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2019 HSMT Postgraduate Conference: Ch-ch-changes in the history of science, medicine, and technology

2019 HSMT PG Conference Poster

“The Human Body and World War II”- Interdisciplinary Conference, Oxford English Faculty, 23-24 March 2018

“The Human Body and World War II”

Interdisciplinary Conference, Oxford English Faculty, 23-24 March 2018

‘Drawing together international researchers working in the humanities and medical sciences, this conference will explore the diverse effects of World War II on the perception and representation of the human body. Challenging disciplinary and geographic boundaries, we aim to stimulate dialogue between different fields of research and to intervene in current discussions concerning embodiment and disability studies, medical humanities, and writing the history of the wartime and postwar body.’

Keynote speakers: Professor Laura Salisbury (University of Exeter) and Dr Roderick Bailey (University of Oxford).

To view the full programme and to register your attendance, please visit https://humanbody2018.wordpress.com, or email humanbody2018@gmail.com

Conference – Disease and Medicine in East and West: Points of Difference, Points of Contact

Event: Conference – Disease and Medicine in East and West: Points of Difference, Points of Contact
When: 6 & 7 July 2017
Where: Osler-McGovern Centre, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford

Medicine in most Asian countries has evolved in very different ways to that in the West, for biomedicine continues to compete with other medical cultures, most of which have distinctive epistemologies and institutions. The diverse ecological and social conditions existing in Asia have also meant that medicine – in all its forms – has often had different priorities to that in the West. And yet, among this diversity we may observe certain common themes. Biomedicine outside the West also took different forms and sometimes learned from as well as competed with indigenous knowledge and practice.

This conference examines some of these points of converge and diverge, and considers how Asian countries have managed their transition to biomedical modernity. Papers range from the medieval to the modern period and from South Asia to China, Korea and Japan. Subjects covered in the papers include pharmacy, malaria, naval medicine, contagious disease, medieval medicine and recent trends in disease and medicine.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Mark Harrison

Although this event is free to attend, numbers are limited and registration is essential by 5pm Monday 26 June; please email Belinda Clark belinda.clark@wuhmo.ox.ac.uk if you would like to attend, advising of any allergies/dietary requirements.

For the programme of events, see: http://www.wuhmo.ox.ac.uk/event/disease-and-medicine-east-west-points-difference-points-contact


SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016





African Medicine Matters: documenting encounters in medical practice and healthcare

Alison Richard Building, Cambridge, 6 September 2016


9: 00    Registration

9:15    Welcome

9:20    Keynote Address

Dr Benson Mulemi, Catholic University of East Africa

Dialectical construction and deconstruction of contemporary African Medicine.

10:15   Panel 1

Dr Anne Samson, Great War in Africa Association

Medical Practices in World War I Africa

 Dr Tony Jewell

Colonial Medicine in East Africa in War and Peace 1910-1932

1:00     Coffee Break

11:15   Panel 2

Dr Hannah Louise Clark, Trinity College, University of Oxford

‘The General practitioners of the Aurès’: a microhistory of medicine and surgery in early twentieth-century Algeria

Marcia Tiede, Area Studies Cataloguer (Africana): Northwestern University

Indigenous Care in Mali, Examples from the Cahiers Ponty

Korklu A Laryea, University of Mines & Technology, Tarkwa

Aawon Amewuda Kartey (1895-2010): A life of an ‘aborted Christian faith’ and traditional medicinal practice

12:45   Film

Asha Ahmed Mwilu, Independent filmmaker from Nairobi, will introduce her documentary about traditional and western medicine in Kenya.

1.10     Lunch

1.50    SCOLMA AGM

2.15    Panel 3

Benjamin Bronnert Walker, Wellcome Trust doctoral student in the Department of History, University of York

The Conductors: Faith Healing, International Health and Medical Mission in Post-Colonial Ghana, 1957-1982

Sophie Smith, Adam Matthew

Animal attacks, dysentery epidemics and childbirth: Creating a digital archive of medical missionary experiences in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Dr Elinor Rooks, University of Leeds

Ebola Zombies and Vampire Scientists: Public Responses and Disease Control in Ebola and Sleeping Sickness

3.45     Tea Break

4.00     Panel 4

Erick V. A. Gbodossou, MD President PROMETRA International Dakar, Senegal

Virginia Davis Floyd, MD, MPH Vice President PROMETRA International Atlanta, GA USA

The PROMETRA International Journey: Traditional Medicine In Africa

Anselm Adodo and Jamie Hitchen, Africa Research Institute

Traditional Medicine as an alternative health care delivery system in Africa: An example from Nigeria

Dr Alistair G. Tough, University of Glasgow

Audit culture, overseas donors and medical record keeping.  Some comments based on Tanzanian experience.

5:30     Conclusion

Gathering for drinks at local pub

SCOLMA thanks the following for support for the conference: Adam Matthew, Taylor and Francis, Alison Richard Building

To book a place please contact Sarah Rhodes – sarah.rhodes@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

SCOLMA Annual Conference 2016: African Medicine Matters

Registration for the HSMT Postgraduate Conference 2016

History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Postgraduate Conference 2016
Friday, 10 June, 10:00-15:30
History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford

Modern Bodies, Modern Minds

With panels on:

  • Towards an Evidence-backed Medical Practice
  • Uncovering the Mind
  • Ancient Infections, Modern Responses
  • National Identity and the Body

Admission and lunch are free, but numbers are restricted.

Please register with belinda.michaelides@wuhmo.ox.ac.uk by 3 June.

Further information and timetable can be found here: http://www.wuhmo.ox.ac.uk/events/unit-events.html

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.

HSMT Postgraduate Conference 2015

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
University of Oxford

History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Postgraduate Conference 2015

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 09:30-17:30
Friday, 12 June 2015, 09:30-13:00

History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford

Views on Science and Medicine

With panels on:

  • Public health initiatives: Changing perspectives of life and death
  • Disease, medicine, and society
  • Mental health in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Medicine, authority, and agency: Challenging bodies/challenging discourses
  • Race and medicine
  • Scientific experience: People, places, and objects

Admission is free, but numbers are restricted.
Please register with belinda.michaelides@wuhmo.ox.ac.uk by 4 June.

Further information can be found here http://www.wuhmo.ox.ac.uk/events/unit-events.html

Postgrad conference poster


HSMT Postgraduate Conference 2014: Poison, Persuasion, and Panaceas

The Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine is pleased to announcethat its annual postgraduate conference, “Poison, Persuasion, and Panaceas”, will be held on Friday June 6th 2014 from 10:00 to 17:30.

Speakers will explore the cross-pollination of medicine, technology,and culture from the age of empire to the age of Internet. Taking an interdisciplinary view of history, the conference seeks engaging and enthusiastic participants for a rousing and challenging discussion.

The conference will convene in the History Faculty Lecture Theatre onGeorge Street. All are welcome. Attendence is free, but for catering purposes, please register yourinterest with Belinda Michaelides (belinda.michaelides@wuhmo.ox.ac.uk) by 30 May 2014. The programme and further details will be uploaded shortly at http://www.wuhmo.ox.ac.uk/events/unit-events.html

History of Herbal Medicine Day Seminar

Illustration and Identification in the History of Herbal Medicine Day Seminar

Wednesday 18th June 2014, 10.30am-4.30pm

Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond

The aim of this day seminar is to bring together researchers to explore issues related to plant illustration and identification in the history of herbal medicine. Correct identification of plants in the past has been of great importance, whether for foods, medicines or other purposes. But to what extent did people in medieval and early modern times learn about plants with medicinal uses from illustrations in herbals or elsewhere? Matters of interest include ways in which illustrations were produced, the role of illustrations, dissemination of information about plant identification, significant observers of plants and their approaches to plant description. This day seminar at Kew Botanic Gardens near London, UK, has been organised with a particular focus on presenting research into finding and interpreting archival and other sources relating to the history of herbal medicine.

This event is organised by the Herbal History Research Network group which aims to promote research into the history of herbal medicine. The Network helps to connect together people who share common interests in researching the history of herbal medicine through seminars and other events. For further details of the Network contact Anne Stobart at a.stobart@herbaid.co.uk, visit the event page at the IHR, or view the event poster here.


BSHS Annual Conference 2014 – registration open

Registration is now open for the BSHS Annual Conference 2012. The conference will take place from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 July 2014 at the University of St. Andrews. Starting on the evening of 3 July with a plenary lecture delivered by Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford) and a reception in the Museum of the University of St Andrews. The majority of the conference will take place in the University’s Gateway Building, opposite the Old Course. Our conference dinner will be held in the historic quadrangle of the United College of St Leonard and St Salvator, and there will – of course – be a ceilidh! The programme will include parallel themed sessions, plenary lectures, education and outreach activities, and an opportunity to explore the library, archival and museum resources available in St Andrews for historians of science, technology and medicine.