International Conference on the History of Medicine and Global Connections

Hosted by the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL to meet in Bloomsbury, London

Opening reception and Plenary Lecture, 18 June 2009

Papers to be presented on 19 and 20 June 2009

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 invite proposals that consider a) how any aspect of medicine moved from one locale to another or resisted such movement, or b) how the idea of ‘the global’ has affected the historiography of medicine and biomedicine. Papers on all historical periods and places are eligible. Each presentation will be allowed 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for discussion, in sessions of three papers each.

Those attending the conference will be responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation, and most meals.

Please send a proposal of no more than one page in length, no later than 20 February 2009, to Lauren Cracknell. Inquiries may also be sent to her, for a response from the current Director, Hal Cook. Please contact Lauren Cracknell, The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 183 Euston Rd., London NW1 2BE, UK, or <mailto:[email protected]> [email protected].

Contact Person: HJ Cook, Professor and Director, Wellcome Trust Centre, [email protected]