International Health Organizations (IHOs): The history for the future network


Following the award of an AHRC Research Networks Grant the organisers of the 'International Health Organizations (IHOs): The history for the future network' will be convening a third meeting at Shanghai University between 21 to 24 April 2016. 

Objectives of the network

1. To connect those researching all aspects of the history of IHOs

2. To stimulate new work in the field

3. To grow relationships between historians and those involved in working in or with today’s IHOs in order to encourage the exchange of ideas and perspectives

Previous meetings

Details of the two previous meetings can be found here:

Shanghai conference 2016

International Health Organizations (IHOs): People, politics and practices in historical perspective

Shanghai, 21 to 24 April 2016

Hosted at Shanghai University and co-organised by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde and the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies at Shanghai University.

This conference is designed to draw together practitioners currently working in or with international health organizations, those that have done so in the past, and historians researching these agencies and institutions.

The event is the latest in a series designed to scope out historical research into IHOs, to refresh agendas in the field, and to connect current concerns with evidence from the past. The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Wellcome Trust, and the Universities of Shanghai and Strathclyde for this series of events.

Among the questions to be tackled at this event are:

1. In what ways have individuals been able to shape the ideas and practices of IHOs since the late nineteenth-century?

2. What ideas lie behind IHOs and how have these changed over time?

3. How have success and failure been measured in assessing the impacts of IHOs?

4. Why do plans, policies and practices often diverge in the history of IHOs?

5. What impact have politics and social or cultural practices had on IHOs and their operations.

Call for papers

Paper titles and abstracts should be submitted by Friday 18th December to and those to be invited to the meeting will be informed by Friday 22nd January. Presentations will be for 20 minutes and complete papers should be submitted in advance of the meeting.