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9th Deaf History International Conference
United Kingdom

9th Deaf History International Conference

July 14-18, 2015 Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

The 9th Deaf History International Conference will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 July 2015.


The Conference theme is Deaf Sporting Heritage.  Over the years, deaf people cherished through sports from grass-roots to elite levels.  The Conference gives everyone the opportunity to have an insight of how important and influential sports have been for deaf people.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
ALTERITY 2014 - Representing Alterity in Society in Crisis: the Construction and Representation of the Other in Society and in Texts

ALTERITY 2014 - Representing Alterity in Society in Crisis: the Construction and Representation of the Other in Society and in Texts

28th July – 31st July, 2014 University of Genoa, Italy

Despite claims of progress being made in the removal of barriers to equal opportunity, the facts often belie the situation, since the creation and maintenance of Alterity continues to represent a mode of subjugation and/or an instrument employed to keep social groups divided and so create or maintain inequality among them.

Indeed, in the world we live in boundaries are always in a state of flux, "responding" to (reacting to and shaping) socio-economic and historical forces and adapting to meet new "needs". In this light, the Other has been variously identified in terms of class, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, depending on time and place, and Otherness has certainly not been overcome as a means of division. What should not be forgotten is that the opposition to the Other has always represented an efficacious tool to divide and rule, as the racist discourses on class, ethnicity, gender, age or religion bring out forcefully, and Otherness continues to be exploited to political, economic and social ends, a phenomenon whose importance increases in most societies, where the divide between rich and poor is growing continually, where the earth’s resources are continually wasted, and exploited to the benefit of the richer parts of the globe.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
The Anatomy of Un/Reason: The Birth of Mental Illness and its Fate in Postmodern Culture

The Anatomy of Un/Reason: The Birth of Mental Illness and its Fate in Postmodern Culture

October 10-11, 2014 Kraków, Poland

We wish to invite you to attend the International Interdisciplinary Symposium The Anatomy of Un/Reason : The Birth of Mental Illness and its Fate in Postmodern Culture, during which we would like to discuss the aforementioned topics. Our aim is to exchange thoughts on the phenomenon of madness in modern and postmodern times. The Symposium is planned as an interdisciplinary project; one which shall outline the contexts as widely as possible. Hence, next to representatives of literary and cultural studies, we would like to invite scholars of various other backgrounds as well, including psychology, psychiatry, sociology, and religious studies. We intend to look into different texts of culture which make mental illness their subject, and to analyse the works of authors afflicted with particular mental disorders.

Academic, Clinical Psychologist, Historian, Physician, Physician Researcher, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Scientist
Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine
United States

Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine

October 3-4, 2014 Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland

The Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine (JASMed) is an annual gathering of early career historians of medicine and public health, coordinated by graduate students.

Founded in 2002 by Prof. Harry Marks with students from Hopkins, Yale and Harvard, the first JASMed conference was held at Hopkins in 2003. Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Rutgers and Columbia also have hosted JASMed conferences over the past twelve years. Our mission is to foster a collegial intellectual community and to provide a forum for sharing and critiquing graduate research among peers.

This year's conference is being coordinated by graduate students in the Johns Hopkins History of Medicine Department. We welcome all participants and hope to expand our conversations to include participants from more institutions and different disciplinary backgrounds!

If you have any questions please contact this year's Chair, Kirsten Moore, via the conference email:

Graduate Student, Junior Investigator, Junior Researcher, Junior Scientist, New Investigator, New Researcher, Young Investigator, Young Scientist


15-17 May 2014 Leiden, the Netherlands

LUCAS (the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society) will host a three-day conference on the various ways in which literary and artistic texts have represented, interrogated or challenged juridical notions of ‘personhood’. The conference will take place from 15 until 17 May 2014.

The guiding assumption behind our conference is that ‘personhood’ is not a (biologically) given, stable property of human beings (which precedes their interaction with the law), but that ‘personhood’ is assigned to selected (and historically varying) ‘bodies’ by discursive regimes, such as those of law, medicine, politics, religion, and education. During the conference we will study how literature, art and culture form domains in which the implications and scope of legal, political or medical conceptualizations of personhood can be dramatized and thought through, and in which alternative understandings of personhood can be proposed and disseminated.

The symposium broaches the question of personhood on three different levels: those of the body, the individual and the community. Questions to be addressed include (but are not limited to), firstly:

From which discourses did notions of bodily integrity historically emerge? Which social, political and medical developments are currently challenging these notions? How do artistic, cultural and socio-political phenomena (such as bio-art, body horror, the right-to-die movement, etc.) invite us to rethink our notion of the human body?

Second, what literary and rhetorical figures made it possible to think of legal personhood in antiquity, the middle ages and the modern era? What is the legal status of ‘not-quite persons,’ such as children, illegal immigrants, the mentally disabled, the unborn and the undead? What could ‘animal personhood’ entail?

Finally: how do collective bodies acquire personhood? How did art and literature represent legal entities such as the medieval city, the seventeenth century trade company or the nineteenth century corporation? Or what is the legally defined status of sects, networks, conspiracies, and resistance movements?

Organisation and contact

The conference is organised in cooperation with NICA (the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis) and is made possible by LUCAS, the Leiden University Fund and NICA.

400-word proposals for 20-minute papers can be send to Frans-Willem Korsten, Nanne Timmer and Yasco Horsman (LUCAS, Leiden) at

Deadline: 14 February 2014

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
(Ab)Normal Sexuality? A Critical Inquiry Into the Paraphilias
United Kingdom

(Ab)Normal Sexuality? A Critical Inquiry Into the Paraphilias

1st May 2014 London, United Kingdom

Psychology and psychiatry have played a key role in how we think about and understand sexuality, particularly those forms of sexuality that are positioned as 'abnormal' or 'perverse'. From Krafft-Ebing's infamous Psychopathia Sexualis (1982) to the latest DSM-5 paraphilic disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 2013), psychology and psychiatry have a long history in defining certain kinds of sexual identities and behaviours as mental illness.

This categorization has not been without criticism or controversy. Some have argued that the paraphilias section within the DSM is so flawed, that is should be removed altogether (Moser & Kleinplatz, 2005). Others have queried who is really perverse here: those who express forms of sexuality considered 'abnormal' or those who restrain, commit, and coerce individuals in the name of 'treatment'?

This conference will examine the concept of 'paraphilias' as produced by psychiatry. It will question and challenge the dominant biomedical model of pathological sexualities and interrogate the tenuous boundary between 'normal' and 'abnormal' sexual categories. It will investigate the role of the paraphilias in other systems, such as law, therapy, and pornography. The conference will consider the intersecting positions of gender, 'race' and culture from historical and contemporary perspectives, and consider the complexity regarding sexuality, pleasure, and consent.

Topics will include

The history of the paraphilias

Should Paraphilias Be Considered Mental Disorders- the Risk/Benefit Ratio

Current debates regarding the criminalization of pornography

Psychiatric diagnosis and sexual violence

Intersections of sexual diagnoses with constructions of gender and 'race'

Sexual minorities, therapy, and diagnoses

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Clinical Psychologist, Historian, Lawyer, Physician Researcher, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Scientist
Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution Workshop: Retailing, Commerce and the Human Body: Historical Approaches
United Kingdom

Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution Workshop: Retailing, Commerce and the Human Body: Historical Approaches

14 May 2014 University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

The Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution (CHORD) invites proposals for papers that explore the relationship between retailing, commerce and human bodies, in Britain and beyond. Any aspect of the commercial and retail practices that are connected to the business of exploiting, caring for or 'improving' bodies would be welcome and there are no restrictions in terms of the historical period covered.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

-- Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons

--  Undertakers and funeral parlours

-- Marketing, bodies and sexuality

-- Tattoo parlours, tanning salons and opium dens

--  Grooming products, perfumery and toiletries

-- Measuring, fitting and 'trying-on'

-- Massage parlours, Turkish baths and spas

-- Photography shops and portraiture

For further information, please e-mail: Dr Laura Ugolini at  or Dr Karin Dannehl at

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution

Abortion: The Unfinished Revolution

August 7-8, 2014 at the University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

In recent years, there have been numerous attempts worldwide to limit women’s access to safe abortion. In 2012, an anti-abortion bill in the Canadian parliament that purportedly aimed to open a discussion on “when life begins” was interpreted as an attack on abortion rights and was defeated by Members of Parliament in a vote of 203 to 91. In Ireland that same year, Savita Halappanavar was denied an abortion, even though she was miscarrying the fetus. Her subsequent death sparked international outrage and renewed calls to relax abortion restrictions in that country. In Texas in 2013, despite an inspiring eleven-hour filibuster by Senator Wendy Davis, Democrats ultimately failed to block stringent new restrictions on abortion availability in that state. Meanwhile, the Mexico City Policy continues to affect the abortion experiences of women throughout the world. Thus, in spite of the many gains that have been made in women’s rights since the mid-twentieth century, reproductive autonomy continues to elude women in many countries around the world. Even in Canada, where there is no federal abortion law and abortion is regulated like any other medical procedure, there is tremendous disparity in access to abortion services across the country. For example, Prince Edward Island is touted by the Canadian anti-abortion movement as being a “life sanctuary” since it eliminated access to safe surgical abortions in 1986, a point that was a focus of that movement’s national conference in 2013. Attendees are invited to PEI to reflect on the status of abortion internationally.

Academic, Community Activist, Gynecologist, Health Services Researcher, Historian, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
‘Between Medical Collections and Their Audiences’ – European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences Congress, London 2014
United Kingdom

‘Between Medical Collections and Their Audiences’ – European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences Congress, London 2014

EAMHMS Congress, London, United Kingdom September 4th – 6th 2014

Science Museum, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Wellcome Collection
The European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences Congress biennial meeting will be held in London, September 4th – 6th 2014, jointly hosted between the Science Museum, the Royal College of Surgeons (Hunterian Museum) & the Wellcome Collection.

The theme for the 2014 Congress is ‘Between medical collections and their audiences’.

After a thrilling conference of the European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences (EAMHMS) hosted by the Charite, Berlin 2012, we would like to invite the members of the association, as well as interested scholars and curators from the community of medical history collections and museums to participate in the next meeting of the organisation – London 2014.

EAMHMS is an active global network of curators, scholars & stakeholders with an interest in medical collections. The biennial Congress is a great opportunity to present research within a vibrant forum of debate and discussion, and promotes international exchange and collaboration amongst medical history museums. The Association, although nominally European, today attracts participation from around the world and is thus the leading international body of medical museums and collections.

The 2014 Congress will focus on medical collections and audiences – looking at how medical heritage is used to intrigue, problematise, teach, and stimulate interaction and reflection about medicine of the past and of today. Who engages with our collections and which new audiences are we innovating ways to engage with? Our visitors are not passive spectators, but rather participants in the creating of and telling of stories about medical heritage – so what does that mean for the future of curating medical collections & displays?

We’re looking forward to a thrilling conference! See you in London 2014.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
Practicing Public Health: Europe, 1300-1700

Practicing Public Health: Europe, 1300-1700

12 June 2014 Florence, Italy

A Conference organized by John Henderson and G. Geltner

Sponsored by the Medici Archive Project & Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies

Against tenacious misconceptions, pre-modern cities in and beyond Italy are finally beginning to shed their reputation as demographic black holes. The revised view of earlier cities’ relative salubriousness, however, is mostly grounded in medical treatises and statutes, sometimes at the expense of documents and instruments of practice. The goal of this conference is to examine new kinds of evidence and demonstrate that the feasibility and popularity of health interventions can be gauged on the basis of additional sources and new methodologies. Criminal court documents, for instance, reveal the extent to which devised plans were ignored and pertinent regulations violated. City council protocols help to establish the scale of resources (human, financial, administrative) allocated to incentivize participation and to ensure a modicum of cooperation. Material culture, from archaeological remains to maps to figurative and symbolic art, as well as a wide range of descriptive and narrative sources, such as diaries, chronicles, and fiction, can also illuminate pre-modern approaches to perceived risks and possible solutions. Finally the conference will encourage participants to think beyond the traditional paradigm of exclusive concentration on the urban environment and seek to bridge the gap between urban and rural environments.

Academic, Historian, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist