CFP: History of Hospitals (Conference)

International Network for the History of Hospitals Sixth Conference–Daily Life in the Hospital: Theory and Practice, School of Public Health Lisbon and University of Evora 8-10 April 2011

The INHH will be holding in 2011 its sixth international conference in Lisbon and Evora, Portugal, on the theme of Daily Life in the Hospital: Theory and Practice. It will follow the success of the previous INHH international conferences, the last of which took place in Barcelona in 2009. It is intended, as on previous occasions, to include as wide a chronological and geographical remit as possible, embracing the history of hospitals from the Ancient world to the present century across the globe. One of the aims of the Network is to encourage scholars new to the subject (though, of course, not precluding established scholars) and to cultivate an interdisciplinary approach. It is hoped that, as previously, papers will be published in a peer-reviewed volume based upon the conference proceedings.

Potential speakers are invited to submit proposals for papers of up to thirty minutes’ duration, suitable for inclusion in one of following sessions:

  • • Making and breaking the rules: statutes, regulations and abuses
  • • Doing the rounds: physicians, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists and their roles
  • • Religious ritual
  • • The routine of medicalisation: drugs, medicines, therapeutics and laboratories
  • • Day to day administration: bureaucrats, accountants, auditors and managers
  • • Organising the patient and patient organisations: the daily life of the young, old, pregnant, dying and insane

Please send a summary of your proposed paper in English (no more than the equivalent of a single side of A4), together with a brief curriculum vitae, as an e-mail attachment to Dr Christopher Bonfield at c.bonfield@uea.ac.uk  by 15th May 2010 at the latest. A current e-mail address, full postal address and details of institutional affiliation should also be supplied.

The local organisers have generously agreed to provide all speakers with accommodation and meals gratis and to waive the customary conference fee. However, it is expected that speakers will fund their own travel costs, other than for transport between Lisbon and Evora, for which no charge will be made.

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