December 1st – 3rd, 2004, National University of Colombia, Bogotá

Organizers: Centro de Historia de la Medicina “Andrés Soriano Lleras”, Programa Inter- facultades Doctorado en Salud Pública, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Casa Oswaldo Cruz, Fundación Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil.

During the last decades, social history of science and medicine has been worried about the study of economic, social and cultural elements determining historic processes, leaving aside the study of biographies. The old descriptive and hagiographic stile of writing biographies was considered as an exclusive patrimony of the old fashioned positivism way of thinking. Furthermore, anti-positivist authors considered the individual as playing an insignificant role in the construction of historical process. According to these ideas, the study of the protagonist participation of social actors in history of science and medicine has thus been left aside for a long time. Never the less, the renaissance of this literary genre has reborn an intense polemic and has revived old controversies in the academic field. Some authors attribute historic biography some value, meanwhile others do not stop in disqualifying it.

In order to analyze the threads that involve this problematic, it is necessary to consider a question that has been discussed some years ago: Which is the subject’s role in the historical process?

This symposium proposes retaking the analysis of the individual’s role singularity in public health development. The aim is discuss the possible existence of personal, political, economic and ideological networks of relationships and interests in which the individuals who participated in the history of public health were immersed in, in which ways this networks determined or not the ways of understanding and acting, and in which ways they influenced or not the decision-makings which have oriented public health politics and sanitary actions at the international, national and local levels. The challenge consists in writing small biographies not just resembling some passionate and chronologic stories about artificially constructed events but facing the reconstruction of an individual life that, in one hand is collective and on the other is singular. The challenge is to mend this temptress and inciting plot.

On the other hand, the 3rd December, symposium’s last day, corresponds with the birth day celebration of Dr. Carlos Finlay, who formulated the theory concerning to the mosquito’s role in the transmission of yellow fever. It will be a fine day to do a special tribute to Dr. Finlay in the frame of the symposium.

The symposium will be divided in six half day sessions: 1. The illustrated hygiene (18th century) 2. Liberal hygiene, colonialism and imperialism (19th century) 3. The hygiene’s bacteriologization (end of 19th century and beginning of 20th century) 4. International organizations and public health’s internationalization (first half of 20th century) 5. Well-being state, public health’s epidemiologization, health and development and social medicine (second half of 20th century) 6. Globalization, social security and public health’s economization (20th century) The symposium will be structured by two kinds of activities: 1. Conferences by invited researchers, of 45 minutes duration, followed by 15 minutes time for questions and discussion, and 2. Panels for free papers presentation. Those panels will be coordinated by a moderator and the papers accepted by the Symposium coordination will be presented here. The paper presentation will have a maximum duration of 20 minutes for each one and after each panel there will be some time for a final discussion. The content of each panel will be defined according to the proposed topics once all accepted papers are known. 3. Posters to be exhibited during the Symposium.

Scholars are welcomed to present papers and posters about the different social actors who have played an important role in the hygiene and public health development in their country. Abstracts of 300 words maximum must be sent to the following e-mail address: [email protected], before September 30th. The list of accepted papers and posters along with the editorial rules for its presentation and publication will be announced October 16th. The dateline for reception of the definite text of conferences, papers and posters, will be November 16th.

Registration fee: – Participants : US$ 75.00 – Participants presenting a paper or a Poster: US$ 58.00 – Professors from the Nacional University of Colombia: US$ 30.00 – Students: US$ 20.00 – Students presenting a Poster: US$ 10.00 More information,

Emilio Quevedo Scientific Coordinator of the Symposium Director Centro de Historia de la Medicina “Andrés Soriano Lleras” [email protected]

Organizing committee: Zulma Urrego Public Health PhD Student Researcher Centro de Historia de la Medicina “Andrés Soriano Lleras” [email protected]

Jairo Ernesto Luna Public Health PhD Student Researcher Centro de Historia de la Medicina “Andrés Soriano Lleras” [email protected]

María Victoria Valero Public Health PhD Student Researcher Centro de Historia de la Medicina “Andrés Soriano Lleras” [email protected]

Mónica Tafur Social Service Medical Practitioner Centro de Historia de la Medicina “Andrés Soriano Lleras” [email protected]

Juliana Pérez Research Assistant Centro de Historia de la Medicina “Andrés Soriano Lleras” [email protected]