lundi 1 septembre 2014

La résistance médicale juive pendant l'Holocauste

Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust 

Michael A. Grodin (Editor)

Hardcover: 316 pages
Publisher: Berghahn Books (September 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1782384170
ISBN-13: 978-1782384175

Faced with infectious diseases, starvation, lack of medicines, lack of clean water, and safe sewage, Jewish physicians practiced medicine under severe conditions in the ghettos and concentration camps of the Holocaust. Despite the odds against them, physicians managed to supply public health education, enforce hygiene protocols, inspect buildings and latrines, enact quarantine, and perform triage. Many gave their lives to help fellow prisoners. Based on archival materials and featuring memoirs of Holocaust survivors, this volume offers a rich array of both tragic and inspiring studies of the sanctification of life as practiced by Jewish medical professionals. More than simply a medical story, these histories represent the finest exemplification of a humanist moral imperative during a dark hour of recent history.

Connaissance urbaine

Urban Knowledge

Call for papers

Urban History Group 2015
University of Wolverhampton, 26-27 March

“You take delight not in a city's seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.”

This quotation from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities illustrates the ways in which urban places stimulate the production of knowledge. Cities have long been the locus of information-gathering both on a municipal and on an individual scale. Developing ways to ‘know’ the inequalities in London prompted the development of spatially defined statistics, whereas the wide boulevards of Haussmann’s Paris gave rise to the flaneur and intimate knowledge of the street. Historically towns and cities have empowered, inhibited and conditioned the production of knowledge as has long been recognised by those working across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

This conference seeks to engage with a number of questions concerning the relationship between the city and knowledge. How is knowledge in, and of, the city formed and expressed? How is this knowledge used to manage and inform urban change? What constitutes ‘expert’ knowledge? How is knowledge contested between and within interest groups? The conference has three main areas for enquiry:

1. Knowledge in the City: This strand seeks to engage with the development of urban spaces and institutions for knowledge exchange. Suggestions for topics include: 
  • How were cities used as places to disseminate knowledge through, for example, itinerant lecturers, print culture, scientific meetings and learned societies?; 
  • Libraries, reading rooms, museums, and halls as spaces that condition knowledge; 
  • The development of medical, scientific and technical knowledge, and professional societies, in relation to towns and cities; 
  • The intelligentsia and the production of knowledge. 

2. Knowledge of the City: This strand seeks to examine how urban dwellers developed understandings of their surroundings. Suggestions for topics include: 
  • The extent to which conflict and crisis disrupted and changed urban dweller’s knowledge of the city 
  • The role of the senses in shaping knowledge and behaviour in the city; 
  • The ways in which formal knowledge-gathering exercises such as mapping, measuring and numbering informed individual behaviour and urban change; 
  • The use of literary and visual sources such as photographs and travel writing in revealing understandings of the city. 

3. Knowledge and the City: This strand seeks to uncover how the nature of the urban environment shaped the knowledge produced and communicated in the city. Suggestions for topics include: 
  • How did the social, economic and demographic characteristics of towns and cities influence the way people acquired and communicated knowledge?; 
  • Did civic leaders seek to foster knowledge as an element of civic boosterism and place marketing? 
  • What are the relationships between knowledge and social capital? 
  • Are there hierarchies of urban knowledge? 

The conference committee invites proposals for individual papers as well as forpanel sessions of up to 3 papers. Sessions that seek to draw comparisons across one or more countries, or open up new vistas for original research, are particularly encouraged.

Abstracts of up to 500 words, including a paper or panel title, name, affiliation and contact details should be submitted to the conference organiser and should indicate clearly how the content of the paper addresses the conference themes outlined above. Those wishing to propose sessions should provide a brief statement that identifies the ways in which the session will address the conference theme, a list of speakers, and abstracts. The final deadline for proposals for sessions and papers is 30 September 2014.

The conference will again host its new researchers’ forum. This is aimed primarily at those who, at an early stage of a PhD or research project, wish primarily to discuss ideas rather than present findings. Short new researchers’ papers need not be related to the main conference theme. Additionally, there will be some limited opportunities for first-year PhD students to present a 10 minute introduction to their topic, archival materials and the specific urban historiography. The intention is to obtain feedback from active researchers in the field of Urban History.

Bursaries. Students registered for a PhD can obtain a modest bursary on a first come, first served basis to offset expenses associated with conference registration and attendance. Please send an e-mail application to Professor Richard Rodger at and also ask your PhD supervisor to confirm your status as a registered PhD student with an e-mail to the same address. Deadline 1 December 2014. The Urban History Group would like to acknowledge the Economic History Society for its support for these bursaries.

For further details and to submit your abstract please contact the Conference Organiser:

Dr Rebecca Madgin,
Urban Studies
School of Social & Political Sciences
University of Glasgow
Tel: 0141 330 3847

For New Researchers
Maarten Walraven
School of Arts, Languages & Cultures
University of Manchester


dimanche 31 août 2014

Médecine et soins dans le monde méditerranéen antique

Medicine and Healing in the Ancient Mediterranean World

D. Michaelides (Editor)

Hardcover: 446 pages
Publisher: Oxbow Books (August 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1782972358

There are many recoverable aspects and indications concerning medicine and healing in the ancient past – from the archaeological evidence of skeletal remains, grave-goods comprising medical and/or surgical equipment and visual representations in tombs and other monuments thorough to epigraphic and literary sources. The 42 papers presented here cover many aspects of medicine in the Mediterranean world during Antiquity and early Byzantine times, bringing together both internationally established specialists on the history of medicine and researchers in the early stages of their career. The contributions are grouped under a series of headings: medicine and archaeology; media (online access to electronic corpus); the Aegean; medical authors/schools of medicine; surgery; medicaments and cures; skeletal remains; new research in Cyprus; Asklepios and incubation; and Byzantine, Arab and medieval sources. These subject areas are addressed through a combination of wide ranging archaeological and osteological data and the examination and interpretation of philosophical, literary and historiographical texts to provide a comprehensive suite of studies into early practices in this fundamental field of human experience.

Recherches galéniques

Galen: History and Research Studies

Call for papers

The Department of Medical History, National History and Cultural studies of the I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University is organizing an International Conference “Galen: History and Research Studies” to be held on November 20-21, 2014 in Moscow. 

The purpose of the event is to provide an international discussion on the development of medicine as a science and to review Galen’s works through an interdisciplinary analysis. We believe that they have specific and crucial philosophical meanings, which are essential for a proper understanding and explanation of evolution of medicine.

We expect leading experts in the history of medicine and medical education to deliver talks during the conference. Participation is free of charge. Conference proceedings will be published in “History of Medicine” – a new interdisciplinary quarterly bilingual (in Russian and English) journal.

For any information concerning the conference Please contact Mrs. Natalia Shok +7-916-415-14-17 e-mail:

For any travel and accommodation information please contact Mrs. Katerina Vaytsel, Phone +7-916-428-01-07, e-mail:

samedi 30 août 2014

Chirurgie cosmétique, féminisme et beauté dans la France du XXe siècle

Suzanne Noël: Cosmetic Surgery, Feminism and Beauty in Early Twentieth-century France

Paula J. Martin

Series: The History of Medicine in Context
Hardcover: 180 pages
Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co; New edition edition (August 28, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1472411889
ISBN-13: 978-1472411884

Working at the forefront of cosmetic surgery at the turn of the twentieth century, Dr Suzanne Noel was both a pioneer in her medical field and a firm believer in the advancement of women. Today her views on the benefits of aesthetic surgery to women may seem at odds with her feminist principals, but by placing Noel in the context of turn-of-the-century French culture, this book is able to demonstrate how these two worldviews were reconciled. Noel was able to combine her intense convictions for gender equality and anti-ageism in the workforce with her underlying compassion and concern for her female patients, during a time when there were no laws in place to protect women from workplace discrimination. She was also responsible for several advances in cosmetic surgery, a thriving industry, and is today best known for her development of the mini facelift. This book, therefore, sheds much valuable light on advances in aesthetic surgery, twentieth-century beauty culture, women and the public sphere, and the 'new woman'.

Les espaces dans l'histoire de l'alcool et de la drogue

Borders, Boundaries & Contexts: Defining Spaces in the History of Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol and drug History Society Call for Papers

Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drugs to be held at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA on June 18-21, 2015. Panel proposals (3 x 20-minute papers) or individual papers (20 minutes) are invited. We will also consider proposals for fringe sessions using non-conventional formats e.g. screenings, debates, demonstrations etc.

Borders, Boundaries and Contexts seeks to break down barriers in the historical study of drugs and alcohol, encouraging transnational approaches and methodologies that transcend the singular focus on alcohol or drugs. The Program Committee invites proposals for individual papers and complete panels exploring how: 
  • spaces, boundaries and borders – physical, legal, chronological, psychological, or ideological – have influenced the history of alcohol and drugs; 
  • contexts, spatial or otherwise, have shaped the production, consumption, imagination, or regulation of alcohol and drugs; 
  • particular “spaces” have defined eras, episodes, or issues in the history of alcohol and drugs. 

Proposals from advanced graduate students and recent PhDs are particularly welcome, as are submissions on topics beyond North American and Europe, along with papers and panels that focus on periods before the modern era.

  • Topics may include (but are not limited to):
  • Global drug trade and the War on Drugs
  • Crime and Policing of spaces, boundaries, borders
  • Prohibition of drugs and alcohol
  • Temperance movements
  • Tobacco use and regulation; international perspectives
  • Licensing, pricing, and sale of alcohol and drugs
  • Labor and underground economies
  • Media regulation directed at alcohol and drugs advertising
  • Substance abuse treatment and self help groups as “spaces” for recovery and sobriety
  • Race, ethnicity, and gender in the history of alcohol and drugs
  • Religion, alcohol and drugs
  • Use and regulation of alcohol and drugs in premodern cultures
  • Alcohol and drugs in digital and popular culture
  • Role of policy-making and politics in defining spaces and boundaries for drug and alcohol production and consumption
  • The intersection of race, sexuality and space in the history of alcohol and drugs
  • Methodology: new tools and concepts in the history of alcohol and drugs
  • Alcohol and drugs impact on sports

Panel sessions: brief abstracts (c. 200 words) of each paper plus a brief statement (c. 200 words) outlining the panel theme and a brief biography of participants.Single papers: brief abstract (c. 200 words) and brief biography. Fringe events: Outline of proposed event (up to 500 words) including proposed content, technical requirements and rationale.

Please reply to:
Deadline for submission: 17th October 2014

vendredi 29 août 2014

Transitions médicales dans la Chine du XXe siècle

Medical Transitions in Twentieth-Century China

Mary Brown Bullock, Bridie Andrews (Editors)

Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Indiana University Press; 1 edition (August 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0253014859
ISBN-13: 978-0253014856
Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 5.9 x 1 inches

This volume examines important aspects of China's century-long search to provide appropriate and effective health care for its people. Four subjects—disease and healing, encounters and accommodations, institutions and professions, and people's health—organize discussions across case studies of schistosomiasis, tuberculosis, mental health, and tobacco and health. Among the book’s significant conclusions are the importance of barefoot doctors in disseminating western medicine, the improvements in medical health and services during the long Sino-Japanese war, and the important role of the Chinese consumer. Intended for an audience of health practitioners, historians, and others interested in the history of medicine and health in China, the book is one of three commissioned by the China Medical Board to mark its centennial in 2014.

Science et culture au début du XXe siècle

Being Modern: Science and Culture in the early 20th century

Call for papers 

Institute of Historical Research, London 22-24 April 2015

Engagement with science was commonly used as an emblem of “Being modern”, across culture in Britain and the western world in the years around the First World War. Today, historical studies of literature, art, design, lifestyle and consumption as well as of the human sciences are exploring intensively, but frequently separately, on that talk of “science”. Historians of science are exploring the interpenetration of discourse in the public sphere and expert communities. This pioneering interdisciplinary conference is therefore planned to bring together people who do not normally meet in the same space. Scholars from a range of disciplines will come together to explore how the complex interpretations of science affected the re-creation of what it was to be modern.
Please see the website for more details:

Submissions for four types of presentation and discussion are sought:
1. disciplinary panels of three x15 minute papers and discussion
2. cross-disciplinary panels of three x15 minute papers and discussion
3. Focus on research presentations of 5 minutes plus two minute discussion each will provide opportunities particularly for graduate students
4. Poster sessions

Closing date 19 October 2014.

Submissions to:
Enquiries to: