CFP. Masculinity, health and medicine, c.1750-present

28-29 April, 2016

Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Since the 1980s, there has been a significant body of research exploring the history of health and medicine from gendered perspectives. Valuable studies have highlighted the importance of addressing the history of medicine through the lens of gender. In particular, there has been valuable scholarship on the history of maternal and reproductive health, the history of gender and psychiatry and of women in the medical and nursing professions. More recently, scholars have been assessing the place of masculinity and concepts of ‘manliness’ in the history of health and medicine. This two-day workshop aims to bring together scholars working on any aspect relating to the intersection of masculinity, health and medicine in the modern period in any geographical context, with the aim of generating discussion and future collaborations.

Possible panel themes may include, but are not confined to:

  • Masculinity and the medical profession/health professionals
  • War, masculinity and medicine
  • Masculinity and physical health
  • Masculinity, health and sport/sports medicine
  • Masculinity and sexual health and sexuality
  • Masculinity and medical student culture
  • Concepts of manliness and how these are affected by illness
  • Masculinity and mental health
  • Masculinity and concepts of adolescence and boyhood
  • Physical culture
  • Masculinity, health and medicine in literature

Please send a 300 word abstract and brief biography to Dr Laura Kelly ( by Friday, 12 February, 2016. Papers from early-career scholars and contributions offering inter-disciplinary perspectives are particularly welcome.


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