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Disease, Disability and Medicine in Medieval Europe
United Kingdom

Disease, Disability and Medicine in Medieval Europe

6 - 7  December 2014 The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Pre-conference postgraduate workshop 5 December 2014

The conference will be preceded by a Graduate Workshop on medieval disability, free for all postgraduate students with an interest in disability studies.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
Medical Training, Student Experience and the Transmission of Knowledge, c. 1800-2014: New Foundations and Global Perspective

Medical Training, Student Experience and the Transmission of Knowledge, c. 1800-2014: New Foundations and Global Perspective

17 and 18 October 2014 Dublin, Ireland

A symposium entitled ‘Medical Training, Student Experience and the Transmission of Knowledge, c. 1800-2014: New Foundations and Global Perspectives, will be held in the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin, on 17 and 18 October 2014. This two-day symposium will examine the theme of medical training and education, broadly conceived, (and incorporating allied medical and scientific specialisms), with the overall aspiration of broadening our understanding of the changing experiences of students and those undergoing medico-scientific training in a variety of institutional and international settings in the modern period. The keynote speaker will be John Harley Warner of Yale University.

Given recent concern about standards of medical education and training, the symposium is timely. For example, in 2009, the HPAT (Health Professions Admissions Test) was introduced to Irish medical schools. This multiple-choice test measures candidates' emotional skills, in an attempt to ensure that candidates for medical schools possess high degrees of empathy.

The conference will provide historical context to such changes, assessing how ideas about what makes a ‘good’ medical student/doctor have changed over time. Related to this, participants will assess how medical education has adjusted over time to cater to the changing relationship between doctor and patient, as well as addressing the changing representations/behaviour of students. Historians of medicine have shown how medical student experience can vary widely and how educational experiences have been significantly shaped by national contexts. The conference aims to explore this idea through an examination of education and training in a range of environments. Participants will explore the history of medical training through an evaluation of how medical knowledge and the hallmarks of professional identity have been transmitted to students over time as well as looking at the development of tools of training, curriculum and pedagogy. Other aspects of medical student life and culture such as student involvement in sports clubs, student societies and other social activities will also be explored.

The conference hopes to bring together historians of medicine, science and education as well as researchers working in related fields in the humanities, social sciences and medicine.

The conference is funded by the generous support of the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations Scheme.

Academic, Anatomist, Historian, Medical Faculty Member, Social Scientist
Vesalius Continuum Conference

Vesalius Continuum Conference

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Andreas Vesalius

4-8 Sept 2014 Zakynthos, Greece

Andreas Vesalius 1514 – 1564

In September 2014, under the auspices of The Municipality of Zakynthos and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Athens, the Ionian Island will host a number of events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius in Brussels. The Flemish physician, later universally referred to as the father of modern human anatomy, died on Zakynthos, Greece, in 1564 which will be exactly 450 years ago in 2014.

His legacy as an anatomist and European humanist has already survived almost half a millennium of natural, political and economic obstacles. He is the living proof that the arts and sciences can and will help us surmount current and future hurdles. In September 2014 we will hold an ambitious international conference on Art and Science with Vesalius in a main role. There will be an exhibition of contemporary medical art that is  juxtaposed with a display of historical artifacts and medical illustrations. There will also be a concert of sixteenth century music organized by the Belgian Embassy, and it is amusing to reflect that Vesalius, the physician of emperors must have known or perhaps even heard these very tunes.

Academic, Anatomist, Historian, Social Scientist
American Academy of the History of Dentistry 63rd Annual Meeting
United States
South Carolina

American Academy of the History of Dentistry 63rd Annual Meeting

October 9-11, 2014 Columbia, South Carolina

Allied Health Professional, Dentist, Historian, Social Scientist
Work, Stress and Health 2015: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations
United States

Work, Stress and Health 2015: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations

 May 6–9, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia

The eleventh International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, "Work, Stress and Health 2015: Sustainable Work, Sustainable Health, Sustainable Organizations," will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza on May 6-9, 2015, with preconference workshops and opening events on May 6. This conference is convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.


The Work, Stress and Health Conference series addresses the ever-changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety and well-being of workers. The conference covers numerous topics of interest to labor, management, practitioners and researchers, such as work and family issues, new forms of work organization, changing worker demographics, best practices for preventing stress and improving the health of workers and their organizations. Expert presentations and informal meetings with leading scientists and practitioners will provide an exciting forum for learning about the latest developments in occupational health psychology.

Sustainability, Occupational Safety and Health

This year, the conference will give special attention to the concept of "sustainability," and the integral role of occupational safety and health in sustainable economic growth. For enterprises, sustainability refers to the potential for maintenance of business success over the long term. For workers, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being. However, it has become increasingly clear that these two conditions are inextricably connected. In business, sustainability efforts have most commonly focused on environmental responsibility — at least historically so. But this is changing. Increasingly, corporate sustainability interests have expanded to include social responsibility, labor practices and occupational and environmental safety and health.

Underlying this development is increasing evidence, on one hand, of the economic threat of hazardous working conditions. The International Social Security Administration estimates that the economic burden of work-related injury alone is equivalent to 4 percent of the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and, in some countries, as high as 10 percent of the GDP. In the U.S., annual costs of occupational injuries and disease have been calculated at $250 billion. On the other hand, is mounting evidence of superior market performance of enterprises that nurture a culture of health and incorporate social concerns in their sustainability efforts. Thus, sustainable work and health are integral to organizational and economic sustainability.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Policy Analyst, Psychologist, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
7th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference

7th International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference

5, 6 and 7 February 2015 Leuven, Belgium

The idea of the Deaf Academics conferences arose from the Amsterdam Manifesto created by some 35 individuals outside of the TISLR conference on July 26, 2000.

The aim of the Deaf Academics conferences is for Deaf academics and researchers:

to present and share our research findings;

gain a better understanding of the issues that we face in the academic environment;

feel empowered to carry on with our work;

maintain a (support) network.

The Deaf Academics conferences are held in International Sign only to provide direct access to academic discourse instead of through sign language interpreters. 

In 2015, the conference theme will be “Deaf Ethnographies and Politics”.

In Leuven we will  organize:

lectures linked to the conference theme;

workshops focusing on specific issues linked to Deaf academics’ practices, experiences and research methods;

seminars on publishing and applying for grants.

Academic, Deaf/Hearing-Impaired Person, Educator, Social Scientist
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
New Measures of Age and Ageing

New Measures of Age and Ageing

International Conference

Vienna, Austria, 3-5 Dec 2014

In Europe and other developed regions of the world, life expectancy has increased significantly in recent decades and continues to increase. As people live longer, they also stay healthier for longer. But most studies of population ageing focus on only one characteristic of people: their chronological age. The implicit assumption is that other characteristics relevant to population ageing do not change over time and place. But clearly, they do. 65-year-olds today generally have higher remaining life expectancies and are healthier than their counterparts in previous generations—which is reflected, in many countries, in rising ages of eligibility for public pensions. Many important characteristics of people vary with age, but age-specific characteristics also vary over time and differ from place to place. Focusing on only one aspect of the changes entailed in population ageing but not on all the others provides a limited picture of the process, one that is often not appropriate for either scientific study or policy analysis.

The conference will be devoted to new ways of measuring ageing that more accurately represent the real world. These new metrics for population ageing will include factors such as life expectancy, health, disability, cognition and the ability to work—measures that explain how people live and what they need, not just the number of years they have lived. The economic implications of these new measures of age will be also discussed.

Topics of interest include the following:

Life-table-based measures

Measures based on subjective life expectancy and survival probabilities

Measures based on self-reported physical conditions

Measures based on biomarkers

Measures based on cognitive functioning

Economic implications of the new measures

Country case studies

The conference will be co-ordinated by Sergei Scherbov and Warren Sanderson. After scientific review, selected conference contributions will be published in the thematic issue of the Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2016. The Yearbook is widely circulated in hard copy and freely available on the web ( This rather young journal already has a high impact factor.

Academic, Biostatistician, Geriatrician, Gerontologist, Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, 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