Shanghai University
26, 27 April 2019

Scholars in the medical humanities increasingly interweave histories with the languages of globalism and futurism. Yet the scholarship remains rooted in particular sites in time. It is from these localized sites, from colonies to clinics, that scholars predominately extrapolate outward to the global perspective to explore the meanings of health and sickness, rather than the inverse framework. By conceiving of these ‘sites’ in the broadest sense, this symposium aims to explore this relationship between local and global perspectives on medicine and health.

This symposium aims to bring together early career scholars to create an interdisciplinary discussion upon the current state of medical humanities and its future, with a particular focus on the history of medicine. The symposium committee welcomes papers examining themes including but not limited to: global health activism, networks in health, (post)colonial health, hygienic modernity, alternative medicines, wellbeing and daily culture, health and identity, teaching medical humanities, and global health in the future.  It is hoped the following questions will spark the interest of applicants.

• What are the boundaries of the medical humanities?
• What constitutes a site of health or ill-health?
• How do different sites interact on a local, global and intellectual scale?
• How might novel approaches to the history of medicine be written and taught in the future?
• How do the medical humanities relate to other historiographies and methodologies?

Where and When
The event is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is jointly organised by The David F. Musto Center for Drugs and National Security Studies and The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow through the Shanghai Initiative programme.  

The event will take place on 26 and 27 April 2019 at Shanghai University.

Call for Papers
The Call for Papers has now closed.

Applicants will be informed of the committee’s decision by 18 January 2019.

Travel, accommodation and meals for three nights will be covered for all invited speakers.

For interested scholars, the committee aim to publish a special issue of the David F. Musto Centre for Drug Policy Studies' semi-annual journal titled Journal of the Social History of Medicine and Health based on the papers given. 

Symposium Committee

Dr Ved Baruah College of Liberal Arts, Shanghai University
Freddie Stephenson Strathclyde-Shanghai Early Career Medical Humanities Fellow
Natasha Szuhan Strathclyde-Shanghai Early Career Medical Humanities Fellow
Reiko Kanazawa Strathclyde-Shanghai Early Career Medical Humanities Fellow