European Healthcare before Welfare States Workshop, 17 February 2017

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The European Healthcare before Welfare States project of the Centre of Health Histories at the University of Huddersfield will be holding the first of two linked workshops on Friday 17 February, 2017. The event, funded by the University Research Fund, will bring together academics from half a dozen countries to examine a range of themes in the structure and delivery of healthcare, mainly before the 1950s. Nations examined will include the four nations of the UK, Germany, Spain and Hungary along with comparative and transnational contributions.

At the centre of the day will be an opening session showcasing the research undertaken by the project RAs in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, the first detailed study of the hospital systems of these nations. The papers will touch on current historiography in Central European healthcare, a survey of national and local archives and contemporary printed sources and some preliminary findings, with a particular focus on the scale and scope of institutional services.

This event will be followed by a second workshop in Prague in late Spring and the publication of a collection of papers. We are also going to use the opportunity to launch a research network on the theme of Healthcare before Welfare States to exchange ideas, work collaboratively on publications and funding applications and establish regular meetings.

We are very grateful to the University of Huddersfield URF for their generous support for this project.

WORKSHOP PROGRAMME

Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield

Friday 17 February 2017

9.30 Arrival and Coffee

SESSION 1: CENTRAL EUROPE BETWEEN THE WARS, 9.45 – 11.45

9.45 Professor Barry Michael Doyle, University of Huddersfield ‘Comparing Apples and Oranges? Examining Hospital Provision in Three Central European Nations’
10.15 Frank Grombir, University of Huddersfield ‘Catching up, Patching up, Thinking Big: Institutional Health Care in Interwar Czechoslovakia’
10.45 Dr Balázs Szelinger, University of Huddersfield ‘Hungarian Hospitals 1920-1941 – Financial Aspects’
11.15 Melissa Hibbard, University of Huddersfield ‘Hospitals in Interwar Poland’

11.45              Lunch

SESSION 2: HEALTHCARE FUNDING AND MANAGEMENT, 12.30 – 2.30

12.30 Dr Steve Thompson, Aberystwyth University ‘Voluntary Hospitals and the State in South Wales in the 1930s and 1940s’
1.00 Dr Axel Hüntelmann, The Charité, Universitätsmedizin Berlin ‘Accounting, Bookkeeping and Calculative Practices at the Charité Hospital in Berlin, c. 1750-1920’
1.30 Dr Nick Hayes/Eddie Cheetham, Nottingham Trent University Voluntary Action: Community Activity in the East Midlands before 1939

2.30                Tea Break

SESSION 3: INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS AND CONTEXTS, 2.45 – 3.45

2.45 Dr Martin Gorsky and Dr Chris Sirrs, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine ‘The Rise and Fall of ‘Universal Health Coverage’ as a Goal of International Health Politics, 1925-52’
3.15 Dr George Campbell Gosling, University of Wolverhampton (formerly Warwick) ‘Patient Payments in Britain and Beyond’
3.45 Dr David Brydan, Birbeck, University of London ‘From Prague to La Paz: The Global Entanglements of Francoist Healthcare’ (7-minute intervention)

3.55                Tea

SESSION 4: SPECIALIST PROVISIONS, 4.10 – 6.00

4.10 Dr Alice Brumby, University of Huddersfield A “great landmark in the history of legislation”? Reassessing the Mental Treatment Act 1930-1938
4.30 Assistant Professor Emese Lafferton, Central European University ‘Mental Health Services in 19th Century Hungary’
5.00 Dr Eszter Varsa, Universität Regensburg „Gypsies as objects of health education“: Discourses on Roma in Hungarian medical journals, 1960s-1980s
5.30 Dr Iain Hutchison, University of Glasgow ‘Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children 1914-1948’

6.00                Reception

If you would like to attend, please email f.grombir@hud.ac.uk

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