29 de marzo de 2017

CfP: Buildings Talk - Hospital Histories

George Marshall Medical Museum - Annual Evening of Talks

Thursday 13th July, 2017 at the Charles Hastings Education Centre

Papers are invited which will engage our audience with the broad theme of the history of medicine and healthcare buildings with a specific focus on how their design may have impacted upon patients and their treatment. Papers relating to the West Midlands (and Worcestershire) are particularly welcome.

This is the fourth annual lecture evening at the George Marshall Medical Museum,  with previous speakers including Professor Jonathan Reinarz, Dr. Frank Crompton and the late Dr. Chris Upton.
Abstracts of no more than 300 words for talks of 30 minutes should be sent electronically to louise.price10@nhs.net by 5pm 28th April, 2017.

For further details, telephone the Curator on 01905 760738. www.medicalmuseum.org.uk

CfP: Colors in Technology – Technology of Colors

Call for Papers: 40th History of Technology Conference
17 and 18 November 2017 in Schlatt, Switzerland

The 40th History of Technology Conference will be held at the Klostergut Paradies in Schlatt near Schaffhausen, Switzerland on 17 and 18 November 2017. The Conference has served as an outstanding platform for the exchange of ideas between research, teaching and industry since 1978. The speakers and the invited guests come from universities, libraries, collections and museums or contribute their business and industrial experience. The conferences are renowned for the breadth and topicality of the papers presented. You can find information on previous conferences at: www.eisenbibliothek.ch.
This international and interdisciplinary event is organized by the Iron Library (Eisenbibliothek), Foundation of Georg Fischer Ltd. Responsibility for the content of the conference is in the hands of a scientific advisory board consisting of Dr. Gisela Hürlimann (ETH Zurich), Prof. Reinhold Reith (University of Salzburg) and Prof. Friedrich Steinle (TU Berlin), and it is they who decide on the selection of the speakers.
We kindly invite interested persons involved in research, teaching and practice to apply to present a paper.
Conference topic in 2017: Colors in Technology – Technology of Colors
Throughout history, human cultures have used color to decorate their artifacts – amphorae and motor cars, textiles and smartphones – and technological processes have always been involved in obtaining and producing these colors, whether they are dyestuffs, pigments or paints. The 2017 Conference on the History of Technology will focus on Colors in Technology and Technology (or Technologies) of Colors, both in a European perspective and from a global-historical viewpoint.
The subject raises a host of different questions and aspects. How were such 'colors' manufactured? By whom and for whom? And how was trade organized? What is the social status associated with specific colors (dyes, pigments, and paints), with the painter's or dyer's trade and with other related trades? What are the gender-specific roles? Dyeing textiles and leather has long played an important role in society. Indigo and madder, to take but one example, have undergone societal and economic ups and downs depending on the particular constellation of requirements, resources, processes and markets. In early modern times, for instance, indigo production in India, along with the commercial network that grew up around it, spelt the end for the flourishing woad trade in Europe, but in turn it largely collapsed under the onslaught of the chemical synthesis of indigo in the 19th century. Is this pattern repeated elsewhere? How and when were hazards to health and the environment detected, and what was the impact on the manufacture and use of dyestuffs? The early modern age began to standardize colors, starting with 17th and 18th century color charts to the binding norms, say, of the RAL color chart – what was the background to this standardization in terms of natural history, trade and fashion? How were color standards designed and developed and how did they gain acceptance given the well-known difficulties of quantifying color?
When did people start coloring – painting and dyeing – technical artifacts? Which individuals – if any – were involved in the decision to do so? What viewpoints are important here, in terms of the societal situation and cultural emblems on the one hand and technical or economic possibilities and scientific results on the other? Where and how was color expertise developed? These and similar questions apply to colors used in architecture and on vehicles, colors used in signaling and on uniforms and clothing, and colors applied to machinery and objects of everyday use. How did the economic, social, and scientific dynamics develop that underlie the now ubiquitous use of colors to distinguish goods and trademarks with their distinctively gender-specific component? Lastly, how have colors been used – and how are they used today – in painting, in other figurative arts, and in the media, starting with medieval manuscript production to color printing, photography and film right up to modern-day display technologies?
The reconstruction and restoration of historical coloring is becoming increasingly important, be it in works of art, in architecture or on technical objects. In what circumstances are such issues of interest? What practices and techniques, what historiographical and natural science research findings are involved, and how do the results affect science and society in turn?
Proposals for papers on these and other color-related subjects are welcome.
The papers may be read in English or in German. Papers in German will be translated simultaneously into English at the Conference. The papers should not be more than 20 minutes in length. Papers that have been prepared to scientific standards may be selected for publication in the specialized journal Ferrum, which is published annually by the Iron Library.
Interested applicants are kindly invited to submit a synopsis of their paper – no longer than two A4 pages (4'000 characters) – in English or German, along with an up-to-date resume, by 30 April 2017 to the Head of the Iron Library, lic. phil. Franziska Eggimann (franziska.eggimann@georgfischer.com).

Funded PhD project: Health and Healing at the Hanoverian Court

The Professor Sir Richard Trainor PhD Scholarships 2017-18

Project Title: Beyond the Madness of King George: Health and Healing at the Hanoverian Court

Partner Organisations: Royal Library and Royal Archives, Historic Royal Palaces, Royal College of Surgeons, Science Museum

King’s is now inviting applications for one of the Professor Sir Richard Trainor PhD Scholarships in the Department of History at King’s College London in collaboration with the Royal Library and Royal Archives, Historic Royal Palaces, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Science Museum. The scholarship will commence from October 2017 onwards and is open to new incoming PhD students only.

Project Description:
While historians and medical experts have long debated the nature of George III’s illness, other important aspects of medicine at the Hanoverian court have not yet received close scholarly attention. King’s College has recently entered into a partnership with the Royal Household, the Georgian Papers Programme (GPP), to digitise and research the archives of the Hanoverian court. The GPP offers an exciting opportunity for new avenues of research.
For instance, analysis of digitised materials may enable the PhD candidate to reconstruct the roles of practitioners and patients beyond the medical elite, to understand food, cleanliness and other practices of maintaining the court as a healthy environment, and to trace the circulation of medical knowledge by following the trajectories of books, medical tools and materials, and correspondence across the court, the metropolis and internationally. The candidate will be expected to develop their own research focus, broadly addressing one or several of these aspects of health and healing at court.
Collaborating with high-profile cultural partners, the project will enhance public and scholarly understanding of the Royal Library and Royal Archives and Historic Royal Palaces, and feed into research activities and online materials at the Science Museum and the Royal College of Surgeons.
The Department of History was ranked 5th of all UK History departments in the 2014 REF with 86% of our research activity assessed as ‘world leading or internationally excellent’. It is a research-led department with a strong reputation for contribution to scholarship, teaching and practice. The Department is located on the Strand Campus of King's College London where the studentship will be based.

Durham CfP: Molecules and Models: Seeing Structures

Molecules and Models: Seeing Structures
Organised by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture(CVAC) as part of the Institute of Advanced Study Theme  for 2017-18 Structure
November 21st and 22nd 2017
Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Durham University
The workshop will run from early afternoon on 21st until lunchtime on 22nd.
Call for Papers
We invite proposals for short papers to be given at this workshop.  If you would like to present to it, please email Ludmilla.jordanova@durham.ac.uk AND cvac@durham.ac.uk with an abstract of no more than 250 words and a short CV.  The closing date for submissions is July 3rd.   Decisions will be made within two weeks.  We welcome proposals from early career researchers.  Papers should be interdisciplinary, accessible to non-specialists and have a focus on visual culture.
It is hoped to present a proposal for a special issue to the Science Museum Group Journal  (a peer-reviewed e-journal) following the meeting.
Molecular models participate in attempts to understand the structure of matter; they are one of the most recognizable of scientific artifacts, featuring, for example, in Maggie Hambling’s celebrated portrait of Dorothy Hodgkin and in the much-reproduced photograph of Watson and Crick beside a model of DNA.  There is now an extensive scholarly literature on models in general and on specific ones, such as DNA.  The meeting will consider the specifically visual properties and impact of molecular models, for example, in advertising and popular culture.
Questions to be addressed include:
What roles have molecular models played in scientific practice?
How do they  help us understand the nature of that practice?
What roles do they play in non-specialist representations of science?
How do they illuminate the theme of ‘structure’?

Might studies of molecular models and representations of them help us understand ‘visual thinking’?

25 de marzo de 2017


En su deseo de impulsar los estudios sobre el pasado de las Ciencias de la Salud, la Fundación Uriach 1838 tiene instituido un premio anual de ámbito internacional, el cual será adjudicado al mejor trabajo que, a juicio de un jurado designado al efecto, trate de un tema sobre Historia y Ciencias de la Salud.
Su concesión se adaptará a las siguientes

1. El XLVIII Premio Fundación Uriach “Historia de la Medicina” correspondiente a 2017 está dotado con 3.000 euros para el ganador y un accésit de 1.000 euros, si el jurado lo considera oportuno.
2. Las monografías que opten al Premio deberán ser originales e inéditas, no siendo aceptadas aquellas que en el momento de la adjudicación hayan sido publicadas total o parcialmente, así como tampoco las presentadas a otros concursos.
3. Los trabajos deberán ser presentados en formato electrónico junto a una copia impresa con interlineado doble y una extensión recomendada de 80.000 caracteres, con espacios, incluyendo bibliografía o referencias documentales, además de iconografía complementaria.
4. Los originales redactados en lengua española, serán remitidos a la Fundación Uriach, siendo la fecha máxima de entrega el día 1 de noviembre de 2017 bajo el sistema de lema y plica, sin firma de autor o autores, cuya identificación deberá figurar en un sobre cerrado a su vez identificado con el mismo lema del trabajo original.
5. El XLVIII Premio Fundación Uriach “Historia de la Medicina” será otorgado por un Jurado cuyo fallo se hará público durante el mes de diciembre de 2017.
6. Tras la adjudicación del Premio, el secretario del Jurado procederá a la apertura de la plica correspondiente al ganador y, en su caso, a la del accésit.
7. En el supuesto de que el Jurado lo considere oportuno, la obra ganadora, así como otros trabajos presentados, podrá ser publicada en la revista Medicina e Historia, siempre de común acuerdo con los autores.
8. Las monografías premiadas quedarán en propiedad de la Fundación Uriach 1838 y los trabajos no premiados ni seleccionados para su publicación serán destruidos sin la apertura de sus plicas.
9. La participación en el presente concurso implica la aceptación total de las bases de esta convocatoria.
Palau-solità i Plegamans, enero de 2017
La correspondencia relacionada con esta Convocatoria deberá dirigirse a:

    Fundación Uriach 1838
    Pol. Industrial Riera de Caldes. Av.Camí Reial, 51-57
    08184 Palau-solità i Plegamans (Barcelona)
    fundación-historia@uriach.com - (34) 93 863 02 25

Convocatòria XVI PREMI ANTONI QUINTANA I MARÍ 2017 SCHCT. Termini: del 24 d'abril al 30 de juny de 2017

per a treballs de recerca d’ensenyament secundari
obligatori i postobligatori
BASES 2017
La Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica (SCHCT), amb l’objectiu de despertar l’interès per l’estudi i la recerca de la història de la ciència i de la tècnica entre els estudiants d’ensenyament secundari, convoca el setzè Premi Antoni Quintana i Marí amb les bases següents:
1. Hi poden participar tots els alumnes dels centres d’ensenyament secundari obligatori i postobligatori (batxillerat i cicles formatius) dels Països Catalans. Els originals han d’ésser inèdits i redactats en català.
2. Les obres que optin al premi han de ser fruit del treball de recerca individual o col·lectiva, tutelada, que els estudiants duen a terme com a part del seu currículum.
3. Els treballs han de versar sobre aspectes de la història de la ciència, de la medicina i de la tècnica en qualsevol dels seus àmbits temàtics, cronològics i geogràfics.
4. El format i l’extensió dels treballs són lliures. Les candidatures s’han de tramitar telemàticament per mitjà del formulari XVI PREMI ANTONI QUINTANA disponible al web de l’IEC http://premis.iec.cat/premis/ en el qual caldrà adjuntar (a partir del 24 d’abril):
- el PDF del treball,
- una síntesi d’un màxim de 6.000 caràcters, on hi consti l’objectiu, la metodologia, els resultats i les conclusions de la recerca, i
- una carta signada pel director del centre o pel cap d’estudis, certificant l’autoria, títol del treball i la seva autenticitat.
5. Els treballs els presentaran els centres d’ensenyament i els autors han de restar en l’anonimat, que es garantirà de la manera següent: a la primera pàgina de cada exemplar només apareixerà el títol de l’obra, el nom del premi i el número de la convocatòria.
6. El destinatari del premi en metàl·lic serà l’estudiant autor del treball guanyador. En el cas que es premiï algun treball col·lectiu, el valor del premi es repartirà a parts iguals entre els components de l’equip. Els tutors dels treballs guanyadors rebran un certificat de la Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica.
7. Els membres del jurat seran socis de la SCHCT designats pel Consell Directiu i s’establiran dues categories, secundària obligatòria i postobligatòria.
8. La dotació del premi per cada categoria és de cinc-cents euros (500 €) i la persona o persones premiades rebran un diploma acreditatiu. El jurat es reserva el dret de no adjudicar el premi. El pagament de l’import del premi prescriu el dia 22 de desembre de 2017.
9. El termini de presentació dels treballs serà el dia 30 de juny de 2017. A l’acte de lliurament del premi, els alumnes faran una breu exposició del treball premiat.
10. La data del veredicte i de l’acte de lliurament del premi, que tindrà lloc dins el quart trimestre del 2017, es faran públiques oportunament. Es podran recollir els treballs no premiats durant els dos mesos posteriors a la data de lliurament del premi. L’IEC no es compromet a tenir-los a disposició dels autors després d’aquest període.

CfP: International Seminar on Pandemics: Reflections on the Centennial of the 1918 Spanish Influenza Virus. Madrid, Spain, 27-29 November 201

This seminar is organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Historical Demography, the Spanish National Research Council (Spain) Fogarty IC/National Institutes of Health (U.S.), University of Copenhagen (Denmark), and University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain).

Organizing Committee:
Diego Ramiro (CSIC), Cecile Viboud (NIH/FIC), Gerardo Chowell (NIH/FIC), Lone Simonsen (University of Copenhagen), Esteban Rodríguez Ocaña (University of Granada), María Isabel Porras Gallo (University of Castilla-La Mancha), Beatríz Echeverry Dávila, Rafael Huertas (CSIC), Ricardo Campos (CSIC) and Wladimir J. Alonso (NIH/FIC).

The seminar will be held in English.

Deadline for submissions: 31 May 2017

The study of infectious disease and mortality lies within the core of research agendas of different scientific fields, from life sciences to historical demography. Among infectious diseases, influenza remains at the center of the debate on international health. Concerns about the appearance of new influenza pandemics make the study of this disease a crucial research area. The upcoming centenary of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic offers a timely opportunity for an IUSSP scientific meeting to take stock of the state of what has been learned from 1918 and in the ensuing century and to include the considerable ongoing work on the evolution, dynamics and impact of influenza pandemic.  We aim to connect the research agenda of the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Historical Demography to the work carried out by contemporary demographers and epidemiologists, and we welcome papers approaching the study of influenza and influenza pandemics through different perspectives and research methods.    

We invite papers that investigates topics such as: influenza age mortality patterns and transmission dynamics over space and time, urban/rural disparities in flu mortality, influenza mortality and urban development, newly uncovered archival datasets, preservation and access to historic records, examinations of evidence of early pandemic waves, and studies that characterize patterns of the spread and impact of 1918 pandemic on general and military populations.  We hope to create a programme that will explore both what is known about the 1918 pandemic and other pandemics of the last centuries as well as unresolved mysteries that still need investigation. We welcome papers addressing a wide spectrum of historical eras and global settings from early pandemics to the present day. Furthermore, we invite contributions from a variety of perspectives including but not limited to the impact of early influenza exposure on lifelong outcomes including economic and cognitive prospects in adulthood in birth cohorts, ‘immune imprinting’ and ‘immune landscape,’ and the role of bacterial co-infections. We especially favour submissions with a strong focus on historical pandemics, age-cohort/longitudinal analyses that examine spatial details of pandemics diffusion, and studies that shed light on the role of other sociodemographic and economics factors on influenza diffusion and impact.

Online Submissions:
The IUSSP Panel on Historical Demography invites researchers to submit online by 31 May 2017 a short 200-word abstract AND an extended abstract (2 to 4 pages, including tables) or a full unpublished paper for consideration. To submit an abstract please fill out the online submission form here: ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.

24 de marzo de 2017

CfP: Monográfico "Violencia sobre las mujeres"

El próximo número de MUSAS: revista de investigación en mujer, salud y sociedad estará dedicado a abordar de forma monográfica, y desde cualquier perspectiva (sanitaria, social, jurídica, antropológica...), diversos aspectos relacionados con la violencia de género como la conceptualitzación, detección u otras aproximaciones al tema. 

Se anima a enviar la propuesta de artículo antes del 30 de mayo de 2017.

23 de marzo de 2017

Society for the History of Technology Dibner Award

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) seeks nominations for the 2017 Dibner Award to recognize excellence in museums and museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry, and engineering to the general public. Nominations are due by 1 May 2017, and exhibits must  have been open to the public for no more than 24 months before that date.  Complete information is available at:

CfP: "Extraordinary Bodies in Early Modern Nature and Culture", 26-27 October, Uppsala University

Url: http://www.idehist.uu.se/research/research-areas/history-of-medicine/medicine-at-the-borders-of-life/extraordinary-bodies-in-early-modern-nature-and-culture/


A wealth of literature has shed light on religious, philosophical, scientific and medical concepts of extraordinary bodies, wonders and monsters in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park have been tremendously influential with their Wonders and the order of nature (1998) and in many ways contributed to our understanding of emotions and the monstrous before 1750. One of their suggestions is that there was no disenchantment, or clear pattern of naturalization, of monsters in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Monstrous births were explained by natural causes, such as a narrow womb or an excess of seed, already by medieval writers whereas they could still be read as divine signs in the late seventeenth century. No linear story took monsters from an older religious framework to a newer naturalistic one or from prodigies to wonders to naturalized objects. Wonders eventually lost their position as cherished elements in European elite culture but that had nothing to do with secularization, the “rise of science”, or some triumph of rational thinking. Rather, the emergence of strict norms and absolute regularity, both of nature’s customs and God’s rules, is a better description of this shift. Nature’s habits hardened into inviolable laws in the late seventeenth century and Daston and Park picture “the subordination of anomalies to watertight natural laws, of nature to God, and of citizens and Christians to established authority”. Monsters became, in an anatomical framework, regarded as organisms that had failed to achieve their perfect final form. Their value now depended, not as earlier on their rarity or singularity, but on the body’s capacity to reveal still more rigid regularities in nature.
The history of monsters as submitted, not to secular powers, but to strict norms in early eighteenth century nature, culture and religion is intriguing and a number of questions can be raised. Were all bodies normalized by 1750 or can monsters still be found in science and medicine in the late eighteenth century? What else do we know about bodies and breaches of the expected in the early modern period? In the field of the deviant, has there been a general shift from natural rules to moral orders, from bodies to behavior? What other aspects of corporeality are there that can help us frame early modern nature and culture, to grasp its orders and disorders?
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars from different fields to discuss current research on extraordinary bodies in natural history, medicine, law, religion, philosophy, and travel literature in the early modern period. It will comprise of paper presentations and a concluding general discussion.

Call for Papers

We especially welcome research relating to topics such as:
  • Concepts of monsters in natural philosophy/history and medicine
  • Transgressions – species, individuals, elements, life and death
  • Anatomy, embryology and obstetrics
  • Bestiality, violations of the law
  • Emblematic bodies, signs and religion
  • Witnessing the extraordinary, emotions and perceptions
  • Visual cultures of the early modern body
  • Physical deviances and the law
  • Pregnancies, births and midwifery
  • Normalization and medicalization
  • Collections of wonders and curiosities
  • Classification
  • Moral and natural rules and orders
  • Embryos in medical research and education
  • Linnaeus, wonders and paradoxes of nature
  • Travel and the meaning of distant and exotic bodies
  • The politics of monster history
Abstracts for papers of 200-300 words should be submitted no later than June 1, 2017 to Helena Franzén. Please provide your full name, institutional affiliation, and contact details.

The format of the workshop will not allow for more than c. 10 papers. We will select the abstracts to be presented at the meeting considering original research and relevance to the theme of the workshop. By June 15, 2017 applicants will be notified if their papers have been accepted or not.