EXPLORING HOSPITAL RECORDS AND ARCHIVES: A Symposium Event for Researchers and Archivists

London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

Friday 28 April 2017


FREE – Booking Essential (Lunch is provided)


The event is relevant for people starting their research (undergraduate or postgraduate) or those wanting to explore new routes into academic or historical explorations 

Researching hospital records offers opportunities and presents challenges. Records from the Royal Free Hospital will provide a main focus for the event, alongside other related material from the London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) collections.

There will also be the opportunity to share research ideas, exchange information and network with others researching a range of topics relating to hospital records.



12.30 – 2pm. Registration and Welcome

  • Networking Lunch
  • Behind the Scenes Tour – an introduction to the archive and its work
  • Document / Collection Viewing – a chance to see and discuss original materials

2pm. Presentations and Open Forum: Accessing and Using Archive Collections

LMA staff will:

  • Introduce the range and type of collections held on site
  • Discuss ways of working with sensitive and challenging material
  • Open up ideas about how Royal Free Hospital record collections have been used to engage and inform the public

3.30pm. Tea

3.45pm. Workshop and Knowledge Share

This practical session will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss, plan and share current research or project work, discuss new proposals and consider the potential of partnership working.

4.20pm Final Round Up

Funded by The Wellcome Trust


CFP. Fears and Angers: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

19-20 June 2017
Arts Two Building, Mile End Campus, Queen Mary University of London

Organised by the QMUL Centre for the History of the Emotions and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions

According to the wheel of emotions created by the psychologist Robert Plutchik in 1980, angry and fearful emotions are diametrically opposed to each other, as approach and avoidance responses respectively to harmful stimuli.
Plutchik’s is one of many different models suggesting the existence of certain “basic” or “primary” emotions. Such lists almost always include both fear and anger. Historically, fearful and angry emotions have been related to each other in different ways – sometimes opposed, sometimes complementary, and sometimes in another way. For Thomas Aquinas, for instance, ira is alone among the passions in having no contrary.
Although basic emotion theorists tend to treat “fear” and “anger” as singular emotions, even Plutchik’s wheel includes three different intensities for each emotion – from annoyance to rage and from apprehension to terror. Historians tend to be more attuned to cultural specificities of emotional language, concepts and expression, hence the emphasis in this conference on “fears” and “angers” in the plural to encourage a wide range of papers on all sorts of fear-like and anger-like feelings and behaviours in different cultures and periods.
The conference aims to bring humanities scholars of all periods into conversation with each other and with experts in the contemporary study of emotions, including neuroscientists, psychologists, philosophers, and linguists.

Papers can address either a single emotion in the fearful or angry categories, or examine the relationship between the two. Possible topics could include:
–       The varieties of fear – from anxiety and angst to mortal fear and terror. What were the objects and causes of fearful emotions in different times and places?
–       The varieties of anger – from annoyance and irritation to ire, vengeance, fury and rage. The different objects and causes of angry emotions.
–       The history of terms and concepts for different fearful or angry emotions.
–       Visual and literary representations.
–       Material culture and emotions.
–       Theories of fearful and angry emotions in the histories of science, medicine, philosophy, theology, and other learned discourses.
–       The relationships between fearful and angry emotions. Does one cause the other? Are they complementary or opposite?
–       What historical and contemporary approaches to fear or anger can learn from each other.
–       Historical and contemporary debates about the number and identity of the so-called basic or primary emotions.
–       Terror and rage as political emotions (past and present).

Fears and Angers: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives will extend over two days, including plenary sessions by distinguished invited speakers, Round Table discussion groups, and numerous panels consisting of three 20 minute papers with discussion. One or more refereed publications of essays based on proceedings are expected.

The conference website is available here: https://projects.history.qmul.ac.uk/emotions/events/fears-and-angers-historical-and-contemporary-perspectives/

Paper proposals:
For individual paper proposals (20 minutes), individuals should submit a paper title, abstract (c. 250 words), name, brief biography (no more than 100 words), institutional affiliation and status, and contact details. For panel proposals, the organiser of the panel should submit the same information for each of the three speakers, and the name of the person to chair the panel. Please send the proposals to emotions@qmul.ac.uk  (QMUL) and Ms Pam Bond (pam.bond@uwa.edu.au) (CHE) by March 17, 2017.

Conference Committee:
Dr Elena Carrera (Queen Mary, University of London)
Professor Thomas Dixon (Queen Mary, University of London)
Evelien Lemmens (Queen Mary, University of London)
Professor Andrew Lynch (University of Western Australia)
Dr Helen Stark (Queen Mary, University of London)
Dr Giovanni Tarantino (University of Western Australia)


Historical & Contemporary Perspectives on Medical, Managerial and Economic Influence on Health Policy-Making


10-12 July 2017


At the Liverpool Medical Institution (LMI),

114 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool,
L3 5SR, United Kingdom


The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a sea change in approaches to health policy making. In many health systems, there had been heavy reliance on the involvement of the medical profession through their representative bodies and advisory committees. In more recent decades, new sources of expertise have influenced the process. Individual special advisers have improved the technical expertise available to government ministers, and their number has steadily increased. Two new groups in particular have been brought into the process: management consultants and health economists. However, we still appear to know relatively little about what their real impact on health policymaking has been.

This conference will bring together academics, politicians, civil servants, and medical professionals to discuss these and other issues, historical and contemporary.


Proposals are invited for papers which consider any aspect of health policymaking, but we particularly aim to encourage debate in the following areas:

  • Medical expertise, clinical autonomy and the role of the professions
  • Economic expertise and the impact of Health Economics
  • Managerial expertise and the role of management consultants
  • Special Advisers and the relationship between politicians and experts
  • The role of think tanks
  • Reorganisation and reform in healthcare
  • Analysis of health systems
  • Theories of policymaking and health
  • International and comparative perspectives on health policymaking


We welcome proposals for individual papers (please submit an abstract of 300 words) and panels (please submit an outline of 200 words).


We have funding to support the travel, accommodation and conference fees for participants.


Please submit proposals by 24 February 2017 to GoH2017@liverpool.ac.uk.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers:


Rt. Hon. Frank Dobson, Former Secretary of State for Health (1997-99)

Frank Dobson was Labour Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras (1979-2015) and Secretary of State for Health (1997-1999). He oversaw the creation of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).


Scott Greer, Ph.D.

Scott Greer is Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the politics of health policy, with a special interest in the European Union. He also holds a post of Senior Expert Advisor on Health Governance for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.


This conference is part of the Wellcome Trust-funded project The Governance of Health: Medical, Economic and Managerial Expertise in Britain since 1948.  For more information on the project, please visit The Governance of Health website.


Enquiries: GoH2017@liverpool.ac.uk

CFP. Society for the Social History of Medicine Postgraduate Conference 2017

In cooperation with the University of Strathclyde and Shanghai University
Funded by the Wellcome Trust

Health Histories: The Next Generation
October 12-13, 2017
Shanghai University, China


The Society for the Social History of Medicine periodically hosts an international conference for postgraduate students. The 2017 conference committee welcomes papers on any topic within the discipline of the social history of medicine and particularly encourage proposals for papers and panels that critically examine or challenge some aspect of the history of medicine and health. We welcome a range of methodological approaches, geographical regions, and time periods.

Proposals should be based on new research from postgraduate students currently registered in a University programme. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract, including five key words and a short (1-page) CV. Panel submissions should feature three papers (each with a 250-word abstract, including five key words, and a short CV), a chair, and a 100-word panel abstract.

For postgraduate students not currently funded through an existing fellowship or grant, funding is available to cover the costs associated with visas, travel, and accommodation in Shanghai. Upon confirmation of an accepted abstract, each postgraduate student is required to apply for a visa to travel to China. For more information about visas, please see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china/entry-requirements.

All postgraduate delegates must register (or already be registered) as members of the Society for the Social History of Medicine. For more information about SSHM student membership, please see http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/sochis/access_purchase/price_list.html.

To propose an abstract, please visit:

To propose a panel, please visit:

Submissions and queries should be sent to Mrs Caroline Marley: cshhh-admin@strath.ac.uk.

Conference Organizers:
Dr Stephen Mawdsley, University of Strathclyde
Professor Yong-an Zhang, Shanghai University

Abstract Deadline: 10 March 2017




















个人简历及其他咨询问题请提交至Mrs. Caroline Marley: cshhh-admin@strath.ac.uk.

会议组织者:思克莱德大学Stephen Mawdsley博士;上海大学张勇安教授



CFP. Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference

29th – 30th June 2017

Call for Papers


Keynote Speakers

Victoria Bates (Bristol)

Ina Linge (Cambridge)

Hannah Morgan (Lancaster)


The by now well established University of Exeter Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference is returning in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year to showcase the diversity of contemporary medical humanities research. Our conference this year will provide a platform for an international community of postgraduate researchers to share insights and network with academics working within and across disciplinary boundaries.

While we encourage innovative submissions that relate to any aspect of medical humanities, the following subject areas are of particular interest:

  • History of medicine
  • Disability studies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Transformations of the body
  • History and philosophy of science
  • Occupational health and industrial psychology
  • Trauma studies
  • Affect studies
  • Medicine and the law
  • Medicine and the body in popular culture
  • Literature and medicine
  • Medical practise and issues of intersectionality
  • Globalization and biomedical practice

Although all proposals must address the conference’s central theme, we welcome scholarly submissions from those operating outside of traditional humanities research settings, such as medical students and community activists.

Applicants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words (for 20-minute previously unpublished papers) to pgmedhums@exeter.ac.uk by Friday 10th February 2017 with “PGMH 2017 Conference Abstract” written in the subject line of the email. We are also keen to receive panel and workshop proposals. These should include 300-word abstracts for up to four speakers, along with a 500-word overview that explains the aims and rationale of the session.

We hope to offer a small number of travel bursaries for this event, the details of which will be announced in due course.



CFP. Humours, mixtures, & corpuscles. A Medical Path to Corpuscularism in the Seventeenth Century

International Conference

Domus Comeliana, Pisa, 18-20 May 2017

Fabrizio Bigotti & Jonathan Barry

The Centre for Medical History of the University of Exeter (United Kingdom) and the Fondazione Comel – Institutio Santoriana (Italy) are pleased to announce an International Conference Humours, mixtures and corpuscles. a medical path to corpuscularism in the seventeenth century, organised by Dr Fabrizio Bigotti and Prof. Jonathan Barry, to be held at the Domus Comeliana of Pisa on 18-20 May 2017.

The conference aims at exploring the interplay between minima naturalia, corpuscles, and atoms in the medical thought of the seventeenth century (broadly considered, 1550-1720) by especially focusing on the legacy of the Italian physician Santorio Santori (1561-1636). Santorio, who is credited to be the first to introduce a quantitative approach into medicine and biology by means of his studies on the insensible perspiration of the body (perspiratio insensibilis), was also the first to conceive the action of corpuscles and atoms mechanically as a result of his experiments on the properties of drugs and mixtures. As the impetus towards the quantification of compound substances which led European physicians to embrace corpuscular theories remains largely unknown to scholars, this conference will shed light not only on the context and influence of Santorio’s legacy, but also on the many directions taken by medical experimentation in the seventeenth century.

Keynote Speakers:

Georgiana Hedesan (University of Oxford)

Christoph Lüthy (Radbound University)

William R. Newman (Indiana University)

Vivian Nutton (University College of London)

Papers from scholars of any nationality are invited on any aspect of early modern medicine and science. Contributions on general aspects (e.g. Renaissance Aristotelianism and Galenism, Medical School of Padua, alchemical medicine, properties of mixtures, preparation of drugs, etc.) as well as on single authors (Baglivi, Basson, Boyle, Descartes, Falloppia, Fracastoro, Glisson, Iungius, Santorio, Sennert, Spinoza, etc.) are equally welcome. In the spirit of the conference, however, particular attention will be devoted to papers referring to Santorio and the history of perspiratio insensibilis (from Dodart to Keill).

PhD students are strongly encouraged to join the event which will be supported by 5 Santorio Fellowships for Medical Humanities and Science (500 euros each) funded by the Fondazione Comel – Institutio Santoriana, whose application process will be advertised separately in December 2017.

Papers should be a maximum of 20-25 minutes followed by 10 minutes of reply. Abstracts of a max. 300 words should be sent to Dr Fabrizio Bigotti at f.bigotti@exeter.ac.uk by the 22 February 2017.

A publication of the conference proceedings is anticipated from Springer in 2018.


Supported by SSHM.

BSHM 27th Congress, Edinburgh

13th-16th September 2017

in association with the Society for the Social History of Medicine

at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Click here to see map of location

Key dates 

1st Jan 2017                 Call for abstracts

15th Jan 2017              Early bird registration opens

1st Feb 2017                Abstract submission opens

31st May 2017             Abstract submission closes

7th July  2017               Authors notified about paper acceptance

14th July 2017              Early bird registration closes

15th July 2017              Standard registration opens


For registration and/or abstract submission click here

For  travel and accommodation click here

For provisional programme click here.

For conference keynote lectures and optional events click here



CFP. Gut Feeling: Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Culture

An interdisciplinary workshop

26-27 May 2017

University of Aberdeen


Gut health has become a buzzword in contemporary culture. Ground-breaking research is pointing to potential links between the gut and such diverse areas as our mood, weight, and thought processes. The current debates on the digestive system and our physical and mental health, however, are not without precedent. The stomach occupied a central place in the development of medicine in the nineteenth century and the number of medical, literary and popular publications on digestion proliferated from this period onwards. With the exception of anorexia and obesity, however, few scholars have examined the cultural significance of the gut in the modern period, confirming the lowly status the abdomen has endured in the Western intellectual tradition.


This workshop aims to develop a new understanding of gut health in modern history by establishing a dialogue between different scholars on this aspect of the body. The preoccupation with guts and the bowels in the Early Modern period developed a new urgency in the nineteenth century through the rapid progress of medicine and the increased concern with the stomach as a site of self-fashioning. The obsession with the gut during this period was a highly cosmopolitan phenomenon crossing many fields of experience, and the workshop aims to bring together scholars from a range of specialisms, including English studies, Modern Languages, History, History of Medicine, Anthropology, Philosophy, Visual Studies, Religious Studies and History of Science.


Applications from postgraduate and early career scholars are particularly welcome. 


Topics include, but are not limited to:  

·         The history of  psycho-gastric conditions 

·          The history of nutritional physiology and metabolism

·          (In)digestion as a metaphorical framework

·         Literary portrayals of digestion, constipation and defecation

·         Digestive and excretory labours and authorial identity

·         Visual portrayals of the digestive system 

·         The gut as a site of self-fashioning

·         Digestion and nationhood 

·         Digestion and public health

·         Gut-brain connections

·         Digestion and modernity

·         Digestion and constipation in philosophical thought 

·         The role of digestion in social relations

·         Digestive health as spiritual practice


Interdisciplinary approaches and international comparisons are strongly encouraged. Contributors will be invited to submit developed papers for consideration for publication after the event.


Proposals should be no more than 300 words in length and a short biography should also be included. Please send to m.mathias@abdn.ac.uk by 31 January 2017

This two-day workshop is funded by the University of Aberdeen School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture; the Society for French Studies; the British Society for the History of Science; and the British Society for Literature and Science.

CFP. British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference 2017

6-9 July 2017, University of York

The BSHS Annual Conference will take place from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 July 2017 at the University of York.

The Conferences Committee now invites proposals for individual papers and for sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine, and from their colleagues in the wider scholarly community, on any theme, topic or period. Proposals are welcomed from researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the Society, although members will receive a discount on the registration fee. Offers of papers and sessions should be submitted via http://bshsconference.org.uk/

All enquiries about the programme arrangements should be addressed to programmes@bshs.org.uk.

Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, be comprehensible to a non-specialist audience and avoid footnotes. Sessions, of either ninety minutes or two hours, should normally consist of three or four papers. They may also have a commentator. Proposals for alternative types of session, such as ‘round-tables’, are strongly encouraged. Please discuss your ideas for such alternative sessions well in advance of the submission deadline.

The deadline for proposals is 19 January 2017.

For further details on how to submit individual abstracts and session proposals, please see http://bshsconference.org.uk/

CFP (new deadline). Biennial Conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH)


The Body Politic: States in the History of Medicine and Health

Bucharest, Romania, 30 August – 2 September 2017
Hosted by ‘Carol Davila’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest

Proposals should be sent to eahmh2017@gmail.com before 31 January 2017.
A full programme featuring keynote speakers will be published in May 2017.

The state, as we have come to know it, is very much a 19th-century creation. After poverty, ill health was the dominant social issue targeted by the interventions of emerging -states. Following the principle of the fair allocation of resources to meet basic social and economic needs, many countries introduced collective funding of health care in the 19th century. National healthcare systems came to epitomise the principle that all citizens have an equal right to health and that costs should be shared equitably. At the end of WWII, the WHO defined health as a universal human right. In the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), it was proclaimed that “everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including medical care”. Over the course of the 20th century, health and disease have become a matter of direct concern for the state. As an aspect of democratic citizenship, the provision of medical care is not considered a favour, but a civil right guaranteed by the state.

In recent decades, we have witnessed a globalisation of disease patterns, the rise of chronic disease, rapid technological change, spiralling healthcare costs, and the demise of the nation state. From 1990 onwards, we have seen heated public and political debates about the organisation and financing of collective healthcare. One key question has been: to what extent can the state be held responsible for the health of citizens and the practice of medicine? In many countries, collective arrangements were critically reconsidered, reformed or transferred to “the market”. Rationalisation and commercialisation brought in managers, who took control from professionals, creating new bureaucracies that to a large extent withdrew from democratic supervision. Triggered by the crisis of the welfare state since the 1980s and by the reassessment of the system of nation states since 1989, this conference sets out to rethink the role of the state in the domain of healthcare.

This is the first EAHMH biennial conference to be hosted in Eastern Europe. To date, Eastern Europe has received only limited attention from medical historians. Due to large political shifts, the history of the region is embracing new opportunities. While detailed regional studies are still required to uncover the pathways and processes of knowledge construction, the conference intends to foster discussions about how historians have considered the role of power and politics in the construction of medical knowledge. The conference organisers seek abstracts that relate to the following themes, but not limited to these alone:

  • To what extent is the state allowed to interfere with the (private) lives of its citizens?
  • Can health be considered a civil right and if so, what does that mean in practical terms? How far does the individual responsibility of citizens go?
  • Given the fact that democratic citizenship not only involves entitlements but also responsibilities and obligations, can health or the prevention of illness and a healthy lifestyle be imposed on citizens as a civic duty?
  • How do collective health care arrangements, professionalism and democracy relate to each other?
  • How should the responsibilities of state, civil society, the medical professions and individual citizens be distributed?
  • Can we speak of “national” diseases, or even national ethics?
  • Is health a precondition for the realisation of citizenship? To what extent is citizenship a precondition for health?
  •  When faced with global health challenges, how should states relate to international bodies in the field of governance of health (care), and what is the role of non-state actors?
  • The State and the new international medical economy: towards two Europes?

The Scientific Board of the EAHMH invites proposals for 25-30 minute papers or panels of three or four papers on any aspect and era broadly relating to the topics and questions suggested above. Abstracts should be approximately 500 words in length and accompanied by a single-page CV.

Proposals should be sent to eahmh2017@gmail.com before 31 January 2017.
A full programme featuring keynote speakers will be published in May 2017.