International Conference on The History of Medicine and Global Connections

Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, 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 have invited proposals that consider a) how any

aspect of medicine moved from one locale to another or resisted such

movement, and b) how the idea of ‘the global’ has affected the

historiography of medicine and biomedicine. There will be papers on all

historical periods and places.

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Date and time:

Start: 18 jun 2009 18:00

End: 20 jun 2009 18:00


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