mercredi 30 juin 2021

La biologie au défi de l’histoire

La biologie au défi de l’histoire. Mélanges offerts à Michel Morange

Sous la direction de Laurent Loison & Thomas Pradeu

Collection : Histoire des sciences et des techniques

Depuis trois décennies au moins, Michel Morange a été et demeure un acteur essentiel dans le champ de l’histoire et de la philosophie des sciences de la vie. Ses ouvrages, ses articles, et son activité académique ont laissé une marque durable, non seulement en France, mais dans l’ensemble de la communauté internationale. Au moment de son départ à la retraite, d’anciens élèves, amis et collègues ont souhaité lui rendre hommage en organisant des journées en son honneur à la Sorbonne (Paris 1) en février 2020.

Les textes issus de ces journées abordent le versant historique et philosophique de son œuvre selon des perspectives diverses, en fonction de la manière dont Michel Morange a été important pour tel ou tel contributeur. Beaucoup soulignent à quel point le souci de l’histoire et celui de rationalité ont été des aspects centraux de ses réflexions. Au fil de onze chapitres, organisés en trois parties («Parcours», «Style et engagement théorique», «Prolongements et inspirations»), ce livre dessine la façon dont Michel Morange, homme de laboratoire formé à l’enzymologie, a posé à la biologie la plus contemporaine la question de son histoire et de ses engagements conceptuels et philosophiques.

Bourse post doctorale au Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Postdoctoral Fellowship History of Medicine Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Call for applications

The Cedars-Sinai Program in the History of Medicine, now in its fourth year, is a vibrant and collegial unit within the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Division of Graduate Research Education, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It is host to seven research-active core faculty, the Center for Medicine, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, and an ongoing Covid19 archive project. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, the Medical Center is one of the nation’s leading non-profit medical institutions. It is a teaching hospital of UCLA and has a large academic enterprise with substantial extramural funding. For more information about the Program, visit our website: History of Medicine Program | Cedars-Sinai.

The Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center seeks an outstanding candidate for a two-year fellowship, with appointment to be taken up by the end of September 2021. The appointee will be proposed for an academic title of Instructor. This is expected to be a joint venture with the History Department at the University of California Los Angeles, where the successful applicant will hold a Visiting academic appointment, if justified by the qualifications of the appointee.

The area of specialization is the history of medicine, broadly conceived, but preference will be given to applicants who have embarked on deeply researched projects emphasizing the history of human disease and medical practice in the 19th and 20th centuries that would especially benefit from being situated in a contemporary medical institution.

The appointee, with the expectation of a concurrent appointment in UCLA’s Department of History, will enjoy substantial time to pursue research with academic privileges at both institutions, with a one-course per year undergraduate teaching load at UCLA and teaching assignments at Cedars-Sinai as required.

The Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program in the History of Medicine works independently and in cooperation with the Program Directors and Faculty to make significant and creative contributions to research and scholarship in the history of medicine and allied fields. The Fellow may be an ongoing member of a research team or may work independently to contribute high-level expertise and experience to a specific research or creative program. The Fellow is expected to develop a research reputation and will have teaching responsibilities as determined by the Program Directors. In addition, the Fellow will contribute to the administration of day-to-day program operations under the supervision of a member of Cedars-Sinai Faculty.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:
  • May assist in the preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds.
  • May participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
  • Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator.
  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
  • Analyzes interpret, summarizes, and compiles data.
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout the training period.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.
  • Develop and pursue original research. Assist in or independently publish original research.
  • Generate content for the Program’s 6-week courses, speaker series, and graduate student curriculum, as required
  • Lecture and/or conduct seminars by invitation in the history of medicine at outside institutions and to the public, where appropriate
  • Assist in creating a social media presence for the Program
  • Educate the Cedars-Sinai community about the contemporary history of medicine landscape

Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization, required.

Experience & Skillset:
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment.
  • Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment.
  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment.

Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement (not more than 1500 words)
  • One Writing Sample (e.g, an article or book chapter)
  • Sample Syllabus (optional)
  • Names and email addresses of three references who have agreed to write on the candidate’s behalf

Applications should be submitted in electronic form with the subject line “History of Medicine Search” and addressed to:

History of Medicine Search Committee
c/o Esther Olivio
Program in the History of Medicine

Deadline for submission: July 14, 2021
Applications will be reviewed and a short-list of candidates will be contacted for Zoom interviews.
Please direct all questions to Dr. Gideon Manning, Co-Director, Cedars-Sinai Program in the History of Medicine. Email:

mardi 29 juin 2021

L'industrie pharmaceutique dans le Japon contemporain

A Medicated Empire: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Modern Japan


Timothy M. Yang

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cornell University Press (June 15, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 354 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1501756249
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1501756245

In A Medicated Empire, Timothy M. Yang explores the history of Japan's pharmaceutical industry in the early twentieth century through a close account of Hoshi Pharmaceuticals, one of East Asia's most influential drug companies from the late 1910s through the early 1950s. Focusing on Hoshi's connections to Japan's emerging nation-state and empire, and on the ways in which it embraced an ideology of modern medicine as a humanitarian endeavor for greater social good, Yang shows how the industry promoted a hygienic, middle-class culture that was part of Japan's national development and imperial expansion.

Yang makes clear that the company's fortunes had less to do with scientific breakthroughs and medical innovations than with Japan's web of social, political, and economic relations. He lays bare Hoshi's business strategies and its connections with politicians and bureaucrats, and he describes how public health authorities dismissed many of its products as placebos at best and poisons at worst. Hoshi, like other pharmaceutical companies of the time, depended on resources and markets opened up, often violently, through colonization. Combining global histories of business, medicine, and imperialism, A Medicated Empire shows how the development of the pharmaceutical industry simultaneously supported and subverted regimes of public health at home and abroad.

Histoires scientifiques

Storie di scienza
Call for papers
SISS Conference of Early Career Scholars in History of Science

15-16 October 2021 (online)

The SISS network of early career scholars in history of science has been recently established to put PhD students, research fellows, and postdoctoral researchers of different backgrounds and at the beginning of their careers in contact with each other and to facilitate dialogue among them. The aim is to involve these scholars more in the activities of the SISS and offer them the opportunity to collaborate, learn about each other, and make known their research.

The first “pilot” edition of the conference Storie di scienza sponsored by the network will be held online on 15-16 October 2021. This conference will be devoted to exploring the richness of approaches, methodologies, and themes of the discipline in order to showcase a wide range of studies and provide a picture of the current state of research in the field of history of science in Italy and beyond. 

Consequently, the focus of this first event, which it is hoped will be held annually, has been purposefully left open in terms of topics as well as methodological and historiographical approaches.

The interdisciplinary approach of the conference is combined with a broad historical scope, stretching from antiquity to the present, in order to highlight the trajectories of the various scientific disciplines in diverse traditions and geographical contexts – from the natural and hard sciences to the medical and clinical disciplines; from social, economic, and political science to cognitive science. The conference also welcomes all disciplines that put history of science in dialogue with political, cultural, social, and religious history, global history, gender history, history of art and architecture, and book history, among other fields. More generally, the conference aims to collect and connect various perspectives on science – from its visual and material dimensions to its more purely intellectual dimensions.

Proposals based on the following areas will be considered:
- Objects. What objects, instruments and material devices have been used over time to convey scientific knowledge? To what extent has materiality influenced the transmission and circulation of science, and what were the epistemic roles of visual representations of science?
- Places. Through what political, cultural, social, and educational institutions has science been conveyed at local and global scales? What were the roles of professional environments? What were the roles of publishers and publishing venues? What roles did home environments, or more generally, non-professional environments have? How did collaboration between science and industry develop?
- Actors. Who are the protagonists of the history of science? How has the socio-professional status of scientists evolved? What role has the collaborative aspect of research and experimentation played in the development of science? What has been the contribution of women to the development of science? What epistemic practices have had non-professional figures and individuals outside science as protagonists?
- Knowledge. Through what themes, theories, methodologies, and practices has the evolution of scientific disciplines been realized? How has the dialogue with other fields, both
scientific/technical, and non-scientific, contributed to the development of scientific disciplines? What kind of relationship have scientific disciplines had, for instance, with the humanities, religion, applied sciences and economy?
- Representations. What images of science, scientists, natural phenomena, and scientific knowledge have literature, music, and the fine arts conveyed? To what extent have literature, music, and the fine arts contributed to the dissemination and popularization of science? What role did images play in the production and dissemination of science?
- Historiography. What is history of science and how did it develop in Italy and in an international context? What types of dialogues has history of science had with other historical and non-historical disciplines? Who were the protagonists in the discipline? How is the relationship with recent historiography evolving?

The conference is open to PhD students and early career scholars who received their doctorate not more than six years ago. We welcome both panels (3-4 presenters, with a chair indicated) and single talks.
The preferred language of the conference is Italian, but proposals in English are also accepted. Papers should have a title and abstract (max 400 words). For panels, both a general abstract (max 600 words) and the abstracts of individual talks (max 400 words) are requested. A short biography of participants of max 50 words is also required; this should include institutional affiliation and email address.

Proposals should be sent to:
Deadline for proposal submissions: 23 July 2021
Notification of proposal acceptance: 3 September 2021
Membership in SISS for 2021 is necessary to participate in the conference.

Organizing committee:
Stefano Tomassetti, Valentina Vignieri, Denise Vincenti

Conference secretary:
Claudia Addabbo

Scientific committee:
Elena Canadelli, Mauro Antonelli, Marco Beretta, Benedetta Campanile, Luigi Ingaliso, Sandra Linguerri, Erika Luciano, Flavia Marcacci, Matteo Martelli, Paolo Mazzarello, Carmela Morabito, Laura Ronzon, Ezio Vaccari

lundi 28 juin 2021

Perspectives historiques sur la santé et le genre

Historical perspectives on health and gender

Women Historians’ Forum 3rd annual meeting

Online 6th July, 2021. Please register here

Simultaneous translation to English, Hebrew, and Arabic will be available

14:10: Opening remarks: Efrat Ben Shoshan-Gazit (Women Historians’ Forum, Tel-Aviv University)

Between the Medical Establishment and Underprivileged Communities in Israel
Chair: Mary Haddad (Women Historians’ Forum, Tel-Aviv University)

Maayan Nahari (The Amram Association; Tel-Aviv University)
Look at this One, a Milking Cow: Doctors, Nurses and Immigrant Women
in the Yemenite, Mizrahi and Balkan Children Affair

Nihaya Daoud (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Socio-economic, Ethno-National and Religious Mechanisms for Segregation and Inequitable in Hospital Maternity Care

Natalie Haziza (Harvard University)
Traces of Absence: How the trauma of the Yemenite, Mizrahi and Balkan
Kidnapped Children Affair is present in home movies and photographs.

Discussant: Heba Yazbak

Sexuality, Gender and Authority
Chair: Salwa Alenat (Women Historians’ Forum, Tel-Aviv University, The Open University)

Ilan Aronin (Hebrew University)
Sexology in the Service of Religion: Sex and Sexuality in Modernist Qur'an Exegesis
from the First Half of the 20th Century

Tara Stephan (Hampden-Sydney College)
Ibn al-Hajj’s Al-Madkhal: Female Authority and Health

Tali Buskila (Hebrew University)
Between Mothers and Physicians: Perceptions of Midwifery in the Jewish Communities of the Pre-Modern Middle East

Anabella Esperanza (Hebrew University)
Kanlı-ebe (Bloody Midwives): Abortion, Jewish Midwives and the Ottoman State

Discussant: Noor Falah (Women Historians’ Forum, Tel-Aviv University)

Female Health Practitioners
Chair: Na’ama Ben-Ze’ev (Women Historians’ Forum)

Noa Hazan (CUNY)
Feminism, Hygiene, and Oranges: When Hadassah Nurses Arrived to Dispel Palestine Darkness

Sharon Maftsir (Haifa University, Women Historians’ Forum)
A (Female) Country Doctor in Egypt: The Life and Times of Nawal el-Saadawi

Hagit Krik (Hebrew University)
Female, Single and Professional: British Nurses in Mandate Palestine

Discussant: Nicole Khayat (Women Historians’ Forum, Tel-Aviv University)

Organiser et désorganiser la connaissance

Organizing and Disorganizing Knowledge 

Call for Papers

Durham University History of the Book Conference 2021

8th September 2021, 09:00 to 9th September 2021, 17:00, Online

 Deadline 30 June 2021

How to apply

Please send an abstract of max. 250 words, along with your name, affiliation and title to

We hope to attract contributions from scholars working on premodern book cultures from anywhere across the globe, and we hope to organize the conference to facilitate discussions that include comparative and/or connected perspectives.

We invite proposals for papers on the following topics:

The material organization of knowledge

(dictionaries, encyclopaedias, philosophical, scientific, technical, medical or natural-historical texts and libraries, catalogues, taxonomies, storage, margins, rubrics, annotations, indices or tables of contents)

The organization of knowledge about other cultures

(dictionaries, encyclopaedias, etc., and epistemic, cultural, linguistic or religious difference)

The disorganization of knowledge

(the movement, circulation, sale, forgery, theft, or dispersal of knowledge texts or knowledge’s changing meaning as it is appropriated, edited, altered or moved between contexts).

dimanche 27 juin 2021

Nightingale et la réforme de la pratique médicale militaire

The Ledgers of Death: Florence Nightingale and the battle to reform army medical practice after the Crimean War

Lecture by William Jackson, University of Aberdeen

Dear all,

The next on-line seminar of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHPSTM) at the University of Aberdeen will be held next Wednesday, 30 June, at 11 am, via Teams.

Accounting and the concept of accountability have been around as long as human civilization and are intrinsic to it. The earliest known writing system (proto-cuneiform) was used largely for bookkeeping (earlier non-written forms of record keeping and accounting exist) and historians such as Sombart and Chandler have linked accounting to the rise of capitalism and modern business organisation. Less has been said about the influence of accounting on the public and not for profit spheres, which are the focus of this paper. Extensive research has pointed to accounting’s ability to create particular visibilities; highlighting and giving priority to some aspects of organisational and social activity over others, thus leading to particular understandings and structuring of organisational and social spaces. This work looks at the way in which various forms of record keeping about the activities of hospitals during the Crimean War were collated and combined to give a specific understanding of the causes of the catastrophic mortality rates experienced at Scutari and other military hospitals during the first winter of the war. Reformers led by Florence Nightingale used evidence from the war to illuminate the failures of the administration that were seen as systemic rather than individual. Her evidence to the royal commission, along with her organisation witnesses, was instrumental in promoting material administrative reform in the army and its medical core, with new systems implemented that prevented a repeat of the Crimean disaster.

The seminar will consist of a 20- to 30-minute presentation with 30 minutes or so for discussion afterwards. As always, all are welcome. For a link to the Teams meeting, or for further information, please contact me on

Historien.nes en pandémie

Historians and Pandemic Policies: What role should historians play?

SSHM Virtual Roundtable

Registration essential: Book here.

1 July 2021, 15:00-16:30 BST

Organiser/Chair: Dr. Michael Bresalier (Swansea University)

  • Professor Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya (York University)
  • Dr. Mark Honigsbaum (City University of London)
  • Professor Esyllt Jones (University of Manitoba)

This roundtable addresses the role of historians and history in pandemic policies and policy-making. While historians have been called upon and used this moment to provide all manner of perspectives on Covid-19, they have been markedly absent from the discussion, development and assessment of policy-strategies at all levels – national, international, and multilateral. This roundtable is an opportunity to reflect on what role historians can or should play in pandemic policies.

Each contributor will share reflections on the questions below, after which discussion will be open to participants in the roundtable.
Why have historical perspectives/research played so little a role in policy responses to the pandemic?
What might have been done differently if they had?
In what ways can or have historical perspectives and research become part of policy-making agendas?

samedi 26 juin 2021

Handicap et tourisme dans l'Italie des XIXe et XXe siècles

Disability and Tourism in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Italy

Luciano Maffi, Martino Lorenzo Fagnani 


Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (May 11, 2021)
Language : English
Hardcover : 240 pages
ISBN-13 : 978-0367440978

Attention to the issue of disabilities has intensified in recent decades, prompting States and organizations to respond with appropriate measures to promote inclusion of persons with disabilities in all social environments. This book’s thesis is that the seeds of this inclusivity were planted by the development of tourism for people with disabilities in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book explores the development of tourism for people with disabilities in Italy during this time period. It adds an important tessera to the mosaic of international literature that has rarely considered the history of tourism and the history of disabilities in a unified manner. While certainly of great interest to an Italian audience, the discussion of the various responses taking form in Italy to the needs of persons with disabilities, and the role these responses have played in the development of mass tourism generally, is also quite pertinent to international contexts.

This book is based largely on unpublished sources. The authors’ hope is that the presentation of these new materials combined with the innovative approach of a historical study of tourism through the lens of disabilities will open up international scholarly debate and discussion drawing in contributions from all disciplines.

vendredi 25 juin 2021

Florence Nightingale et la guerre de Crimée

Florence Nightingale and the Crimean War revisited 

A talk and discussion

Online (Microsoft Teams) 

Monday 5th July 2021 (17:30-19:00)

Please email Richard Bates for further information.  

Registration URL

A talk and discussion in conjunction with the British Library.

In 1854, Florence Nightingale’s nursing mission to the Crimean War catapulted her to the status of a major celebrity, catching the public imagination and generating interest in nursing and military medicine.

This event brings together academic historians and literature specialists with archivists from the British Library to re-examine the Crimean War and its legacy.


  • Alex Hailey, archivist and curator, British Library - on the British Library’s extensive collections relating to Nightingale and the Crimean War
  • Professor Holly Furneaux (Cardiff University) - on ‘Treating the Enemy’ - cross-lines medical treatment during the war
  • Dr Jonathan Memel (Bishop Grosseteste University) & Dr Richard Bates (University of Nottingham) - on Nightingale and her relationship to the ‘home front’ in the Crimean War.

This event follows the interdisciplinary research project, Florence Nightingale Comes Home for 2020, which will be completed in August 2021.

Book your free place via Eventbrite here. Please note the event was originally scheduled for 1 July but has been moved to 5 July.

Les familles et la santé

Families and Health: Historical Perspectives

Call for Papers

On-line conference, Tuesday 9 November 2021

University of Wolverhampton, UK

You are invited to submit a proposal for a conference that seeks to explore the relationship between family life, family relationships and health from a historical perspective. Proposals that focus on mental or physical health are equally welcome. We invite proposals focusing on any historical period or geographical area. We welcome both experienced and new speakers, including speakers without an institutional affiliation. Potential speakers are welcome to discuss their ideas with the organiser before submission (please see details below). Some of the themes that might be considered include (but are not limited) to:
  • Families as carers
  • Inheritance and disease
  • Families in medical thought and practice
  • The medical profession and family succession
  • Family planning, maternal and child health
  • The politics of family, health and wellbeing
  • Domestic violence, abuse and health
  • Families and the retailing and marketing of medicines and remedies
  • Health, lifecycles and old age
  • Families, the emotional history of health, sickness, caring and being cared for
  • The home as a site of health and sickness.

We invite both 20-minute papers and shorter, 10-minute ‘work in progress’ presentations. All papers will be followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

The conference will take place on-line.

We anticipate that it will take place between circa 10.00 and 16.00 UK time.

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words, specifying whether you are proposing a 10 or a 20 minute presentation (as a Word or similar file. Please do not submit a pdf file) to Laura Ugolini, at by 10 September 2021.

For further information, please e-mail Laura Ugolini at:

jeudi 24 juin 2021

L'histoire de l’électricité médicale

Des nuages au cerveau


Céline Cherici 


Iste Éditions

 Des nuages au cerveau présente un voyage historique et épistémologique dans l’histoire de l’électricité médicale entre le XVIIIe et le XXIe siècle. Les forces de la nature au centre de l’organe cérébral humain et ses modes d’exploration, de stimulation et de soin des maladies mentales par le biais de l’électricité seront examinés.

Bien que l’histoire de l’exploration et de la simulation cérébrales puisse sembler récente, cet ouvrage propose d’en élargir la périodicité afin de tenir compte des racines philosophiques, scientifiques et techniques des usages de l’électricité médicale à partir du XVIIIe siècle.

Dans le cadre de cette étude, les effets et les applications de l’électricité sur le corps, le cerveau et les êtres vivants ont été recueillis et corrélés, afin de montrer les connexions entre ces différents champs. Si cette période assez longue a été privilégiée, l’analyse épistémologique a été concentrée autour du cerveau humain.


L’auteure Céline Cherici est maître de conférences en histoire et philosophie de la médecine à l’Université de Picardie Jules Verne à Amiens. Ses intérêts de recherche sont axés sur l’histoire des neurosciences


Les méthodes et outils d’estimation de la douleur

De mal en peine : méthodes et outils d’estimation de la douleur

Appel à communications 

Colloque du projet junior DESDEMONE

A Lyon les 10 et 11 février 2022

Suivant la définition donnée par le Comité de taxonomie de l’International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), la douleur est une « expérience désagréable, sensorielle et émotionnelle associée à un dommage tissulaire présent ou potentiel ou décrite en ces termes ». Les outils d’estimation de la douleur constituent à la fois des objets spécifiques de recherche et des outils méthodologiques de la recherche. Il s’agit au cours de ces deux journées de permettre un dialogue entre les disciplines et les approches autour de ce problème spécifique qu’est l’estimation de la douleur.

Les échelles d’évaluation de la douleur sont mobilisées pour objectiver une sensation subjective qui réclame une compréhension et une intervention extérieure, médicale ou non. Ces outils ont un usage pratique dans le cadre de la médecine, mais cette discipline n’est pas la seule qui a besoin d’estimer et de classifier les phénomènes douloureux. En effet, qu’il s’agisse en droit de catégoriser les douleurs subies à indemniser ou de réglementer les protocoles de recherche sur des sujets humains ou animaux, les échelles de douleur et leurs liens avec des échelles de valeur sont au cœur du débat social. Depuis plusieurs décennies, les sciences humaines et sociales se sont également intéressées au phénomène douloureux, à ses variations, à sa plasticité, ainsi qu’à ses contextualisations sociales et culturelles. Or l’étude de la variation suppose la création d’un cadre, d’outils et de méthodes particulières.

Cette émulation de la recherche qui fait se rencontrer sciences sociales et sciences médicales, chercheurs et professionnels de la santé, rend particulièrement utile et pertinente une réflexion qui prend pour objet spécifique les catégories et les outils permettant d’étudier le phénomène douloureux :

Quels éléments du phénomène douloureux peuvent être transmis, partagés et classifiés ? Quelles raisons motivent la création de classifications des douleurs ? Comment ces catégories ainsi créées influencent-elles notre perception du phénomène ? Comment décrire et rendre intelligibles les normes de comportement ou de représentation de la douleur et leurs variations ?

Pour étudier ces différentes questions, nous avons retenu quatre axes de recherche dans lesquels peuvent s’intégrer les futures communications. Les pistes envisagées ne sont cependant pas exhaustives, et toute proposition offrant un point de vue éclairant sur ces objets est bienvenue.

Axes d’étude

Axe 1 : Biologie et médecine

Les communications pourront traiter de l’estimation de la nociception et de douleur en contexte médical ainsi que les avantages et limites des différents systèmes d’estimation. Elles pourront s’intéresser aux outils utilisés en recherche ou en clinique chez l’humain comme chez l’animal. Les possibilités ou difficultés posées par l’étude des modèles animaux pour étudier les mécanismes à l’œuvre chez l’humain pourront également être abordées.

Axe 2 : Sémiologie

Une approche sémiologique de la douleur pourra être développée. La douleur est fréquemment considérée comme un indicible, intraduisible : comment alors penser l’expression par le langage d’une sensation profondément subjective et que les mots ne sauraient traduire ? Les échelles de douleur et méthodes d’estimation questionnent la douleur et ses signes, expressions et manifestations.

Axe 3 : Douleurs et sociétés

Les catégorisations des douleurs varient selon les contextes sociaux, politiques et religieux. L’estimation de la douleur permet de fixer des compensations (dans le domaine judiciaire) et les bornes de la douleur acceptable (dans le domaine de l’éthique). Les communications pourront également s’intéresser aux bouleversements introduits par des événements violents (guerres par exemple) ou aux grilles d’interprétation religieuses qui peuvent dessiner de nouvelles catégories d’intensité et donner des sens différenciés aux événements douloureux.

Axe 4 : Arts et représentation

Les communications pourront porter sur des corpus artistiques, ou rendre compte de recherches en arts et littérature consacrées à des corpus médicaux dans la continuité des recherches sur la représentation de la douleur dans les modernités. Sont aussi vivement encouragées les interventions portant sur des productions et propositions artistiques contemporaines, qui interrogent les normes de représentation de la douleur.

Soumission des propositions :

Chercheurs confirmés, jeunes chercheurs et professionnels concernés par le thème d’étude sont invités à soumettre leurs propositions de contribution (300 mots maximum, accompagnés d’une courte notice bio-bibliographique) jusqu’au 1er août 2021 inclus à l’adresse

Les communications peuvent être faites en français ou en anglais.

Le projet junior DESDEMONE (Douleurs et Souffrances : descriptions, expressions, méthodes et outils de notation et d’estimation) est un projet de recherche porté par trois doctorantes :

– Maureen Boyard (Université Lyon 3 – CIHAM UMR 5648),

– Fanny Boutinet (Université Lyon 3 – IHRIM UMR 5317),

– Clémence Vendryes (Université Aix-Marseille – IREMAM UMR 7310/IFPO).

Il a pour projet de favoriser un dialogue pluridisciplinaire sur les questions d’estimation et de classification de la douleur et de permettre un partage de méthodes, d’outils et de réflexions sur ce thème. Pour plus d’informations et suivre ce projet de recherche :

Les propositions seront relues par les membres du projet, avec le soutien scientifique de :

Julie Henry, MCF en philosophie à l’ENS Lyon (Triangle UMR 5206)

Lucie Bidouze, médecin généraliste au centre hospitalier Gérard Marchant (Toulouse) 

Bibliographie indicative

Raphaële Andrault, Ariane Bayle, exposition : « Le médecin face à la douleur, 16e-18e siècles », Lyon, 2019 et 2021.

Raphaële Andrault, Ariane Bayle, « Le médecin de l’Époque moderne face à la douleur », Pour la science n°508, février 2020, p. 74-79.

Isabelle Baszanger, Douleur et médecine, la fin d’un oubli, Paris, Seuil, 1995.

Florence Chantoury-Lacombe, Peindre les maux : arts visuels et pathologie, XIVe-XVIIe siècle, Paris, Hermann, 2010.

Nicolas Danziger, Vivre sans la douleur ?, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2010.

Bernard Durand, Jean Poirier et Jean-Pierre Royer (dir.), La douleur et le droit, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 1997.

Marilina Gianico et Michel Faure (dir.), Raconter la douleur : La souffrance en Europe (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècles), Paris, Garnier, 2018.

David Le Breton, Anthropologie de la douleur, Paris, Éditions Métailié, 1995.

René Leriche, Chirurgie de la douleur, Paris, Masson et cie, 1937.

Geneviève Lévy (dir.), La Douleur. « Au-delà des maux », Paris, Éditions des Archives contemporaines, 1992.

Claire Marin et Nathalie Zaccaï-Reyners (dir.), Souffrance et douleur. Autour de Paul Ricoeur, Paris, PUF, 2013.

Javier Moscoso, Histoire de la douleur. XVIe-XXe siècle, Frédérique Langue (trad.), Paris, Les Prairies ordinaires, 2015.

Christophe Perruchoud, Manuel pratique d’algologie. Prise en charge de la douleur chronique, Paris, Elsevier Masson, 2017.

Roselyne Rey, Histoire de la douleur, Paris, La Découverte, 2011.

Elaine Scarry, The body in pain: the making and unmaking of the world, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Lisa Silverman. Tortured Subjects: Pain, Truth, and the Body in Early Modern France, Chicago, University of Chicago Press. 2001.

Guy Simonnet, Bernard Laurent, David Le Breton, L’Homme douloureux, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2018.

mercredi 23 juin 2021

Les histoires des sexologies

Histories of Sexology. Between Science and Politics

Editors: Giami, Alain, Levinson, Sharman (Eds.)

Palgrave Macmillan

​Histories of Sexology: Between Science and Politics takes an interdisciplinary and reflexive approach to the historiography of sexology. Drawing on an intellectual history perspective informed by recent developments in science and technology studies and political history of science, this book examines specific social, cultural, intellectual, scientific and political contexts that have given shape to theories of sexuality, but also to practices in medicine, psychology, education and sexology. Furthermore, it explores various ways that theories of sexuality have both informed and been produced by sexologies—as scientific and clinical discourses about sex—in Western countries since the 19th century.

Humanités des pestes et des épidémies

Plagues and Epidemics. Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (2021)

Call for chapters

 To think about the human being is also to reflect on his capacity to react, resist and overcome the various diseases that accompany the development of human societies. Some of the most devastating pests and epidemics- with the greatest consequences in the way man thinks of himself have been the Plague of Athens (5th century BC), the Antonine Plague (2nd century), the Justinian Plague (6th century), the Bubonic Plague, also known as the Black Death (1347 - 1351), and the Spanish Flu (20th century), in addition to other epidemic outbreaks such as smallpox, influenza, HIV, Ebola or, more recently, outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome SARS (2002), Middle East respiratory syndrome MERS-CoV (2012) and COVID-19 (2019), designation given by the World Health Organization to the disease caused by the new coronavirus SARS-COV-2. 

In each period, these sudden outbreaks of pestilences have brought about changes in the way human beings and societies organize themselves, leading to important and deep lifestyle adjustments. 

The book Plagues and Epidemics. Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities aims to bring together scientific studies contributing to the knowledge of the influence of pests and epidemics on culture and society, valuing a cross-disciplinary thinking of human understanding of the causes and consequences of such outbreaks. In the various fields of the Humanities, from narratives to more artistic creations, there is an immense cultural legacy that must be studied. 

Theoretical and Empirical contributions are equally welcome (including case studies), within the Humanities. 

Topics covered by the book: 
- Analysis of the knowledge of pests from the Classical Antiquity to the Contemporary; 
- Communicative practices, mediated or not, in times of epidemic and pandemic; 
- Neologisms, semantic and lexical changes caused by plagues and epidemics; 
- Metaphorical uses of expressions from the field of science, such as "contagion" or "viral"; 
- Narratives of pestilences; 
- Literary representations of plagues and epidemics; - Cultural practices motivated by epidemiological outbreaks; 
- Philosophical perspectives on epidemics and pestilences; 
- Artistic representations inspired by the epidemics context. 

We thank you for your collaboration in fulfilling the editing standards described below. 

Texts should be sent to by July 2nd, 2021, in Word format. All texts will be submitted to scientific evaluation (blind peer review). 

The authors will be notified of Acceptance/Rejectionuntil September 3rd, 2021. 

1. Languages accepted: 
- Studies will be accepted in Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, English and Italian. 

2. Text formatting: 
- Dimensions and formatting: body text = maximum of 15 pages A4 (equivalent to about 38,500 characters, including spaces) and minimum of 9 pages A4; body = 11, Calibri, 1.5 space; footnotes = 10, Calibri, single space; 
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- Indicate author(s), affiliation (University, Institute, UI&D or other), e-mail address, size 11, Calibri; 
- Present two abstracts (each with a maximum of 250 words each), one in the language of the article and other in English, followed by the respective keywords (maximum of 5). 

2.1 For the citation of authors follow the APA standards (7th ed.); all citations must be duly identified. 

2.2. Quotations with more than 3 lines must be indented (1 cm forward on the left side). 

2.3. a) use of italics: - in the titles of works, modern monographs, magazines and thematic collections; b) use inverted commas (" ") in citations of modern texts; c) Do not to use italics in the Latin abbreviations (op. cit., loc. cit., cf., ibid., in...). 

3. Footnotes: Footnotes should be short. 

4. Images/Graphics/Tables - Graphic elements accompanying the text should be duly identified and numbered. - The images must be in .jpeg file format, with minimum resolution of 300dpi's, copyright-free and accompanied by official proof of assignment or purchase of rights to publications ofacademic nature. Each text must have no more than 4 images (the printing will not be made in colour). 

5. Final bibliography: It should be limited to the essential or to the titles cited. The bibliographical references should be formatted in accordance with the APA norms (7th edition). 

6. Publication The Volume will be published in a Portuguese publishing house with extensive experience in scientific publications. 7. Copyright Statement The texts submitted for publication must be original and the authors assign their rights for publication. 

Editors: Joaquim Pinheiro, Mario Franco e Samuel Mateus University of Madeira Faculty of Arts and Humanities Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

mardi 22 juin 2021

La médecine juive

Defining Jewish Medicine. Transfer of Medical Knowledge in Premodern Jewish Cultures and Traditions

Ed. by Lennart Lehmhaus


This volume brings together a group of scholars from different fields within Jewish studies who deal with Jewish medical knowledge in ancient and medieval time from a comparative perspective. Based on various methodological and theoretical questions, they address strategies of interaction with earlier Jewish traditions and with other fields of rabbinic discourse (e.g. law, theology, ethics), while exploring the complex interplay between literary forms and the knowledge conveyed. The studies trace the ways of transmission, transformation, rejection, modification and invention of pertinent knowledge in Jewish traditions and beyond by examining broader contexts and points of contact with medical ideas and practices in surrounding cultures (Ancient Near Eastern, Graeco-Roman, Byzantine, Persian-Iranian, early Christian, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic and Islamic). Such a twofold perspective allows for assessing particularities of the medical discourse within Jewish history, while probing its transcultural interactions with other medical traditions. These studies may serve as a starting point for further inquiries into the role of these exchanges and entanglements, not only within a broader history of medicine, sciences and knowledge, but also for the history of premodern cultures and religions at large.

Le futur de l'histoire infirmière

The Future of Nursing History: Race, Gender and Internationalism

A Joint Event

Organised by the RCN History of Nursing Forum and the UK Association for the History of Nursing (UKAHN)

Wed, 14 July 2021
12:30 – 14:00 EDT


Hear about exciting new research in the history of nursing, and find out why history is important for understanding nursing today.

Following our panel on classic texts in nursing history, we move on to look at new research in the field. Find out about new projects in progress, and hear what these scholars have learnt from their research so far.

We will hear from four historians about new and exciting research. Rebekah SloaneMather is investigating a set of First World War nurses' autograph books from the Museum of Military Medicine in the UK. Charissa Threat's first book, Nursing Civil Rights, explored gender and race in American army nursing. Sheri Tesseyman is studying the effect of staffing changes in American hospitals in the mid-twentieth century and Sonya Grypma looks at transnational nursing history, especially Canadian, American and Chinese nursing networks.

This event is free and open to all. 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.

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Rebekah SloaneMather is a retired QARANC officer. Currently in her 2nd year of a PhD in English Literature at Cardiff University, her research focuses on the autograph albums of military nurses from The Great War. Gaining her RGN at Guys and Lewisham Hospitals in London, Rebekah then specialized in perioperative practice nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital London. After joining the QARANC she was later posted to Birmingham City University as part of the then DSHCS where she lectured in Evidence Based Practice.

Charissa Threat is an Associate Professor of History at Chapman University where she teaches courses in U.S. and African American history. Her research interests are in race and gender in twentieth century U.S. history, civil rights, community activism, and civil-military relations. Her first book, Nursing Civil Rights: Gender and Race in the Army Nurse Corps (University of Illinois Press, 2015), won the 2017 Lavinia L. Dock Book Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing. She is currently at work on her second book, Sweethearts and Pin-Ups.

Sheri Tesseyman is an assistant professor of nursing at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA. She received a Ph.D. in nursing history from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom and focuses her research on division of labour in hospital bedside nursing. Tesseyman practiced bedside nursing in a general intensive care unit in Salt Lake City, Utah, and at Leeds General Infirmary thoracic surgery ICU in Yorkshire, England.

Sonya Grypma, PhD, RN, is Vice Provost of Leadership and Graduate Studies at Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. Both a nurse and a historian, Sonya’s program of research focuses on transnational nursing history, particularly the intersection of Canadian, American, and Chinese nursing networks developed through philanthropic, missionary, and nursing organizations during wartime. She has authored three books on missions and nursing in China, the third of which (Nursing Shifts in Sichuan) will be released by UBC Press in October 2021.

lundi 21 juin 2021

À la rencontre des historien.nes de la santé

À la rencontre des historien.nes de la santé

Cycle de conférences organisé par le réseau de recherche Historien.nes de la santé

À l’occasion de sa dixième année d’existence, le réseau de recherche Historien.nes de la santé poursuit son activité de valorisation de l’histoire francophone de la santé en partant à la rencontre de celles et ceux qui font, mais surtout qui renouvellent le champ de l’histoire de la santé en français. À travers une série de rencontres thématiques, il entend donner à voir les terrains, les approches, les regards, les sujets, les méthodologies autour desquels l’histoire de la santé en français se développe et se réinvente aujourd’hui. Il souhaite surtout, par ce biais, donner la parole aux confirmé.es ou en devenir qui œuvrent aujourd’hui à rendre vivant ce domaine désormais plein et entier de l’historiographie.

Automne 2021 

12h-13h30 (EST) sur Zoom

Jeudi 16 septembre 2021 : Mettre le soin en images

Myriam Levesque (Université Laval) : Soigner en communauté innue : les photographies de l’infirmière Pauline Laurin (1949-1960)

Mireille Berton (Université de Lausanne) : Le film au service de la recherche et de l’enseignement en neuropsychiatrie. Le cas de la collection Waldau (1920-1990)

Jeudi 7 octobre 2021 : Avorter, de part et d’autre de l’Atlantique

Laura Tatoueix (CRH - EHESS) : Les praticien.nes de santé et l’avortement en France (XVIIe-XVIIIe s.)

Marie-Laurence Raby (Université Laval) : Les réseaux féministes d'avortement clandestin au Québec, 1969-1976: un modèle de résistance aux normes véhiculées par l'état et l'institution médicale.

Jeudi 21 octobre 2021 : et médecins blancs

Delphine Peiretti-Courtis (Aix-Marseille Université) : Corps noirs et médecins blancs. La fabrique du préjugé racial XIXe-XXe siècles

Élodie Grossi (Université de Toulouse) : La psychiatrie et la lutte des Noirs américains pour la justice raciale, XXe-XXIe siècles

Jeudi 18 novembre 2021 : Marginalités thérapeutiques

Léo Bernard (École Pratique des Hautes Études) : Occultes médecines. L’histoire de la santé à travers les courants ésotériques

Zoë Dubus (Aix-Marseille Université) : La notion de choc psychique appliquée aux thérapies assistées au LSD en France

Jeudi 16 décembre 2021 : Les nouveaux territoires de la folie

Raphaël GALLIEN (Université de Paris) : Corps malades, corps politiques : la folie colonisée (Madagascar, 1912-1955)

Gregory Dufaud (IEP Lyon / LARHRA) : Une histoire de la psychiatrie soviétique