lundi 18 janvier 2021

Les infirmières en cartes postales

Pictures of Nursing: Nurses and nursing on postcards 1890-1910

Online event

Thursday 11 February 2021, 5.30 – 6.30pm GMT

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What can picture postcards tell us about the history of nursing, and images and stereotypes of nursing over the years? Join historian Julia Hallam to find out more.

Pictures of Nursing is a travelling exhibition and digital resource curated by Julia Hallam for the National Library of Medicine, NIH, Washington, DC based on a collection of 2,500 postcards donated to the Library by Michael Zwerdling, a former hospice nurse. The cards date between the late 1890s and the 1980s and depict nurses and nursing from twenty countries worldwide. Hallam's talk will focus primarily on the years 1890 - 1910, a period known as the golden age of the postcard, and trace the dominant trends in the public image of nurses and nursing that emerge at this time.

Please register to attend and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the event. All tickets must be booked individually.

Séminaire du CHOMI

UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Seminar Series, 2020-2021

Webinar Series, 2020/21
Spring Trimester

The Centre hosts a series of seminars, conferences, workshops and symposia. Our webinar series is normally held on Thursday evening at 5pm. Advance registration is required.


28 January, Thursday at 5pm
‘Aletos for His Majesty: Raptors, Navigation, and Animal Medicine in Early
Modern Spain’
Dr Edward Collins (UCD)

11 February, Thursday at 5pm
Panel: Instruction and Experience: Shaping Mothers’ Views of Health and Healthcare

Professor Rima Apple, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Beijing Normal University
Dr Janet Greenlees, Glasgow Caledonian University

25 February, Thursday at 5pm
Pedagogical Experiments: Christian Kindergarten Education in Republican China
Dr Jenny Bond (UCD)

26 March, Friday at 4pm

‘Surveilling the Microbiome: Diagnostics, Laboratory Networks & Disease Preparedness’
Frédéric Keck (Director of Research at the Laboratory of Social Anthropology; CNRS-Collège de France- EHESS)
Ann Kelly (Reader, Kings College)
Claas Kirchhelle (Lecturer, UCD)

8 April, Thursday at 5pm
Panel: Demographic Policies and Human Rights

Alanna Armitage (UNFPA Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia)
‘Demographic Security and Reproductive Rights in Eastern Europe and Central Asia’
Roman Birke (University of Jena)
‘Curbing Overpopulation to Secure Human Rights: The Population Control Movement's
Human Rights Advocacy since the 1940s’.

dimanche 17 janvier 2021

L'invention de la médecine d'Homer à Hippocrate

The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates

Robin Lane Fox
  • Publisher : Basic Books (December 8, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Hardcover : 432 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0465093441
Medical thinking and observation were radically changed by the ancient Greeks, one of their great legacies to the world. In the fifth century BCE, a Greek doctor put forward his clinical observations of individual men, women, and children in a collection of case histories known as the Epidemics. Among his working principles was the famous maxim "Do no harm." In The Invention of Medicine, acclaimed historian Robin Lane Fox puts these remarkable works in a wider context and upends our understanding of medical history by establishing that they were written much earlier than previously thought. Lane Fox endorses the ancient Greeks' view that their texts' author, not named, was none other than the father of medicine, the great Hippocrates himself. Lane Fox's argument changes our sense of the development of scientific and rational thinking in Western culture, and he explores the consequences for Greek artists, dramatists and the first writers of history. Hippocrates emerges as a key figure in the crucial change from an archaic to a classical world.

Elegantly written and remarkably learned, The Invention of Medicine is a groundbreaking reassessment of many aspects of Greek culture and city life.

samedi 16 janvier 2021

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale Comes Home

Online Event

Thursday 21 January 2021, 5.30 – 6.30pm GMT

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What does Florence Nightingale's life reveal about the history of nursing? What myths about Nightingale live on in nursing stereotypes, and what was she really like as a person?

Join the RCN Library and Archive Service for a roundtable with the Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020 project at the University of Nottingham. The project has resulted in a more complex historical and literary understanding of Florence Nightingale by mapping her family and home connections and analysing how her regional experiences, not least in Derbyshire, impacted her career, attitudes, and writings.

Homes can be both comforting and troubling places as Professor Paul Crawford, Dr Anna Greenwood and Dr Richard Bates share in their new book, Florence Nightingale at Home (Palgrave: London, 2020). They will share a new understanding of how Florence Nightingale’s experiences of domestic life and her ideas of home influenced her writings and pioneering work, and explore the legacy of this for nursing today.

Please register to attend and a link will be circulated in advance with instructions on how to join the event. All tickets must be booked individually.

vendredi 15 janvier 2021

Les réponses médiévales à la peste noire

Doctoring the Black Death: Medieval Europe's Medical Response to Epidemic Disease

John Aberth

Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 6, 2020)
Language: : English
Hardcover : 224 pages
ISBN-13 : 978-0742557239 

The Black Death of the late Middle Ages is often described as the greatest natural disaster in the history of humankind. More than fifty million people, half of Europe’s population, died during the first outbreak alone from 1347 to 1353. Plague then returned fifteen more times through to the end of the medieval period in 1500, posing the greatest challenge to physicians ever recorded in the history of the medical profession.

This engrossing book provides the only comprehensive history of the medical response to the Black Death over time. Leading historian John Aberth has translated many unknown plague treatises from nine different languages that vividly illustrate the human dimensions of the horrific scourge. He includes doctors’ remarkable personal anecdotes, showing how their battles to combat the disease (which often afflicted them personally) and the scale and scope of the plague led many to question ancient authorities. Dispelling many myths and misconceptions about medicine during the Middle Ages, Aberth shows that plague doctors formulated a unique and far-reaching response as they began to treat plague as a poison, a conception that had far-reaching implications, both in terms of medical treatment and social and cultural responses to the disease in society as a whole.

La persévérance en temps de crise

Looking Back and Leaping Forward: Perseverance in Times of Crisis

Call for Proposals


Tri-University Conference 2021 Call for Proposals

March 5-6, 2021

Virtual Event on Teams

The Tri-University Graduate Program in History invites submissions for its 2021 annual conference: “Looking Back and Leaping Forward: Perseverance in Times of Crisis."

At this moment, our future seems filled with uncertainty. However, in the face of great adversity and darkness, humanity has always found ways to inspire, to persevere, and to look forward with vision. Our job as historians is to learn from those that came before us. Papers from a wide range of historical backgrounds and perspectives will be accepted, and emphasis will be placed on the unique and inspiring ways that people have overcome barriers. This conference is also an acknowledgement that sometimes we need to look back before we can leap forward.

Submit your paper's title and a 250-word abstract to If you are organizing a panel of three or four papers, also provide a brief panel summary alongside your individual submissions. All presenters should include a short bio.

Submission Deadline: Monday, January 25, 2021.


Note: In addition to sessions during the day on Saturday March 6, there will be virtual social events on Friday evening and Saturday evening.

University of Guelph Conference Committee: Tamara Abrams, Robert Flewelling, Thomas Littlewood, Britta McBride, and Desmond Oklikah

Conference is sponsored by the Tri-University History program from the University of Guelph, University of Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University.

jeudi 14 janvier 2021

L'éducation médicale dans le Bologne médiévale

Healers in the Making: Students, Physicians, and Medical Education in Medieval Bologna (1250-1550)

Kira Robison


Series:The Medieval Mediterranean, Volume: 126
Publication Date: 17 Dec 2020
ISBN: 978-90-04-38038-7

Healers in the Making investigates medical instruction at the University of Bologna using the lens of practical medicine, focusing on both anatomical and surgical instruction and showing that teaching medicine between the late thirteenth and mid-sixteenth centuries was a consciously constructed and vigorous project that required ongoing local political and cultural negotiations beyond books and curriculum. Using municipal, institutional, and medical texts, Kira Robison examines the outward structures of academic and civic power involved in the formation of medical authority and illuminates the innovations in practical medical pedagogy that occurred during this era. In this way, Robison re-examines academic medicine, the professors, and students, returning them to the context of the medical marketplace within a dynamic and flourishing urban landscape.

Jeudis de l’histoire et de la philosophie des sciences

Jeudis de l’histoire et de la philosophie des sciences

2e semestre de l’année 2020-2021

Organisation : Maria Pia Donato, Samuel Ducourant, Sophie Roux, Stéphanie Ruphy

Lieu et heure : Jeudis, 17h-19h, salle des Résistants (ENS, 45 rue d’Ulm, 75005) ou visio-conférence selon la situation — les précisions suivront.

A noter : cette année, en raison de la situation sanitaire (donc d’un nombre de places limité), il est nécessaire de contacter l’une des organisatrices (pour le S2, ou pour s’inscrire à une séance.

- 21/01 : Luc Berlivet (CNRS, CERMES3), « Science des populations et eugénisme dans l’entre-deux-guerres »

- 28/01 : Elaine Leong (University College London), « Histories of Medicine and Books in Early Modern England »

- 04/02 : Mark Geller (Uuniversity College London, IEA de Paris), « Contagion versus Contamination in Ancient Medicine »

- 11/02 : Mirna Dzamonja (University of East Anglia, IHPST), « La vérité en mathématiques, la vérité en sciences »

- 18/02 : Cyrille Imbert (CNRS, Archives Henri-Poincaré), « Le statut épistémique des valeurs spécifiques à la science computationnelle »

- 04/03 : Lucie Laplane (CNRS, IHPST et Institut de cancérologie Gustave-Roussy), « Les cellules souches : entre philosophie et biologie »

- 11/03 : Arnaud Saint-Martin (CNRS, Centre de sociologie européenne), « Enquêter sur les transformations du champ de l'astronautique »

- 18/03 : Kristina Orfali (Columbia University Medical Center, IEA de Paris), « De la bioéthique à l'éthique clinique »

- 25/03 : Hourya Sinaceur (CNRS, IHPST), « Les fondements de l'arithmétique selon Dedekind et Frege »

- 01/04 : Pierre Verschueren (université de Franche Comté, Centre Lucien-Febvre), « Pour une socio-histoire des sciences. Sciences physiques et transformations du métier de scientifique (1944-1968) »

- 08/04 : Sara Angeli Aguiton (CNRS, Centre Alexandre-Koyré), « Rendre le changement climatique assurable ? Savoirs, marchés et politiques »

- 15/04 : Sarah Carvallo (université de Franche Comté, Logiques de l'agir), « Formes de vie végétale dans la médecine de la première modernité »