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Undergraduate Research Conference

The 2nd annual Undergraduate Research Conference Science, Technology, Medicine and Society will take place in spring 2018, with keynote speaker Dr. Jorge Canizares-Esguerra from UT Austin, who works on science and empire and nation-building in the early modern Iberian Empire in the Americas. Conference details are forthcoming.

 1st National Annual Undergraduate Research Conference on
Science, Technology, Medicine and Society
March 10 - 12, 2017

Organized by Nahyan Fancy, Associate Professor
History of Islamic Science and Medicine at DePauw University

Full Conference Schedule

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This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together undergraduate students from across North America who are investigating:

This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together undergraduate students from across North America who are investigating:

1)    how science, technology and medicine (STM) affect societies;

2)    how societal values and concerns inform and constitute STM; and/or

3)    the historical and/or conceptual foundations of STM.

Given the fast-paced nature of advances in STM and their deepening penetration into personal lives, critical thinking about STM is essential in our time. We invite submissions addressing the above topics from students across the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. We particularly encourage papers that transcend boundaries, whether disciplinary, spatial or temporal.


Students will present their papers in panels of three or four. The papers will be assigned to panels by the organizers based on similarities of content, method, theme, etc. Each presenter will have twenty-five minutes to present, followed by a few minutes of questions from the audience for discussion. A/V material will be available for projecting but please bring appropriate cables to connect your device to a VGA or HDMI cable.

At the conclusion of all presentations in a panel, a faculty member discussant, chosen for his/her knowledge of the issues raised in the papers, will respond to the papers and help initiate the larger discussion of issues raised in the papers, collectively. Other presenters and members of the audience will follow up with their own questions for individual presenters or the panel as a whole.


Registration, lodging, and meals will be provided for all student presenters. Once their papers have been accepted, students may also apply for a travel subsidy (up to $250). 

Submitting Papers

Interested students should submit their abstracts (250 words) and a brief bio by December 15, 2016. Abstracts and bios should be sent as pdf files to: All applicants will be notified by January 20, 2017.

Keynote Address

Monica H. Green, Professor, History of Medieval Medicine and Global Health (Arizona State University). 

Title: “Bringing Disciplines, Eras, and Continents Together: Stories from the History of Medicine.”

Monica H. Green is a historian of medicine and health. She has worked throughout her career in the field of medieval European medical history, surveying the entire body of European texts on women's medicine up to ca. 1500 and establishing the ways in which women interacted with medicine both as patients and as practitioners. A focal point of her continuing work is the radical transition in European medicine in the 11th and 12th centuries, which was the first field of science to witness translations of, and then to absorb, theories and therapeutic practices from the Islamic world. This work includes a comprehensive survey of the manuscripts of Constantinus Africanus (d. before 1098/99), who was responsible both for many of these translations from the Arabic and for laying the foundation for a revived tradition in medical learning in western Europe.

In 2009 and 2012, Green ran seminars at the Wellcome Library in London on the topic of "Health and Disease in the Middle Ages." That work, as well as collaborative teaching with bioarcheologist Rachel E. Scott, made her aware of the extraordinary potential that might come from bringing new work in genetics and bioarcheology into dialogue with traditional historical work in documentary sources. She is now expanding her work into the field of global health history, which uses the narratives of infectious diseases ranging from tuberculosis to HIV/AIDS to tell the common stories of threats to health that humans have shared the world over. Her first work on the history of plague appeared in 2014: (1) a comment in Lancet Infectious Diseases; and (2) a volume she edited--the inaugural issue of the newly launched journal, The Medieval Globe--for which she wrote two essays and co-authored a third. She collected materials relating to the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa (see under "Global Health - Teaching Notes") and has published one essay on the crisis. Her essay, "The Globalisations of Disease," on the narratives that can now be told about the origins and world-wide spread of major infectious diseases, is forthcoming.

Green has also recently begun to delve into the possibilities afforded by Digital Humanities platforms. Although a novice in this emerging field, she is now serving on the Steering Committee for “The Global Middle Ages,” a Digital Humanities project funded by the Mellon Foundation,

Green has been awarded many awards and recognitions over the years, including Membership at the Institute for Advanced Study (1990-1992, 2013-2014), Berlin Prize Fellow at the American Academy of Berlin (2015), Fellow of Medieval Academy of America (2011), American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (2009-2010), the Joseph H. Hazen Prize (2014) from the History of Science Society for outstanding contributions to teaching, the Margaret Rossiter Prize (2009) from the History of Science Society for an outstanding book in the history of women in science, and the John Nicholas Brown Prize (2004) from the Medieval Academy of America for best first monograph on a medieval subject. She also founded and manages the online community for medieval medicine (Med-med-l) that has over 800 subscribers.