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December 26, 2008

Call for Papers: The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health 2009 Conference

Call for Papers, EAHMH Conference 2009

"Global Developments and Local Specificities in the History of Medicine and Health"

The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH) invites submissions for its bi-annual meeting, to be held in Heidelberg (Germany), 3-6 September 2009. The association welcomes submissions on the general theme:

"Global Developments and Local Specificities in the History of Medicine and Health".

The general theme encompasses a number of issues, including:

-          the impact of globalisation processes (political, economic,
means of communication etc.) on local ideas and practices in medicine

-          the spread of local medical ideas, practices, as well as
materials (remedies, instruments, etc.) to broader national and international contexts (*travelling knowledge*)

-          processes such as the hybridisation of "local" and "global"
(or more hegemonic) concepts or practices

-          the invention of (supposed) local traditions and their
relations to previously transferred / migrated knowledge or practices (e.g. newly emerging "traditional medicine" in South America modelled on "alternative medicine" in Europe, or on Asian "medical systems")

-          the interrelations between colonial powers and colonies, or
former colonial powers and former colonies in the realms of medicine and public health

-          linguistic and cultural translations/adaptations of *foreign*
medical concepts and practices

-          the shifting perceptions about what constitutes the centre
and what the periphery of certain developments, like "innovations"

-          physicians as (global) travellers.

Submissions from all eras and regions of the world are welcome. In addition to single-paper proposals, the Scientific Board accepts proposals for sessions including at least three papers, as well as suggestions for suitable chairpersons and/or discussants.

Abstracts should not exceed one page and should include information concerning the scientific question examined, the sources used and preliminary results. Be sure to include the title of the paper and the essential information concerning the author (name, university,
e-mail-address) on the abstract. Proposals for sessions should contain the collected abstracts for the session and may also list proposals for chairperson and discussant. The Scientific Board of the EAHMH reserves the right to add papers to proposed sessions after consultation with the original proposer. International panels are encouraged. Normally one person should not appear more than once in a capacity (as paper giver, chairperson or discussant). All papers will be judged on their own merits and must represent original work not already published or in press. The presentation of each paper will be limited to 20 minutes.

Please submit all proposals for sessions or for individual papers to marie.c.nelson@liu.se with a copy to volker.roelcke@histor.med.uni-giessen.de no later than January 31, 2009.

Further details available shortly at www.eahmh.net( http://www.eahmh.net/) .
Dr Alex Mold
Lecturer in History
Centre for History in Public Health
Department of Public Health and Policy
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Keppel Street London WC1E 7HT Tel. + 44 (0)20 7927 2166

(h/t H-SCI-MED-TECH listserv)


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