In 1973 the 9th British Congress on the History of Medicine met to discuss current and future approaches to medicine in Wales. Much has changed in the intervening forty or so years. A number of recent studies into medicine in Wales have begun to shift debates away from introspective and geographically limited portrayals and towards the place of Wales within a broader medical world. What though is the future of the history of medicine in Wales?

This one-day workshop examines this question. It seeks to explore new approaches to medicine in Wales and identify and encourage future directions for research. In seeking to bring together scholars from across a broad spectrum of research that either focuses on a Welsh medical history or places medicine in Wales in a broader national, transnational or comparative context, the workshop aims to move beyond the traditional, narrow focus upon medical folklore and medicine in the industrial coalfields.

Proposals for papers of 20 minutes are invited on themes including, but not limited to:

–          ‘Medicine in Wales?’ or ‘Welsh Medicine?’

–          Medicine in Wales in European, transnational or comparative perspectives

–          Geography and the importance of region

Proposals across a wide range of periods and methodological approaches are welcomed, along with those that concern Wales either explicitly or implicitly.

Submission of Proposals

Paper submissions should include a 300-word abstract and contact details, and should be sent to – [email protected]

Closing date for proposals: 15 January 2014
Decisions on Proposals: February 2014

Workshop Organisers

Professor Keir Waddington (Department of History, Cardiff University)
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Dr Alun Withey (Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Exeter)
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Sponsored by Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination Research Group, Cardiff University, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Exeter, and The Wales Network for the History and Social Study of Science, Technology and Medicine (Myrddin)