aspects.

Iris Borowy
Shanghai University, College of Liberal Arts
Enrique Perdiguero
Universidad Miguel Hernandez, Spain

Proposals are invited for panels, individual papers or sessions on any subject dealing with the social history of health and/or of the environment.

ESEH is trying to expand its range of approaches and methods, so proposals using innovative formats are very welcome. The following types of applications are encouraged:

Traditional panels consisting of four contributors and one chair and discussant. We particularly encourage sessions organised around a central theme with a comparative approach, bringing together contributions on different regions and/or time periods. We reserve the right to re-arrange panels and contributors if necessary in view of incoming applications. Panel chairs can also act as discussants. Discussants have an important role in stimulating discussions, which should take up a substantial part of the panel time. They can identify central issues of the papers, point to similarities and differences, raise individual or general questions or otherwise broaden the perspective on the overall themes of the panels.

Individual papers. Individual papers are welcome, and accepted papers will be arranged into coherent sessions as far as possible. However, pre-organized panels have a substantially higher chance of being accepted.

Meet the Author sessions, organized around a recent and important book, discussed by several scholars. While the author should be able to respond, it must become clear in the proposal that such sessions should provide the opportunity for critical debate about seminal and/controversial books and their theses (instead of being marketing events for a book.)

Round table discussions in which several experts discuss one central topic.

Other, e.g. the presentation and discussion of a film, a new evolving project, or some “crazy format” which we have not yet thought of.

Regardless of form, all proposals must involve contributors at least from different institutions but generally from different countries and must include a section of interaction with the audience. Papers are to  be presented rather than read.

Proposals on topics from the entire range of environmental history and of the history of medicine and health are welcome. The following themes and approaches are particularly encouraged:

Interactions between the global, the regional and the local;

Connections between the past and the present;

Interdisciplinary approaches; please, contact the chairs of other networks;

Tensions between conflicting constructions of reality;

Themes highlighting the dynamics of decisions made with incomplete information;

Themes exploring policy repercussions across periods and regions.

The deadline is May 1, 2017, but early submissions are strongly encouraged

For questions, suggestions etc., please write to:

Iris Borowy:

College of Liberal Arts, Shanghai University


Enrique Perdiguero-Gil:

History of Science

Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche (Alicante, España)