Conference: New Histories of Medical Technology

Medical technologies have transformed the nature of doctor-patient relationships, definitions of health and disease, and the spaces and rhythms of clinical practice. Moving beyond heroic diagnostic and therapeutic devices, this conference spotlights how ordinary objects—thermometers, prosthetics, pagers—have shaped medicine’s engagement with technology.

Organized by Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins University) and Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware), this conference places historians of medicine in conversation with historians of technology to better understand new developments in social and cultural histories of medical technology, bringing new insights from disability, medial, environment, and colonial/postcolonial histories.

Join us for a series of online panels and gatherings spread across March and early April. This conference is generously sponsored by the Molina Foundation and hosted by the Department of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Department of History, University of Delaware.

Details about the panels and speakers are in the attached flyer. Please feel free to circulate amongst interested parties.

Learn more: https://histmedtech.org/
Free Registration: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/new-histories-of-medical/register

MARCH 1: Hardware/Software

GERARDO CON DIAZ: “Programming the Clinic: IBM and Hospital Administration”

JEREMY GREENE: “The Computer In the Clinic: Automating the Medical Interface”

MODERATED BY MAR HICKS

MARCH 9: Prosthetic Histories

CAROLINE LIEFFERS: “Colonialist Prosthetics”

COREEN MCGUIRE: “Breathlessness Technologies”

MODERATED BY BESS WILLIAMSON

MARCH 17: Everyday Technologies

JAIPREET VIRDI: “Fitting Hearing Aids”

DEIRDRE COOPER OWENS: “Speculum”

MODERATED BY LEE VINSEL

MARCH 25: Technologies in Translation

PROJIT MURKHARJI: “Injekshan Chikitsa: Small Technologies and Subaltern Therapeutics in 20th Century India”

TATIANA CHUDAKOVA: “Finding Resonance: Translating Electroacupuncture in Russia’s Medical Diagnostic Technologies”

MODERATED BY YULIA FRUMER

MARCH 29: Visualization

JOSEPH NOVEMBER: “Digital Visualizations & the CAT Scan”

WEN SHEN: “The Adrenal Incidentaloma”

MODERATED BY THEODORE PORTER

APRIL 6: Instruments

ELAINE LEONG: “Materiality & Health Technologies in Early Modern Britain”

SHELLEY MCKELLAR: “Cutting as Cure”

MODERATED BY BENJAMIN GROSS

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