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McCarthy Award for History of Medicine Research

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Eligibility

This award is open to all researchers in the history of medicine, or related social and cultural history fields. Researchers can be based in the United Kingdom or overseas. Please be aware that for overseas finalists, travel expenses to the event will only be paid from their point of entry into the United Kingdom.

Application and Selection Procedure

Research must be unpublished and must have been undertaken in the last 3 years. Research which has been submitted for publication will be considered, but details should be given of when and where it has been submitted, and if it has been accepted for publication. Abstracts must be based on original research in the field.

The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.

Abstracts must be submitted in either PDF or Word format along with a completed application form and curriculum vitae. The abstract must not exceed 1000 words in length. The curriculum vitae must not exceed two sides of A4.

Applicants, if chosen, must be willing to present their research on Friday 19 October 2018. This is a public event, to encourage engagement with the history of medicine in Scotland.

The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh will publish the winning paper. The winner will also be asked to submit a guest blog post on their research for publication on the College’s heritage blog.

The award can only be awarded to an individual once.

Further Information

Any enquiries can be directed to Iain Milne (link sends e-mail) 0131 247 3625

Events

Upcoming event: New Weapons, New Wounds: Medicine in War and Rebellion, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, April 2018

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New Weapons, New Wounds: Medicine in War and Rebellion

Tuesday 3, Thursday 5, Thursday 12 April

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and discover how medicine has adapted over the centuries to cope with the increasingly sophisticated weaponry of warfare and the nature of resulting casualties. The College’s fascinating collections of medical objects and books will show the many facets of medical practice in the history of war and rebellion, telling the stories from the front line of medicine.

Presented by Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Further details click here

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Upcoming conference: ERC Conference on Broadcasting Health and Disease: Bodies, markets and television

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Details of a conference Wellcome Collection are hosting on behalf of the European Research Council project ‘BodyCapital’ on 19-21 February 2018, 6th floor 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE, United Kingdom.

 

In the television age, health and the body have been transmitted in many ways; from short health education films, school television, professional training, TV ads, documentary and reality TV shows and news, as well as stand-alone videos distributed to specific audiences. The study of bodies and health created for television together with the history of the various TV formats has not been extensively researched, whether live broadcasting of ground-breaking surgical operations or accounts of medical scandals 1950s-1960s, keep-fit tele-magazine items or militant AIDS documentaries. Our view is that this audio-visual material was not conceived as a mirror of what is observed, but should be regarded as an example of the distinct, interactive, performative power of mass media societies.

This three-day conference aims to investigate how television programmes in their multiplicity approached issues like medical progress and its limits, healthy behaviour or new forms of exercise by adapting them to TV formats and programming. The conference seeks to analyse how television and its evolving formats expressed and staged bodies, health and fitness from local, regional, national and international perspectives: spectators were invited not only to be TV consuming audiences, but also how TV shows integrated and sometimes lured the viewer into considering themselves a participant of the show: TV programmes spread the conviction that subjects had the ability to shape their own body.

The conference seeks to better understand the role that TV, as a modern visual mass media, has played in the transition from national public health paradigms at the beginning of the twentieth century to societal forms of the late twentieth century when better and healthier lives are being shaped by market forces.

 

The conference is free but registration is essential. Please contact: tkoenig@unistra.fr in advance.

 

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Archive-based funded PhD, University of Edinburgh

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The University of Edinburgh School of Divinity invite applications for a funded (home / EU fees and living allowance) PhD studentship based on the archive of German-Jewish neurologist Dr Ernst Levin (1887 – 1975), held by Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA), Centre for Research Collections (CRC), University of Edinburgh. The PhD would be based between the School of Divinity and the CRC.

This is an exciting opportunity for a fluent German-speaker with archival research skills to delve into an uncatalogued archive of personal and medical papers reflecting an individual’s intersection with a turbulent decade in Europe’s political and cultural history. As well as tracing a significant medical career, Levin’s archive outlines time in the military as an Assistant Surgeon in the First World War, his close personal relationships and his family’s friendships with prominent individuals in German culture, including those inside the ‘New Objectivity’ art movement. After the Nazi rise to power in 1933, Levin’s archive shows a family uprooted, gradually building new lives and careers in Scotland.

The application deadline is 31 March 2018. For more details (including how to apply), please see:

http://bit.ly/2D88Ec0

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Retreat hospital archive available online

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The Borthwick Institute are pleased to announce that The Retreat hospital archive has been digitised (with funding from the Wellcome Collection) and is now available online.
The Retreat Archive relates to the one of the most important institutions in the care and treatment of mental health patients. The Retreat in York was founded by the Society of Friends and opened in 1796. The archive itself is unusually complete and includes administrative, financial, staff, estate and patient records and consists of bound volumes, loose papers, maps, photographs, artefacts from the museum and a small number of paintings.
Over 650,000 digital images have been captured by the project team – amounting to about 80% of the catalogued archive (note that material relating to patients dating from 1920 to the present day was excluded from the digitisation project).
There is a wealth of material in the archive that can be used for research. To get a flavour of some of the interesting things that staff have encountered whilst working on the project read some of our blog posts:
Or dive into The Retreat catalogue and follow the links that are available to the digital content hosted by the Wellcome Collection.