January 2008

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HISTORY AND THE HEALTHY POPULATION: SOCIETY, GOVERNMENT, HEALTH AND MEDICINE
Annual conference of the Society for the Social History of Medicine www.sshm.org/

The Society for the Social History of Medicine 2008 Annual Conference will be jointly organised by the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare Glasgow, a research collaboration between Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde (www.gcal.ac.uk/historyofhealth) and the Centre for the History of Medicine at the Universityof Glasgow (www.arts.gla.ac.uk/History/Medicine/)

The conference will embrace all historical perspectives on the broad issue of how health has been defined and by whom. It will also consider the reasons that the various agencies involved in healthcare, including patients and communities, have adopted their approaches and strategies. The event is framed by reference to the generation of historians influenced by the idea that issues of health and healthcare are entangled in the projects of government, and seeks to engage with and critique 'governmentality' as a tool of analysis in the history of medicine.

The conference encourages papers from all periods and places in seeking a wide-ranging and
inclusive set of discussions.

Deadline for abstracts: 31 March 2008
To submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words please contact Lydia Marshall
lmarshall@arts.gla.ac.uk.

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King's College London and the British Museum are delighted to announce the launch in September 2008 of their new MA in Eighteenth-Century Studies.

This is an interdisciplinary degree drawing upon the skills of scholars from eight departments in King's School of Humanities, alongside those of senior staff at the Museum.

Further information is available on the Kings College website. Inquiries may be made to the convener of the new MA, Dr Clare Brant.

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The draft programme for the conference has just been published. The conference runs Thursday to Saturday morning with three plenaries, dinner on Thursday evening and a banquet on Friday.

Delegates can register online now.

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The Institute of English Studies and the Book History Research Group of the Open University have a series of seminars titled 'Publishing Science' that may be of interest. Speakers are Jonathan Topham (28 Jan 2008), Jim Mussell (11 Feb), Gowan Dawson (25 Feb), and Angelique Richardson (10 March). The venue is Senate House: see the IES website for full details.

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BEFORE DEPRESSION:
THE REPRESENTATION AND CULTURE OF DEPRESSION IN BRITAIN AND EUROPE, 1660-1800

A three-day conference
at The University of Northumbria at Newcastle and the University of Sunderland

June 19th to 21st, 2008
Plenary Speakers:
MADELEINE DESCARGUES-GRANT (Université de Valenciennes)
ELAINE HOBBY (University of Loughborough)
PETER SABOR (McGill University)

Call for papers

This conference seeks to explore further the phenomenon of depression 'before depression', and the problems that such an apparently retrospective construction might entail. The conference committee invites proposals on any aspects of the culture and representation of depression (however construed) in the period 1660-1800. Papers are acceptable in English or French.

Papers selected from the conference will be revised and published in The European Spectator/ Le spectateur européen.

Proposals of 200-300 words are invited, to be sent no later than Jan 31st, 2008, to Dr Clark Lawlor, Division of English, School of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Northumbria at Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Newcastle, NE1 8ST, United Kingdom

Proposals for papers in French should be sent to Valérie Maffre at the Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier:
email valerie.maffre@univ-montp3.fr

For further information, please contact clark.lawlor@unn.ac.uk

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