Food, Plants, Remedies and Healing Practices: Women’s Ideas in the History of Medicine on YouTube & CfP

The first talk of the New Voices Talk Series on Food, Plants, Remedies and Healing Practices is now online on YouTube! Watch Giulia Guidaras talk on From Body to Soul: Mental Disorders in Hildegard of Bingen’s Cause et cure. Below is a reminder for the current Call for Papers.

Reminder Call for Papers: Food, Plants, Remedies and Healing Practices: Women’s Ideas in the History of Medicine

Topics may include but aren’t limited to:

  • Historical accounts of women healers, herbalists, midwives, and practitioners of traditional medicine
  • Analysis of women’s contributions to medical knowledge, including the identification and use of medicinal plants, foods, botany, geology and mineralogy
  • Study of women’s engagement with natural philosophy/medicine across a range of forms or genres, e.g. receipt/recipe books, poetry, diaries, letters etc.
  • Examination of the intersectionality of gender, race, class, and other identities in shaping women’s roles in medicine
  • Case studies highlighting specific women healers or medical practitioners and their impact on communities and societies
  • Exploration of women’s involvement in medical education, dissemination of medical knowledge, and advocacy for healthcare access
  • Comparative studies across cultures and time periods, highlighting similarities and differences in women’s roles and contributions to medicine
  • Examination of the ways in which women’s knowledge and practices have been co-opted, appropriated, or suppressed within dominant medical systems

Submission Guidelines:

  • Abstracts should be submitted by 30.06.2024.
  • Submissions must be original and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Papers should be written in English and adhere to academic standards of research and citation.
  • Abstracts should include a title, author(s) name(s), institutional affiliation(s), contact information, and a brief summary of the proposed paper (250-300 words).
  • Full papers should be between 7,000 to 9,000 words, including references.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30.06.2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 08.07.2024
  • Deadline for full paper submission: 04.11.2024
  • Publication: approx. End of 2025

 Contact Information: For inquiries and submissions, please contact Dr. Jil Muller at

Full call for papers.


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