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CfP: Life Sciences After World War II (University of Pittsburgh)

“The Life Sciences after World War II: Institutional Change and International Connections”

May 16-17, 2014
University of Pittsburgh

This conference, the second in a series of conferences on world-historical views of the history of science, addresses the theoretical and empirical work of researchers in the life sciences, from 1945 to 2000, in the context of changing scientific institutions, shifting socio-political regimes, and advancing knowledge. The scope of life sciences, for our purposes, includes disciplines ranging from medicine and biology to psychology and public health, and we hope to explore the ramifications of these disciplines in other fields. For both historians of the life sciences and world historians, the post-WWII period remains relatively underexamined. We seek interventions in interpretation of these fields from scholars based in history, history of science and medicine, social sciences and natural sciences. In particular, we are seeking papers that address any aspect of the life sciences from a global/world history perspective.

We have developed an initial conceptualization of some main processes in scientific research and invite paper proposals that pursue these issues or, indeed, argue that other processes are of equal significance. We see the postwar history of science as a period marked by dramatic advances in knowledge of the life sciences during a time of increasing international collaboration. At the same time, new research occurred within a climate fraught with Cold-War enmities and the suspicions brought on by decolonization. The institutions of scientific research expanded not only through growing universities but through private corporations and the expansion of national offices to support and direct research.

Postwar researchers and policy-makers in many situations emphasized the role of science in efforts to bring about development, of particular interest because of the centrality of decolonization in postwar years. Concern with development brought about expanded international connections which saw knowledge shared and transferred through such mechanisms as brain drains, professional and educational exchange programmes, and joint research enterprises. Concurrently, global institutions including the UN, UNESCO, the WHO, and the World Bank were important actors during this time period and endeavors such as the International Biology Program and worldwide disease eradication campaigns broadened the scale of scientific research. Consequently, the collection of global data demanded new collaborations among researchers, funding bodies, and scientific organizations.

Key questions of interest include:
– How did these processes affect the development of the life sciences?
– In what way did new international institutions shape scientific development?
– What did the impact of these large global institutions look like on the ground?
– How did the science policies of nation-states play out in the global arena?
– To what extent were local scientific actors impacted by alterations in the global scientific landscape?
– How did international commercial forces contribute to these changes?
– What can varied disciplinary approaches tell us about the globalization of science in the post-WWII period?
– What new insights can world historians obtain from the study of recent scientific history?

Beyond these broad questions, comments and suggestions are welcomed on other aspects of the life sciences after World War II that are significant to the conference. This period has received comparatively little attention from both world historians and historians of the life sciences and our hope is that this meeting will provide an opportunity to bridge some of the gaps both within and between these two subdisciplines. We expect to revise and refine conference priorities in response to such discussion.

Papers will be peer-reviewed and selected on the basis of individual strength and thematic coherence. In addition to presentation at the conference, papers will be considered for inclusion in a conference volume to be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press (the conference and publication are supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of Pittsburgh). Papers not included in the volume may feature in a special issue on international connections in the life sciences in a journal dedicated to global history.

Proposals (ranging from 500 to 1000 words) should include some indication of research methods, temporal organization, and reference to any links between the proposal and the wider global, disciplinary, and historical questions identified in the Call for Papers. Proposals which incorporate interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcomed.

Proposals are due December 1, 2013 and should be sent to . Those accepted will be notified by January 20, 2014. The conference will be held at the University of Pittsburgh and we have secured funding to assist with travel and accommodation expenses.

For more information, see

Patrick Manning
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of World History and Director of the World History Center, University of Pittsburgh

Mat Savelli
Postdoctoral Fellow in the World History of Science, University of Pittsburgh

CfP: Workshop “Social history of health and healthcare in Greece”

uoc_logoWorkshop: Social history of health and healthcare in Greece

University of Crete, Department of History and Archaeology, Rethymno, Greece March 29, 2014 | Submissions deadline: 30 November 2013

The history of health and healthcare, a well-established branch of historical studies and medical humanities in many countries, has been recently expanding to include relevant developments in modern Greece. This one-day workshop will bring together researchers who are currently working on the social history of health and healthcare with a particular focus on 20th-century Greece, in order to achieve two sets of aims: on the one hand, to record the state of research, underlining its thematic, methodological and theoretical directions; on the other hand, to investigate the opportunities for research in Greece and other countries and the possibilities for future research collaborations.


Issues that could be addressed in relation to 20th-century Greece might include, but are not limited to

• Professional developments and hierarchies

• Healthcare institutions

• Social medicine and social psychiatry

• Mental health and mental healthcare

• Greek medicine and healthcare in a comparative and transnational approach: influences from and communication with other countries and relationships with international organisations

• Relationships between professionals and patients

• Non-medical definitions and interventions: folk medicine, psychological, educational, legal and welfare-associated practices

• Meanings and experiences of health and illness

• Ideological and political meanings and uses of health


In addition, we invite presentations on the following more general issues, which may be discussed within different or broader spatial and time frames:

• Historiography, methodology and theory of the history of medicine, health and health care

• The future of the history of medicine and health

• Research projects and funding potentials


Postgraduate students and early career researchers are strongly encouraged to submit papers on research in-progress.

Papers should not exceed 10 minutes and emphasis will be placed on discussion.

Place: University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Date: 29 March 2014

Working language of the conference: English

Please submit a paper abstract (300 words) and a short CV to:


Submissions deadline: 30 November 2013

Notification of Acceptance: 31 December 2013

Submission of accepted papers: 28 February 2014


The conference is organised by Despo Kritsotaki, Efi Avdela and Jim Mills and is hosted by the University of Crete, Department of History and Archaeology. It is implemented within the framework of the Action ‘Supporting Postdoctoral Researchers’ of the Operational Program ‘Education and Lifelong Learning’ (Action’s Beneficiary: General Secretariat for Research and Technology), and is co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Greek State.


Financial support may be available, depending on need and the availability of funding.

Attendance is free, but you will need to register in advance. For further details on how to sign up, please write to

Please address all inquiries to:


CfP: “Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture” International Conference (Cambridge, UK, May 2014)

Visions of Enchantment:
Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture

International Conference

University of Cambridge, 17-18 March 2014

This two-day event is a collaboration between the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge and the Arts University Bournemouth and is organised in association with the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism. The conference seeks to investigate the formative role that occultism and magic have played in Western and non-Western visual and material culture. It aims to present original research in this feld as well as to establish a productive dialogue between academics with a particular research interest in occultism and visual culture.

We invite proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, provided that they present innovative insights into visual, symbolic or material aspects of the esoteric tradition.

Acceptable topics may include, but are by no means limited to, the following areas:

• Alchemy and Hermetic symbolism;

• Astrology and astrological illustrations;

• The visual and material culture of witchcraft, black magic and sorcery;

• Talismans, totems, fetishes and other apotropaic objects;

• Occult and spiritual aspects of Jewish, Christian, Islamic and Hindu art and architecture, including sacred iconography, sacred architecture, manuscript illumination and the material culture of worship, ritual performance and festivity;

• Theosophy and modern visual culture;

• The visual and material culture of other occult movements and societies, including Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Mesmerism, Spiritism, the Salon de la Rose+Croix, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Satanism and New Age Spirituality;

• Surrealism and the politics of the occult;

• The influence of occultism and the spiritual on other avant-garde movements, including Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, Cubism, Constructivism, Dada and Abstract Expressionism;

• Occult art, counter-culture and radical/subversive politics;

• Women artists and the occult;

• Gendered, sexual and ‘queer’ ramifcations of esoteric art;

• Photography, spiritism, séances and automatic drawings/paintings;

• The supernatural in performance, cinema, experimental flm and video-installations;

• Occultism and magic in contemporary visual culture.

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and will be followed by a 10-minute Q&A session. Abstracts of no more than 500 words and a short bio-sketch of no more than 150 words should be sent as a single Word.doc to by 31 October 2013. We plan to publish the proceedings of this conference. Please indicate therefore whether you would be interested in further developing your paper for a publication of collected essays after the event.

Confrmed keynote speakers are Professor Antoine Faivre (Sorbonne), Professor M. E. Warlick (University of Denver), Professor Emilie Savage-Smith (University of Oxford), Dr Marco Pasi (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Sarah Turner (University of York).

For more information, please visit

The Conference Committee

Judith Noble (Arts University Bournemouth)

Rachel Parikh (Magdelene College, University of Cambridge)

Daniel Zamani (Trinity College, University of Cambridge)

Call for contributions: The Male Body in Victorian Literature and Culture

The Male Body in Victorian Literature and Culture

Call for Contributions

There exists a considerable amount of research focused on the female body in the Victorian period, from seminal texts such as Krugovoy Silver’s exploration of anorexic female bodies (2002), Talairach-Vielmas’ examination of the female body and femininity (Moulding the Female Body in Victorian Fairy Tales and Sensation Novels, 2007) through to Sondra Archimedes’ Gendered Pathologies: The Female Body and Biomedical Discourse in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel (2005).

However, the representations of and discourses surrounding the physicality of her male counterpart have begun to be examined only recently. Critics such as Andrew Dowling have questioned whether it is anachronistic to discuss masculinity in the nineteenth century because ‘the topic did not exist in the way we conceive it today’ (Manliness and the Male Novelist, 2001, p.1). He concludes that, while it was not a topic of contemporary debate, the idea of what constituted manliness was deeply embedded within Victorian culture, not least through images of male deviance in the literature of the period. Despite the work completed by Dowling and others (such as John Tosh, James E. Adams and Sander L. Gilman, for example)the breadth and depth of scholarship on Victorian men and masculinities leaves much to be explored.

Focusing approximately on the period between 1830 and 1910, this edited collection of essays aims to contribute to the bridging of this gap in existing Victorian scholarship. The collection intends to explore the male body as represented in Victorian literary and cultural texts, from visual culture to the periodical press, fiction, poetry and drama, and from art to advertisement and fashion. In doing so, the editors seek to navigate the diversity of representations of physical maleness, manliness, and masculinities in the Victorian period in order to illuminate further this little examined field.

Topics for essays may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Extreme physicalities (starving, corpulence, physical ideals);
  • Regulation of the male body (diet, exercise, science, and medicine);
  • Military or ‘heroic’ bodies;
  • Muscular Christianity and the cult of exercise;
  • Deviant or queer male bodies;
  • The foreign and/or ‘other’ male body as represented in discourses of nationhood, nationality, and empire;
  • Dress, fashion, and the male body;
  • Modified male bodies (body building, tattoos, etc.);
  • Disability and the male body.

The editors invite 500-word proposals for chapters of up to 7,000 words, accompanied by a short biographical note, to be submitted to both Dr Nadine Muller ( and Joanne Parsons ( no later than 31 August 2013. If you have any questions about this project or about a potential proposal, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us via email.

CFP Geschichte(n) von Gesundheit und Krankheit: Gesellschaft und Psychiatrie in Österreich 1945-1970 – Krems 06/14

small_logoVerein für Sozialgeschichte der Medizin;

Sektion Ethik und Geschichte der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

19.06.2014-21.06.2014, Krems

Deadline: 31.08.2013


Die Jahrestagung 2014 des österreichischen Vereins für Sozialgeschichte der Medizin (VSGM) ist dem Thema “Gesellschaft und Psychiatrie in Österreich 1945-1970” gewidmet und wird von diesem in Kooperation mit der Sektion Ethik und Geschichte der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie (ÖGPP) veranstaltet: Die ersten Jahrzehnte nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg rückten in den vergangenen Jahren verstärkt in den Fokus sozial-, kultur- und wissenschaftshistorischer Forschung. Für den Bereich der Medizin insgesamt und der Psychiatrie im Besonderen, liegen zu dieser geschichtlichen Phase – zumal für Österreich – aber noch wenige Forschungsarbeiten vor, trotz ihrer erheblichen Bedeutung in mehrerlei Hinsicht: So fand eine erste – vornehmlich politische und juristische – Auseinandersetzung mit dem Nationalsozialismus statt. Diese tangierte angesichts der von nationalsozialistisch orientierten Psychiatern legitimierten und organisierten “Euthanasie”-Verbrechen das psychiatrische Feld in ganz besonderem Maße. Vertreibung, Flucht bzw. Tod zahlreicher österreichischer Ärzte während NS-Herrschaft und Zweitem Weltkrieg hatten die psychiatrische und psychotherapeutische ‘community’ in Österreich massiv dezimiert. Verurteilungen und Berufsverbote, aber auch Suizide von belasteten Psychiatern dünnten die Personaldecke weiter aus, während sich die Anzahl der Rückkehrer in überschaubaren Grenzen hielt. Im Verlauf der 1950er und 1960er Jahre kam es zur beruflichen Re-Etablierung ehemaliger Nationalsozialisten. Zugleich waren Psychiater mit anderen – bzw. ohne – politischen Positionierungen weiterhin oder erneut ärztlich tätig, auch begann eine jüngere Generationen von ‘Neueinsteigern’ unterschiedlicher Orientierung ihre berufliche Laufbahn. Eine analoge Situation einer – oftmals prekären – Koexistenz von Kontinuitäten und Diskontinuitäten ist auch für den – gerade für den Patientenalltag sehr wichtigen – Bereich der psychiatrischen Pflege zu konstatieren.

In dieser höchst spannungsreichen Phase nach Bürgerkrieg, NS-Diktatur und Weltkrieg erfuhr die österreichische Psychiatrie aber auch Neuerungen und bedeutenden Weichenstellungen – als Wissenschaft wie als Institutionengeflecht und medizinisches Handlungssystem -, durch Übernahmen von ausländischen Innovationen, aber auch durch eigenständige Weiterentwicklungen. In den 1950er und 60er Jahren sind auch in Österreich neben Fortschritten in der (neuro-) psychiatrischen Grundlagenforschung, der praktischen Einführung neuer psychopharmakologischer Behandlungsmethoden bedeutsame Ausbauschritte im Bereich psycho- und soziotherapeutischer Angebote zu verzeichnen. Dies gilt sowohl für die Universitätskliniken und die traditionellen psychiatrischen Großanstalten (“Landessonderkrankenhäuser” u.ä.), wie auch für den allmählich an Bedeutung gewinnenden niedergelassenen und extramuralen Bereich. Größere Reforminitiativen blieben im hier zu betrachtenden Zeitraum in Österreich – im Gegensatz zu manchen anderen europäischen Staaten – freilich noch aus.

Die Zeit nach 1945 war somit von erheblichen Umbrüchen gekennzeichnet,denen aber auch beträchtliche Kontinuitäten gegenüberstehen – personelle wie ideologische.

Dieser durchaus komplexen Phase der österreichischen Psychiatriegeschichte wird sich die kommende Tagung unter konsequenter Bezugnahme auf relevante gesellschaftliche, politische, ökonomische und kulturelle Prozesse zuwenden. Alle einschlägig Forschenden aus dem In- und Ausland – aus welchen Disziplinen auch immer, ausdrücklich auch DoktorandInnen – sind hiermit eingeladen, bis 31.08.2013 Vorschläge für Vorträge in Form von abstracts im Umfang von einer Seite an das Organisationsteam einzureichen.


Wir ersuchen um Zusendungen per Email an:

PD Dr. Carlos Watzka, Institut für Soziologie, Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Universitätsstrasse 15/G4, 8010 Graz;



Insgesamt sind 15-20 Vorträge an drei Konferenztagen vorgesehen. Das vorläufige Tagungsprogramm wird im Herbst 2013 ausgesandt. Es ist vorgesehen, dass alle geeigneten Tagungsbeiträge im Anschluss in überarbeiteter Fassung in der (peer-reviewten) Zeitschrift “Virus” des Vereins für Sozialgeschichte der Medizin publiziert werden. Die Tagung wird voraussichtlich in Kooperation mit der gerade in Gründung befindlichen Karl Landsteiner Universität für Gesundheitswissenschaften stattfinden. Tagungssprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch. Die (auch für ReferentInnen fällige) Tagungsgebühr wird 50 Euro betragen und deckt Kosten für Kaffeepausen und Getränke während der Konferenz ab. Reise- und Aufenthaltskosten können nur in Ausnahmefällen (bes. bei ‘NachwuchswissenschafterInnen’) teilweise übernommen werden.


Das Vorbereitungskomitee:

Gerhard Baader, Elisabeth Dietrich-Daum, Carlos Watzka für den Verein für Sozialgeschichte der Medizin

Eberhard Gabriel, Hartmann Hinterhuber, Theodor Meiszel für die Sektion Geschichte und Ethik der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

CFP: Translating Happiness: Medicine, Culture and ‘Social Progress’

world-happy-day-386x386This year the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) proclaimed March 20th the International Day of Happiness. This day is premised on international recognition of the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal, and a means of promoting sustainable development. International acknowledgement of the important role that happiness plays in development is also displayed in the 2012 World Happiness Report, as well as a host of recent changes to national social policies, community infrastructures and health services.

This special issue of Health, Culture and Society (HCS) explores the multiple and contested ways of knowing happiness. We are particularly interested in research that analyzes the translations of happiness. According to Nikolas Rose, translation provides for the possibility of government: “In the dynamics of translation, alignments are forged between the objectives of those wishing to govern and the personal projects of those organizations, groups, and individuals who are the subjects of government” (1999, p. 48). This issue aims to construct a comprehensive picture of the important role that translations of happiness – as made to appear in social philosophy, featured in the emerging field of positive psychology, mapped in global happiness indexes, or communicated in concepts such as ‘well-being’ or ‘quality of life’ – play in contemporary understandings of the ‘human’ and ‘human development.’ Papers are sought that explore the relations between happiness and health, and examine the social, cultural and political contexts of medical translations of happiness. Papers that share comparative analyses of happiness or that adopt a critical paradigm and analyze the role of conceptions of happiness in the diagnosis of individual and social ills and the reproduction of inequality are especially welcome.

Potential topic areas include:

· Happiness and Disability/Disablement/Ableism

· Happiness, Health Services and Social Policy

· Politicization of Happiness (Happiness Indexes)

· Cartographies of Happiness (e.g., ‘Happiness Maps’)

· Happiness and Constructions of ‘the Human’/Humanity

· Economic Paradigms of Happiness

· Ecological Perspectives

· Happiness and National Development (e.g., Gross National Happiness and/vs. Gross National Domestic Product)

· Happiness and Imperialism/The Colonial Continuum

· Happiness and Racialization/Racism

· Happiness and Global Governance

· Happiness and Self-Governance (e.g., The Emergence of Self-Help Literature)

· Happiness and Choice/The Making of the ‘Rational Subject’

· Happiness and Disciplinary Knowledge

· Happiness and Social Order (incl.: Happiness and Social Change; Happiness and the Pathologization of Resistance)

· Genealogies of Happiness (Historical Perspectives)

· Happiness Across the Lifecycle/The Role of Happiness in ‘Positive’ or Healthy Aging

· Happiness, Identity and Community/Solidarity and Subjective Well-being

· Happiness, Gender and Sexuality

· Happiness and Patriarchy

· Happiness, Heterosexism and Homophobia

· Happiness and Spirituality

· Happiness, Leisure and Lifestyle

· The Commodification of Happiness/Happiness and Consumer Culture

· (Re)Discovering (Un)Happiness – Diagnostic Tools and their Discontents (e.g., The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition)

· Happiness, Resilience and Recovery

· A Poetics of Happiness/Happiness and the Art of Living

· Happiness and Desire

· Happiness and a Politics of Love

· Embodiment and Happiness Research/Phenomenological Perspectives

Interested contributors are invited to send a 250 word proposal to no later than July 15th. Prospective contributors will be notified of acceptance by July 30th. For accepted proposals full papers will be due September 27th. Manuscripts submitted for inclusion in this special issue must be in APA format, be original work and should not be under consideration by any other journal.


Works Cited:

Rose, N. (1999). Powers of freedom: Reframing political thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


About the Journal:

Health,Culture and Society (HCS) is an important contribution to the medical humanities and the social history of health. It will promote critical studies, disseminate important contemporary research and act as an international podium for the exchange of new ideas, strategies and practices. The journal is geared towards an inter-disciplinary approach to issues of health, culture and society inviting contributions from a diversity of fields. HCS will reflect the very real developments in ideas that shape our modern understandings of health, and how cultural and social factors are important to its paradigm. The journal encourages original and funded research into regional developments which can impact upon the global image of health, society and culture.

HCS is the product of initiative, research and debate centered on the history and development of the health paradigm. The facilitation of the University of Pittsburgh, the CNPq and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, as well as the Wellcome Trust and the University of Western Santa Catarina (UnoChapeco), made it possible to eventually bring together important and emerging voices in the debate of health which define the new critical perspectives, and research from the physical and social sciences. HCS serves as a platform which has been developed to meet the contemporary necessity for international dialogue, partnerships, collaboration, knowledge transformation and global integration.


Katie Aubrecht, PhD

Research Coordinator

Nova Scotia Centre on Aging

Mount Saint Vincent University

Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2J6

T: 902-457-6193; F: 902-457-6508


CfP: Interdisciplinary Conference ‘This is my Body’ (Cambridge, November 2013)

This is my Body

Monday, 18 November 2013 to Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Location: William Harvey Lecture Theatre, Addenbrooke’s Clinical School


Dr Olivia Will (Department of Surgery, Addenbrooke’s Hospital)

Dr Lucy Razzall (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge)


The relationship between the mind and the body raises innumerable challenging questions across the arts, humanities, and social science disciplines. For those who come into professional contact with the human body every day in the National Health Service, the mind and the body are usually considered distinct from each other. This is even reflected in the organisational structure of the NHS, where mental health trusts are separate from other healthcare services. Any medical interpretation of the human body, even while it is grounded in empirical evidence, is also inevitably shaped by the intricacies of cultural context, but this is often overlooked in contemporary medicine.

Keynote speaker: Ludmilla Jordanova (KCL)

Call for Papers

This two-day conference aims to return human experience to the centre of medical discussion by bringing scholars of the body from across the arts, humanities, and social sciences together with medical and surgical practitioners from the National Health Service. In engaging with the human body from a wide range of perspectives, this conference will explore the ways in which understandings, experiences, and representations of the body beyond the traditional medical sphere might inform healing and healthcare. This interdisciplinary conference will be the first of its kind ever held at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and will establish an important new interface between the academy and the National Health Service.

We invite proposals (250 words) for 20-minute papers from graduate students and senior scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and from medical students and medical/surgical professionals, which will offer disciplinary perspectives on the human body and experiences of embodiment. Papers could address, but are not restricted to, any aspect of the following:

  • physical and mental illness: treatment and recovery
  • roles, identities, and relationships of patients, carers, and doctors
  • injury, wounds, and healing
  • trauma and disfigurement
  • pain and suffering
  • gender and sexuality
  • life-cycles: birth, childhood, puberty, reproduction, ageing, frailty, death

Please email your proposal to Any informal enquiries may be addressed to the conveners, Olivia Will and Lucy Razzall. The deadline for submission is 31 July 2013.

For more information:

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