The History of Medicine and Global Connections: The Problem of Public Health Experts

In recent years, global history and related subjects such as transnational, world, and connected history have caused a stir. The interest is in part a response to many kinds of public discussions about the global in our lives, but also in part–at least from the perspective of medical historians–because the turn toward social and cultural history tended to concentrate attention on complex relationships in local environments despite the fact that many aspects of medicine and science travel widely. Some kinds of medical and health practices and ideas do indeed remain rooted in particular languages, cultures, and socio-political systems, but medical commodities may be shipped from place to place while various kinds of practices and concepts also move about: ‘Western’ medicine has been globalised, but so has ‘Chinese’ medicine, and much else. To examine the opportunities and challenges posed by global history of the history of medicine we have invited proposals that consider a) how any aspect of medicine moved from one locale to another or resisted such movement, and b) how the idea of ‘the global’ has affected the historiography of medicine and biomedicine. There will be papers on all historical periods and places.

To view the Programme for the conference and to register, please click here:
http://tinyurl.com/qv9ujt

Date and time:
Start: 18 jun 2009 18:00
End: 20 jun 2009 18:00

Location:
183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE UK

Two papers on public health might be of interest to « experts » scholars:

Annika Berg, Uppsala University
Public Health Expertise and the Transnational Welfare State: The Strategies of Signe and Axel Höjer, 1919 – ca. 1970
Francisco Javier Martínez-Antonio, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, CSIC
A Limited Globalisation of Public Health: French Imperialism and the Failure of the First International Sanitary Conferences (1851-1866)


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