Lectures: Psychiatry’s Most Misunderstood Founding Father: Adolf Meyer

Psychiatry’s Most Misunderstood Founding Father: Adolf Meyer
New York Academy of Medicine and Heberden Society of Weill Cornell Medical School

Speaker: Dr. Susan Lamb, Jason A. Hannah Chair in History of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine

The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Tuesday October 10, 2017, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, but advanced registration is required. Please visit the following link to register:

Adolf Meyer (1866-1950) exercised unparalleled influence over the development of American psychiatry during the twentieth century—intellectually, professionally, and publicly. The biological concepts and clinical methods he implemented and taught at his prominent Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at Johns Hopkins between 1910 and 1941 remain significant to psychiatric practice and neuroscientific research, and to public perceptions of mental health and illness today. Meyer’s person-centered theories spark heated controversy within American psychiatry today; are psychiatric disorders to be considered disease or non-normative character traits? Join Professor Susan Lamb, author of Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins, 2014), to rediscover psychiatry’s most misunderstood founding father.

Jobs: Assistant Professor, History of Modern American Medicine, Harvard

The Department of the History of Science at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the history of modern American (twentieth century) medicine. We are especially interested in candidates with comparative or global perspectives. A Ph.D. is required by the expected start date. The Department is especially interested in candidates who show exceptional promise as scholars, teachers, and mentors, and who can offer broad courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that will complement those of the current faculty. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2018.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, an outline of present scholarly projects and future plans, a statement of teaching experience and approach, and a writing sample. All materials should be submitted directly to the Harvard academic positions site at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7697

Application deadline is October 16, 2017.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please contact Emily Bowman at ebowman@fas.harvard.edu with any questions.

Calls for Papers: Spring 2018 Issue of Interdisciplinary Humanities

From E.T.A Hoffmann’s Tales of Hoffmann and Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep to Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot and Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End authors have been exploring the human/machine interface since before the computer age. Today we stand on the threshold to the lab as the government contemplates microchipping all U.S. military personnel and Swedish office workers are already implanting themselves for convenience ala M.T. Anderson’s Feed.  A 2014 study conducted by Cisco Systems found approximately one-quarter of the white-collar professionals surveyed “would leap at the chance to get a surgical brain implant that allowed them to instantly link their thoughts to the Internet”.  We are already experimenting with gene therapy, cybernetics via cochlear implants and many other technical organic enhancements, autonomous self-replicating robots, nanotechnology, mind uploading, and artificial intelligence.

The Spring 2018 edition of Interdisciplinary Humanities wants to consider topics focused on transhumanism, the singularity, and the arrival of the bio-engineered human/machine interface and what it means for the humanities as we redefine identity, pedagogy, humanity, class structure, literature (past, present, and future) and the diversity of our species. We invite papers in disciplines and areas of study. Multiple disciplines will help us understand and grapple with how we will redefine identity and the diversity of our species through the dynamic interplay of humanity and the acceleration of technology.

The Humanities Education and Research Association, Interdisciplinary Humanities’ parent organization, requires that authors become members of HERA if their essays are accepted for publication. Information on membership may be found at:http://www.h-e-r-a.org/hera_join.htm.

Contact Info: For more information contact: Dore’ Ripley, HERA (Humanities Education and Research Association)
DEADLINE: November 15, 2017

Calls for Papers: Drug Regimes in Southern Africa

Call for Papers: Drug Regimes in Southern Africa: Regulation and Consumption in Twentieth Century Contexts

Since the early twentieth century especially, accelerating flows of people, capital, knowledge and chemicals have deepened the entanglements of African communities of consumption in global networks of legal and illicit drug production, consumption, flow, profit and risk. In southern Africa today, the ability to provide access to effective and affordable pharmaceutical medicaments – analgesics, antibiotics, anti-retroviral medicines, hormones, and vaccines, amongst others – is imperative to the successes of health-care systems and interventions. Unregulated supplements, stimulants, tonics and other commodities play a major role in the daily self-care practices and expenditures of millions. Moreover, while provision and procurement of medicines for much of this region has been determined historically by racialised and gendered ideas of the ‘deserving health citizen’, diversionary uses, adaptations and repurposing of medicines have also flourished as part of subversive, illegal and private economies of health-seeking, leisure and intimacy.

We invite submissions that shed light on these dynamics and that will both broaden and deepen a twentieth context for understanding contemporary and more thoroughly researched topics such as, for instance, HIV/AIDS. We especially encourage research that explores local meanings, patterns of consumption, exchange and/or regulation through the lens a particular drug, medicament, substance, commodity or therapeutic treatment. 

Relevant themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Chemical biographies: individual encounters and personal regimes
  • Formal and informal cultures of medicinal exchange and knowledge production
  • Representations in marketing and other media over time
  • Spatial and cultural geographies and identities in patterning medicinal consumption
  • Southern African regional and national drug regulatory regimens in the twentieth century: turning points, national agendas, consumers and demands, cross-border and global flows
  • Disruptions of the binary of ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ medicines
  • Addictive medicines and substances and associated treatments
  • How do ‘good’ drugs go ‘bad’ and ‘bad drugs go good’?
  • Fakes, counterfeiting and chemical trickery
  • The rise of new ailments (and cures) in new social conditions

The Workshop, funded by a Small Grant of the Wellcome Trust, will cover the costs of accommodation for three nights (and most meals) for up to 15 participants who reside outside of the Johannesburg/Pretoria area. To encourage the participation of emerging and younger scholars, as well as post-graduate students and participants outside of South Africa, there are some limited funds available also to support travel. As part of this event, participants will be introduced to two under-utilized archives in Johannesburg, in order to stimulate ideas for ongoing and future research projects and collaborations.

We have extended our deadline. Please submit an abstract of 300 words, together with a brief biography, by September 10 2017. Select authors will be invited to share developed paper proposals of 2000 words for presentation by 15 October 2017.  Direct all enquiries and submissions to Prof Thembisa Waetjen at twaetjen@uj.ac.za

Contact Info:

Thembisa Waetjen at twaetjen@uj.ac.za

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Conferences: Knowledge in Context: Colloquium Brockliss-Jones, University of Oxford


22-23 September 2017
University of Oxford

In 1997, Laurence Brockliss (Magdalen College, Oxford) and Colin Jones (QMUL) published The Medical World of Early Modern France, a landmark in the history of medicine because of its integration of social and institutional history with intellectual history.  It established a vibrant new approach to the history of medicine and knowledge of the early modern period while also encouraging Anglo-French intellectual exchange.  As 2017 is the twentieth anniversary of this work’s publication and the year of Laurence Brockliss’s retirement, colleagues and former pupils have organized a colloquium in their honour.  Scholars from a range of historical disciplines (classical scholarship/antiquarianism, philosophy, and the natural sciences) will discuss the ways in which knowledge is contextualized in early modern Europe and Britain.  Participants are also from a variety of national perspectives and locations, demonstrating the range of Brockliss and Jones’s impact in integrating intellectual history with other sub disciplines of history.

Organizers: François Zanetti, Floris Verhaart, Erica Charters

Registration: £40 (£20 for students/ECR/unwaged), now open online.  Please register here

More information and the full programme can be found here

Calls for Papers: Edited Volume on the History of Medical Education

This peer-reviewed volume will bring together original and diverse scholarship on the history of medical education and training in the healing arts. Historical research on all periods and geographies are welcome, including global and comparative perspectives, as well as any aspect of learning processes, systems, or experiences.

The inspiration for the book is to celebrate the exceptional and ongoing contributions to research and teaching in History of Medicine made by the Canadian historian-physician Jacalyn Duffin. The volume’s focus on the history of medical education acknowledges Dr. Duffin’s particular impact as an educator of future physicians and advocate for the utility of history in today’s medical curriculum during her tenure as Hannah Chair in History of Medicine at Queen’s University.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

•       medical education (within and beyond medical schools) – any time period or region

•       comparative, global, non-Western, or local histories of learning how to treat or prevent illness

•       apprenticeships or means of knowledge transmission in the healing arts, broadly construed

•       learning medicine from individual, cultural, professional, and institutional perspectives

Deadline for submissions: October 30, 2017

Please send an abstract of 300 to 500 words detailing the argument, primary sources, and historiographical significance of the proposed chapter, in addition to a 1-page CV. Selection of submissions is by jury. Invitations to contribute will be extended by the end of this calendar year, at which time we will ask all contributors to commit to submitting their manuscripts for peer-review by August  2018.

Please send proposals to the co-editors by October 30, 2017:

Delia Gavrus, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Chancellor’s Research Chair
Department of History, University of Winnipeg (Canada)

Susan Lamb, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jason A. Hannah Chair in History of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (Canada)

Jobs: Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine seeks a dynamic, innovative leader to build on our strong foundation and historical achievements in the Department of the History of Medicine as its new Director [chair].

The new Director will be an accomplished and respected leader with evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills and significant accomplishments in scholarship and innovation consistent with needs and opportunities in the discipline. We are seeking individuals with a high level of energy, a track record of working effectively with faculty and leadership from diverse scientific, clinical, and academic disciplines, and the desire and ability to have a major impact on the future of medicine through leadership of a premier Department of the History of Medicine.  The successful candidate must share our unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity, collegiality and respect for and inclusion of individuals of diverse backgrounds.

We would appreciate your potential interest or suggestions of potential candidates.  We have a particular interest in identifying minority and women candidates as we continue the School of Medicine’s efforts to increase the diversity of our leadership. Nominations, with complete postal and e-mail addresses, if possible, should be forwarded to:

History of Medicine Search Committee
Attn: Karen Parkent, Search Coordinator
Office of the Dean/CEO
Johns Hopkins Medicine
733 North Broadway, SOM 100
Baltimore, MD 21205

Please email your response to kparkent@jhmi.edu.  We would appreciate receiving nominations no later than August 20, 2017.

Thank you for your assistance in this important search.

Calls for Papers: Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages

Medica: The Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages seeks to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars (historians, archaeologists, art historians, literary scholars, paleopathologists, etc.) focusing on health and healing in the Middle Ages.

In 2018 Medica is sponsoring two sessions at the 53rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, which will be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 10–13, 2018. These sessions are intended to focus on two different spaces where medical interactions took place. Together these sessions will explore questions relating to the ways in which these spaces of medical practice influenced how medical professionals shaped their careers and what different kinds of surgical and medical practices were provided. The specific sessions are:

1) Military Medicine: Wounds and Disease in Warfare

This session invites papers that explore questions relating to warfare and healing. We envision papers that might discuss the nature of wounds and battlefield injuries and/or their treatment. Papers that consider the biographies of battlefield surgeons and examine the training and career paths of these people would also be sought. Furthermore, papers might address questions relating to the general health of armies and their camp followers (including the prevalence of different diseases, nutritional concerns, etc.).

2) Medicine in Cities: Public Health and Medical Professions

This session invites papers that explore questions relating to health and the practice of medicine in cities. Papers in this session could explore the different types of healers present in urban centers (e.g. physicians, surgeons, barber-surgeons, apothecaries), their organization into guilds, and the ways in which their medical practices were regulated. Papers that consider questions about public health in cities are also welcomed – such papers might explore questions of sanitation, industrial health, the presence of animals in cities, food preparation, prevalent diseases, and similar topics.

If interested, please submit an abstract of roughly 250-300 words along with a Participant Information Form (PIF), which can be found at http://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions. All proposal materials are due by September 15, 2017.

If you have questions about either of the sessions, or would like to submit an abstract, please direct emails to Harry York at why@pdx.edu.

Lectures: Nursing with a Message: Public Health Demonstrations in New York City

Nursing with a Message: Public Health Demonstrations in New York City

Thursday, September 14 2017


The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Free, advance registration required

Mandated by the Affordable Care Act, public health demonstration projects have been touted as an innovative solution to the nation’s health care crisis. Yet such projects actually have a long but little known history, dating back to the 1920s. Dr. Patricia D’Antonio’s newest book, Nursing with a Message: Public Health Demonstrations in New York City, reveals the key role that these local health programs – and the nurses that ran them – held in influencing how Americans perceived their personal health choices. Assessing both the successes and the failures of these nurse-run health demonstration projects, D’Antonio traces their legacy in shaping the best and the worst elements of today’s primary care system.

About the Speaker

Patricia D’Antonio, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Carol E. Ware Professor in Psychiatric Nursing and the Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of nursing. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Dr. D’Antonio is also the editor of the Nursing History Review, the official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing. She is also the author of American Nursing: A History of Knowledge, Authority and the Meaning of Work.

Lectures: 14th Annual Weisse Lecture on the History of Medicine

Nobel laureate William C. Campbell will deliver the 14th Annual Weisse Lecture on the History of Medicine at 12 Noon, Tuesday September 19, 2017.  The title of his talk will be “Finding medication: Ivermectin and beyond.”  The lecture will be held at Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School, Medical Sciences Building room B-610 at 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark, NJ 07103.  Attendees are invited to lunch in the Rosemary Gelline Room following the presentation.