Call for Submissions: Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence

November 15, 2016


The graduate students of Yale University’s Program in History of Science and Medicine are excited to invite submissions for a conference entitled “Critical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence.” The conference will take place on February 24-25, 2017.

The conference was inspired by recent conversations at Yale and other campuses on how to address histories of racial violence, inequality, and erasure at colleges and universities, and how these histories continue to impact our learning environments today. The activism led by undergraduates in the NextYale movement created new spaces and momentum within our university for organizing around issues of racial violence and social justice. Historians of science and medicine are well­-positioned to examine these issues.

Submissions should address the following broad themes:

  • History of Science and Medicine as a platform for change in the larger world: what can academics do to effect change, and how can scholars build equitable and productive relationships with outside communities?
  • Social justice and racial violence itself as an object of academic study
  • Issues of social justice, inequality, and violence within History of Science and Medicine as a discipline.


Participants should submit a brief (300 words max.) proposal to [email protected] no later than November 15, 2016. The conference committee will review all proposals and respond to all submissions by December 15, 2016. Please visit the conference's website for more details.