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Fat bodies in the early modern world

Frankfurt / Edinburgh / online; deadline CfP Jan 15, 2022

On June 28-30, the conference "Fat bodies in the early modern world" takes place onsite in Frankfurt and Edinburgh as well as online. In the emerging field of Fat Studies, historical overviews about the perception and representation of fat and dieting tend to focus on the 19th and 21st centuries. More recent studies, however, have…

Purity, pollution, purification and defilement

Haifa, Israel; deadline CfP Feb 15, 2022

On June 28-30, 2022, the University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University are organising the conference “Purity, pollution, purification and defilement in the premodern Mediterranean”. Purity and purification were key to social formation and transformation in the premodern world. Religious precepts and cultural tenets of purity and pollution defined identities and contours of communities. They…

SSHM 50th Anniversary Conference: Resilience


Biennual conference of the Society for the Social History of Medicine June 29- July 2 The Society for the Social History of Medicine has had to postpone last year's conference again, this time to June-July 2022. The theme is resilience: What are the histories of resilience as a medical, psychiatric and biological concept? What are…

(Critical) blindness studies


From June 30 to July 5, the international conference "(Critical) blindness studies: Current debates and future directions" takes place online. In this conference, Anglo-American Disability Studies and Francophone studies of disability come together. The organizers' goal is to end the conference with the collaborative authorship of a "Blindness studies manifesto”, a statement generated by the…

Historicidagen: Grenzeloze geschiedenis

Rotterdam; deadline new CfP Feb 1, 2022

Historicidagen (in Dutch) postponed to 25-27 August 2022 Due to the ongoing pandemic, the 2021 edition of the Historicidagen (Historian’s Days) has been postponed to the summer of 2022. This year it is hosted by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and its theme is grenzeloze geschiedenis, boundless history. A new call for contributions is available…

European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) conference

Berlin; deadline cfp March 31, 2022

The European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) invites submissions to its 41st conference to be held from August 30 to September 2, 2022. The conference is hosted by the Sigmund Freud Private University Berlin, which is located at the former airport building Berlin Tempelhof, and will be held in person. Oral…

The medical paratext

Glasgow; deadline CfP April 30, 2022

The University of Glasgow organises the conference "The medical paratext" on September 7-8, 2022. ‘Paratext’ is a term coined by Gérard Genette in 1987 to refer to the material surrounding a printed text, including titles, prefaces, introductions, and footnotes. The notion of the paratext has recently been introduced to the study of medieval codices, with…

Physicians and society in Europe (18th-20th centuries)

Pardubice, Czech Republic; deadline CfP April 15, 2022

On September 8-9, 2022, the interdisciplinary conference "Primum non nocere. Physicians and society in Europe (18th to 20 centuries): an interdisciplinary approach" is organized in Pardubice (Czech Republic) by the University of Pardubice and the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid. The relationship between medicine, medical professionals and the society is a multilayered issue that has changed…

The past, present, and future of scientific instrument studies

Athens, Greece / deadline CfP Feb 28, 2022

The Scientific Instrument Commission has chosen the 40th anniversary of its symposia as an occasion to discuss how the study of scientific instruments has changed in the last four decades and where we stand today. Are we now studying different kinds of instruments? Has the very definition of what is a scientific instrument changed? Are…

Health and work in the Early Modern world, 1500-1750 ca.

Venice, Italy / online; deadline CfP June 10, 2022

On September, 20-21, 2022, the Università Ca' Foscari in Venice, Italy, hosts the conference "Health and work in the Early Modern world, 1500-1750 ca." This conference aims to bring together scholars working on any aspect of the relationship between health and work in the early modern period. A growing field of scholarship on health and…

Victorian resurrections

Vienna; deadline cfp May 15, 2022

On September 22-24, 2022, the University of Vienna organizes the conference "Victorian resurrection". Death and resurrection as well as the fears, fantasies and fads that surround them, pervade Victorian literature and culture in a myriad of ways. From literary representations of the dead coming back to life, to cultural practices of mourning and memorialising the…

Irreducible subjects: Disability and genomics in the past, present and future

Bethesda, US / deadline CfP June 30, 2022

On October 6-7, 2022, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in Bethesda, Maryland (US) holds the symposium "Irreducible subjects: Disability and genomics in the past, present and future". The symposium will address historical and present-day constructions of disability and ableism, with a focus on the history and lived experiences of people with disabilities in…