HOTCUS 2021 Postgraduate and Early Career Conference: Medicine, Disease, and Disability in the Twentieth-Century United States

This year’s annual postgraduate and early career conference will be a one-day virtual event taking place on Friday 3rd September 2021. Participants will circulate a paper of 2,000 words (approx.) before the conference. On the day, participants will deliver a brief introduction, followed by an online question-and-answer session about their work.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the social, political, cultural, and economic consequences of infectious disease control, shined a spotlight on the stark inequalities nurtured by US healthcare, and raised new questions that scholars will be grappling with for years to come. As historians adapt to this new context, this conference will provide a venue for postgraduate students and early career scholars to discuss the historical intersections between health, disability, state regulation, racialisation, and socioeconomic inequalities. 

This annual conference includes three exciting panels showcasing postgraduate research on activism, policymaking, and policing medicine, disease, and disability. Additionally, we will circulate a pre-recorded skills session on applying for Disabled Students Allowance and reasonable adjustments as a postgraduate student, in conversation with Natalie Humphrey, Head of Student Support and Wellbeing at UCL. On the day, there will also be a live session on completing remote research, featuring presentations on creating digital archives, conducting virtual oral histories, and hiring a research assistant.

We are thrilled that Dr Jaipreet Virdi of the University of Delaware will deliver the keynote address, entitled “Centralizing Access: Rethinking Disease and Disability”, which will be sent to attendees prior to the event, with the Q&A taking place at 5pm.

Details of the Call for Papers can be found here

You can register for the conference here

For more information or any queries, please contact Lizzie Evens ([email protected]).