mardi 31 août 2021

Une histoire du DSM

DSM: A History of Psychiatry's Bible

Allan V. Horwitz

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Johns Hopkins University Press; 1st edition (August 17, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 232 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1421440699

Over the past seventy years, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, has evolved from a virtually unknown and little-used pamphlet to an imposing and comprehensive compendium of mental disorder. Its nearly 300 conditions have become the touchstones for the diagnoses that patients receive, students are taught, researchers study, insurers reimburse, and drug companies promote. Although the manual is portrayed as an authoritative corpus of psychiatric knowledge, it is a product of intense political conflicts, dissension, and factionalism. The manual results from struggles among psychiatric researchers and clinicians, different mental health professions, and a variety of patient, familial, feminist, gay, and veterans' interest groups. The DSM is fundamentally a social document that both reflects and shapes the professional, economic, and cultural forces associated with its use.

In DSM, Allan V. Horwitz examines how the manual, known colloquially as "psychiatry's bible," has been at the center of thinking about mental health in the United States since its original publication in 1952. The first book to examine its entire history, this volume draws on both archival sources and the literature on modern psychiatry to show how the history of the DSM is more a story of the growing social importance of psychiatric diagnoses than of increasing knowledge about the nature of mental disorder. Despite attempts to replace it, Horwitz argues that the DSM persists because its diagnostic entities are closely intertwined with too many interests that benefit from them.

This comprehensive treatment should appeal to not only specialists but also anyone who is interested in how diagnoses of mental illness have evolved over the past seven decades―from unwanted and often imposed labels to resources that lead to valued mental health treatments and social services.

Poste en histoire de l'Europe moderne

Tenure Track Position in History of Early Modern Europe/Mediterranean, Villanova University

Call for applciations

The Department of History at Villanova University invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor in the history of Early Modern Europe or the Early Modern Mediterranean, circa 1400-1700 whose research and teaching interests intersect with the History of Science and/or Global interactions. We seek applicants who have a strong commitment to teaching and can demonstrate an ability to offer compelling courses at undergraduate and M.A. levels. The successful applicant will teach a thematically based core History course of their creation and will be able to offer undergraduate and graduate courses in their areas of specialization.

The position begins August 2022. Teaching load 3-2. Ph.D. required at the time the position commences.

The application deadline is October 15, 2021. The first round of interviews will be conducted via online video meeting.

Applications must be submitted online athttps://jobs.villanova.eduand will include the following: a) Cover letter of interest b) Complete curriculum vitae c) Statement of teaching philosophy d) Statement of research agenda including dissertation abstract e) one article or chapter-length writing sample f) Unofficial graduate transcripts; official transcripts required if you are chosen for interview g) Contact information for three references who will receive a secure email link to upload their recommendations. Finalists will be asked to submit statements of their contribution to DEI and the university’s mission.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. The university is in the ethnically and culturally diverse Philadelphia metro region. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism are integral components of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. For more information, please see

lundi 30 août 2021

L'amputation dans la littérature et les films

Amputation in Literature and Film: Artificial Limbs, Prosthetic Relations, and the Semiotics of "Loss"

Erik Grayson & Maren Scheurer (Editors)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2021 edition (August 11, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 345 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3030743765

Amputation in Literature and Film: Artificial Limbs, Prosthetic Relations, and the Semiotics of “Loss” explores the many ways in which literature and film have engaged with the subject of amputation. The scholars featured in this volume draw upon a wide variety of texts, both lesser-known and canonical, across historical periods and language traditions to interrogate the intersections of disability studies with social, political, cultural, and philosophical concerns. Whether focusing on ancient texts by Zhuangzi or Ovid, renaissance drama, folktales collected by the Brothers Grimm, novels or silent film, the chapters in this volume highlight the dialectics of “loss” and “gain” in narratives of amputation to encourage critical dialogue and forge an integrated, embodied understanding of experiences of impairment in which mind and body, metaphor and materiality, theory and politics are considered as interrelated and interacting aspects of disability and ability.

Foi, médecine et religion

Faith, Medicine and Religion

EAHMH Conference

Leuven. September 7 to 10.

Tuesday, 07/Sept/2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm EAHMH Board Meeting

4:30pm - 4:45pm Opening of the Conference and Welcome by Kaat Wils

4:45pm - 5:00pm Leuven Medical History in 20 slides by Joris Vandendriessche

5:00pm - 6:30pm Shinjini Das: Sacred Histories of Public Health: Leper Asylums, and the Medical-Evangelical State in Twentieth Century British India
Session Chair: Prof. Frank Huisman, UMC Utrecht. The Netherlands

Wednesday, 08/Sept/2021
9:00am - 10:15am 1A: Exploring Trust in Oral Medical History
Session Chair: Dr. Felicitas Petra Söhner, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf

9:00am - 10:15am 1B: Medical Care and Catholicism in France (1930s-1960s)
Session Chair: Dr. Florent Serina, University of Strasbourg

9:00am - 10:15am 1C: Catholic Discourses on Reproductive Health in State-Socialist Poland, 1960s-1990s
Session Chair: Dr. Katerina Liskova, Masaryk University

9:00am - 10:15am 1D: Illness, Gift or Punishment? Medical Examinations of Religious Corporeal Practices in the Habsburg Monarchy, 1830-1870
Session Chair: Prof. Tine Van Osselaer, University of Antwerp

9:00am - 10:15am 1E: Learned Medicine and Sacred Diseases
Session Chair: Marc M Dooms, UZLeuven

10:15am - 10:45am Break

10:45am - 12:00pm 2A: Managing Melancholy: Dynamics of Medicine and Religion in the Eighteenth Century
Session Chair: Dr. Catherine Beck, University of Plymouth

10:45am - 12:00pm 2B: Global Hospital Networks
Session Chair: Prof. Jonathan Reinarz, U Birmingham, Great Britain

10:45am - 12:00pm 2C: Faith and the National Health Service
Session Chair: Dr. Rosemary Cresswell, University of Strathclyde

10:45am - 12:00pm 2D: Faith and Mental Illness in the Nineteenth Century
Session Chair: Prof. Herve Guillemain, U of Le Mans, France

10:45am - 12:00pm 2E: Twentieth Century Missionary Health Care
Session Chair: Prof. Frank Huisman, UMC Utrecht. The Netherlands

12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Session 1A: Roundtable Digital Methods in Medical History. Reflections from a Research Project on Religion and Ideology in Nineteenth Century Medicine
Session Chair: Prof. Kaat Wils, KU Leuven

12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Session 1B: Roundtable Religious Healing Practices in the History of Nursing
Session Chair: Luc De Munck, KU Leuven

12:45pm - 1:30pm Break

1:30pm - 2:45pm 3A: Bodies out of Control
Session Chair: Kristof Smeyers, University of Antwerp

1:30pm - 2:45pm 3B: Health Movements in the Twenty-First Century
Session Chair: Dr. Ian Miller, Ulster University

1:30pm - 2:45pm 3C: Old Age in Early Modern England
Session Chair: Prof. Javier Moscoso, CSIC

1:30pm - 2:45pm 3D: Religion in Twentieth Century Hospitals
Session Chair: Dr. Joris Vandendriessche, KU Leuven

2:45pm - 3:15pm Break

3:15pm - 4:30pm 4A: Cultures of Healing in the Early Middle Ages (c. 750-900)
Session Chair: Dr. Debby Banham, University of Cambridge

3:15pm - 4:30pm 4B: Abortion, Medicine and Morality in the Twentieth Century
Session Chair: Dr. Agata Ignaciuk, University of Granada

3:15pm - 4:30pm 4C: German Chronicles of Welfare, Health, and Spirituality, 1750-1900
Session Chair: Dr. Avi Sharma, TU Berlin

3:15pm - 4:30pm 4D: Nurses and Midwives
Session Chair: Prof. Hilary Marland, U of Warwick, Great Britain

3:15pm - 4:30pm 4E: Health and Religion in Latin-America
Session Chair: Prof. Frank Huisman, UMC Utrecht. The Netherlands

4:30pm - 5:00pm Break

5:00pm - 6:30pm Anne Harrington: Almost a Miracle: Reflections on a Medical Archive at the Boundaries of Skepticism and Experience
Session Chair: Dr. Rosemary Cresswell, University of Strathclyde 


Thursday, 09/Sept/2021
9:00am - 10:15am 5A: Animal Magnetism, Hypnotism and Religion in Nineteenth Century Europe
Session Chair: Prof. Heather Wolffram, University of Canterbury

9:00am - 10:15am 5B: Rethinking Changing Concepts of Health and Disease
Session Chair: Dr. Hieke Huistra, Utrecht University

9:00am - 10:15am 5C: Faith and Healing in the Middle East
Session Chair: Prof. Javier Moscoso, CSIC

9:00am - 10:15am 5D: Modern Mental Health Discourses
Session Chair: Prof. Octavian Buda, 'Carol Davila' University, Bucharest

9:00am - 10:15am 5E: Female Bodies Across Time
Session Chair: Prof. Anne Kveim Lie, U of Oslo, Norway

10:15am - 10:45am Break

10:45am - 12:00pm 6A: Religious Differentials in Causes of Death, 1850-1940. Part I
Session Chair: Prof. Angélique Janssens, Radboud University Nijmegen

10:45am - 12:00pm 6B: Continuity, Convergence and Consensus Between Religion and the Mind Sciences
Session Chair: Prof. Benoit Majerus, Université du Luxembourg

10:45am - 12:00pm 6C: The Role of Religious Institutions in Health Care: English and Belgian cases
Session Chair: Dr. Joris Vandendriessche, KU Leuven

10:45am - 12:00pm 6D: Reproductive Medicine and (Loss of) Faith
Session Chair: Dr. Anne Hanley, Birkbeck, U of London

10:45am - 12:00pm 6E: Faith, Medicine and the Cold War
Session Chair: Prof. Heiner Fangerau, U of Düsseldorf, Germany

12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Session 2A: Presentation of a Game
Session Chair: Jelle Janssens

12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Session 2B: Roundtable Religious Medical Heritage in Leuven
Session Chair: Marc M Dooms, UZLeuven
Session Chair: Prof. Luc Verpoest, KU Leuven

12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Session 2C: Roundtable Does Religion Matter for Histories of Reproduction in Post-War Europe? (cases France, Germany and the Nordic Countries)
Session Chair: Dr. Agata Ignaciuk, University of Granada

12:45pm - 1:30pm Lunch Session 3: Presentation EAHMH Book Award Winner

1:30pm - 2:45pm 7A: Religious Differentials in Causes of Death, 1850-1940. Part II
Session Chair: Prof. Isabelle Devos, Ghent University

1:30pm - 2:45pm 7B: Missionary and Colonial Medical Practices
Session Chair: Dr. Tinne Claes, KU Leuven

1:30pm - 2:45pm 7C: Medical Objects: Faith and Healing
Session Chair: Dr. Joris Vandendriessche, KU Leuven

1:30pm - 2:45pm 7D: Faith in/and Psychiatry
Session Chair: Prof. Heiner Fangerau, U of Düsseldorf, Germany

2:45pm - 3:15pm Break

3:15pm - 4:30pm 8A: Roundtable Modern Medicine and Catholicism: Historiographical Challenges
Session Chair: Prof. Jacalyn Duffin, Queen's University

3:15pm - 4:30pm 8B: International Scientific Research stays to fight against Infectious Diseases: Faith in Vaccines and Vaccination
Session Chair: Prof. María-Isabel Porras-Gallo, University of Castilla-La Mancha
Session Chair: Dr. Marta Velasco-Martín, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM)

3:15pm - 4:30pm 8C: Hospitals, Medical Practices and the Church
Session Chair: Prof. Javier Moscoso, CSIC

3:15pm - 4:30pm 8D: Moralizing Pregnancy and Infancy through Care
Session Chair: Prof. Hilary Marland, U of Warwick, Great Britain

3:15pm - 4:30pm 8E: End of Life: Reflections and Debates
Session Chair: Prof. Anne Kveim Lie, U of Oslo, Norway

4:30pm - 5:00pm Break

5:00pm - 6:30pm Tine Van Osselaer: Between Hope and Resignation: the ‘Patient’ in Catholic Devotional Culture, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Session Chair: Dr. Joris Vandendriessche, KU Leuven

Friday, 10/Sept/2021
9:00am - 10:15am 9A: Healing Miracles and Medical Expertise
Session Chair: Prof. Vincent Barras, Institute for the Humanities in Medicine

9:00am - 10:15am 9B: Medical Ethics
Session Chair: Dr. Noortje Jacobs, U of Rotterdam, Netherlands

9:00am - 10:15am 9C: Religious Actors in Russian and Eastern European Health Care
Session Chair: Dr. Tinne Claes, KU Leuven

9:00am - 10:15am 9D: From Mesmerism to Jean-Martin Charcot
Session Chair: Prof. Kaat Wils, KU Leuven

9:00am - 10:15am 9E: Faith, Relief and Medical Education in the Low Countries
Session Chair: Dr. Joris Vandendriessche, KU Leuven

10:15am - 10:45am Break

10:45am - 12:00pm The EAHMH Buddy Program

12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Session 4A: Heritage of Care - Care for Heritage
Session Chair: Dr. Kristien Suenens, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Session 4B: Roundtable Does Religion Matter for Histories of Reproduction in Post-War Europe? (cases: Belgium, United Kingdom and Ukraine)
Session Chair: Dr. Agata Ignaciuk, University of Granada

12:45pm - 1:30pm Lunch Session 5: Presentation of the European Journal of the History of Medicine and Health

1:30pm - 2:45pm EAHMH General Meeting

2:45pm - 3:00pm Break

3:00pm - 4:15pm 10A: Catholic Doctors and Medical Ethics
Session Chair: Dr. Tinne Claes, KU Leuven

3:00pm - 4:15pm 10B: Spiritual Mothers: Medieval Discourses of Medicine, Religion and Reproduction
Session Chair: Lydia Rose Shahan, Harvard University

3:00pm - 4:15pm 10C: Cancer and Miracle Cures in the Twentieth Century
Session Chair: Dr. Noortje Jacobs, U of Rotterdam, Netherlands

3:00pm - 4:15pm 10D: Fear and Epidemics in Early Modern Europe
Session Chair: Prof. Laurinda Abreu, U of Évora, Portugal

3:00pm - 4:15pm 10E: Healing Bodies
Session Chair: Prof. Kaat Wils, KU Leuven

4:15pm - 5:00pm Break

5:00pm - 6:15pm Maria Pia Donato: Medicine and Religion at the Deathbed. Reflections on Death, Dying and the Doctors in Early Modern Europe
Session Chair: Prof. Kaat Wils, KU Leuven

6:15pm - 6:30pm Van Foreest Student Award & Closing Remarks by Kaat Wils

dimanche 29 août 2021

Les aventures d'une détective médicale

Adventures of a Female Medical Detective: In Pursuit of Smallpox and AIDS

Mary Guinan & Anne D. Mather

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Johns Hopkins University Press (August 3, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 144 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1421439815

Fresh out of college in the 1960s, Mary Guinan aspired to be an astronaut―until she learned that NASA's astronaut program wasn't recruiting women. Instead, Guinan went to medical school and became a disease detective with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Epidemic Intelligence Service. Selected to join India's Smallpox Eradication program, Guinan traveled to remote villages to isolate smallpox cases and then vaccinate all uninfected persons within a ten-mile radius. By May 1975, the World Health Organization declared Uttar Pradesh smallpox-free.

During her barrier-breaking career, Dr. Guinan met arms-seeking Afghan insurgents in Pakistan and got caught in the crossfire between religious groups in Lebanon. She was one of the first medical detectives on the ground in San Francisco at the start of the AIDS crisis. And she served as an expert witness in a landmark decision that still protects HIV patients from workplace discrimination. Randy Shilts's best-selling book on the epidemic, And the Band Played On, features her AIDS work, as does the HBO movie of the same name.

In Adventures of a Female Medical Detective, Guinan weaves together twelve vivid stories of her life in medicine, describing her individual experiences in controlling outbreaks, researching new diseases, and caring for patients the world over. Occasionally heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, Guinan's account of her pathbreaking career will inspire public health students and future medical detectives―and give all readers insight into that part of the government exclusively devoted to protecting their health.

samedi 28 août 2021

Sexualité et colonialisme

The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism 

Edited By Chelsea Schields, Dagmar Herzog

Published May 25, 2021 by Routledge
386 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
Copyright Year 2021
ISBN 9781138581395

Unique in its global and interdisciplinary scope, this collection will bring together comparative insights across European, Ottoman, Japanese, and US imperial contexts while spanning colonized spaces in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and East and Southeast Asia. Drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives from cultural, intellectual and political history, anthropology, law, gender and sexuality studies, and literary criticism, The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism combines regional and historiographic overviews with detailed case studies, making it the key reference for up-to-date scholarship on the intimate dimensions of colonial rule. Comprising more than 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Companion is divided into five parts:

  • Directions in the study of sexuality and colonialism
  • Constructing race, controlling reproduction
  • Sexuality in law
  • Subjects, souls, and selfhood
  • Pleasure and violence.

The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism is essential reading for students and researchers in gender, sexuality, race, global studies, world history, Indigeneity, and settler colonialism.

vendredi 27 août 2021

Les démons et les morts agités dans l'Angleterre médiévale

Supernatural Encounters: Demons and the Restless Dead in Medieval England, c.1050–1450

Stephen Gordon

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (August 2, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 244 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1032082448

The belief in the reality of demons and the restless dead formed a central facet of the medieval worldview. Whether a pestilent-spreading corpse mobilised by the devil, a purgatorial spirit returning to earth to ask for suffrage, or a shape-shifting demon intent on crushing its victims as they slept, encounters with supernatural entities were often met with consternation and fear. Chroniclers, hagiographers, sermon writers, satirists, poets, and even medical practitioners utilised the cultural ‘text’ of the supernatural encounter in many different ways, showcasing the multiplicity of contemporary attitudes to death, disease, and the afterlife. In this volume, Stephen Gordon explores the ways in which conflicting ideas about the intention and agency of supernatural entities were understood and articulated in different social and literary contexts. Focusing primarily on material from medieval England, c.1050–1450, Gordon discusses how writers such as William of Malmesbury, William of Newburgh, Walter Map, John Mirk, and Geoffrey Chaucer utilised the belief in demons, nightmares, and walking corpses for pointed critical effect. Ultimately, this monograph provides new insights into the ways in which the broad ontological category of the ‘revenant’ was conceptualised in the medieval world.

Congrès de l'AAHM

AAHM's 95th annual meeting
Call for Papers

The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) invites abstracts for papers in any area of medical history for its 95th annual meeting, to be held in Saratoga Springs, New York, April 21-24, 2022. The AAHM welcomes papers on the history of health and healing; the history of medical ideas, institutions, nursing and medical practices; and the history of illness, disease, or public health. Submissions pertaining to all eras and regions of the world are welcome. The Program Committee, led by co-chairs Richard Mizelle ( and Julie Fairman ( particularly encourage papers and panels that expand the horizons of medical history, address issues of social justice and institutional racism, and engage related fields. The Program Committee seeks three kinds of submissions:

1) Individual papers and posters: Speakers should expect to give a presentation of no more than 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion. A limited number of posters will also be displayed in a designated area, with planned times for discussion during the meeting. Both papers and posters must represent original work not already published or in press. Authors wishing to publish their papers are urged to submit them for consideration to the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (BHM). As the official journal of the AAHM, the BHM has the first right of refusal for papers presented at the annual meeting.

To submit a paper or poster abstracts click here:

2) Panels: These consist of 3 individual papers featuring original scholarship (again limited to 20 minutes each) addressing a common topic. An appointed moderator should submit a proposal for the entire panel and coordinate individual speakers. Each speaker should submit an individual abstract as well, with a note of their participation in a panel. Please note that both panels and the individual abstracts for the papers included in them will each be judged on their own merits.

To submit a panel/symposia proposal click here:

3) Lunch Workshops: Unlike the above, these are intended not for original scholarship, but to address topics of broad interest such as new themes in historiography, teaching, research methods, and advocacy. Though limited to 90 minutes, they can include several speakers with a flexible format, and only one abstract need be submitted by the organizer.

To submit a lunch workshop abstract click here:

Submissions must include an abstract (of no more than 350 words) with title, your name and institutional affiliation, three key words that describe your proposed paper, and three CME learning objectives (the learning objectives are not considered part of the word count). For suggestions on developing learning objectives, see: No late submissions will be accepted. Over the past two years, the number of abstracts submitted for consideration has increased significantly. The acceptance rate for proposals has decreased accordingly. With this in mind, the Program Committee offers some guidelines for writing a successful abstract. 

BIG PICTURE: Provide an overview of the problem or story that your paper addresses; include the major actors and interests involved as well as the specific dates or historical time frame of your paper.

HISTORICAL/ HISTORIOGRAPHIC CONTEXT: Contextualize your problem or story within the history of medicine and/or scholarly literature..

SOURCES, ANALYSIS, AND PERSPECTIVE EMPLOYED: Discuss the methods your paper employs to address the problem or story.

SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS: Present your conclusion or interpretation of the narrative or problem you discuss and state its significance..

KEY WORDS: Include three key words that best describe your paper’s focus.

CME OBJECTIVES: State three Continuing Medical Education (CME) learning objectives for those seeking CME credit. Please note that such credit is vital to many AAHM members.

Note on Panels: Submitted panels that have a clear theme and coherence throughout all the papers have the best chance of being accepted.

Collections of successful abstracts from selected past programs can be found here:

Individuals are not required to be AAHM members at the time of submitting an abstract, but you must register for and be present at the meeting.

Abstracts must be submitted by 27 September 2021. No late submissions will be accepted.

jeudi 26 août 2021

La pratique médico-légale en Angleterre et au Pays de Galles

Medicine and Justice: Medico-Legal Practice in England and Wales, 1700–1914  

Katherine Watson

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (August 2, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 334 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1032082578 

This monograph makes a major new contribution to the historiography of criminal justice in England and Wales by focusing on the intersection of the history of law and crime with medical history. It does this through the lens provided by one group of historical actors, medical professionals who gave evidence in criminal proceedings. They are the means of illuminating the developing methods and personnel associated with investigating and prosecuting crime in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when two linchpins of modern society, centralised policing and the adversarial criminal trial, emerged and matured. The book is devoted to two central questions: what did medical practitioners contribute to the investigation of serious violent crime in the period 1700 to 1914, and what impact did this have on the process of criminal justice? Drawing on the details of 2,600 cases of infanticide, murder and rape which occurred in central England, Wales and London, the book offers a comparative long-term perspective on medico-legal practice – that is, what doctors actually did when they were faced with a body that had become the object of a criminal investigation. It argues that medico-legal work developed in tandem with and was shaped by the needs of two evolving processes: pre-trial investigative procedures dominated successively by coroners, magistrates and the police; and criminal trials in which lawyers moved from the periphery to the centre of courtroom proceedings. In bringing together for the first time four groups of specialists – doctors, coroners, lawyers and police officers – this study offers a new interpretation of the processes that shaped the modern criminal justice system.

Les incapacités médiévales

Medievalists with Disabilities Roundtable IMC 2022

Call for papers


After four successful roundtables bringing up issues around disability in Higher Education, we propose another roundtable for IMC 2021.

We invite abstracts for 5 minute talks for the roundtable. We understand disability in the broadest sense, incorporating visible and invisible impairments, chronic illness and mental health, to name but a few.

Topics might include:

· Your own circumstances in a HE institution

· Pinpointing a particular issue that needs addressing

· Highlighting an example of good practice in your own institution

· Issues of intersectionality: how disability might interact with other factors that have an impact on marginalized people e.g. gender, class, sexuality and/or race

You can participate in a roundtable as well as presenting a paper, so please do consider submitting an abstract for this roundtable if you’re already planning to present. You don’t have to identify as disabled to participate, for example if you’d like to share an example of good practice, but priority will be given to disabled scholars.

Please submit a title for your talk as well as a brief summary (no more than 150 words) to Alex Lee ( by 27 September 2021.

We are also seeking a chair for the session, so please let me know if you’d like that role.

You can watch the first year’s roundtable here:

You can watch last year’s video here:

And find the transcript here:

mercredi 25 août 2021

Les histoires globales du cannabis

Cannabis: Global Histories

Lucas Richert & Jim Mills (Editors)

Publisher ‏ : ‎ The MIT Press (August 3, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 418 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0262045209

This book gathers together authors from the new wave of cannabis histories that has emerged in recent decades. It offers case studies from Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. It does so to trace a global history of the plant and its preparations, arguing that Western colonialism shaped and disseminated ideas in the nineteenth century that came to drive the international control regimes of the twentieth.

More recently, the emergence of commercial interests in cannabis has been central to the challenges that have undermined that cannabis consensus. Throughout, the determination of people around the world to consume substances made from the plant has defied efforts to stamp them out and often transformed the politics and cultures of using them. These texts also suggest that globalization might have a cannabis history. The migration of consumers, the clandestine networks established to supply them, and international cooperation on control may have driven much of the interconnectedness that is a key feature of the contemporary world.

La médecine comme business

Health, Body, and the Profit Motive: Medicine as a Business in History

Call for Papers

A free online conference organised by the Historians’ Workshop and the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Economics, to be held live via Zoom.

Friday 19 - Saturday 20 November 2021, 5-9pm JST

This international conference explores medicine’s co-dependent relationship with business and capitalism. Commentators past and present have viewed medicine as a ‘public good’ that risks becoming inefficient or undersupplied when exposed too much to market competition. However, across different historical and regional contexts, forces of self-interest and the profit motive have consistently shaped matters pertaining to our health and body, often to a surprising degree. In a recent discussion piece in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2020), Christy Ford Chapin points to intersections where both medical historians as well as economic and business historians have, often unknowingly, made huge strides in one another’s research themes. This two-day event aims to identify these intersections and interrogate what they mean to our understanding of medical knowledge and practice.

We welcome a variety of papers that may deal with, but are not necessarily restricted to, the following themes:

-Medicine and health as a business: private health care and insurance, pharmaceuticals, health and fitness products, the wellness industry -The public-private dynamic in health care systems -Industry funding of medical research and their epistemological impacts -Discourses on health and the body in marketing and advertising -Profit-driven disease risks and health hazards -Attitudes towards capitalist systems and practices among medical professionals -History of health economics -Capitalist medical practices in non-capitalist economies and societies

Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes or panels of up to 90 minutes are invited relating to the theme of this event. Abstracts of ~300 words and a CV for individual speakers, or panel blurbs of ~400 words and individual abstracts & CVs for each speaker, should be sent to Ryosuke Yokoe at by 17 September 2021.

The Historians’ Workshop is proud to host this English-language symposium at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Economics. We aim to create an open space for scholars from across the world to share research that is both completed and work-in-progress and to establish new networks between historical researchers in Japan and abroad.

Plenary Speaker - Professor Pierre-Yves Donzé (Professor of Business History, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University) Author of Making Medicine a Business: X-ray Technology, Global Competition, and the Transformation of the Japanese Medical System, 1895-1945

Dates: Friday 19 - Saturday 20 November, 5-9pm JST Deadline for Abstracts: 17 September 2021, send to

Expected number of speakers: 11

Location: Online (Zoom)

Language: English

Participation: Free, registration required

If you have any questions, please email Ryosuke Yokoe at

mardi 24 août 2021



Histoire, médecine et santé. n° 17 

Alexandra KOVACS (coord.)

Depuis une vingtaine d’années, l’alimentation n’est plus seulement envisagée dans son aspect économique et nutritionnel, mais également en tant que « bien culturel » (F. Braudel) devenant un véritable champ d’études historiques pour comprendre une société. Plus spécifiquement, la prédominance des débats actuels sur l’alimentation dans son rapport à la santé met en exergue des enjeux qui posent de nouvelles problématiques pour les analyses historiques.

La diététique, la santé publique, la diffusion des savoirs d’utilisation des aliments, la symbolique des aliments, l’alimentation comme marqueur identitaire sont les thèmes que ce numéro présente à travers cinq contributions couvrant une chronologie large allant de l’Antiquité à l’époque contemporaine, et s’intéressant à différents espaces géographiques. Le numéro est complété par un entretien avec Amanda Herbert, codirectrice du projet Before ‘Farm to Table’ : Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.

Alexandra KOVACS est docteure en histoire grecque et actuellement chercheuse à l’Institut Ausonius, UMR 5607 (université Bordeaux-Montaigne). Ses travaux portent principalement sur l’histoire de l’alimentation et sur les normes sociales. Après avoir mené une thèse sur le végétarisme dans l’Antiquité grecque (à paraître), elle s’intéresse à présent à la consommation des produits carnés et plus largement à l’économie des produits animaliers. Elle est l’auteure de « A Historiography of Vegetarianism in Antiquity », Mare Nostrum, vol. 10, no 1, 2019, p. 10-30, en ligne : issn.2177-4218.v10i1p10-30 ; et de « Le carnivore insatiable : luxe et alimentation carnée chez Plutarque », dans J.-Ph. Guez, L. Méry, J. Peigney (dir.), Dévorer/dépenser dans le monde hellénistique et romain, Bordeaux, Ausonius, p. 107-118.

Revue soutenue par l’Institut des sciences humaines et sociales du CNRS.

La pathologie dans les lettres et les arts

La pathologie dans les lettres et les arts

Appel à communications

Colloque international du département de français Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines de Sfax – Tunisie 3-4-5 mars 2022 

Le surgissement de la pandémie de la Covid-19 à la fin de l’année 2019 est venu rappeler cruellement à l’homme son impuissance face aux fléaux ainsi que son destin tragique. D’une manière générale, la pathologie, dans le sens large de trouble et de maladie, peut être considérée à juste titre comme l’antichambre de la mort. Elle a de tout temps constitué une riche source d’inspiration aussi bien pour les hommes de lettres que pour les artistes, qui lui ont réservé divers traitements depuis l’Antiquité jusqu’à l’époque moderne.

Ce colloque, qui s’étendra sur trois jours, se propose de débattre de plusieurs questions touchant à la pathologie, dont le rapport entre l’écriture et la maladie, la place de celle-ci dans l’imaginaire collectif, l’exclusion des malades par la société, la représentation du corps malade, la didactique de l’enseignement en temps de pandémie, etc. 

Modalités de contribution

Les propositions de communication (350 mots environ), accompagnées d’une courte notice bio-bibliographique, sont à envoyer à l’adresse électronique suivante :
avant le 20 septembre 2021.
Comité scientifique
Ali Abassi
Mohamed Bouattour
Sylvie Brodziak
Arbi Dhifaoui
Norbert Gualde
François Laplantine
Kamel Skander
Mustapha Trabelsi
Sylvie Vignes

lundi 23 août 2021

Une histoire de la téléthérapie

The Distance Cure. A History of Teletherapy

Hannah Zeavin

Foreword by John Durham Peters

MIT Press
August 2021
ISBN: 9780262045926

Therapy has long understood itself as taking place in a room, with two (or sometimes more) people engaged in person-to-person conversation. And yet, starting with Freud's treatments by mail, psychotherapy has operated through multiple communication technologies and media. These have included advice columns, radio broadcasts, crisis hotlines, video, personal computers, and mobile phones; the therapists (broadly defined) can be professional or untrained, strangers or chatbots. In The Distance Cure, Hannah Zeavin proposes a reconfiguration of the traditional therapeutic dyad of therapist and patient as a therapeutic triad: therapist, patient, and communication technology. 

Zeavin tracks the history of teletherapy (understood as a therapeutic interaction over distance) and its metamorphosis from a model of cure to one of contingent help, describing its initial use in ongoing care, its role in crisis intervention and symptom management, and our pandemic-mandated reliance on regular Zoom sessions. Her account of the “distanced intimacy” of the therapeutic relationship offers a powerful rejoinder to the notion that contact across distance (or screens) is automatically lesser, or useless, to the person seeking therapeutic treatment or connection. At the same time, these modes of care can quickly become a backdoor for surveillance and disrupt ethical standards important to the therapeutic relationship. The history of the conventional therapeutic scenario cannot be told in isolation from its shadow form, teletherapy. Therapy, Zeavin tells us, was never just a “talking cure”; it has always been a communication cure.

Bourse doctorale Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson

2021-22 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Studentship

Call for applications

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is pleased to invite applications for a three-year full-time PhD studentship, starting in early January 2022, funded by a donation from the Wilkinson Charitable Trust

The research training environment

Students, academics, and professionals come to LSHTM from all over the world because of its international presence, collaborative ethos, research excellence and prestigious study programmes in public and global health. Find out details of the School’s rankings and awards as well as current research in action.

The studentship will be based in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy (PHP) which is focussed on the improvement of health throughout the UK and worldwide. We do this through research, teaching and the provision of advice in the areas of health policy, health systems and services, and individual, social and environmental influences on health. Interests and activities embrace the health needs of people living in countries at all levels of development. We run a range of popular and highly respected MSc courses, short courses and CPD. We encompass the disciplines of epidemiology, public health medicine, economics, political science, international relations, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, statistics and mathematics.

General information about the MPhil/PhD programme structure at LSHTM can be found on the Research Degrees and Doctoral College pages. Students will be mentored by supervisors at LSHTM, and be guided by an Advisory Committee consisting of at least two other experienced researchers who may be external to LSHTM. Students are expected to take part in the academic life of their department and can also be members of Academic Centres. All research seminars and journal clubs are open to PhD students from across LSHTM. Students are able to take up to four Master’s level Study Modules per academic year, subject to approval from their supervisor. The PhD programme also facilitates national and international conference attendance by students.

Support for research students’ future career development is covered through the supervision process, through the Transferable Skills Programme (in the School and the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network) and the LSHTM’s Careers Service.

The successful applicant will have unprecedented opportunities to network and establish professional contacts through formal and informal interactions with members of staff at LSHTM and other students. 

Doctoral research project

The Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Studentship is available to applicants interested in pursuing a PhD project in the history of public health.

The exact focus of the project will be developed by the successful candidate, in discussion with their proposed supervisor. Possible topics for research include, but are not limited to, the history of the following areas:

  • Health laws and ethics
  • Mental illness
  • Healthcare in prisons
  • Colonial history of training in tropical medicine
  • Health systems and policy
  • Health education/promotion
  • Health consumerism
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco

The research project will be supervised by one of the following Centre for History in Public Health (CHiPH) staff:
Martin Gorsky
Alex Mold
Janet Weston

Financial support

The studentship award covers:
tuition fees (at the LSHTM Home fee rate);
a tax-free stipend at the UKRI Studentship rate (2021-22 rate, with London weighting, is GBP 17,609.00); and
up to GBP 2,000.00 per annum research training support grant (RTSG) for relevant research study costs determined by the supervisory team (eg travel to archives, meetings and/or attendance at conferences and necessary equipment, training and fieldwork)

for three years. 

Eligibility criteria

All applicants must meet minimum LSHTM entry requirements.

Applicant must hold relevant undergraduate and Master’s degrees in history, both awarded at a high grade. Applicants with a very strong undergraduate degree and relevant experience will be exceptionally considered.

This PhD Studentship award is only available to candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for the home fee rate. Please see the LSHTM fee assessment policy, in particular the 'criteria' section, for further details. Further information about fee status assessment can be found on the UKCISA website.
How to apply

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact their proposed primary supervisor for an informal discussion before applying. The proposed supervisor must be one of the following:
Martin Gorsky
Alex Mold
Janet Weston

To apply, submit a completed research degree application online using the LSHTM application portal by the scholarship deadline of 23:59 (BST) on Sunday 3 October 2021.

Applicants must ensure all information and standard required documents outlined on the LSHTM 'before you apply' page is included/uploaded with the application, including:

  • academic transcripts (official transcripts for all completed study; interim transcripts for any ongoing programmes of study);
  • a two-page Curriculum Vitae;
  • a research proposal (the research proposal should identify a specific research question or hypothesis, expanding on one of the topics listed on the website, summarise the relevant background information (with no more than five key references) and should outline an appropriate research methodology by which the question can be addressed); and
  • references.

In addition, applicants for this scholarship must upload the following documents:
A personal statement outlining why you are interested in, and suited to, undertaking a PhD in this area at LSHTM; and 

A writing sample (this may consist of your dissertation, an essay, a blog post or other piece of long-form writing and should be around 5,000-10,000 words long).

Applicants must indicate that they wish to apply for this funding by entering ‘2021-22 Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Studentship’ under the ‘funding' section on the application.

Incomplete applications will not be considered for this studentship. This includes any applications missing supporting/supplementary documents (eg transcripts or references) at the deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and therefore applications should be submitted as early as possible to give referees time to submit their references prior to the deadline.

All applications for this studentship will be held by the PHP Research Degree Office, and will only be reviewed and processed after the deadline. All applications that are submitted before the deadline will be considered equally, regardless of submission date.

Applicants short-listed for funding will be invited for interview. Interviews will likely be held remotely (via Teams or Zoom).

The successful applicant will be notified of the outcome by the week beginning 15 November 2021.