Call For Papers

Imagining and Practicing Imperial and Colonial Medicine, 1870-1960

10-12 January 2008 – Osler-McGovern Centre, Green College, University of Oxford, 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford

This conference will bring together scholars and researchers working on the development and practice of medicine in the European and North American colonies.

It will examine both contrasts and commonalities of imagining and practicing imperial and colonial medicine between European and North American imperialists, colonialists, settlers and local inhabitants in diverse contexts such as, but not limited to, SE Asia, Africa, Australia, the Americas and Europe. The goal of the conference is to challenge the current boundaries that mark out what is, or is not ‘imperial’ and ‘colonial’ medicine; seeking new ways of understanding old questions. Successful papers will be innovative, expanding the current historiography.

Proposals are particularly welcome in the following areas:

Nursing Missionaries and Medical Missionaries Psychology Military Medicine Veterinary Medicine Local practice and knowledge Race Technology Ethnopharmacology and Ethnobotany Hospitals and Dispensaries Education and Training Climate and Acclimatization Disease and Illness Public Health and Hygiene

By bringing together diverse histories, from fresh perspectives, this conference will place in dialogue areas that are commonly separated; broadening our understanding of what is properly considered imperial and colonial medicine during this period.

For any questions or enquiries regarding the conference please send emails to [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>

For more information, including travel and registration, see

All abstracts should be submitted electronically to Ryan Johnson at ryan.johnson (at) Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2007.