Activism has been instrumental in developing the study and practice of medicine. Working both from within and against the medical profession, medical practitioners, patients, and others have influenced access to care, standards of care, diagnostic practices, medical law, and patient choice and welfare. Activism in Medicine explores some of the different ways in which activism has influenced medicine through history. This collection has grown out of the interdisciplinary symposium ‘The Disease of Caring’, held at Birkbeck, University of London, in 2018 with the support of the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund.
The collection uses a broad definition of both the terms ‘activism’ and ‘medicine’. ‘Medicine’ may cover mental and physical health care, disability care and support, maternity and child care, public health, etc. ‘Activism’ may range from campaigns by medical professionals to patient advocacy to public engagement with medical practices. We are open to proposals from different historical periods up to the present day, and we encourage interdisciplinary approaches and international perspectives.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
· Activism within and against institutions
· Patient advocacy and social models of care
· Activism by and against medical professionals
· Public health campaigns
· Reactions to and against diagnosis
We welcome proposals for chapters of up to 7000 words (including notes). Please submit an abstract of up to 500 words to Flore Janssen, Laura Cushing-Harries, and Simon Jarrett at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 16 September.