Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, Gipsy Lane Campus, Buckley Building, Room BG10 (where to find us)
4 December 2009 – 10:00 – 17:15
The workshop is designed to facilitate intellectual exchange and debate between academics working on the history of forensic medicine, by bringing together scholars who study the subject in a variety of national contexts and across a broad period of time. It will engage with two central themes: the character and role of forensic medicine in Europe since the medieval period; and the relationship between medicine, the law and wider society as illuminated by the notion of ‘expertise’ (a modern and highly contentious concept which does not map directly on to the pre-modern context).
The aim is to identify fruitful areas of scholarship for future research, by considering how work ongoing in different countries and stimulated by different research agendas and traditions might be brought together into a collaborative network. The meeting is thus intended to serve as a foundation for a funding application to create an international and interdisciplinary research network. It is therefore organized in two parts: five speakers will be followed by a 2-hour round-table discussion which will appraise the state of the subject and outline the rationale for the planned grant application.