19 de diciembre de 2014

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919

NEW BOOK: The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919; Perspectives from the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas. Edited by María-Isabel Porras-Gallo & Ryan A. Davis. University of Rochester Press. 2014                            

ISBN: 9781580464963

18 de diciembre de 2014

Videos of the Toxic Atmospheres II seminar series

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce the posting of the two lectures presented in the Toxic Atmospheres II seminar series held at the Institut d'Història de la Medicina i de la Ciència López Piñero (CSIC-UVEG)

The series included:

1) Stephen Mosley (Leeds Beckett University):
‘The Dark Age’: Smoke Pollution in Urban-industrial Britain

2) Paul-André Rosental, Catherine Cavalin and Michel Vincent (ERC Silicosis Project, Sciences Po - Centre d'Études Européennes):
Dust, environment and pulmonary diseases: historical and sociological roots of medical uncertainty / Polvo, medio ambiente y enfermedades pulmonares : raíces históricas y sociológicas de las incertidumbres médicas.

The seminar series was coordinated by Ximo Guillem-Llobat and José Ramón Bertomeu-Sánchez, funded by the IHMC-López Piñero and the Catalan Society for the History of Science and the lectures were registered by the Educational Innovation Service of the Universitat de València.

The videos of the seminars have been included in the Video library of the Institute, which includes the two series on Toxic Atmospheres held in 2013 and 2014, as well as additional seminars:


As previously announced, we are also organizing the 8th European Spring School on the History of Science and Popularization, dealing with this same topic. More information at:


Best wishes,

Ximo Guillem and José Ramón Bertomeu

Call for Papers: Do-It-Yourself! Subversive Practices and Informal Knowledge

Call for Papers: Do-It-Yourself! Subversive Practices and Informal Knowledge

Annual Conference of the Leibniz Graduate School “History, Knowledge, Media in East Central Europe”

19-20 November 2015

Venue: The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association, Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg

Organizers: Sarah Czerney, Jan Surman, Ina Alber

The idea of doing-it-yourself, tinkering and bricolage can be found at all times and everywhere: dissidents print their samizdat publications on re-designed washing machines, do-it-yourselfers spend hours in cellars and sheds, amateur inventors hope for their creations to breakthrough, technicians supplement their laboratory equipment with everyday materials or combine different instruments, scientists search for alternative forms of academic exchange in BarCamps. In order to re-arrange the objects and to bring them together in new ensembles - to give them new purposes and functions - one needs innovation and virtuosity. In this way new objects and new forms of knowledge develop in the shadowy corridors of doing it yourself. But can this kind of knowledge make its way into the daylight?

“Do it yourself” is a cultural practice that transcends societies and times. In times of shortages doing it yourself offers alternatives to official resources. During the last years the idea of “do it yourself” has served as critique towards capitalism as well, for instance when producing new things out of recycled waste. In each of these ways do it yourself functions as an anti-pole to the officially regulated and controlled administration of resources. But it can also be politically instrumentalized and become part of mainstream culture like Zrób-to-sam or the Do-It-Yourself movement in the 1970s in East and West. Hollywood sitcoms like Home Improvement turned these developments into popular culture and profit. Does such affiliation mean do-it-yourself-knowledge loses its subversive potential?

Our conference focuses on these heterogeneous forms of do-it-yourself and bricolage, and analyzes both the practices and the knowledge that are being produced by them: What was done in such way in different times and contexts and how was it done? What materials and media were combined? What does one do by him/herself? How can the concept of informal knowledge be used to understand such phenomena and what is its relation to formal and regulated knowledge? And who decides what is formal and informal here? How can a do-it-yourself-knowledge be subversive? Under what conditions can such a knowledge be socially relevant?

We open these questions to scholars of different epochs and disciplines, as well as activists, who are all invited to join us in the project of doing-it-together. We are interested in case studies from different fields and regions as well as personal accounts of subversive do-it-yourself activities.

Abstracts may be submitted in English or German; the conference will be bilingual and there will be no simultaneous translation. The organizers expect that the participants will be able to follow the papers in both languages, longer bilingual abstracts will be provided in advance. Travel and accommodation costs for the speakers will be covered.

Please send your abstract (maximum of 2,000 characters) as well as a short CV with details of your current research interests and recent publications by 28 February 2015 to Ina Alber (ina.alber@herder-institut.de<mailto:ina.alber@herder-institut.de>). Accepted speakers will be notified by 15 April 2015.

For further inquiries, please contact the managing director of the Leibniz Graduate School, Ina Alber.


Dr. des. Ina Alber

Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung -Institut der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg, GERMANY

Tel: +49 6421 184-122

Fax: +49 6421 184-194


Dr. Jan Surman
wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
Leibniz Graduate School “Geschichte, Wissen, Medien in Ostmitteleuropa”
Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung Gisonenweg 5-7
D-35037 Marburg
Tel.: +49 6421 1754983

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Leibniz Graduate School “History, Knowledge, Media in East Central Europe”
Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe Gisonenweg 5-7
D-35037 Marburg
Tel.: +49 6421 1754983

CFP: Panel "Medical Knowledge in Motion" - at CHAM Conference, Lisbon 15.-18.July 2015

Dear Colleagues,
please take note of this CFP for our Panel 
Project A03, The Transfer of Medical Episteme in the ‘Encyclopaedic’
Compilations of Late Antiquity (Markham J. Geller/ Philip J. van der
Eijk), Collaborative Research Center – SFB 980 “Episteme in Motion, The
Transfer of Knowledge from the Ancient World  to  the Early Modern
Period”, Berlin
DEADLINE: Next Friday, 19.12.2014
Proposal for a panel at
CHAM International Conference, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 15-18 July 2015
Medical knowledge in motion. Exchange, Transformation and Iteration in the
Medical Traditions of the Late Antique Mediterranean World
Lennart Lehmhaus: lehmhaus@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Matteo Martelli: martellm@hu-berlin.de
Christine Salazar: christine.salazar@hu-berlin.de
The proposed panel seeks to bring together scholars who investigate the
transfer of Graeco-Roman medical knowledge in different cultural contexts
from a synchronic and diachronic perspective. The papers will address
conceptual, literary, social and institutional manifestations of cultural
exchange in this field of science and practice.
Description of the panel:
The research project about “The Transfer of Medical Episteme in the
‘Encyclopaedic’ Compilations of Late Antiquity” under the supervision of
Prof. Philip van der Eijk and Prof. Mark Geller seeks to contribute to the
CHAM Congress with a pre-organized panel on medical practices and theories
in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. The project is currently
running within the framework of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB
980) “Episteme in Motion", based at the Freie Universität in Berlin.
The overall topic of the panel is concerned with medical discourse(s) in
different traditions. We aim at investigating the forms in which medical
knowledge was developed, canonized, transformed and exchanged within
different cultural milieux throughout the Late Antique and Early Medieval
Mediterranean world. Specific attention will be devoted to the following
1) Reception and canonization of Greek Classical Medicine in the Byzantine
medical encyclopedias (Oribasius, Aetius of Amida, Paul of Aegina), with a
certain interest also in the material circulation of manuscripts and
2) Jewish medical practice and theory as embedded both in the Talmudic
tradition and in more recent technical treatises.
3) Medical discourses in the surrounding areas, with specific attention to
the reception and transformation of Greek medicine in the Syriac tradition
and in the Islamicate world.
The diachronic structure of the panel will help to contextualize the broad
array of processes of transmission, transfer, rejection, modification and
invention of medical knowledge.  From a macro-perspective the combination
of papers aims at observing not only how medicine developed and changed
through various strategies (borrowing/ camouflage etc.), but also how the
interactions of medical ideas within different contexts are related to the
history of science(s) and knowledge in general.
The format of the panel will combine pre-organised sessions with solicited
papers by invited speakers and at least one open session to which
interested scholars can apply with a paper proposal.
Further information:
Application/ Paper via online-form here: