6 de agosto de 2015

EAHMH Conference 2015 in Cologne: Cash and Care: Economics and Values in the History of Medicine and Health

2015 Conference, Cologne, Germany

The EAHMH biennial conference is held in Cologne, Germany this year (2-5 Sept 2015). The subject is 'Cash and Care - Economics and Values in the History of Medicine and Health'.

You can find the registration form here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-mds/centres/EAHMH/Conferences/Registration-form-EAHMH-bank-details.pdf

Further information on the conference is offered here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/mds/centres/eahmh/conferences/index.aspx

Please find the programme here:

The EAHMH is asking for nominations for the Van Foreest Prize to be awarded during the EAHMH-Conference 2-5 September 2015 in Cologne. The prize is awarded to PHD students presenting papers during the conference. Self nominations are possible, please send nominations for the prize to the organizing committee (maria.griemmert@uni-koeln.de). Besides the honour the prize includes 500 EUR (generously supported by the Dutch foundation Stichting Historia Medicinae).
Contact Info: 
The European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH)
Prof. Heiner Fangerau, Institut für Geschichte und Ethik der Medizin, Uniklinikum Köln, Josef-Stelzmannstr.20, 50931 Cologne, Germany,
for any questions please contact Maria Griemmert:
Contact Email: 

CFP: Before/After Constantinus Africanus - Medicine in the Beneventan Zone and Beyon

Dear Colleagues,
At next year's Kalamazoo meeting, two sessions on the Benedictine monk and medical translator, Constantinus Africanus, and his larger milieu are being sponsored by the Society for Beneventan Studies: http://legacy.fordham.edu/beneventanstudies/.
The contact for the sessions is Richard Gyug, as noted below. Information on the International Congress on Medieval Studies, held every May at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, can be found here: http://wmich.edu/medieval/congress/.
The dates for the 2016 Congress are 12-15 May.

Monica Green

A coalescence of several factors --increased access to manuscripts because of digitization projects, new interest in the history of medicine and health, and a widened perspective on western Europe's ties to the Mediterranean and beyond-- have brought new attention to the work and activities of Constantinus Africanus (d. ante 1098/99), the first known translator to render Arabic medical literature into Latin. Coming from North Africa, he eventually settled at the monastery of Monte Cassino under the famed abbot Desiderius (d. 1087). Despite the unquestionable impact of his work, much remains to be investigated about the texts he produced and the larger revolution in western medicine he facilitated. Thinking about Constantine in terms of the "Beneventan zone" focuses our attention on three key issues.
1) What was happening in medicine in southern Italy even before Constantine arrived? Increasing evidence suggests that Monte Cassino was already a buzzing center of medical activity: older medical texts were being dusted off, edited, and newly copied. Compendia of pharmaceutical recipes were being compiled. In some cases, they were being crafted into new works that employed alphabetical or head-to-toe schemas to create new order. Several texts were being translated from Greek into Latin. What prompted all this activity? Why this new attention to older manuscripts and texts?
2) What did Constantine bring with him from North Africa, not only in terms of his books or his learning, but also of the culture of the Islamicate world? Constantine's arrival in Salerno ca. 1077 coincided with the Normans' continuing campaign to retake Muslim Sicily. Incursions into North Africa itself would follow later. One of the striking ways in which Constantine transformed western medicine was in bringing into the pharmacopeia a much larger array of items of *materia medica* widely used in the Islamicate world but which were still unknown in the Latin world. Indeed, for his medicine to function, there had to have been a considerable transformation of the medicinal products sold in local shops. In other words, Constantine did not simply translate Arabic medicine into Latin. He contributed to an already expanding Latin medical corpus, vocabulary, and pharmacopeia by making essential participation in new international markets of drugs.
3) Intriguingly, the script being used for these medical books also shows a point of inflection. There was a mini-explosion of new copying of medical texts in the middle decades of the 11th century, mostly in Beneventan, and mostly using local Beneventan exemplars as sources. But already during Constantine's lifetime (and even Desiderius's lifetime), we see increasing use of Caroline. In fact, only a handful of the nearly 30 texts associated with Constantinus have survived in Beneventan copies. Why? Certainly, the past several decades of Beneventan studies have shown that that script was more often used for certain kinds of texts and registers of writing, particularly liturgy. But medicine had not been excluded before, and we see under Desiderius' reign the production of some of the largest medical compendia in Beneventan that we know of. Did Beneventan's status change? Or was there a perception of a new, larger "market" for medical texts, one where the local script of the old Lombard duchy would no longer do?
These two sessions will thus focus on medicine as a mode of communication and activity that connected the Beneventan zone both with its neighboring Muslim and Greek regions, but also with the rest of Latin Europe north of Rome. Papers will be welcome that connect any of these themes, but particularly those that focus on how script and book production help us pinpoint the particular, radical transformations in medicine in this period.
If interested, please submit an abstract of roughly 250-300 words along with a Participant Information Form (PIF), which can be found at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF
All proposal materials are due by September 15, 2015.
Send proposals or inquiries to:
Richard Gyug
Fordham Univ.
Dept. of History
441 E. Fordham Rd.
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone:  718-817-3933

5 de agosto de 2015

CFP: Medica sessions on epidemic disease

Medica: The Society for Healing in the Middle Ages is seeking proposals for papers for two sessions to be held at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 12-15, 2016. The sessions are:

1) Epidemic Diseases: Medieval Witnesses
This session will seek to expand the historical understanding of the physical, political, economic, and cultural impact of epidemic diseases in the Middle Ages by ensuring critical examination not only of the Black Death, but also other prevalent epidemic disease, such as sweating sickness, smallpox, epidemic diseases in animals, etc. Papers that present research on epidemic disease in the Middle Ages that goes beyond the usual sources (Boccaccio), to make use of such sources as documentary accounts, chronicles, household and monastic texts and records, religious texts, literary texts, and artistic representations will be especially welcome. Interdisciplinary studies are also encouraged.

2) Epidemic Diseases in the Middle Ages: Twenty-first Century Understandings
Twenty-first century scientific research has opened new doors for understanding the expansive epidemiological concerns of medieval epidemic diseases.  For example, recent work in genetics, molecular microbiology, and archaeological research have offered new insight into the spread of Yersinia pestis on a global scale in history. Papers for this session would consider the numerous ways in which humanistic analysis (the work of historians and literary scholars) can seek to build upon and interpret the new scientific findings as we continue to consider the history of epidemic diseases.  This session also invites discussion of methodologies for applying modern scientific research, such as osteoarcheological and biomolecular investigations, to future lines of inquiry into the study of medieval medical history.

If interested, please submit an abstract of roughly 250-300 words along with a Participant Information Form (PIF), which can be found at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF. All proposal materials are due by September 15, 2015.

If you have questions about either of the sessions, or would like to submit an abstract, please direct emails to Harry York at why@pdx.edu.

PhD Scholarships

The University of Plymouth is offering 50 fully funded PhD scholarships
starting October 2015, which include projects to be developed at ICCMR
(http://cmr.soc.plymouth.ac.uk/) on topics pertaining to Computer Music
or Music Technology.

We welcome applications from candidates wishing to develop projects on
the topics of (but not limited to) modelling memory and memorisation to
study the evolution of cultural conventions (e.g., through
computational models of musical evolution), development of musical
memory through embodied experience (MOCAP, NIME) and Brain-Computer
Music Interfacing (BCMI).

DEADLINE for submissions 15 SEPTEMBER 2015.

More information here; first of all, please check if you are eligible:

https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/your-studies/the-graduate-school/f ully-funded-phd-studentships/arts-and-humanities

If you are considering applying for a PhD at ICCMR, we strongly
encourage you to contact Prof Eduardo Miranda with a brief description
of your project for discussion before you prepare the application

Prof Eduardo Miranda
Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) Plymouth University