CFP: Humanitarianism (1870-1914)

MEDICINE AND HUMANITARIANISM II: Tested by Fire, 1870 – 1914

October 24-25, 2013

At the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the International Committee of the Red-Cross (ICRC) and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movements, the Institute for the History of Medicine and Health, Geneva University, and the Humanitarian Geneva, Center for Historical Research, are organizing a series of research activities and colloquiums in 2013 and 2014. The theme chosen for these activities is the role of medicine and physicians in the creation of the ICRC, International Humanitarian Law, and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. In view of the magnitude of this subject, this initiative will take place in four phases:

The first phase was held on Thursday the 14th and Friday the 15th of February 2013 on the theme of the foundation of the ICRC and International Humanitarian Rights: 1863 – 1870.

The second phase will be centered on the role of physicians and health care practitioners, and the impact of the transformation in medicine and public health within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movement during the period extending from the Franco-German war of 1870-71 to the eve of the First World War.

Tested by Fire, 1870 – 1914

Thursday and Friday, October 24-25, 2013.

The third and fourth phases will be held in 2014, the 3rd on the period 1914 – 1945 and the 4th from 1945 till today.

The second phase will be on the following subjects:

Institutional aspects and socio-political contexts

  •  The concept of the neutralization of sanitary services and the wounded of war
  •  The changes in health professions (public and military)
  •  The humanitarian formation of sanitary services
  •  Military health in international expositions, conferences and contests (Brussels 1876, Paris 1878, etc.)
  •  The role of medicine in Red Cross meetings and conferences
  •  The relations between the ICRC and national societies
  •  The extension of the Geneva convention to naval warfare (1866 – 1907)

Scientific aspects

  •  Pasteurien hygiene and medicine, disinfection techniques
  •  The development of sanitary technologies in the armed forces
  •  The efforts to reduce the number of amputations
  •  Sanitary statistics
  •  Blood transfusions

Paradigmatic conflicts

  •  The French-German war (1870 – 1871)
  •  Colonial wars
  •  The 3rd Carlist war (1872 – 1876)
  •  The war between Montenegro, Serbia, and Russia against the Ottoman Empire (1876 – 1878)
  •  The Serbian-Bulgarian war (1885)
  •  The Balkan wars (1912 – 1913) and the missions of Carle de Marval

Red Cross interventions in peacetime

  •  The Messina earthquake (1908)
  •  The “anti-malarial ambulances” in Italy
  •  Healthcare at home
  •  The Meiji-Sanriku , Japan, earthquakes (1896)
  •  Fight against tuberculosis

A few notable characters

  •  Louis Appia
  •  Clara Barton
  •  Fréderic Ferrière

In view of the magnitude of this period (1870 – 1914) and the richness of historical sources available, we would like to stress two points:

  •  Each communication should bring forward new approachs or elements
  •  The relation between humanitarian Red Cross and medicine will be the main theme of each communication

If you are interested in participating in this second event, please send your proposition (title, short resume and short CV) to one of the members of the Scientific Committee. Deadline for inscription: April 15, 2013 Languages of the conference: French and English

Scientific committee :

Bernardino Fantini, Institut d’histoire de la médecine et de la santé, Université de Genève, Centre Médical Universitaire, Case Postale, CH – 1211 Genève 4, tél : 022 379 5790

Roger Durand, Genève humanitaire, centre de recherches historiques, Ch. des Hutins 47, CH – 1232 Confignon, tél : 079 666 5823

François Bugnion, Dr of political science, independent consultant in humanitarian law and humanitarian action, 11, Ch. Pré-Cornillons, CH – 1292 Chambésy, tél : 022 758 1966, 022 723 2205

Dolores Martin Moruno, Institut d’histoire de la médecine et de la santé, Université de Genève

Valérie Lathion, Département d’histoire générale de la Faculté des lettres, Université de Genève, Rue Saint-Ours 5, CH – 1204 Genève, tél 022 379 7094


CFP: Colonial, Post-Colonial Nursing

Call for Papers: History of Colonial and Post-Colonial Nursing, July 4, 2013 Oxford, United Kingdom

The UK Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium will be held on 4 July 2013 at the History Faculty, University of Oxford. This year’s theme will explore the ‘History of Colonial and Post-Colonial Nursing’. The history of nursing presents a unique perspective from which to interrogate colonialism and post-colonialism. Simultaneously, viewing nursing’s development under colonial and post-colonial rule can reveal the different faces of what, on the surface may appear to be a profession that is consistent and coherent yet in reality has many different faces and is constantly in the process of reinventing itself. Considering such areas as transnational relationships, class, gender, race, and politics this colloquium aims to present current work in progress within this field to better understand the complex entanglements in the development of nursing as it was imagined and practised in local imperial, colonial and post-colonial contexts.

The colloquium will be led by Dr Helen Sweet and will be opened with a keynote paper on the colloquium’s theme by Professor Anne Marie Rafferty. Please submit abstracts of approximately 250 words, by Friday 1 February 2013, to:

N.B. As this promises to be a particularly popular colloquium and the audience capacity is strictly limited to max. 60 people, places will be allocated on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis so you are strongly advised to book early! Price: £10 for students and £15 for non-students.

There will also be a workshop for PhD students and their supervisors on Wednesday, 3 July, to be held at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford. All enquiries to:

CFS: Emergence of Health & Social Care Professions (J Interprofessional Care)

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Interprofessional Care: the Emergence of Various Health and Social Care Professions/Occupations

We propose that the history of health and social care professions is an important area for exploration for scholars of interprofessional collaboration. The journal seeks to fill that gap by soliciting papers from health care historians and social science scholars for an upcoming special themed issue on the emergence of various health and social care professions/occupations which will examine how these have functioned and continue to function within the health care system and in relation to other professions.

To explore the historical context of interprofessional collaboration, The Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC) invites readers to contribute to this thematic issue. We welcome authors to contribute works on papers:

  •  that are descriptive and explanatory in relation to historical barriers and achievements in interprofessional education and/or collaboration (i.e. potentially theory building);
  •  that are well supported with primary source historical materials (e.g. education, regulation, policy, professional/clinical and personal documentation);
  •  that may provide an international and intercultural perspective and
  • that advance our understanding of the historical roots of health and social care professions and their relationships with and among each other and with patients/clients seeking their services.

Papers from multiple professions are welcome. The term “historical” will apply loosely to newly emerged/emerging health occupations and to social science perspectives. The co-editors for this issue will be Kathleen MacMillan (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Scott Reeves (University of California, San Francisco, USA).

Expressions of interest should be submitted to either Kathleen MacMillan (E-mail: or Scott Reeves (E-mail: ) before 31 December 2012. All manuscripts must be submitted by 31 June 2013 and must follow JIC guidelines (  ). All manuscripts must undergo peer review prior to being published in the thematic issue.

CFP: CSHM/CAHN Annual Conference

2013 CSHM/CAHN Annual Conference: Call for Papers | Appel de communications

The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing are issuing a call for papers for a joint annual meeting, to be held in conjunction with the Congress for the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Victoria, on Saturday 1 June to Monday 3 June 2013. Abstracts on all topics relating to the history of nursing, medicine, health and health care are welcome.

Please submit your abstract and one-page c.v. for consideration by 30 November 2012 to: Kristin Burnett and Jayne Elliott, program co-chairs |

Abstracts must not exceed 350 words. The Committee will notify applicants of its decision by 15 January 2010. /All presenters must be members of one of the societies and, if invited to present at the meeting, must to provide a translation of their abstract for the bilingual program book.

CFP: Health, Illness, Culture (Taipei Forum)

Call for Proposals: Health and Illness in Culture, Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC), Taipei Medical University (TMU), Taiwan, TMU Language and Culture Forum 2012: Health and Illness in Culture, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

Friday, December 21, 2012

The “TMU Language and Culture Forum 2012: Health and Illness in Culture” invites a wide variety of topics related to representations of health and narratives in culture. Interdisciplinary proposals representing humanities and the arts (e.g., literature, history, film, visual arts) or social sciences (e.g., anthropology, cultural studies, sociology) or medical related fields (e.g., public health, nursing, medicine, pharmarcy) perspectives through historical or contemporary contexts are welcome. This one-day conference emphasizes the pursuit of understanding of health and illness and the exploration of the social and cultural contexts in which we all live in. Subject areas might include but are not limited to:

  • Stories of illness from patient and health practitioner perspectives in novels, short stories, memoirs, graphic novels, etc., discussed in larger sociocultural (ethnicity, race, gender, class), and political (health care system) contexts;
  • Historical and contemporary narratives of illness in films; TV comedy, drama, reality programming; advertising; marketing; news media; web and social media;
  • Historical and contemporary representations of stigmas of illness in popular culture genres; representation and misrepresentation in healthprofessional education and practice;
  • Disability narratives in literature, history, popular culture;
  • Representations of health institutions or health practitioners in historical and contemporary perspectives;
  • Health care reform discourse (e.g., public debate over national health insurance in electoral politics, disability rights “patient-centered” health care, medical homes, health care access, health disparities, electronic medical records);
  • Pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical industry (e.g., drug/prescription/OTC use, misuse, popular perceptions, promotion and marketing; pharmaceuticals and meanings of illness and wellness; drug development or regulation; clinical trials);
  • Historical and contemporary perspectives on public health “threats”;
  • Historical and contemporary representations of promotion of health through such strategies as diet, exercise, personal or domestic hygiene, positive psychology;
  • Historical and contemporary narratives of epidemics, pandemics, emergingand re-emerging diseases;
  • Cultural representations of aging, forgetting, obesity, smoking, addictions, antibiotic resistance, radiation, cancer, life science, andgeneral medical issues.
  • Reflections on life, bio-life, biopolitics, post genomic life, posthuman and cloned lives.

Contributions from interdisciplinary and single disciplines are welcome. Individual or full panel proposals are considered. Please email your 250-word proposal and a CV to Chung-jen Chen at  by 15 July 2012.

Proposals for complete panels with three related presentations are also welcome. Please feel free to email with enquiries.

Co-organizers: Graduate Institute of Humanities in Medicine, TMU, and College of Liberal Arts, TMU

CFP: Intl Cong Hist Sci, Tech, & Med

The 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine now invites proposals for stand-alone (individual) paper presentations. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 30 November 2012.

General information: The International Congress is the largest event in the field, and takes place every four years. Recent meetings have been held in Mexico City (2001), Beijing (2005) and Budapest (2009). The 24th Congress will take place from 22-28 July 2013 in Manchester, the chief city of Northwest England, and the original “shock city” of the Industrial Revolution. Congress facilities will be provided by The University of Manchester, with tours and displays on local scientific, technological and medical heritage co-ordinated by members of the University’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

The iCHSTM2013 website, where further details and information about developing plans for the Congress can be found, is at

Subject coverage: Abstract submissions should indicate how they relate to the theme of the Congress, which is ‘Knowledge at Work’. We construe this theme broadly, and encourage studies of the creation, dissemination and deployment of knowledge and practice across all periods, and from a variety of methodological and historiographical approaches. Possible areas of investigation may include, but are not limited to

  • case studies of knowledge-making and knowledge-use in particular scientific, technological and medical communities
  • the use and adaptation of scientific knowledge in the workplace, the home, and the wider world
  • how facts, and other knowledge-claims, travel between disciplines, countries and communities
  • relationships between those knowledge-making enterprises which are described as ‘science’ and those which are not, and the dynamics of the boundaries between them
  • definitions and meanings of ‘pure’, ‘fundamental’ and ‘applied’ research
  • how scientists, engineers and healthcare professionals (and their historical antecedents) work, and whom they work for
  • the status relations of knowledge and work, including the roles of ‘artists’, ‘artisans’, ‘professionals’, ‘amateurs’, ‘devotees’, ‘operatives’, ‘philosophers’, ‘adepts’, ‘scientists’ and ‘workers’
  • sites and geographies of knowledge-production and knowledge-exchange: laboratory, field, factory, hospital, ocean…
  • communication about science: forms and genres, advocacy and dissent, authorship and audience in print, manuscript, broadcasting, digital media and performance

Presentation format: Each stand-alone paper session will be chaired by a Congress participant chosen by the organising committee, who will co-ordinate questions at the end of each presentation. The stand-alone sessions will not normally feature commentaries or group question time.

All the Congress presentation rooms are equipped as standard with a Windows PC running Powerpoint, Media Player, etc; LCD projector (beamer); projection screen; and audio speakers. Microphones will be available in the largest rooms. Requests for additional equipment may be made via the abstract submission form, but cannot be guaranteed.

Further information: Please submit your proposal via the online form provided at this website. The form will be taken down at midnight (Greenwich Mean Time) on Friday 30 November 2012, and no proposals can be considered after this point. The Programme Committee will send confirmations of all accepted proposals to the corresponding authors, via the contact details given, in February 2013. Registration for the Congress will then open in March.

CFP: Nursing History Conference

Call for Abstracts: The 2nd Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History Conference

March 15-16, 2013 | The University of Virginia School of Nursing Center for Nursing

Historical Inquiry & Beta Kappa Chapter Sigma Theta Tau Charlottesville, Virginia

In recognition of the diversity and quality of nursing scholarship across the world, the University of Virginia School of Nursing Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry is hosting its second Agnes Dillon Randolph International Nursing History Conference. The University of Virginia, designed by Thomas Jefferson, is a dedicated World Heritage Site for its historical architectural design and a premier educational and research institution. A variety of nursing history presentations by researchers from around the world will be featured in the conference. The conference will be held in the University of Virginia School of Nursing. The conference begins on Friday, March 15th with registration and refreshments at 11:30 AM. The keynote is at 1:00 PM. The conference concludes on Saturday, March 16th, at 3:00 PM. We are seeking nursing abstracts of current research from historians across the globe.

Guidelines for Submission: A one page abstract of a completed study will be accepted by e-mail. Submit two copies of your abstract: one must state the complete title, author(s)’s name, credentials, institutional affiliation, phone/fax and e-mail. The second abstract copy should include the title and mode of presentation with no other identifying information. Indicate whether a paper or poster is sought. If more than one author is listed, indicate who is serving as the contact person. With the abstract, please submit a one-page curriculum vitae for each author.

Abstracts must include: Purpose of study, rationale and significance, description of methodology, identification of major primary and secondary sources, findings and conclusions. Each section of the abstract should be clearly identified. Abstracts will be selected on the basis of merit through blind review.

Abstract preparation: Margins must be one and one-half inches on left, and one inch on right, top and bottom. Center the title in upper case, and single space the body using 12 point Times (New Roman) font. Use on one side of one 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Accepted abstracts will be printed as submitted in the conference program. Submission date: Abstracts must arrive on or before November 15, 2012.

Confirmation of the arrival of your abstract will be sent by e-mail. Late abstracts will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by December 15, 2012.

Submit to:

For further information: The Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, PO Box 800782, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0782

Tel: 434-924-0083; International tel: 001-1-434-924-0083