CFP. International Health Organizations (IHOs): People, politics and practices in historical perspective.


April 21-24 2016

This is the third meeting of the International Health Organizations (IHOs): The history for the future network (see below). It will be hosted at Shanghai University and co-organised by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde and the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies at Shanghai University.

This conference is designed to draw together practitioners currently working in or with international health organizations, those that have done so in the past, and historians researching these agencies and institutions. The event is the latest in a series designed to scope out historical research into IHOs, to refresh agendas in the field, and to connect current concerns with evidence from the past. The organizers gratefully acknowledge the support of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Wellcome Trust, and the Universities of Shanghai and Strathclyde for this series of events.

Among the questions to be tackled at this event are:

1. In what ways have individuals been able to shape the ideas and practices of IHOs since the late nineteenth-century?

2. What ideas lie behind IHOs and how have these changed over time?

3. How have success and failure been measured in assessing the impacts of IHOs?

4. Why do plans, policies and practices often diverge in the history of IHOs?

5. What impact have politics and social or cultural practices had on IHOs and their operations?

Paper titles and abstracts should be submitted by Thursday 31st December to The subject of the email should read ‘shanghai2016cfp’. The organizers are particularly keen to encourage those currently completing doctoral research and early career researchers in the field. Those to be invited to the meeting will be informed by Friday 22nd January. Presentations will be for 20 minutes and complete papers should be submitted in advance of the meeting.

International Health Organizations (IHOs): The history for the future network (see

The network was established in 2012. This is its third meeting. Its objectives are:

1. To connect those researching all aspects of the history of IHOs
2. To stimulate new work in the field
3. To grow relationships between historians and those involved in working in or with today’s IHOs in order to encourage the exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Details of the two previous meetings and of those that have participated in the network to date can be found here:

For 2013 see
For 2015 see

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