CFP: Travel and the Hospital: from pilgrimage to medical tourism, Barcelona, April 2019

International Network for the History of Hospitals and Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCVM) of the University of Barcelona

12th Conference of the INHH and VIII Abrils de l’Hospital
24-26 April 2019 University of Barcelona

Ferrer Bassa (c. 1285 – 1348) Catalan painter and miniaturist.

Medical tourism is an increasingly popular feature of health care today. Yet it is not always recognised that, throughout their history, hospitals have attracted patients from afar seeking cures, both spiritual and physical, not available at home. While much work has previously focused on the institution as a fixed place, often closely associated with a specific locality, the hospital’s role as a focus for a wider network of health needs and health consumers has been largely overlooked. This neglected topic will be the focus of our twelfth conference.

From its inception the hospital provided care and cure for pilgrims, either en route to, or on their arrival at, shrines, as well as for patients from beyond the urban centre, some from local areas and others travelling great distances to access treatment. These institutions were also distinguished by their architectural and artistic heritage, being decorated with paintings and sculptures, some of which still survive today and depict pilgrims, the poor and the sick. Although many buildings have disappeared or been transformed over time, others remain that reflect their original size and beauty and are important destinations for tourism.

Over the centuries major man-made crises such as war have prompted the introduction of many forms of mobile hospital. Among them were the first ambulances, the medical units that travelled with troops on campaign, and the sophisticated network of treatment stations developed by the combatants of the First World War, including hospital trains with more patients than a London teaching institution. Hospitals have also featured at the heart of migration stories – with staff moving around empires and across borders to acquire medical training and to assist a growing body of patients, whose access to hospital medicine has been limited by poverty, race, lack of citizenship, or the unavailability of specialist services locally. In many parts of the world, and especially in areas with limited healthcare infrastructure or widely dispersed population, hospitals came to the patients, with a variety of mobile institutions being developed to serve the sick in Africa, Russia, Central Europe and across Asia. These many activities reflect the variety of topics that can be included in our theme of Travel and the Hospital.

We seek abstracts of 300 words in ENGLISH [or Spanish or Catalan with and English translation] pertinent to the conference theme. Papers on any historical period, region or country might focus on, but are not restricted to:

Pilgrimage and the hospital
Migration and hospitals – patients and staff
Perceptions of’ diverse staff and patient populations.
Sites for medical testing (remedies or techniques which are imported)
Global connections, including missionary and transnational organisations
War and campaign medicine
Itinerant healing and healers in rural areas.
Mobile hospitals
Centres of excellence, learning and medical education.
Hospitals as historic monuments; their importance to cities both today and in the past.

The conference languages will be English, Catalan and Spanish. We hope to be able to offer some bursaries for doctoral and early career researchers.

Conference organisers Antoni Conejo (Barcelona), John Henderson (Birkbeck, London, UK) and Barry Doyle (Huddersfield, UK)
Abstracts should be emailed to b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk OR abrils.hospital@ub.edu by the closing date of Monday 2 July 2018.

https://www.ukri.org/news/uk-research-and-innovation-looks-for-experts-on-equality-diversity-and-inclusion/

 

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My UHG Initiation: Reflections on the Annual Conference, 2018.

In a guest blog, Leeds Beckett and Heritage Consortium student, Mark Butterfield, relates his experience of his first visit to the Urban History Group conference themed around Healthy or Unhealthy Cities.

I began my PhD with the Heritage Consortium at Leeds Beckett University in October 2017 and over the last few months I have been attending academic conferences relevant to my research topic. My research topic is the legacy of war-related traumas during the interwar years in the West Riding of Yorkshire. I’m researching both the physical and psychological casualties of war, including non-combatants, and the impact which the war, their trauma and their subsequent aftercare had upon their lives. My local study will investigate the numerous care and rehabilitative institutions which arose or adapted to accommodate the huge influx of returning soldiers, and the impact which this had upon local communities.

I was delighted to hear that the theme for the 2018 Urban History Group’s prestigious annual conference was ‘Healthy or Unhealthy Cities?’ and registered my attendance. The conference opened with a keynote lecture from Sally Sheard (Liverpool), who focused on the history of urban health policies with Liverpool as a case study. Sheard utilised the biographies of less public-facing individuals, such as Borough Surveyors and Medical Officers for Health, who proved to be instrumental in the evolution of urban health. Her subsequent call to give voice to the marginalised in future urban histories certainly resonated with my own work.

Following the keynote, we had three parallel sessions to choose between. I decided to swap between sessions in the first instance as I wanted to hear my second PhD supervisor, Barry Doyle (Huddersfield), speak, as well as a paper on the First World War in a different panel. Unfortunately, that meant I missed the Q&A for Barry’s paper, and missed out on another undoubtedly excellent talk by Nick Hayes (Nottingham Trent). The drawback of having such rich panels!

 

 

Doyle’s talk evaluated the role of hospitals in four European Nations (Britain, France, Hungary and Czechoslovakia), arguing that during the interwar period their role began to shift from preventing death to prolonging and improving the quality of life for their patients. The following paper, by Aaron Graham (UCL), focused on how colonialism and urban improvements in Jamaica were intertwined. The international scope of both these papers was encouraging to see. Doyle’s comparative approach particularly stood out, and although there are many difficulties with finding comparable datasets between disparate nations, his findings were convincing in this wider international context.

I ducked out of the ‘Urban Health’ panel and joined the ‘Interventions in Housing’ panel to hear Calum White (Oxford) speak on ‘Medical Officers of Health and Housing during the First World War in Britain.’ White used Glasgow and Liverpool as comparative case studies to examine the significance of the 1919 Addison Act. The First World War had seen a downturn in the construction of new homes, and the Addison Act was intended to combat the housing crisis after the Armistice. Wartime construction restrictions impacted upon public health and medical officers from Glasgow and Liverpool responded to these issues in different ways. In the Q&A session, White highlighted how national and local government priorities may be disconnected, and that the imposition of laws can be adapted by individual actors with their own agendas.

For the third session entitled ‘New Researchers’ and First Year PhD Workshops,’ I attended the latter, to see how my own progress compared with those presenting their work. Jacqueline Radford (Swansea) presented on ‘The Municipal Middle Classes in Aberavon, 1830-1915,’ Rory Booth (Leicester) spoke about his project ‘Bohemianism, Gentleman’s Clubs and Masculinity in the Late Victorian City,’ and Georgina Jayne Lockton (Leicester/Science Museum), presented on ‘Science, Technology and Road Safety in the Motor Age.’ This was an excellent panel, with a supportive audience. The panellists received a great deal of constructive feedback, and responded to questioning with thoughtful, considered responses, which bodes well for their return to future conferences.

The following morning, I attended the ‘Spatializing Disease and Health in Urban Space’ panel, led by the hilariously titled ‘Darling Buds of Malaise: Rural Filth and Urban Spaces’ by Elizabeth Jones (Leicester). A reminder that a good pun for a title, particularly in this digital information age, will stand out from the crowd and perhaps lead to greater circulation. Tim Livsey (Oxford) followed with a paper on British-controlled West Africa and the ‘reservations’ implemented there, a rare opportunity to hear the experiences of the ‘other,’ the occupied local population under British rule. I was most excited to hear the final paper by Oliver Betts (National Railway Museum), ‘Sites of Contagion: Unhealthy Railway Stations in the Victorian City’, having written my Master’s thesis on First World War ambulance trains as sites of trauma. Train stations were an important nexus for troops leaving for and returning from the war, and were even used as makeshift mortuaries, but I had never considered them as ‘unhealthy’ spaces in their own right, and this paper broadened my contextual understanding of railways, urban space, and health.

The final panel I attended was ‘Challenging Expertise on Urban Health,’ the first paper being jointly given by my lead PhD supervisor, Shane Ewen (Leeds Beckett) and the two other members of the ‘Burns Project,’ Jonathan Reinarz and Rebecca Wynter (Birmingham). Splitting a twenty-minute paper between three speakers was no mean feat, but was perfectly executed. The team spoke on child burn fatalities in the domestic sphere using two case studies from Birmingham to illustrate their findings. A sobering and poignant paper, and in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, horrifyingly relevant. The following paper by Peter Collinge (Keele) was more upbeat, and an unexpected gem given the paper’s focus on the adulteration and contamination of food and drink. Suffice to say that I’ll be checking my food packaging with much greater scrutiny in future. The final paper of the conference was given by Harold Bérubé (Sherbrooke), and again, was informative and entertaining, providing yet another global perspective, this time from Québec. Urban history truly encourages global, interdisciplinary approaches and the conference as a whole was a reflection of all the excellent work being done to push boundaries further and bring to light the hidden histories of urban spaces worldwide.

The final plenary session was a roundtable discussion in which it was noted that despite the breadth of papers focusing on health, there had been little mention of emotional or mental health, a point which I had been on the verge of raising myself. Given that much good work has been published on the history of mental health provision, especially during the wartime period, its omission from the conference was a surprise. However, I’ll certainly be submitting for a place in the New Researchers’ Forum for the next conference in Belfast, where I hope to share my own research into this area with the UHG audience.

Mark Butterfield
Leeds Beckett University
2017 Heritage Consortium PhD Researcher
@MarkB7612

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2018: Supported Applications

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The School of Music, Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield invites proposals from researchers seeking to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 2018 based at the University. Fellowships are of 12-36 months duration depending on the scheme. Deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest to the University is Monday 23rd April.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence through advanced training, international mobility and intersectoral mobility. Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in a European context or outside Europe. They develop the careers of individual researchers who show great potential and include a specific opportunity for those returning to the profession. The proposal is built around a concrete plan of training-through-research at the host organisation. In addition to research objectives, this plan comprises the researcher’s training and career needs, including training on transferable skills, planning for publications, and participation in conferences. The scheme offers a highly competitive salary, family allowance, and travel allowance, as well as research and training expenses.

 

The School will support up to 10 outstanding applications for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships for research projects in any field within any area of the School including:

 

English

Creative writing

History

Drama

Journalism and Media

Linguistics,

Modern languages

Music (including popular music, performance, musicology, analysis)

Music technology

Colleagues in the Centre for Health Histories are particularly keen to here from qualified scholars with an interest in health history broadly defined. In the first instance please contact Professor Barry Doyle, Professor of Health History, for advice on putting together an Expression of Interest. b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk

For information on staff research interests in History see https://research.hud.ac.uk/research-subjects/history/staff/

 

Two schemes are available under this call:

 

The European Fellowships – held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and open to researchers either coming to Europe from any country in the world or moving within Europe. Applicants cannot have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the host country for more than 12 months in the last 36 months before the call deadline. Fellowships last for a duration of 12-24 months. An optional secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe is eligible where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.

A Career Restart option and Reintegration to Europe option is available within the European Fellowships scheme. The fellowship structure is the same, though eligibility requirements for these routes differ. Please see the below link for more information on these routes.

 

 

The Global Fellowships – composed of an outgoing phase during which the researcher first undertakes mobility to a partner organisation in a Third Country (not an EU Member State or Associated Country) for an uninterrupted period of between 12 and 24 months, followed by a mandatory 12-month return period to the single beneficiary located in a Member State or Associated Country, in this case the University of Huddersfield. Applicants must be a national or long-term resident of a Member State or Associated Country (i.e. undertaken a period of full-time research activity in a MS/AC of at least 5 consecutive years). The applicants must not have resided or carried out the main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the Third Country where the initial outgoing phase takes place for more than 12 months in the last 36 months immediately before the call deadline. An optional secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe is eligible where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.

 

 

For both the European and Global Fellowships the below salary and expenses details apply:

Salary                                                                              €6,822.24 a month

Family Allowance (where applicable)                  €500 a month

Mobility Allowance                                                    €600 a month

Research, training and networking activities    €800 a month

 

 

The funder’s deadline for the full application is 12 September 2018. In order to allow time for mentoring and development of full applications, expressions of interest should be sent to Professor Monty Adkins (m.adkins@hud.ac.uk) by 5pm on Monday 23rd April, consisting of two PDF documents:

 

1)      a two-page CV including education, publications, any awards, exhibitions;

2)      a two-page draft statement of the research project to be undertaken and intended training/networking requirements.

 

A selection process internal to the School of Music, Humanities and Media will determine which proposals will go forward to a full application. A programme of mentoring and development will be offered to applicants deemed successful in this internal process.

 

For further information on the scheme, including eligibility, see the European Commission Research and Innovation website:

http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/msca-if-2018.html

ENGAGING WITH GENDERED PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST: HISTORY AND COMMUNITY HERITAGE Postgraduate Conference

separate spheresThe University of Huddersfield Postgraduate Conference 2018

ENGAGING WITH GENDERED PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST: HISTORY AND COMMUNITY HERITAGE

8 June 2018, University of Huddersfield, Heritage Quay

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the University of Huddersfield’s Postgraduate conference 2018. The conference focuses on providing a space for interdisciplinary research across all fields, from early career researchers and post-graduate students, to share their work. We welcome submissions in a variety of formats, including but not exclusive to 15-20 minute papers, 10-minute poster presentations, video submissions, performance, media contributions and other public history outputs.

Proposals are invited from all time periods, all topics and all regions relating to gender perspectives.

Offers of papers should include a 250-word abstract and for other submission forms a 250-word description along with a short biography.

Deadline date: May 8th 2018

Please send submissions to: perspectives.conference@hud.ac.uk

There will be no registration fee and we hope to offer travel bursaries for speakers

Healthcare before Welfare States: 2nd International Workshop Charles University, Prague, 8-9 March 2018

Proposed Clinical Hospital, Central Prague, 1937

Workshop Programme

Thursday 8th March

11am Welcome and Coffee

11:30 George Weisz, McGill

Keynote

12.30 Lunch

Session 1: Mental Health, 13:30-15:00

13:30 Alice Brumby A “great landmark in the history of legislation”? Reassessing the Mental Treatment Act 1930-1938
14:00 Cara Dobbing, University of Leicester The Transitory Nature of Mental Health Provision in the Late Nineteenth-Century: The Experience of the Garlands Asylum, 1862-1902
14:30 Rob Ellis, University of Huddersfield ‘A Serious and Difficult Duty’, London County Council and the Politics of Mental Health Care at the end of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

Session 2: Hospitals, 13:30-15:00

13:30 Axel C. Hüntelmann, Institute for the History of Medicine Charité – University Medicine Berlin Bookkeeping, accounting and cost management in German hospitals between 1900 and 1930
14:00 Frank Grombir, University of Huddersfield ‘Mission Impossible? The hospital provision in Subcarpathian Ruthenia, Czechoslovakia’s easternmost province’, 1918 – 1938
14:30 Jerònia Pons-Pons & Margarita Vilar-Rodríguez, Universidade da Coruña The long shadow of charity in the Spanish hospital structure (1880- 1935)

Session 3 : Systems 15:30-17:15

15:30 Bethany Rowley, University of Leeds Disabled ex-servicemen of the First World War, Christian Charity, and Religious Health Care in inter-war Britain.
16:00 Yannis Gonatidis, University of Crete Healthcare in the port of Hermoupolis (Syros) during the period 1870-1914
16:30 Zoltán Cora, University of Szeged Public health care and social policy in Hungary in the 1930s and 1940s: continuities and discontinuities

Session 4: Staffing 15:30-17:15

15:30 Emilie Tesinska, Institute of Contemporary History AS CR, Prague Cooperation towards Professionalization in the Field of Medical Radiology
16:00 Marina Hilber, University of Innsbruck Specialised Medical Care: The case of Ludwig Kleinwächter’s private gynaecological and obstetric practice in Chernovtsy/Bukovina (1885-1906)
16:30 Pavla Jirková
Economics Institute of the CAS, Prague The Czechoslovak Red Cross (1919–1938): Healthcare, Charity, and Educational Activities during the Chairmanship of the President’s Daughter

Friday 9th March

9:30 – Arrival and Coffee

Session 5 – Systems 2 10:00 -11:30

10:00 Ceilidh Auger-Day, University of Saskatchewan Insuring Canada: How the insurance industry shaped Canadian health options, and Canadians’ sense of self
10:30 Helene Castenbrandt, SAXO-Instituttet, Københavns Universitet Sickness funds, private practitioners and health care in Sweden, 1900-1950
11:00 Roland Bertens,UMC Utrecht Private Initiative, Pillarization, and Paying for Care: Rhetoric and Reality in the Organization of Dutch Health Care 1900-1941

Session 6 – Tuberculosis 10:00 -11:30

10:00 Loh Kah Seng, Institute for East Asian Studies, Sogang University, South Korea. Prelude to the Public Housing State of Singapore: Tuberculosis, 1890-1941
10:30 Roberto Cea, State University of Milan, Italy Healthcare and tuberculosis in Italy: from social mobilization to compulsory insurance (1900-1930)
11:00 Yannis Stoyannidis Brave visionaries or naïve utopianists? Benefactors, doctors and tubercular patients (1903-1940)

Session 7 – Colonial Hospitals 11:45 – 13:15

11:45 Seán Lucey, University College Cork Understanding healthcare in small inter-war states: the case of the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.
12:15 Erin Gallagher-Cohoon, University of Saskatchewan Caring for Mike and Elsie: The Role of Medical Missionary Hospitals in Saskatchewan, Canada, 1905-1942
12:45 Hannah-Louise Clark, University of Glasgow The ‘Islamic’ Origins of French Colonial Healthcare? Paying for Public Infirmaries in Twentieth-Century North Africa

Session 8 – Social Medicine 11:45 – 13:15

11:45 Anne Hanley, Birkbeck, University of London State provisions for the treatment of venereal diseases in interwar Britain
12:15 Cynthia Paces, The College of New Jersey Eugenics and Public Health in the First Czechoslovak Republic, 1918-1938
12:45 Steven J. Taylor, University of Leicester Planning for the Future: State Education as Healthcare in Early-Twentieth-Britain.

13:30 – Lunch

14:30 – Closing Keynote
Mick Worboys, CHSTM, Manchester
The non-patient’s view

15:30 – Round Table

For further details, contact r.e.piggott@hud.ac.uk or b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk

Huddersfield Medical Humanities Seminar Events 2018

We are pleased to announce the list of seminars and associated events for the 2018 University of Huddersfield Medical Humanities Research Seminar series. In addition to a varied list of speakers in our regular slot at 1.15 on Tuesdays we also have some interesting papers in other parts of the School including the History Research seminars by Barry Doyle on Central European health care and Mary Cox on war, nutrition and child health. There are also two exciting events in combination with the English Literature and Creative Writing Seminar organised by Ildiko Csengei on the theme of war, trauma and fiction from Matthew Green and Andy Owen. We look forward to seeing you at these talks.

All talks are at the University of Huddersfield Oastler Building

Tuesday 30 January, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
Beth Caldwell, “Depicting gender in children’s science books”.

Beth is an academic skills tutor and researcher in the School of Arts Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. You can find out more about Beth’s research here https://research.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=1344

Tuesday 6 February, 5.15-6.15, OA5/11 [Note later time}
Barry Doyle, “Crisis, nation and healthcare: Creating hospital systems in inter war Central Europe”.

This paper will draw on research from the University of Huddersfield funded project Healthcare before Welfare States https://bmdoyleblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/european-healthcare-before-welfare-states/

Tuesday 13 February, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
Alexander Von Lunen, “Medicine with or without Hippocrates? Doctors in Nazi Germany”.

This showcases Alex’s most recent research exploring Nazi doctors, their experiments and the legacy. You can see more about Alex here https://research.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=1356 and his project to record Nazi aviation medicine here http://www.gaeromeddb.net

Tuesday 27 February, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
James Reid, “Thinking outside the box: A social view of the Finnish maternity package and baby boxes”.

Jim is a widely published researcher in childhood studies currently building a collaborative project on the social, cultural and health implications of the Finnish baby box. https://research.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=873

Wednesday 28 February, 17:30 onwards, OA7/31 [Note the different time and date]
Matthew Green, “Aftershock: what soldiers can teach us about transforming trauma”.

In partnership with the Literature and Creative Writing Seminar

For a full abstract for Matthew’s lecture please see below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/matthew-green-aftershock-public-lecture-tickets-42461825463

Tuesday 6 March, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
Mike Young, “Mental Health and Cultural Stresses in the British Raj, 1900-1947”.

Mike is just about to submit his doctoral thesis at the University of Huddersfield under the supervision of Dr Rob Ellis.

Tuesday 13 March, 13:15-14:15, OA6/10
Bridie Moore, ‘“Old People Can Have Ideas, Dreams and Can Move Gracefully”: Doing Age in Contemporary Theatre’.

Bridie is Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield and has recently been awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield on Age and Aging in Contemporary British Theatre. https://huddersfield.academia.edu/BridieMoore

Tuesday 17 April, 5.15-6.15, OA5/11
Mary Cox, University of Oxford, Title to be confirmed – On the theme of nutritional impacts of wartime on children, women and the elderly

Mary is soon to publish her first book ‘Hunger in War and Peace’ with Oxford University Press. Drawing especially on the experience of Germany in the First World War it examines the effects of blockades on the most vulnerable in society. https://www.history.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-mary-e-cox

Wednesday 25 April, 12.15-13.15, Venue: OA7/31
Andy Owen, Title to be confirmed, In partnership with the Literature and Creative Writing Seminar

Andy is a former soldier who has published novels about the experience of war that touch on the psychological and emotional challenges soldiers face. https://blog.yorksj.ac.uk/englishlit/andy-owen-east-of-coker/

Tuesday 1 May, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
Rowan Bailey, “Where is the Brainbody in the Stories of Curation?”

Rowan is a senior Lecturer in the School of Art Design and Architecture who specialises in research methodologies and the philosophy of practice. She is currently working on the use of archives in practice and on the ‘brainbody’ in sculputral theory and practice. https://research.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=787

We look forward to seeing you at these stimulating events.

For more details please contact Rob Piggott, r.e.piggott@hud.ac.uk or Barry Doyle, b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk

 

Matthew Green (author and journalist)
 “Aftershock: what soldiers can teach us about transforming trauma”

In his acclaimed new book Aftershock: fighting war, surviving trauma and finding peace, Matthew Green documents the private battles fought by soldiers and their families as they struggle with the legacy of deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and previous conflicts the rest of Britain has long since forgotten. Now, Green is on a mission to show how British service personnel are leading the way in pioneering new approaches to healing psychological injury, whether they manifest as depression, anxiety and addictions–or the flashbacks, night terrors and emotional numbing of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Green has spent the past 14 years working as a correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters and has reported from more than 30 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He was embedded with US Marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He later joined the Financial Times, working in Nigeria and then Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he spent time with US forces deployed to Helmand and Kandahar provinces in the Obama administration’s troop surge. 
A compelling and experienced public speaker, Green has moved and inspired audiences across the UK, whether addressing literary festivals, university students or senior military officers. He is a regular current affairs commentator on the BBC News Channel and BBC World Service radio and writes for Newsweek, the Guardian and Financial Times.

Healthy or Unhealthy Cities? Urban History Group Conference 2018 Keele University, 5th & 6th April

Healthy or Unhealthy Cities? Urban environments, cultures and economies of public and private health, 1600 to the present.

By their very nature towns and cities were and still are potentially unhealthy spaces, beset by problems of disease, pollution and inadequate housing. Yet cities have also been centres for reform and significantly improved ‘health’ provision: the great leaps forward in sanitation, environmental and industrial regulation, provision of hospitals and other medical services were themselves driven by the pressures of urbanisation. Although this ‘progress’ was neither linear nor without significant resistance, the impetus to promote change and to extend provision could and did bind city communities together. Indeed, as recent assessments have shown, cities became the increasingly healthy option as services and environments improved.

The health of urban populations and healthiness of urban environments and experience, therefore, remain central to our understanding of how towns and cities do or do not function.  The 2018 UHG conference will explore how we interpret and historicise the highs and lows of urban health and environment alongside the responses and experiences these produce.

In framing your paper or making a proposal for a panel you may wish to consider some of the following:

  • How healthy or unhealthy were cities compared to say rural environments; in what sense were problems localised or area specific, and did this impact on the city’s aggregated view of itself?
  • How has the (un)healthy city been represented to urban dwellers? How important were the perceptions of health and/or inequality over empirical knowledge in determining outcomes?
  • What drove forward health, pollution, environmental, housing and sanitary reform?  Was it largely pragmatic or idealistic; economic or research driven; led by locals or national agents?
  • What role did protest and radical action play in changing approaches to urban health?
  • What is the role of class, age, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity in determining access to a healthy urban life?
  • What was the correlation between economic activity and urban health?  How has regulation and planning impacted upon economic and industrial productivity; what tensions arise in creating cities that are both healthy and wealthy?
  • In terms of medical provision, who were the key actors, why were they involved and what did they achieve?
  • What were the limits and strengths of ‘voluntaryism’, how involved was the community in this and in what ways did the voluntary, religious and state systems inter-react?

The conference committee invites individual papers and panel proposals of up to three papers. Papers might be in the form of thematic or case studies, cutting across time and space to draw out the larger-scale historical process at work in relation to the conference theme. Contributions ranging from c.1600 to the present are welcome and can be drawn from any geographical area. Contributions from doctoral candidates (see below) are an important feature of the Urban History Group conferences and so these, too, are encouraged and can be financially supported with modest bursaries.

 

Abstracts of up to 300 words, including a paper or panel title, name, affiliation and contact details should be submitted to theurbanhistorygroup@gmail.com and should indicate clearly how the content of the paper addresses the conference themes outlined above. Those wishing to propose sessions should provide a brief statement that identifies the ways in which the session will address the conference theme, a list of speakers, and abstracts. The final deadline for proposals for sessions and papers is 7th October 2017.

 

The conference will again host its new researchers’ forum, which is composed of two strands. The first is aimed primarily at those who are at an early stage of a PhD or early career research project. New researchers’ papers should be the same length and follow the same submission rules as the main sessions, but need not be related to the main conference theme. The second strand provides an opportunity for first-year PhD students to present a 10 minute introduction to their topic, archival materials, and the specific urban historiography. This is an opportunity to obtain feedback from active researchers in the field of Urban History, but also to introduce your work to colleagues in the field. Please submit all proposals to theurbanhistorygroup@gmail.com marking them clearly ‘New Researchers’ or ‘First Year PhD’ in the subject field and on the abstract.

 

Bursaries. Students registered for postgraduate study can obtain a modest bursary on a first come, first served basis to offset expenses associated with conference registration and attendance. Please send an e-mail application to Dr Nick Hayes at nick.hayes@ntu.ac.uk and also ask your supervisor to confirm your status as a registered postgraduate student with an e-mail to the same address. Deadline 8th December 2017. The Urban History Group would like to acknowledge and thank the Economic History Society for its support for these bursaries.

For further details please contact

Conference Organisers

 

Dr James Greenhalgh

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 83 7729

Email: jgreenhalgh@lincoln.ac.uk

 

Dr Markian Prokopovych

University of Birmingham

Tel: 0121 414 3259

Email: m.prokopovych@bham.ac.uk

For New Researchers

 

Dr Tom Hulme,

Queen’s University, Belfast

Tel: 028 90973312

Email: t.hulme@qub.ac.uk

 

 

Website: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/urbanhistory/uhg