First Call for Papers

An International Conference on ‘The Epidemic in Modern History’

University College Cork, November 6th & 7th, 2009

This conference seeks specifically to initiate a dialogue between
scholars in the Humanities, and in Medicine, to offer an
interdisciplinary investigation of the impact of epidemic disease in the
modern world.

Organisers: Dr Larry Geary and Dr Oonagh Walsh, Dept. of History,
University College Cork, Ireland.

Themes might include:

-Continuities and discontinuities in the historic control of
epidemic disease
-The role of the State in disease control
-Philanthropy in the delivery of health care
-Public responses to disease outbreak
-The role of folk medicine in combating disease
-The experience of epidemic disease in institutional and
domestic environments
-Resignation and resistance during epidemic outbreaks
-War and Epidemics


Prof. Hugh Pennington, University of Aberdeen
Prof. Ivan Perry, University College, Cork

The organisers welcome proposals, and suggestions for panels, on
additional themes. Please send your proposals as attachments to Oonagh
Walsh at [email protected] Please also note that selected proceedings from
this conference will be published.

Thanks to the generous support of the Wellcome Trust, the organisers can
offer a limited number of conference fee waivers, and support towards
conference travel and accommodation costs, to registered postgraduate
students. Please contact Oonagh Walsh for further details.

Dr Oonagh Walsh
Research Fellow in Medical History
Department of History
College Road
University College Cork

email: [email protected] <mailto:o [dot] walsh [at] ucc [dot] ie>
tel: 00 353 (0)23 43963