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Call for papers: African Medicine Matters Annual Conference




Annual Conference
African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare
Tuesday 6 September 2016
Alison Richard Building, University of Cambridge


This conference will explore aspects of medicine and healthcare, traditional and western, historic and contemporary and their traces in the documentary and digital records in all regions of Africa

Subjects might include:

Medicine and indigenous knowledge
The revival and regulation of traditional medicine
The introduction of Western medicine
Medicine and the missionary movement
The documentation of HIV/AIDS and Ebola
Medical research in Africa
Access to medical information and research in and from Africa

Researchers, archivists and librarians are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for this conference.

Abstracts of up to 500 words may be sent to Terry Barringer at tabarringe@aol.com by 30 April 2016.


Call for papers: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century

Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century

St Anne’s College, Oxford
10th – 11th September 2016


 In our current ‘Information Age’ we suffer as never before, it is claimed, from the stresses of an overload of information, and the speed of global networks. The Victorians diagnosed similar problems in the nineteenth century. The medic James Crichton Browne spoke in 1860 of the ‘velocity of thought and action’ now required, and of the stresses imposed on the brain forced to process in a month more information ‘than was required of our grandfathers in the course of a lifetime’. Through this two day interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the ERC funded Diseases of Modern Life project based at Oxford, we will explore the phenomena of stress and overload, and other disorders associated with the problems of modernity in the long nineteenth century, as expressed in the literature, science, and medicine of the period. We seek to return to the holistic, integrative vision of the Victorians as it was expressed in the science and literature of the period, exploring the connections drawn between physiological, psychological and social health, or disease, and offering new ways of contextualising the problems of modernity facing us in the twenty-first century. We are particularly interested in comparative perspectives on these issues from international viewpoints.

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of ‘modern’ disorders and neuroses in literature and the medical press
  • Defining modernity and its problems in the nineteenth century
  • Medical and psychiatric constructions of modern life
  • Social and mental health and welfare
  • Diseases from pollution and changing nineteenth-century environments
  • Diseases from worry, overwork, and mental or physical strain
  • Diseases from excess, self-abuse, stimulants, and narcotics
  • The role of machinery and technology in causing or curing disease
  • Changing relationships between doctors and patients
  • Emerging medical specialisms
  • Global modernities

We welcome proposals from researchers across a range of disciplines and stages of career.  We plan to publish a selection of papers from the event in the form of an edited volume. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words accompanied by a short bio, to medicineandmodernity@ell.ox.ac.uk by Friday, 4th December 2015.

Amelia Bonea, Melissa Dickson, Jennifer Wallis, Sally Shuttleworth.

Meeting of the British Society for the History of Paediatrics

The Autumn Meeting of the British Society for the History of Paediatrics will take place at Brasenose College, Oxford, on September 25th-26th 2015, running from lunchtime on the Friday until lunchtime on Saturday. The meeting is open to all who are interested in the history of paediatrics and child health, including paediatricians, historians, students and others. A call for papers is currently open.

Guest speakers:

Sir Anthony Epstein FRS
Discovery of the Epstein-Barr Virus

Professor Nicholas Orme
Medieval Childhood – Dark Age or Golden Age?

Dr Alysa Levene
Paediatrics by Stealth? Medical Care for Poor Children in Eighteenth Century London

Open Papers (25 min) for Presentation
Please submit abstracts of papers for consideration for presentation (250 words, with title of
paper, name and address of author) to Lawrence.weaver@glasgow.ac.uk by 25th July 2015.

William Cadogan Prize and Lecture
The BSHPCH offers a £300 prize for an original essay of up to 3000 words, on any aspect of
the history of paediatrics and child health, in any period of time or place. The winner of the
prize will be expected to give a presentation at the meeting. Closing date for submission of the
essay is 20th July 2015, and the winner will be notified in August 2015. Further enquiries and
submissions to the Hon Secretary, Mr Nicholas Baldwin (nick.baldwin@gosh.nhs.uk).

Tour of Bodleian Library
On Saturday afternoon there will be an optional, free, conducted tour of the Bodleian Library