mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Médecine coloniale au Sénégal

Colonial Pathologies, Environment, and Western Medicine in Saint-louis-du-senegal, 1867-1920

Kalala Ngalamulume is Associate Professor in the Department of History and in the Africana Studies Program at Bryn Mawr College. 

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Éditeur: Peter Lang Pub Inc (1 novembre 2012)
  • Langue: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433114992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433114991

Focusing on yellow fever, cholera, and plague epidemics as well as on sanitation in the context of urban growth in Saint-Louis-du-Senegal between 1867 and 1920, this book explores how the French colonial and medical authorities responded to the emergence and re-emergence of deadly epidemic diseases and environmental contamination. Official reactions ranged from blaming the Africans and the tropical climate to the imposition of urban residential segregation and strictly enforced furloughs of civil servants and European troops. Drastic and disruptive sanitary measures led to a conflict between the interests of competing conceptions of public health and those of commerce, civil liberties, and popular culture. This book also examines the effort undertaken by the colonizer to make Senegal a healthy colony and Saint-Louis the healthiest port-city/capital through better hygiene, building codes, vector control, and the construction of waterworks and a sewerage system. The author offers insight into the urban processes and daily life in a colonial city during the formative years of the French empire in West Africa.

La médecine en Inde 1850-1950

Health and Medicine in the Indian Princely States: 1850-1950

Biswamoy Pati, University of Delhi, India

Waltraud Ernst, Oxford Brookes University, UK
T. V. Sekher, International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), India

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Éditeur: Routledge; 1 édition (Oct. 13 2012)
  • Langue: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415679354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415679350

The book maps developments in public health, the emergence of specialised medical institutions, the influence of western medicine on indigenous medical communities (and their patients) and the interaction between them. Two comparatively large states (Mysore and Travancore), considered ‘progressive’ and ‘enlightened’, and some of the 24 Orissa Princely States, seen as ‘backward’ and ‘despotic’, will be at the centre of investigation. Contentious issues currently debated in the existing scholarship on medicine in British India and other colonies will be explored (such as the ‘indigenisation’ of health services; the inter-relationship of colonial and indigenous paradigms of medical practice; the impact of specific political and administrative events and changes on health policies). Developments in public health and the emergence of medical institutions in Princely India will be traced from both Indian and European perspectives, and British medical policies and the Indian reactions and initiatives they evoked in different Princely States with highly varied socio-economic, cultural and administrative set-ups will be examined.

mardi 30 octobre 2012

Histoire de l'assurance-maladie au Canada

Making Medicare: New Perspectives on the History of Medicare in Canada

Gregory P. Marchildon is Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History and a professor in the Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy at the University of Regina. He is also the author of Health Systems in Transition (UTP/WHO).

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division (Dec 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442613459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442613454
 The Canadian health care system is so indisputably tied to our national identity that its founder, Tommy Douglas, was voted the greatest Canadian of all time in a CBC television contest. However, very little has been written to date on how Medicare as we know it was developed and implemented. This collection fills a serious gap in the existing literature by providing a comprehensive policy history of Medicare in Canada.
Making Medicare features explorations of the experiments that predated the federal government’s decision to implement the Saskatchewan health care model, from Newfoundland’s cottage hospital system to Bennettcare in British Columbia. It also includes essays by key individuals (including health practitioners and two premiers) who played a role in the implementation of Medicare and the landmark Royal Commission on Health Services. Along with political scientists, policy specialists, medical historians, and health practitioners, this collection will appeal to anyone interested in the history and legacy of one of Canada’s most visible and centrally important institutions.

Avant le sida

Before HIV: Sexuality, Fertility and Mortality in East Africa, 1900-1980

 Shane Doyle was educated at Cambridge and SOAS. Currently Senior Lecturer in African History at the University of Leeds, he was previously a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure, and before that Assistant Director of the British Institute in Eastern Africa. His current research on the history of sexuality and demographic change in East Africa has been funded by the AHRC, British Academy and the ESRC. 

  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Nov 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0197265332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0197265338

 This book addresses two of the most important questions in modern African history: the causes of rapid population growth, and the origins of the HIV pandemic. It examines three societies on the Uganda-Tanzania border whose distinctive histories shed new light on both of these phenomena. This was the region where HIV in Africa first became a mass rural epidemic, and also where HIV infection rates first began to decline significantly. Before HIV argues that only by analysing the long history of changes in sexual behaviour and attitudes can the shape of Africa's regional epidemics be fully understood. It traces the emergence of the sexual culture which permitted HIV to spread so quickly during the late 1970s and 1980s back to the middle decades of the twentieth century, a period when new patterns of socialization and sexual networking became established. The case studies examined in this book also provide new insights into the relationship between economic and social development and trends in fertility and mortality during the twentieth century. These three societies experienced the onset of rapid population growth at different moments and for different reasons, but in each case study area the key mechanisms appear to have been a decline in child mortality, a shortening of birth intervals, and a marked decline in primary and secondary sterility. 

lundi 29 octobre 2012

François Magendie

 François Magendie: bouillant créateur de la physiologie expérimentale au XIXe siècle

Paul Mazliak est professeur de biologie à l’université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI/Jussieu), Paul Mazliak y a dirigé pendant vingt ans le laboratoire de physiologie cellulaire et moléculaire. Docteur honoris causa de l’université de Neuchâtel, il a publié de nombreux articles scientifiques et plusieurs ouvrages d’enseignement. Il se consacre désormais à l’histoire des sciences.
Hermann, Paris, 2012, 200 pages

François Magendie, savant trop oublié, fut le maître de Claude Bernard, son assistant au Collège de France. Magendie lutta vigoureusement contre le vitalisme de ses collègues (Laennec, Richerand, Récamier). Républicain, positiviste, il eut une carrière difficile. Par de nombreuses vivisections, par une pratique médicale innovante, il fonda la pharmacologie. Il démontra aussi le rôle sensitif de la racine postérieure et le rôle moteur de la racine antérieure des nerfs rachidiens (loi de Bell-Magendie). Ses cours au Collège de France, sur "les phénomènes physiques de la vie", ouvrent la voie à la médecine expérimentale de Claude Bernard.

la médecine et le surnaturel 1789-1852

Romanticism, Medicine and the Natural Supernatural: Transcendent Vision and Bodily Spectres, 1789-1852

GAVIN BUDGE is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is the author of Charlotte M Yonge: Religion, Feminism and Realism in the Victorian Novel (Lang 2007), and editor of a collection of essays, Romantic Empiricism: Poetics and the Philosophy of Common Sense

Hardcover: 304 pages
Éditeur: Palgrave Macmillan (27 novembre 2012)
Langue: English
ISBN-10: 0230238467
ISBN-13: 978-0230238466

Romanticism, Medicine and the Natural Supernatural explores the relationship between the Romantic preoccupation with visionary kinds of experience and early nineteenth-century medical theories of hallucination and the nerves, placing it in the context of accounts of perception in philosophical empiricism. Starting with an examination of Ann Radcliffe's Gothic narrative, and the canonical Romanticism of Wordsworth and Coleridge, the book goes on to examine the persistence of this medical topos of hallucination and the visionary in mid nineteenth-century writers influenced by Romanticism, such as Harriet Martineau and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book concludes with a discussion of how the pathological language employed in early debates about Pre-Raphaelite painting reflects this Romantic conception of the interrelationship between nervous strain, hallucination and vision.

dimanche 28 octobre 2012

Le dentiste de Napoléon

THOMAS W. EVANS (1823-1897)
Le dentiste de Napoléon III

Henri Lamendin

Préambule du Docteur Jean-Claude Tavernier.

Préface du Docteur Xavier Riaud

Médecine à travers les siècles

Henri Lamendin retrace, dans un opus palpitant, la vie effrénée et exceptionnelle de Thomas W. Evans. Dentiste américain unanimement reconnu au point de soigner toutes les têtes couronnées européennes, à commencer par la famille impériale française. Ambassadeur de l'Empereur missionné aux Etats-Unis en pleine guerre civile (1864), il a dissuadé Napoléon III, puis les Anglais d'intervenir en faveur du Sud, évitant ainsi une guerre mondiale.

médecine astrologique

Medieval and Renaissance Astrology 

AAIS 2013 (April 11th-14th), Eugene (Oregon)

Any aspect of the study and uses of astrology in Medieval and Renaissance Italy, including its connections with alchemy, medicine, theology, music, and other disciplines. Interdisciplinary work involving fields such as literature, art history, history of ideas, history of science, philosophy, political theory, religious studies, etc. is especially welcome.

Please send 150-200 word abstract of your proposed paper and short biographical statement to by November 15th.

Conférences SFHM en ligne

Conférences en ligne 

Les quatre conférences prononcées durant la séance du 16 juin 2012 de la Société Française d'Histoire de la Médecine sont désormais consultables en ligne.

Geneviève XHAYET : A propos de la médecine monastique médiévale

Jean-François HUTIN : Blessures et maladies pendant la campagne d'Egypte (1798-1801)

Béatrice GRANDORDY : Charles Darwin et "l'évolution", source d'inspiration pour les arts plastiques (1859-1914)

Alain SEGAL : A propos d'un appareil d'électrothérapie de 1870 de Charles Chardin

samedi 27 octobre 2012

Le gène

Le Gène
Un concept en évolution

Jean Deutsch

Date de parution 11/10/2012

Seuil / Science ouverte
224 pages - 19 € TTC

Préface de Jean Gayon

Qu’est-ce donc que le gène ?

Dans quel contexte ce concept fondateur de la génétique est-il apparu, quelles interrogations a-t-il suscitées, quelles évolutions a-t-il subies au cours des décennies, et pourquoi est-il toujours en question aujourd’hui ? Malgré ses avatars, peut-on finalement se passer du concept de gène ?

Jean Deutsch aborde ainsi certains des problèmes les plus actuels de la biologie et nous offre une synthèse des moments clés de la construction de la génétique moderne ainsi qu’une rencontre avec les personnages cruciaux, souvent remarquables, de son histoire.

À partir du gène, il s’agit au fond de faire mieux connaître et comprendre cette science, et au-delà, la démarche scientifique elle-même, qui produit non pas des vérités définitives, mais des représentations provisoires, demandant toujours à être remises en cause.

Jean Deutsch est professeur émérite de l’université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), où il a enseigné la génétique et la zoologie et a impulsé la discipline nouvelle de génétique du développement comparée ou « évo-dévo », qui vise à intégrer la biologie du développement et la pensée évolutive. Il a publié Le ver qui prenait l’escargot comme taxi (Seuil, « Science ouverte », 2007, prix Jean Rostand 2008 ; « Points-Sciences », 2012).

Médecine britannique

Health and Medicine in Britain and its Empire

Convener: Professor Mark Harrison

Michaelmas Term 2012 History of Medicine Seminar Series
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE

29 October
Saurabh Mishra, University of Sheffield
The Land of Milk and Honey: Dairy Consumption, Public Health and Middle Class Anxiety in North India, 1880-1920

12 November
Vaughan Dutton, University of Oxford
Using Jungian Analytical Psychology to do History: An Imaginal Analysis of the 1841 Niger Expedition

19 November
Rohan Deb Roy, University of Cambridge
Science, Materials and Empire: Making Pure Quinine in British India, 1867-1890

26 November
Michael Worboys, University of Manchester
“Saving the Lives of Our Dogs”: The Development of Canine Distemper Vaccine in Interwar Britain

Related Links: WUHMO Events webpage

vendredi 26 octobre 2012

Hospital Sketches

“Celebrating the Sesquicentennial of Louisa May Alcott's Hospital Sketches: A Teaching Round Table”

Annual conference of the American Literature Association
May 23-26, 2013
Westin Copley Place. Boston, Massachusetts

Published in 1863 to immediate success as the Civil War sloughed into its second year, Hospital Sketches is now available in several paperback editions, most with excellent introductions detailing its relevance in a variety of classrooms—from literature and history in general to women’s, gender, African American, and disability studies in particular. We seek abstracts describing successful classroom strategies that feature Hospital Sketches or that present Alcott as an important figure in antislavery reform, women's history, and popular literature of the Civil War. In which kinds of classrooms is Hospital Sketches an effective springboard for examining the development of the Women’s Central Association of Relief as an arm of the US Sanitary Commission, and for calling attention to the need for post-war freedmen’s education? How does Nurse Periwinkle’s increasing ambivalence toward the war enable us to provide students with a more realistic grasp of the human cost of this still too-often romanticized military conflict? How does Alcott’s treatment of racial themes in this text compare with similar considerations in her other work? How doesHospital Sketches usefully complement themes observable in other works that treat the Civil War, not only in Alcott’s writings but in those authored by other (and later) writers? 
Please send brief abstracts to Sandy Petrulionis at, by January 21, 2013.

Pouvoirs de l'imagination

Pouvoirs de l’imagination. Approches historiques.

Séminaire organisé à l’EHESS par Elizabeth Claire (chargée de recherche au CNRS), Béatrice Delaurenti (maître de conférences à l’EHESS), Roberto Poma (maître de conférences à l’Université Paris Est-Créteil), Koen Vermeir (chargé de recherche au CNRS)

La notion d’imagination est aujourd’hui considérée comme un objet d’étude à part entière, après avoir longtemps été discréditée par la recherche scientifique. Néanmoins, dans la littérature moderne et contemporaine, l’imagination est généralement présentée de manière négative, comme une faculté mentale susceptible de provoquer l’erreur, l’illusion ou le péché.

Nous voudrions aller à l’encontre de cette conception en étudiant une tradition intellectuelle et pratique alternative et méconnue. Depuis les XIIe-XIIIe siècles jusqu’au début du XIXe siècle, des penseurs et des praticiens appartenant à des diverses disciplines, s’exprimant depuis des positions institutionnelles variées, ont soutenu l’idée que l’imagination possède de grands pouvoirs. Autour de ces textes, le séminaire fonctionnera comme un atelier et s’attachera à mettre en œuvre un travail collectif de discussion, d’analyse et de confrontation des sources sur la longue durée.

Les séances ont lieu le deuxième vendredi de chaque mois, de 13 h à 15 h, à l’EHESS, 105 bd Raspail 75006 Paris, salle 5. La dernière séance est déplacée au 24 mai.

Vendredi 9 novembre 2012

Elizabeth Claire (CNRS), Béatrice Delaurenti (EHESS), Roberto Poma (UPEC) et Koen Vermeir (CNRS) : Introduction

Vendredi 14 décembre 2012

Béatrice Delaurenti (EHESS), « Pourquoi bâiller fait bâiller ? Compassion et pouvoir de l’imagination (XIVe siècle) »

Vendredi 11 janvier 2013

Aurélien Robert (CNRS), « Pouvoir de l'imagination et maladie d'amour (XIIIe-XIVe siècle) »

Vendredi 8 février 2013

Roberto Poma (UPEC), « Les pouvoirs thérapeutiques de l'imagination de Marsile Ficin à Oswald Croll »

Vendredi 8 mars 2013

Alice Vintenon (Paris 10-Nanterre), « Un 'Ficin français'? La fantaisie chez Symphorien Champier »

Vendredi 12 avril 2013

Koen Vermeir (CNRS), « La force de l'imagination sur autrui (XVIIe siècle) »

Vendredi 24 mai 2013

Elizabeth Claire (CNRS / CRH), « Imagination, art et contagion à l'aube du XIXe siècle : une rencontre entre médecine et danse »

jeudi 25 octobre 2012

Histoire des accidents

Histoire des accidents et des risques industriels, France-Grande Bretagne, fin XVIIe-fin XIXe siècles

Séminaire EHESS, 2012-2013

96 boulevard Raspail, salle de réunion de l'Institut d'étude de l'Islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM-EHESS), 1er étage

Les séances ont lieu de 9 h 30 à 12 h 30

Vendredi 9 novembre: Ivan Kharaba (Académie François Bourdon), “Le fonds Schneider et Cie et les accidents du travail”

Vendredi 21 décembre : Jan Lucassen (International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam), “The Ichapur (Bengal)gunpowder factory in the 1790s : its workers and rémunération of victims of accidents”

Vendredi 11 janvier 2013 (séance à Lyon dans le cadre du séminaire d’Emmanuel Picard et Armelle Legoff sur la prosopographie) : Claire Barillé (IDHE) Marie Thébaud-Sorger (CRH-EHESS), “Les indemnisés de l’explosion de la Poudrerie de Grenelle sous la Révolution” 

Vendredi 8 février : Peter Kirby (Glasgow Caledonian University), “Child workers, health and accidents in Britain, 1780-1850

Vendredi 8 mars : Robin Pearson (University of Hull), “Industrial fires and insurance, Britain, 1750-1850

Vendredi 12 avril : Mike Esbester (University of Portsmouth), ” ‘I cannot say that the pay they receive is adequate to the risk and danger they encounter’: British railway workers and safety after c.1850
Séances de mai et juin en construction.

Le programme de recherche « Histoire des risques et des accidents industriels, France, Angleterre, fin XVIIe – fin XIXe siècle », réunit une équipe d’historiens afin de caractériser la généalogie des risques et accidents industriels durant ce moment d’acclimatation industrielle qui s’écoule de la fin du XVIIe à la fin du XIXe siècle, et pour rassembler des problématiques souvent disjointes (techniques, économiques, juridiques, médicales, urbaines, etc.) dans une compréhension globale de leur émergence et de leur incidence sur nos sociétés.

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Contrôle de la tuberculose en Inde 1947-1965

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT

Tuesday, 30th October 2012
Venue: LG8, Keppel Street Building
12.45 pm - 2.00 pm ALL ARE WELCOME
Funded by the Wellcome Trust

'Two Strategies for Tuberculosis Control in India 1947-65'

Niels Brimnes (Aarhus University)

This paper discusses the two strategies employed in independent India to control TB: Mass BCG-vaccination and domiciliary chemotherapy. While there was a sense of optimism regarding the potential of these strategies among officials, the reality was much more complex and many hopes dashed. In the paper I will:
- outline how these two strategies were applied and developed in
the Indian context
- discuss the limitations to the capacity of the post-colonial
state to successfully implement these TB-control strategies
- illuminate, as far as I can, the process of decision-making in relation to TB-control in independent India
It is my hope that this historical case will lead to a discussion of why specific public health programmes are adopted in certain social and political contexts.

mercredi 24 octobre 2012

Médecine socialiste en Chine maoïste

The Spirit of Selflessness in Maoist China: Socialist Medicine and the New Man

CHRISTOS LYNTERIS is a Mellon/Newton Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) of the University of Cambridge, researching the social ecology of plague in Inner Asia. He read and lectured social anthropology at the University of St Andrews and completed this book under a Fellowship at the Centro Incontri Umani, in Ascona, Switzerland.
  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Éditeur: Palgrave Pivot (30 octobre 2012)
  • Langue: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137293829
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137293824

Assuming power in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party was faced with a crucial problem: how to construct the socialist 'New Man'? On the one hand, led by Liu Shaoqi, the proponents of the technocracy advocated self-cultivation. Led by Mao Zedong, their opponents advocated the exact opposite technique: the abolition of the self and the institution of a mass subjectivity. Examining this conflict through the analytical lens of Foucault's 'technologies of the self' and in relation to biopolitics, the book explores how the battle for the self in Maoist China revolved around the interpretation of the 'spirit of selflessness' as embodied by the heroic Canadian doctor, Norman Bethune, who lost his life as a volunteer doctor of the Red Army. The book narrates how, called to embody this selfless spirit, medical doctors were trapped in a spiral between cultivation and abolition, leading to the explosion of ideology during the Cultural Revolution.

Réinventer la maladie chronique au 20e siècle

The department of Social Studies of Medicine invites you to a seminar with Dr. George Weisz  

"Reinventing Chronic Disease in the 20th Century"

Abstract:  The term “chronic” has existed for many centuries to describe illnesses that unfold slowly, in contrast to acute diseases that either kill or disappear quickly. But in the early 20th century, “chronic disease” took on an entirely new meaning; it was reframed as a social problem that demanded significant reform of health care institutions. It has been argued that this development was a natural response to what has been called the “demographic transition”—that the decline in infectious diseases, allowed diseases like cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to assume new significance. While this view has some validity, it ignores the fact that the process occurred almost exclusively in the United States until about 1950s when chronic disease appeared on a limited scale in Britain as part of an effort to deal with the institutionalized elderly. The term did not assume policy significance in France until the 21st century. In the first part of this talk I shall try to explain why the term emerged as a useful category of thought and action in the American health arena between 1920 and 1960 and how “objective” data was produced that confirmed the existence of a “chronic disease plague”. The second section of the talk will focus on France, where institutional conditions made the notion of chronic disease virtually invisible for much of the 20th century.

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 3: 30pm, 3647 Peel Street - Don Bates Seminar Room 101.
For further information please see the attached flyer or consult our website:

mardi 23 octobre 2012

De l'hygiène à la santé publique

Une journée historique vous attend le 22 novembre 2012, à l'Hôtel-Dieu de Paris, Amphithéâtre de Lapersonne, où il est prévu que le nouveau Musée de l'Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris s'installe en 2016.

Accès à la l'amphithéâtre exclusivement réservé aux seuls membres de l'Association des Amis du Musée de l'AP-HP à jour de cotisation 2012.



14:15 - Prof. Jean-François Moreau (ADAMAP et université Paris Descartes):
* Comment j'enseignais l'hygiène en 1965.

           Prof. Marc Gentilini (Académie Nationale de Médecine):
* L'expédition française à Saint-Domingue décimée par les maladies tropicales.

           Prof. Hervé Bazin (Académie Nationale de Médecine et université de Louvain):
* La politique de l'eau à Paris au XIXe siècle.

15:30 - Prof Isabelle Durand-Zaleski (CHU Henri Mondor, Créteil):
*Quel sera le programme du DES de Santé Publique en 2015?

16:00 - Prof Denys Pellerin (Académie Nationale de Médecine) et Jacques Deschamps (ADAMAP):
* Discussion et synthèse

Les cinq sens

Les cinq sens de l'Antiquité à nos jours. 

Colloque interdisciplinaire international, du 24 au 26 octobre 2012

Les représentations du corps humain sont mobiles et varient selon les métamorphoses mêmes des cultures et des arts. Le corps, c’est du particulier qui résiste à toute généralisation. D’où l’importance de son étude dans la philosophie dès l’Antiquité et ses mises en scènes dans la littérature et les arts.

Or, ces variations correspondent partiellement au débat que les philosophes platoniciens et néo-platoniciens, notamment Marsile Ficin dans son Commentaire du Banquet de Platon au XVe siècle, ont institué entre les cinq sens, opposant deux sens supérieurs — la vue et l’ouïe — à trois sens inférieurs — le goût, l’odorat, le toucher. Par les deux premiers sens, le corps humain tend vers le corps divin, par les trois derniers, vers le corps animal. Agents de l’âme, la vue et l’ouïe sont supérieures aux accidents du corps manifestés par les trois autres sens.
Selon Marsile Ficin, l’homme dispose de six moyens pour atteindre le Beau : les cinq sens, mais aussi l’entendement, mens. D’où la question de Michel Serres : « Avons-nous cinq sens ou six ? (…) Il faut bien un sixième sens, par lequel le sujet se retourne sur soi et le corps sur le corps, sens commun ou sens interne » (Les cinq sens, 1985, p. 52).
Ce colloque international organisé dans le cadre de l’EA CLARE propose une approche résolument interdisciplinaire de l’étude des cinq sens, dans un cadre chronologique aussi large que possible, de l’Antiquité à nos jours. Il se fixe pour objectif de réévaluer les termes du débat philosophique antique dans les réflexions contemporaines, littéraires, philosophiques et artistiques.

Mercredi 24 octobre

9h : Accueil des participants
Début des communications : 9h30

9h30-9h55 : Valeria GAVRYLENKO (Chercheuse, Ukraine)
« Le sens du toucher dans la Collection Hippocratique ».

9h55-10h20 : Samuel PECHIN (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« Les cinq sens selon Platon et son influence sur le rejet de la sexualité »

10h20-10h45 : discussion et pause

10h45-11h10 : Ana Maria MISDOLEA (Université de Paris IV)
« Les cinq sens dans le théâtre de Plaute ».

11h10-11h35 : Evrard DELBEY (Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis)
« Le regard agit : recherches sur l’importance du regard dans les traités de rhétorique de Cicéron ».

11h35-12h00 : Guillaume FLAMERIE DE LACHAPELLE (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« Résister à ses sens : le sage et le spectacle du supplice chez Sénèque (à propos des Lettres 14 et 24) »

14h00-14h25 : Valerio NERI (Université de Bologne, Italie)
« La discipline du regard entre antiquité classique et christianisme »

14h25-14h50 : Danielle BOHLER (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« La joie des sens : l’économie narrative des conjonctions sensorielles dans la littérature médiévale du XIIe au XVe siècle »

14h50-15h15 : Magdalena KOZLUK (Université de Lodz, Pologne)
« ‘Tyrans et bourreaux de la raison’ : le dérèglement et la dégénérescence des sens chez les médecins de la Renaissance ».

15h15-15h45 : discussion et pause

15h45-16h10 : Aurélia GAILLARD « Le toucher des Lumières : toucher, être touché, au croisement des sciences et des arts »
16h10-16h35 : Katalin KOVACS (Université de Szeged, Hongrie)
« La peinture et les sens dans le discours sur l’art français du XVIIIe siècle »

Jeudi 25 octobre
Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine (salle 2)

9h30-9h55 : Ricard RIPOLL (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Espagne)
« La modernité poétique comme (dé)construction du/des sens et dérèglement du signifiant »

9h55-10h20 : Gérard PEYLET (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« L’échange entre la vue et l’ouïe et l’expérience du sublime dans l’oeuvre de George Sand »
10h20-10h45 : discussion et pause

10h45-11h10 : Hichem ISMAIL (Université de Sfax, Tunisie)
« La bataille des sens dans les romans à l’antique de Flaubert »

11h10-11h35 : Nelly SANCHEZ (Académie de Montpellier)
« Bouton de rose et sang de boeuf : le goût dans les romans de Rachilde, symptôme de l’hystérie ».

11h35-12h00 : Marija DZUNICDRINJAKOVIC (Université de Belgrade, Serbie)
« Corps et vision du monde chez Marcel Aymé ».


14h00-14h25 : Nelly FRAY (Rédactrice en chef)
« Du corps transgressif au non-sens dans les oeuvres de Virginia Woolf et Nathalie Sarraute »

14h25-14h50 : Kamel SKANDER (Université de Sfax, Tunisie)
« L’écriture à l’épreuve des sens chez M. Leiris »

14h50-15h15 : Timea GYIMESI (Université de Szeged, Hongrie)
« Géophilosophie comme théorie de perception dans la philosophie de Gilles Deleuze »
15h15-15h45 : discussion et pause

15h45-16h10 : Rebecca LOESCHER (Johns Hopkins University)
« Le toucher chez Annie Ernaux : une expérience originelle de la chair ».

16h10-16h35 : Jean-Michel DEVESA (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« Le Vu et le fantasmé chez Catherine Millet ».

Vendredi 26 octobre
Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine (salle 2)

9h30-9h55 : Anne MOUNIC (Université de Paris III Sorbonne nouvelle, écrivaine)
« Pour une éthique de la caresse. Réflexion à partir de La Dame à la licorne (anagrammes, 2010) »

9h55-10h20 : Marie-Lise PAOLI (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« L’opéra : oeuvre d’art totale ? »

10h20-10h45 : discussion et pause
10h45-11h10 : Aurélie MARTINEZ (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« Confrontation sensorielle. Lorsque la norme rencontre le hors norme ».

11h10-11h35 : Marie ESCORNE (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« Les Artistes contemporains à l’écoute de la tessiture des villes »

11h35-12h00 : Laure JOYEUX (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« Oleg Kulik, Attention chien méchant ! »

12h00-12h25 : Charles COMBETTE (Université de Bordeaux 3)
« La bande dessinée, une expérience multisensorielle »

Discussion et conclusions du colloque

Colloque interdisciplinaire international organisé par
Géraldine Puccini-Delbey
(Bordeaux 3, E.A. 4593 CLARE : Cultures Littératures Arts Représentations Esthétiques)

avec le soutien financier de :
EA CLARE (dir. Nicole Pelletier, Bordeaux 3)
EA Rome et ses renaissances (dir. Carlos Lévy, Paris-Sorbonne)
Institut Universitaire de France (Valéry Laurand, Bordeaux 3)
Conseil scientifique de l’Université Bordeaux 3
Pôle Projets : culture et vie étudiante - Université Bordeaux 3
Conseil régional d’Aquitaine
Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche

Contacts :

lundi 22 octobre 2012

Le sens de la douleur

Making Sense of Pain

Thursday 9th May – Saturday 11th May 2013 Prague, Czech Republic

What is pain? What is the meaning of pain? How can we attempt to make
sense of it—and should we?

Pain is a complex multi-layered, multi-leveled phenomenon. Standard definitions of pain view it primarily in physical terms as being a life-preserving response to negative stimuli in sentient beings. It is something that happens to and/or in parts of the body. It is described in terms of physical qualities, as an object to be observed, assessed, analysed, managed, overcome and/or eliminated.

At the same time, pain is something we experience, endure, live through and, at times, die from. It is something which intrudes into our sense of who we are, our sense of embodiment, our desires and our fears. It becomes the basis of stories, narratives, reports and observations we tell to others. The telling is addressed and attuned to the context of the other – the clinical, the professional, the social.

Pain also sits as a nexus at the centre of innumerable intersecting relationships. In cultures for whom self-inflicted pain is a means of experiencing vitality, pain, body and self are critically linked. This
principle recognizably appears in aspects of ritual, of consumption, of sexuality, of psychological pain, of dissociation and body dismorphia. In so many ways, in sickness and in health, pain is the means by which we navigate the vulnerable, permeable boundary between ourselves and others—the inside and outside of our bodies and minds.

What tools can we bring when grappling with and trying to make sense of, pain? This inter- and transdisciplinary conference provides a forum for inquiry into the vicissitudes of pain: its nature and significance biologically, anthropologically, historically, culturally and socially.  More specifically, as a means of probing the boundaries, this conference aims to create a dialogue between disparate as well as overlapping fields of study: the boundaries of disciplines as well as the boundaries of sensation—our suffering, our pleasure, ourselves.

We particularly welcome the perspectives of medical anthropologists, medical humanists, medical historians, professionals, physicians, care-givers, patients, and those exploring the boundaries between
creative arts and healing, narrative and medicine.

The following themes are suggested as guides to the formulation of topics for presentations, papers and workshops:

Pain of the physical body
Pain and the animal body—sentience and the experiences of pain in animals
Pain and ability/disability—chronicity; disability. Associated
perspectives – social policy, architecture, law
Pain of the psychological and psychosocial self
Pain as action/reaction—pain as a weapon. Torture, sadism, self-harm,
neglect, abuse and disregard
Pain in/as dissociation
Pain as a pleasure principle
Pain and sexuality studies—sexual identity, transgender and LGBTA, as well as sexual practices
Pain as Communication – expressing pain, understanding pain, describing pain, pain as metaphor, silences about pain
Representations and expressions of pain—in art, music, cinema, theatre
Illness Narratives/Perspectives on pain – patients’ and professionals’
The nexus of pain—creative and destructive relationships: suffering and affliction; anguish, torment; illness and disease
Practices, philosophies and dilemmas of overcoming pain– should it be overcome? 

Personal, professional, cultural, economic and political (macro and micro) perspectives

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 4th January 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 8th March 2013. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: PAIN4 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Brandy Schillace:
Rob Fisher:

The conference is part of the Making Sense Of: Hub series of ongoing research and publications projects conferences, run within the Probing the Boundaries domain which aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore innovative and challenging routes of intellectual and academic exploration.

All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume.

Médecine et assurance vie

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
15 - 17 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9SH

'Moderate Drinking Before The Unit: Medicine and Life Assurance in Britain and the US, c.1860-1930'

James Kneale(University College London)

Wednesday, 24th October 2012, 12.45 pm - 2.00 pm
Venue: Jerry Morris A, Tavistock Place

Moderate drinking ceased to be the main goal of the temperance movement around 1850, but the idea of moderation continued to animate discussions in Britain and elsewhere. This was partly the result of arguments in medicine as to whether alcohol was a food, a medicine, or a poison, but it may also have reflected the way these ideas were taken up by life assurance offices. A number of different strategies for separating moderate and excessive drinkers emerged, from the abstainer's life assurance office forced to insure moderate drinkers, to the use of a fixed daily limit by other firms. The latter strategy was quite successful at first, particularly in the US, though it became increasingly unpopular after Prohibition. These developments anticipate many of the questions surrounding uses of the 'unit' in Britain today, including: Is moderate drinking safe, or simply safer than excess? How does the public react when doctors disagree? And what happens when limits are set by complex networks of actors with different goals, rather than by simple, singular institutions like 'medicine' or 'the state'? 

dimanche 21 octobre 2012

Les Métamorphoses de Chirurgia

Les Métamorphoses de Chirurgia

Jean-Jacques Santini, neurochirurgien et professeur d’anatomie au CHRU de Tours,

Préface de Bernard Debré
Ed. Thélès, Paris, 2012.

Des conflits apparurent dès que les premiers hommes s’organisèrent en sociétés. Homo chirurgicus se différencia aussitôt. Son pouvoir était des plus réduit, mais une philosophie médicale émergea de sa pensée. Il devint salvateur lorsqu’il fut affranchi de la douleur qu’il engendrait, et des infections qu’il provoquait. Son audace fut tempérée et canalisée par l’apparition de l’imagerie médicale, de la biologie et de la révolution
numérique. Personne ne doute de ses capacités, mais ses limites sont admises. Alors, il se transforme sans cesse, il manipule des robots chirurgicaux, qu’il peut même commander à distance. Il est dépossédé de
certains actes par les radiochirurgiens. « La chirurgie cellulaire » intervenant sur les cellules et les embryons ne risque-telle pas des transgressions ? Quelle sera la chirurgie de demain ? Quelles seront les alternatives ? Et l’homme dans tout cela ? Existe-t-il toujours une vocation chirurgicale ? Quelle est l’incidence de la féminisation médicale ? Le dialogue entre patients et praticiens sera-t-il préservé ? Les inégalités de
soins entre les pays riches et ceux qui restent désespérément pauvres se nivelleront-elles ? L’homme bionique est en marche, mais n’oublions pas la nature et la sagesse des anciens. Rien ne se perd, tout se transforme. Ce livre s’adresse à tous les médecins et étudiants, mais aussi à tous ceux qui s’intéressent à l’évolution des sciences médicales.

Trauma et transformation sociale

The Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin announces its 2013-14 theme,

Trauma and Social Transformation

Catastrophes-- whether war, genocide, mass rape, enforced disappearances, or environmental disasters --inevitably leave their mark on the social fabric.  Civic trauma is an unavoidable, and yet little-explored, element and consequence of such tragedies.

For the Institute's 2013-14 theme, we seek proposals that analyze trauma as a transformative historical experience for individuals, families, communities, and nations. Projects may include but are not limited to the suppression of trauma and processes of individual healing and collective transformation; the cumulative toll and intergenerational nature of trauma; trauma as a catalyst for geographic displacement, social reform, and political mobilization; varied cultural and historical understandings and representations of trauma; the fetishization and commercialization of trauma; and the methodological challenges of integrating trauma into historical analysis.

Drawing from the fields of human rights, psychoanalysis, memory studies, sociology, anthropology, the cognitive and neurosciences, and semiotics, applicants are encouraged to employ interdisciplinary approaches to the historical study of trauma. From the testimonial to the theoretical, the medieval to the modern, and from the secular to the religious, we invite papers from across periods, sites, and historiographical traditions that foreground trauma as a frame for historical analysis.

The IHS invites applications for resident fellows at all ranks.

Deadline: January 15, 2013.

 For more information about the institute's fellowship and application process, please visit:

For further information on IHS, including events programming and applications for residential fellowships for 2013-14, please visit the IHS website:

Institute for Historical Studies
The University of Texas at Austin

samedi 20 octobre 2012

Histoire de la marche

"Modern Walks: Human Locomotion during the Long Nineteenth Century, c.1800-1914" 

A conference organized by UNC-Chapel Hill and King’s College, London

North Carolina, United States

The nineteenth century was a century of movement. Trains sped passengers across previously unimaginable distances, radically transforming our conceptions of time and distance. Steamboats chugged up rivers and across oceans, provided heretofore unimagined possibilities for travel, trade, and migration. Within cities, trams and subways redefined the urban experience and the urban landscape. Bicycles and – by the turn of the century—automobiles opened another chapter in the history of man and machine united in motion. Yet scholars have often overlooked a simple fact: people continued to walk. Indeed, this most basic of human functions arguably took on an increasing number of forms and meanings as the nineteenth century progressed. The window shopper, commuter, tourist, and trespasser made their appearances on the world stage. Stone-paved sidewalks, new rural pathways, and public parks became available to the pedestrian. Old rituals such as the pilgrimage and the promenade adapted to the modern age. Newer practices, such as organized marching, rambling, hiking, and mountain-walking established themselves as important features of social and cultural life.

This conference seeks to explore the many various practices of walking that persisted and emerged around the world in the course of the nineteenth century, and into the early twentieth century. Our goal is not only to offer a new perspective on the history of movement but to ask what walks and walking might reveal about some of the major themes in nineteenth-century global history such as urbanization, industrialization, commodification, and imperialism. In short, how does our perspective on the nineteenth century change if we ask how people put one foot in front of the other, and for what purpose?

Proposals for 8,000-word, pre-circulated papers are invited, with comparative and/or interdisciplinary approaches being especially welcome. Please send a three-page c.v. and an abstract of not more than 300 words to by January 15, 2013.

The conference will be held at The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, 2013. The organizers aim to publish the proceedings of the conference as an edited volume. Questions may be directed to Chad Bryant, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill (; Cynthia Radding, History Department, UNC-Chapel Hill (, or Paul Readman, History Department, King’s College, London, (