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The circle of life – Birth, dying, and the liminality of life since the 19th century

Warsaw, Poland; deadline CfP April 15, 2022

The German Historical Institute Warsaw organizes a workshop entitled "The circle of life" on September 1-2 in Warsaw, Poland. Deadline call for papers: April 15, 2022. Birth and dying are the only life events that everyone experiences – without anyone being able to tell about them. As existential transitions in human life they have a…

The Embodied Court: Procreation – Sexuality – Lifestyles – Death

Helsinki, online

The Society for Court Studies will hold its annual conference from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3 on the theme: "The Embodied Court: Procreation – Sexuality – Lifestyles – Death". Online participation is possible. For all information, please visit the conference's website.  

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 7-9, 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…

HHH autumn meeting Policing pandemics: Medical history meets policymaking


IMPORTANT NOTE: due to the public transport strike in Utrecht on Friday September 16, the HHH meeting has been moved online. Those who have registered already will receive a link via e-mail to attend the meeting. If you have not registered yet, send a message to The meeting times will stay the same, starting…

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…

Cambridge Summer School on Reproduction


Registration for the inaugural Cambridge Summer School on Reproduction is open. Delivered by academic members of the University of Cambridge, this course aims to provide a holistic overview of reproduction by inviting researchers from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and biomedical sciences to speak about their reproductive research. This course is aimed at postgraduate students, early career and established researchers, healthcare professionals,…

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…

International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History, “Race, Gender and Sexuality”

University of Texas at Arlington, deadline CfP 15 July 2022

The Transnational History Student Organization, formerly the Transatlantic History Student Organization, founded in 2000, in collaboration with the History Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, is sponsoring the 22nd Annual International Graduate Student Conference on Transatlantic History, September 23 and 24, 2022. The theme of this year’s conference, “Race, Gender, and Sexuality,” will…

Histories of surgical training, skills and knowledge in early modern Europe

Paris, France; deadline CfP Feb 15, 2022

On September 23 and 24, 2022, the workshop "Learning to cut, bandage and cure. Histories of surgical training, skills and knowledge in early modern Europe" is held at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In the past decades, historians of medicine and science have scrutinised early modern scholarly practices and book cultures, rediscovered genres of…

Seminar “A cultural biography of the sperm bank” by Tinne Claes


Abstract The sperm bank appeals to the imagination. Certainly its pioneering years, when there were no laws and doctors could do as they pleased. Yet hardly anyone knows how it used to be, because donor insemination was shrouded in silence. Mainly focusing on Belgium, this talk takes a broad view on the history of the…