What are academic societies for? Intellectual exchange? Networking with like-minded scholars? Eva Surawy Stepney reflects on how the European Society for the History of Human Sciences forged connections across the Iron Curtain.
In our new ‘MedHums 101’ series exploring the key concepts, debates and historical points of the medical humanities, Kate Errington gives a general history of the subject: it’s been around longer than you might
Kit Yee Wong explores the themes of sickness and degeneration as metaphors for moral and political corruption in Émile Zola’s La Débâcle (1892). This blog post is based on the author’s published article: ‘Degenerate
Samuel Ernest reflects on HIV/AIDS and the study of the Catholic Church since the 1980s In Christian theology, HIV/AIDS has been considered primarily within the context of ecclesiology, or the study of the church,
Ana Minozzo reviews the first edition of an international online conference that explored socially engaged psychoanalytic practices from across the world. The event was hosted by the Freud Museum in London during the weekend
Arabella Henderson reviews Manon Mathias and Alison Moore’s Gut Feeling and Digestive Health In Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture (Palgrave: 2018) “However novel the new gut-brain axis science may seem…many individuals who engaged with medical
How does the language we use shape how we think about disability? In Deborah Thorpe’s review of Intellectual Disability: A Conceptual History, 1200-1900 (2018), the history of intellectual disability emerges as one of contested terms.
Arnab Chakraborty argues we should examine histories of healthcare from health workers’ perspectives, and highlights both the collaboration and competition between colonial and Indian medical services in British India. Colonial India presents a
Novelist Sarah Smith reflects on Deaf history in Scotland and the challenges of capturing sign language in literature. September 24th, 1817. The High Court, Edinburgh. Jean Campbell stands accused of killing her child by
Sara Öberg Strådal reviews Medical Paratexts from Medieval to Modern: Dissecting the Page, edited by Hannah C. Tweed and Diane G. Scott (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2018) This collection of essays, Medical Paratexts from Medieval
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