vendredi 22 septembre 2017

Les femmes poivrotes

Lady Lushes: Gender, Alcoholism, and Medicine in Modern America 

Michelle L. McClellan

Series: Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Hardcover: 234 pages
Publisher: Rutgers University Press; 1 edition (August 31, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0813576985

According to the popular press in the mid twentieth century, American women, in a misguided attempt to act like men in work and leisure, were drinking more. “Lady Lushes” were becoming a widespread social phenomenon. From the glamorous hard-drinking flapper of the 1920s to the disgraced and alcoholic wife and mother played by Lee Remick in the 1962 film “Days of Wine and Roses,” alcohol consumption by American women has been seen as both a prerogative and as a threat to health, happiness, and the social order.

In Lady Lushes, medical historian Michelle L. McClellan traces the story of the female alcoholic from the late-nineteenth through the twentieth century. She draws on a range of sources to demonstrate the persistence of the belief that alcohol use is antithetical to an idealized feminine role, particularly one that glorifies motherhood. Lady Lushes offers a fresh perspective on the importance of gender role ideology in the formation of medical knowledge and authority.

Histoire des cordons sanitaires

Barriers without Borders. Global and transdisciplinary perspectives on sanitary cordons throughout history

Call for Papers

2nd International Conference of the QSN 
University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, 

7-8 November 2018 

Sanitary cordons to regulate and control the spread of bubonic plague were developed in Italy in the 14th century in parallel with maritime quarantine (mainly lazarettos) and came to be quickly imposed by other Mediterranean/European countries. Today, various types of cordons are still being used ‘to control the spread of epizootics and to mitigate the impact of both newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases upon the human population’ (Cliff, 2009) with the 21st-century pandemics of Ebola or avian flu showing their continued utility. At this juncture one finds a stunning paradox: despite their functions as instruments of isolation/separation, sanitary cordons came to be highly appreciated, legitimized and defended by state authorities and frequently by the populations themselves. By the 1800s, they had already been accepted and utilized in most countries of the world.

The success of sanitary cordons was also measured by their widespread adoption across various social and cultural domains. Thus, sanitary cordons became inseparable from military and political demarcations of territorial borders especially, but by no means exclusively, at the state level.

Well-known cases include the cordon set-up against the plague in the Austrian-Ottoman border as from 1770; the so called ‘yellow fever cordon’ set up in the Catalan sector of the French-Spanish border in 1822; and the one established against cholera on the Ottoman-Persian frontier during the 1850s. The concept of the ‘common good’ via the preservation of public health was also used as an argument to legitimize, consolidate and militarize borders through the setting up of cordons. On the other hand, as sanitary cordons were set up to separate healthy sectors of a community – or indeed whole populations – from others considered sick, they were directly involved in processes of nation-building, international conflict or colonial domination. Sanitary cordons helped to define and ‘protect’ national identities and, at the same time, ‘isolate’ and control various provincial, national and colonial ‘others’. This was legitimized through old and new medical theories, scientific discourse or just pure prejudice or a combination of all these.

Sanitary cordons were also successfully ‘translated’ into the fields of politics and diplomacy, where the concept has been employed metaphorically to refer to attempts to prevent the spread of an ideology or another deemed dangerous to the international or the social order. For example, in 1917, the French minister of Foreign Affairs employed such a term to designate the new states (Finland, the Baltic republics, Poland and Romania) established along the Western border of the USSR (as buffer states) against the spread of the Bolshevist revolution into Central and Western Europe. Besides geography, politics and diplomacy, personal narratives of sanitary cordons became a sort of subgenre in modern literature, where they have also been used as metaphors to deal with issues of social control, identity/alterity or dystopic futures.

Incorporating all these perspectives and seeking papers with original research approaches, this conference wants to explore sanitary cordons throughout history to the present as they were put in place and employed in different parts of the globe and different social and cultural domains. Topics to be addressed could include, among others:
- Origins and development of sanitary cordons for the prevention of epidemics throughout history to the present: concepts, practices, regulations, global expansion, unknown or understudied historical cases throughout the world.
- Patterns of sanitary cordons throughout history and in different regions/countries of the world.
- Sanitary cordons as border sites of negotiation and/or resistance.
- Pre-modern and non-European forms of isolation/separation of diseased groups or communities from the rest in all their diversity (and cultural specificities).
- Literary narratives recounting eye-witness accounts/experience of cordons or employing the metaphor ‘sanitary cordons’ on issues of identity and otherness, liminality, movement/migration, global inequality, and so on.
- Memorialization: sanitary cordons in the collective imaginaries, shared memories, material culture/heritage sites, lieux de mémoire.
- Sanitary cordons and the construction, and expansion, of early-modern/modern borders of states, provinces or any other territorial demarcations.
- Place of non-human creatures and organisms (animals, plants, substances) within cordons.
- Juridical, ethical, humanitarian and religious issues raised by the use of cordons in public health, war, political struggle, migration control, and human rights.
- Sanitary cordons and science: particularly the connections between contagionism and hygiene, as well as the part played by novel advances in medicine – bacteriology.
- Relations with power: effective sanitary cordons and types of state projections of power (national sovereignty, central administrative state development, Imperial/colonial state power).
- Connections between cordons and other forms of quarantine, isolation hospitals and the public health systems. Sanitary cordons and western medicalization of society: surveillance and disciplinary processes.

Please submit your paper proposal of up to 400 words before 31st October 2017 to this address:

After that date, more information will be provided about the venue, travel and accommodation options, as well as funding opportunities.

jeudi 21 septembre 2017

Histoires de la contagion post-mortelle

Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion. Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials

Editors: Lynteris, Christos, Evans, Nicholas (Eds.)

Palgrave Macmillan
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
Copyright 2018 
278 p. 
ISBN 978-3-319-62929-2

This edited volume draws historians, anthropologists and archaeologists together to explore the contested worlds of epidemic corpses and their disposal. Why are burials so frequently at the center of disagreement, recrimination and protest during epidemics? Why are the human corpses produced in the course of infectious disease outbreaks seen as dangerous, not just to the living, but also to the continued existence of society and civilization? Examining cases from the Black Death to Ebola, contributors challenge the predominant idea that a single, universal framework of contagion can explain the political, social and cultural importance and impact of the epidemic corpse.

Perdants, outsiders et hérétiques dans l'histoire de la médecine

Rewrite Conflicts: The Role of Losers, Heretics, and Outsiders in the History of Medicine

Call for Papers

Invited editor: Fabrizio Baldassarri

A multifaceted narration characterizes the contrapositions between schools, factions, theories, and practices in the history of medicine. Yet, studying these conflicts helps to shed light on those actors traditional historiographies usually relegate to secondary roles: surgeons, practitioners, apothecaries, botanists, astronomers, chymists, men and women devoted to the knowledge of simples. Especially when following losers, outsiders, heretics, and marginalized scholars, medical conflicts reveal epistemologically fruitful paths that help to track the changes buttressing early modern bio-medical revolution. While academic physicians required the support of theologians to rule out these practices as responsible for heresies, errors, and charlatanisms, kings frequently credited such outsiders as court physicians (i.e., Ambroise Paré, Guy de La Brosse), elevating their knowledge and experience to a crucial role. Slowly, these actors entered medical schools and academies, rewriting early modern history of medicine.
This fascicule aims to reconstruct this conflicting situation, and to analyse diverse cases of such outsiders and losers, moving from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries (wider focuses are accepted as well). Research articles coming from different fields (history of philosophy, psychology, science, medicine, botany, ideas, intellectual history, and history of life sciences…) are welcome.
Societate și Politică is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Vasile Goldiș Western University of Arad, Romania. See
Papers no longer than 8.000 words or book reviews no longer than 800 words should be submitted by email to by 15 December 2017. Paper will go through double-blind peer-review process. Publication is scheduled by 30 April 2018.
For the authors guidelines see:

mercredi 20 septembre 2017

Les sujets de la malaria

Malarial Subjects. Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820–1909

Rohan Deb Roy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2017
Online ISBN: 9781316771617

Malaria was considered one of the most widespread disease-causing entities in the nineteenth century. It was associated with a variety of frailties far beyond fevers, ranging from idiocy to impotence. And yet, it was not a self-contained category. The reconsolidation of malaria as a diagnostic category during this period happened within a wider context in which cinchona plants and their most valuable extract, quinine, were reinforced as objects of natural knowledge and social control. In India, the exigencies and apparatuses of British imperial rule occasioned the close interactions between these histories. In the process, British imperial rule became entangled with a network of nonhumans that included, apart from cinchona plants and the drug quinine, a range of objects described as malarial, as well as mosquitoes. Malarial Subjects explores this history of the co-constitution of a cure and disease, of British colonial rule and nonhumans, and of science, medicine and empire.

Les expériences négatives du soin

“Bads” in healthcare: Negative experience as an impetus to reform in nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Call for Papers

21st and 22nd of June 2018 at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), School of Health, Winterthur (Switzerland).

European Conference of the Swiss Society of the History of Health and Nursing (GPG-HSS) in Cooperation with the European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN) and the European Journal for Nursing History, Theory and Ethics (ENHE)

Cultural expectations of ‘good care’ change according to context. They vary according to time and place. They are constantly shaped and reshaped by knowledge and techniques of health professions; by bodily and emotional needs and sensations; by symbols and rituals of attention and of sympathy; by religious ideas; and by views of justice, of caring human relations and of the person’s dignity. Individual experiences sometimes harmonize with expectations so that patients, and their nurses, midwives and physiotherapists, all feel satisfied. But sometimes, whether during birth, while nursing a newborn or a dying person, or whether engaging in some other healthcare process, things can and do go wrong. Bad things can happen – and these can be compounded by the failure of systems to intervene, to ‘turn things around’. Those involved can be left with negative experiences and may suffer consequences. According to the Dutch Philosopher Annemarie Mol such experiences are termed ambiguously as “bads” in care: “There is something else that bothers me. It is that somehow writing about the goods of care is just too nice. Too cosy. There are also bads to address, but how to do so?”1 

This international Conference will provide an opportunity for scholars from a range of disciplines to debate historical research relating to this subject. It will consider both individual and collective experiences of healthcare; explanations for bad care; and descriptions of ways in which individuals and groups have attempted to find impetus for reform. The history of Europe and its colonies in the 19th and 20th Centuries contain many examples of so-called “bads” in healthcare. During this time science based medical knowledge and techniques gained a powerful position within the logics of care and within the systems and practices of health professions. “Good” healthcare was redefined. And yet, the materiality, symbolisms and rituals of care continued to be understood in terms of the Judao-Christian religious context, coupled with bourgeois ideas of social justice, moral behaviour and human dignity.

Through decades, different cultures of care responded to what they considered “bad” in attention, protection or kindness. During the “Age of Extremes” (1914-1991) – to use the term coined by Eric Hobsbawm – totalitarian ideologies and race biology, dictatorial regimes, authoritarian societies and economies at war put pressure on the multifaceted cultures of care; at times, healthcare was perverted and destroyed by these ideologies and political pressures.

From the 1960s on, organisations of victims and of patients, social and feminist movements as well as critical scholars launched historical studies and social inquiries to disclose neglect, failures of care, mistreatments and abuse in medical, psychiatric and foster care institutions in past and present. These processes are still ongoing and they contribute to reforms in healthcare, to acts of apology, to compensation and to commemorative cultures. The history of nursing, midwifery, physio- and other health therapies started to investigate the past role and responsibilities of denominational nurses and health professionals from the 1990s onwards. The aim of this European conference is to enlarge our understanding of how these professions were interlinked with “bads” in healthcare, of how they addressed and responded to negative experiences and how they contributed to the improvement of healthcare in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The conference calls for contributions from scholars who can present research relating to negative experiences of and with health professionals such as nurses, midwives and therapists. Their starting point should be the individual or the collective experience of health professionals and/or of patients and family members with bad care. They should find answers to these questions: What shaped experience of “bads” as the actors addressed them? Whom did they make responsible for their negative experiences? How did they explain them? What did they claim? How did the actors involved deal with the negative experiences? How did those made responsible for “bads” respond to re-establish their standards of good healthcare, reputation and trustworthiness? How did this process contribute to reforms in healthcare?

The following fields of research are suggested:

1) patients and patient’s organisations: rights of patients and family members; complaints about “bads” in professional health care; goals for compensation and/or improvement; strategies to gain influence; networking for cooperation with health professionals.

2) professional standards: “good” in healthcare turns “bad” or vice versa; theory and ethics of “bads”; norms of professional competences; the significance of research to negative care experiences; development of methods for quality improvements.

3) everyday “bads” of professionals in healthcare: narratives of “bads” in care relations with patients and relatives, superiors, colleagues; trans-professional cooperation; the search for reforms in practice.

4) managing “bads”: the institutionalisation and role of ethics committees; surveys and the steering of patient’s and collaborator’s satisfaction.

5) Care in public: media scandals; ‘heroes’ and ‘villains’ in care; healthcare in court; effects of public discussions for healthcare improvements.

6) The quest for historical research: victims turn into witnesses; the role and work of committees of inquiry; integration or not of the blamed professionals; development reconciliation and of commemorative cultures for “bads” in past healthcare.

Registration, Presentations and Reimbursements

To participate at the conference, please apply with an abstract of 400 words maximum, which includes title, research question, methods, and sources used as well as results, before the 30th of November 2017 via email to The Conference Committee will disclose its decisions relating to the acceptance or non-acceptance of papers by the 15th of January 2018. The spoken language at the conference will be English. A slot of 30 minutes per paper will be permitted, and papers will be allotted in threes, to 90-minute panels.
A maximum of 20 minutes should be used for each paper; the remainder of the time is reserved for discussion. The fundraising for the conference is still ongoing so that the reimbursement of the costs of accommodation, travel and meals cannot yet be guaranteed.

Please send any enquiries to

Conference Committee

Switzerland: Sabina Roth, MA, independant historian, Zürich, president of GPG-HSS. Joëlle Droux, PhD, UNIGE, Genève. Kristin Hammer, registered midwife, MA, ZHAW, Winterthur. Véronique Hasler, MA, physiotherapist, HESAV, UNIL, Lausanne. Séverine Pilloud, PhD,
HEdS-La Source, Lausanne. On behalf of EAHN and ENHE: Prof. Dr. Christine Hallett, Manchester UK, Prof. Dr. Susanne Kreutzer, Münster D, PD Dr. Karen Nolte, Würzburg D.

mardi 19 septembre 2017

L'anti-psychiatrie britannique

The British Anti-Psychiatrists: From Institutional Psychiatry to the Counter-Culture, 1960-1971 

Oisín Wall

Series: Routledge Studies in Cultural History (Book 54)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 31, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1138048560

The British anti-psychiatric group, which formed around R.D. Laing, David Cooper, and Aaron Esterson in the 1960s, burned bright, but briefly, and has left a long legacy. This book follows their practical, social, and theoretical trajectory away from the structured world of institutional psychiatry and into the social chaos of the counter-culture. It explores the rapidly changing landscape of British psychiatry in the mid-Twentieth Century and the apparently structureless organisation of the part of the counter-culture that clustered around the anti-psychiatrists, including the informal power structures that it produced.

The book also problematizes this trajectory, examining how the anti-psychiatrists distanced themselves from institutional psychiatry while building links with some of the most important people in post-war psychiatry and psychoanalysis. The anti-psychiatrists bridged the gap between psychiatry and the counter-culture, and briefly became legitimate voices in both. Wall argues that their synthesis of disparate discourses was one of their strengths, but also contributed to the group’s collapse.

The British Anti-Psychiatrists offers original historical expositions of the Villa 21 experiment and the Anti-University. Finally, it proposes a new reading of anti-psychiatric theory, displacing Laing from his central position and looking at their work as an unfolding conversation within a social network.

Les esprits biologiques

Making Biological Minds


21st-22nd September, 2017

University of Leeds, UK

Organised by Sean Dyde, in cooperation with the University of Leeds and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

The neurosciences are flourishing, while the relationship between the neurosciences and the humanities is not. Whereas some scholars have welcomed closer collaboration, much work attempting to bring the two together can seem off-puttingly imperial or else preparatory to a larger engagement. These deficiencies in turn have generated widespread doubt that either side has anything to learn from the other. In this two-day conference, we will argue differently. We explore ways in which the broad range of practices, methods and theories within the neurosciences and the humanities may offer cooperation, while the disciplines still retain their professional identities. Both fields working towards a common goal to describe, however tantalisingly, what it means to be human.

The speakers are:

Felicity Callard (Birkbeck University of London)
Reverie, Daydreams and Mind-Wandering in the Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Mind and Brain Sciences

Alfred Cheesman (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Measuring the “Broken Brain”: Neuroimaging and the “Biological Revolution” in American and British Psychiatry

Stephen T Casper (Clarkson University, United States)
A History of Locked-in Syndrome: The Making of Neurological Consciousness, 1880-Present

Chuanfei Chin (National University of Singapore)
Neuroscientific Impasses and Historical Insights

Stephanie Eichberg (Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung)
From Metaphor to Molecule: Decoding the Languages of Pain

Liam Kempthorne (University College London) and Sean Dyde (University of Leeds)
Neuroscience and the Humanities: Where to from here?

Åsa Jansson (Durham University)
The Politics of the Borderline Brain: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Neoliberalism in Swedish Psychiatry

Natasha Lushetich (LaSalle College of the Arts)
The Extended Mind in a Technologically Augmented Body: Neuroplasticity and Bio-Sociality

Richard Milne (University of Cambridge) and Joanna Latimer (University of York)
Pathology’s Progress: Molecular Mobilities and the Neuroscientific Body

Elfed Huw Price (Independent Scholar)
Personhood and the Brain

Tom Quick (University of Manchester)
History in the Laboratory: Digitization, Education, and Design at the Laboratory of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genetics, University of Oxford

Kathryn Schoefert (King’s College London)
Making the Biological Brain: An Organismic View of Neurosciences and Humanities

Roger Smith (Institute of the History of Science and Technology, Russian Federation)
The Sensing of Movement

Claudia Stein (University of Warwick)
Visions of Economic Man: Biomedical Bodies, Political Economy and History around 1900

Gonzalo Talavera (University of Leeds)
Max Isserlin and the Role of Aphasiology in the Debate on Psychologism in Early Twentieth-Century Germany

Priya Umachandran (King’s College London)
Brain Policy Now?

More details of the conference, including abstracts, can be found at:

The event is free, but places are limited, so please register at:

Attendees may also be interested in attending our celebrations for the 60th anniversary of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, to be held on the 19th and 20th of September. Further information can be found at:

lundi 18 septembre 2017

Histoire de la mort imminente

Mort imminente. Genèse d'un phénomène scientifique et culturel

Jelena Martinović

Collection: Fabrica
Date de publication: 12.06.2017
Nombre de pages: 224
ISBN: 978-2-94-0563-14-2

Sensation de bien-être, voyage hors du corps, passage au travers d’un tunnel de ténèbres, ascension vers l’«empyrée»: les représentations liées à l’expérience de mort imminente ont profondément influencé l’imaginaire collectif et la conception que nous nous faisons des derniers instants de l’existence, suggérant ni plus ni moins la possibilité d’une vie après la vie. Signalée dès l’Antiquité et observée au sein de différentes cultures à travers le monde, cette expérience fut progressivement prise en compte par la médecine et la psychologie occidentales, avant de connaitre un succès populaire considérable à partir des années 1970.

A travers la figure du psychiatre américain Russell Noyes, Mort imminente restitue de la genèse de ce succès, et montre qu’il trouve son origine, dès les années 1950, au sein du domaine médical nord-américain. Contemporaines de la naissance des soins palliatifs, de la thérapie psychédélique, de la thanatologie et des humanités médicales, les études consacrées à l’expérience de mort imminente ont contribué à l’essor des arts de mourir aux Etats-Unis. Elles ont aussi, et surtout, permis de voir dans l’événement potentiellement traumatique que constitue cette expérience un puissant facteur de transformation personnelle.

Panorama détaillé d’un domaine et d’une époque, l’ouvrage de Jelena Martinović constitue une passionnante enquête historique qui plonge le lecteur au cœur des enjeux et des évolutions de la recherche scientifique.

Poste à Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Assistant Professor of History of Science and Medicine at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Call for applications

Faculty Position FY18-030
September 14, 2017

Position Title
Assistant Professor of History of Science and Medicine

Hiring Unit
College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Historical Studies

Job Description/Responsibilities
The History Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville invites applications for a tenure-track position field in the History of Medicine or Science with a non-US focus. Faculty in the Department of Historical Studies teach three courses per semester. The Department emphasizes innovation in our undergraduate courses by highlighting historical thinking skills including primary source analysis in history “labs,” applied historical methods, interdisciplinary courses, and opportunities to collaborate with professional schools. Teaching responsibilities in the 3/3 load include introductory survey courses in World History or Western Civilization, service courses for majors on historical research or careers in history, and upper-level, including graduate, courses in the candidate's field of expertise and broader non-US teaching fields. The candidate is also encouraged to teach interdisciplinary courses with faculty in CAS as well as with our professional schools, such as Nursing, Pharmacy, and Engineering. Faculty who can foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and apply for external funding are highly desirable.

Additionally, the Department offers an MA degree and a PhD in History through our cooperative doctoral program with Southern Illinois University Carbondale, as well as a post-baccalaureate certificate in museum studies. The History Department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a dedicated group of teacher-scholars who value both teaching and research excellence.

Minimum Qualifications
A Ph.D. in History or closely related discipline is required at the time of employment beginning in August 2018. Persons who have not completed all degree requirements by the beginning of the contract period (ABD) may be considered for a one-year term appointment at the rank of instructor until the degree is completed. College-level teaching experience and grant-writing experience is preferred.

dimanche 17 septembre 2017

Les critiques de Freud

Freud Wars. Un siècle de scandales

Samuel Lézé

Presses universitaires de France
Date de parution: 06/09/2017
Nombre de pages: 180
Code ISBN:  978-2-13-079245-1

Pourquoi Freud, mort depuis 1939, fait-il encore scandale aujourd’hui ? Plus encore que la psychanalyse, c’est sa personne qui est régulièrement attaquée. Dernier éclat en date : la parution, en 2010, du Crépuscule d’une idole de Michel Onfray, qui faisait suite au Livre noir de la psychanalyse (2005). En affirmant que les théories freudiennes ne sont qu’une série de fables, les détracteurs de Freud s’inscrivent dans une intrigue de longue durée. Un siècle de scandales qui, au lieu d’atteindre Freud, l’ont édifié en mythe. Un siècle de Freud Wars qu’il faut maintenant exhumer pour comprendre les erreurs de ceux qui ont tenté de détruire non seulement le psychanalyste, mais aussi l’homme. Car, finalement, dénigrer Freud, c’est le populariser. Mieux : c’est accomplir une prophétie qu’il n’a lui-même cessé de prédire.

Le texte à l’épreuve de la folie et de la littérature

Le texte à l’épreuve de la folie et de la littérature

Marc Décimo & Tanka G. Tremblay 

Les presses du réel 
Septembre 2017

Une somme consacrée aux liens étroits entre littérature et folie, du XVIIIe siècle jusqu'à nos jours.
Où commence et finit la Littérature ? Où commence et finit la folie ? De l'histoire de ces limites traitent depuis le XVIIIe siècle jusqu'à nos jours Disraeli, Philarète Chasles, Gabriel Peignot, Nodier – autour de la question des « fous littéraires » –, Delepierre, les Agathopèdes, les deux Brunet, de nombreux érudits, Alfred Jarry, et des aliénistes, Calmeil, Sentoux, Lombroso, Nordau, Réja, puis Chambernac, Queneau, Breton, Perec, Blavier, des universitaires et tant d'autres…
Ainsi que faire du Journal de Madopolis, du prêtre adamite Fulmen Cotton, des pré-oulipiens, de Gleïzès (l'inventeur du végétarisme), des farfadets de Berbiguier de Terre-Neuve du Thym, de Jules Allix (atteint d'escargotomanie), de la philanthropophagie de Paulin Gagne, de Jean-Pierre Brisset (atteint de grenouillomanie), du marquis de Camarasa et de ses brouettes, de Perreaux (l'inventeur de la moto), de Normand Lamour et de tant d'autres ?

Médecine et biologie arabes

Revue Arabic Biology and Medicine

Appel à contributions

Dans le cadre de la promotion des études sur l’histoire des sciences de la vie arabes, la revue en ligne Arabic Biology and Medicine, a historical Journal,, revue scientifique à comité de lecture, lance un appel à contributions sur des thématiques touchant à l’histoire des sciences de la vie écrites en langue arabe. Les travaux sur la médecine, la biologie, la zoologie, la botanique, la pharmacie et la pharmacopée, les sciences agronomiques et la science vétérinaire ainsi que leur diffusion et transmission dans les sphères culturelles arabo-islamiques sont particulièrement sollicités. Les textes proposés à la Rédaction pourront porter sur des questions historiques et/ou épistémologiques touchant des périodes contemporaines ou anciennes. Sera également accueillie avec beaucoup d’intérêt toute proposition d’analyse ou de recension d'ouvrage portant sur ces thématiques. 
Merci d’envoyer votre proposition (ainsi que vos coordonnées et une courte bio) au rédacteur en chef Ahmed Aarab et à l’équipe de rédaction à 
Les manuscrits doivent être originaux et ne peuvent pas être en cours de soumission pour une autre publication ; ils peuvent être rédigés en anglais, en français ou en arabe; ils ne doivent pas dépasser 50 000 signes (espaces et notes compris) et avoir un résumé (10-20 lignes). De courts papiers peuvent être soumis.

samedi 16 septembre 2017

Le témoignage d’un caporal infirmier

Milec le soldat méconnu. Le témoignage d’Emile Madec (1891-1917), caporal infirmier au 19e régiment d’infanterie de Brest 

Soizick Le Pautremat

Préface de Nicolas Beaupré

Éditeur : Vagamundo
Nombre de Pages : 352
ISBN : 979-10-92521-19-1

L’ouvrage regroupe les carnets de guerre d’Émile Madec, de nombreux extraits de sa correspondance avec sa marraine de guerre, sa famille, ses amis, ainsi que quelques dessins et aquarelles qu’il a réalisés au front. Les textes et documents visuels sont établis, présentés et annotés par Soizick Le Pautremat qui signe également le prologue de cet ouvrage préfacé par l’historien Nicolas Beaupré et enrichi d’une soixantaine de documents visuels inédits. »


Soizick Le Pautremat est née le 12 janvier 1947 à Plouguenast (Côtes d’Armor). Elle vit à Port-Louis, dans le Morbihan. Elle est professeur agrégé d’histoire-géographie en retraite. En 1968, elle reçoit, de sa grand-tante Françoise Madec, les carnets de guerre, dessins, aquarelles et derniers effets personnels de son grand-oncle Émile Madec, dit «Milec», né le 24 juillet 1891 à Pont-Aven et mort pour la France le 7 mai 1917 lors de la bataille du Chemin des Dames. Persuadée que ces carnets pouvaient être utiles, qu’ils viendraient compléter les souvenirs contenus dans les «Cahiers du 19e R.I.» et apporter une autre vision de la guerre, celle d’un infirmier, elle décide de les publier.

Mon ambition est de montrer, à partir de l’exemple d’un caporal infirmier, que ces hommes soignants ont encore des informations, non négligeables, à nous apprendre sur cette guerre et qu’ils ne sont pas, comme je l’ai lu «les embusqués des tranchées». Mon travail de mémoire se double alors d’un «devoir de connaissance», selon l’expression de François Bédarida, pour aboutir à une reconnaissance de ceux que je nomme les «soldats méconnus». Émile Madec n’était pas seulement un Poilu : artisan comme son père, il était aussi artiste de formation, soldat infirmier par choix et humaniste de culture."

Corps masculins dans la nation

Corps masculins : représentations littéraires et iconographiques de la nation

Appel à communications


19 et 20 avril 2018

Université de Nantes
Chemin de la Censive du Tertre
44300 Nantes

Depuis une dizaine d’années les études sur le genre et les masculinités gagnent de la place dans le paysage académique français grâce aux nouvelles approches théoriques d’analyse culturelle venues particulièrement des pays anglophones (Butler, Connell, etc.), et ce malgré l’opposition de plus en plus criante de certains groupes religieux et d’une partie de la société civile (La Manif pour Tous, Civitas, Sens commun) qui dénoncent une manipulation idéologique de la part des universitaires dans le but de défaire le genre organisant les modes de fonctionnement sociaux et les rapports de domination.

Dans ce contexte de forte remise en cause des luttes pour l’égalité de genre et pour les droits des personnes LGBTIQ, il importe de continuer les réflexions engagées lors de la journée d’études « Masculinités hispaniques : déviances et résistances dans la littérature hispanophone contemporaine » (réalisée en octobre 2016) à partir d’une nouvelle perspective d’analyse : les rapports étroits entre masculinité et nation.

Déjà en 1983, l’œuvre de référence Imagined Communities de Benedict Anderson, avait apporté un nouvel éclairage sur les modes de fonctionnement en communauté et le processus de formation de l’imaginaire lié à la nation. Les origines de la conscience nationale et les attributs qui lui ont été associés s’avèrent inséparables des caractérisations du corps masculin. En effet, la virilité a été utilisée de manière très productive dans les descriptions idéales de la nation et de ses représentants. Plus récemment, Tod W. Reeser (2010) a analysé que dans le discours de la nation et de la masculinité, ces caractérisations sont « imaginées, limitées et démarquées ». Ce phénomène apparaît par exemple dans les représentations viriles de l’armée comme corps défensif de la nation ou, au contraire, dans les traits féminins ou efféminés attribués à l’ennemi. Selon ce spécialiste, «la masculinité peut aider à faire apparaître la nationalité comme naturelle». Ainsi, la naturalisation de la nation et celle du corps masculin s’insèrent au sein d’un seul et même processus discursif.

Ces éléments de réflexion nous invitent à interroger l’articulation des représentations de la masculinité à celles de la nation dans la littérature et les arts visuels du XIXe au XXIe siècles. Les aires culturelles à aborder ainsi que la langue des textes littéraires n’ont pas de limite. Cependant les communications doivent être proposées en français ou en anglais. Elles pourront se centrer sur un ou plusieurs des axes proposés ci-dessous, mais ils ne sont aucunement restrictifs :

• La virilité comme identité nationale genrée.

• Masculinités, discours belliqueux et représentations de l’armée.

• Discours colonialistes et féminisation de l’ennemi.

• Discours patriarcal et métaphorisation féminine de la nation.

• L’amitié masculine, les idéaux de fraternité et la nation.

• Hétéronormativité et imaginaire de la patrie.

• Représentations de l’acte sexuel, du viol et de la séduction dans les discours nationaux.

• Homophobie et discours national.


Sergio Coto-Rivel, MCF, Université de Nantes

Cécile Fourrel de Frettes, MCF, Université Paris 13

Jennifer Houdiard, MCF, Université de Nantes 

Date limite pour l’envoi des propositions : 10 janvier 2018

Langues des communications : français ou anglais

Propositions de 500 mots maximum, brève biobibliographie

Une publication sélective des articles issus des communications est envisagée dans la revue Itinéraires. Littérature, textes, cultures.

BEASLEY, C., 2008, « Rethinking Hegemonic Masculinity in a Globalizing World » in Men and Masculinities, 11(1), pp. 86-103.
BENVIDO, B. dir. (2009), . Masculinites, Bruxelles, Sextant.
BOURDIEU, P., 1998, La domination masculine, Paris, Éditions du Seuil.
BUTLER, J., 2006, Défaire le genre, Paris, Éditions Amsterdam.
CARRIGAN, T., CONNELL R.W. et Lee, J. (1985),. « Toward a new sociology of masculinity » in Theory and Society, 14(5), pp. 551-604.
CONNELL, R. W. et Messerschmidt, J.W. (2005),. «Hegemonic Masculinity: Rethinking the Concept » in Gender & Society, 19(6), pp. 829-859.
CONNELL, R. W., 2014, Masculinités. Enjeux sociaux de l’hégémonie, Paris, Éditions Amsterdam.
CORBIN, A. (dir.), 2011, Histoire de la virilité 2. Le triomphe de la virilité. Le xixe siècle, Paris, Seuil.
COURTINE, J-J. (dir.), 2011, Histoire de la virilité 3. La virilité en crise. Le xxe-xxie siècles, Paris, Seuil.
ERIBON, D., 2012, Réflexions sur la question gay, Paris, Flammarion.
________________ 2010, De la subversion. Droit, norme et politique. Paris, Éditions Cartouche.
FARGES, P., 2012, « MasculinitesMasculinités et masculinisme ? (1880-1920) » in Les carnets de recherche du CIERA [en ligne],
FOUCAULT, M., 1976, Histoire de la sexualité I, La volonté de savoir, Paris, Gallimard.
HOWSON, R., 2006, Challenging Hegemonic Masculinity, Londres, Routledge.
KOSOFSKY SEDGWICK, E., 2008, Epistémologie du placard [1990], Paris, Éditions Amsterdam.
MARTÍNEZ OLIVA, J., 2005, El desaliento del guerrero. Representaciones de la masculinidad en el arte de las décadas 80 y 90, Murcia, CENDEAC.
MEYER, M., 1994, The Politics and Poetics of Camp, New York, Routledge.
MOSSE, G. L., 1997, L’image de l’homme. L’invention de la virilité moderne, Paris : Abbeville.
REESER T. W., 2010, Masculinities in Theory, West Sussex, Wiley-Blackwell.
REVENIN, R. (dir.), 2007, Hommes et masculinités de 1789 à nos jours. Contributions à l’histoire du genre et de la sexualité en France, Paris, Autrement, 2007.
SEGARRA, M. et , CARABÍ, À. (dirs.), 2000, Nuevas masculinidades, Barcelone, Icaria.
SPIVAK, G., 2009, Les subalternes peuvent-elles parler ? Paris, Éditions Amsterdam.
WELZER-LANG, D. (dir.), 2000, Nouvelles approches des hommes et du masculin, Toulouse, Presses Universitaires du Mirail.
WITTIG, M., 2007, La pensée straight, Paris, Éditions Amsterdam.

Concours 2018 de la Société Française des hôpitaux

Concours 2018 de la Société Française des hôpitaux 

Appel à candidatures 

La Société Française d’Histoire des Hôpitaux organise en partenariat avec l’Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris un concours destiné à encourager la connaissance de l’histoire des hôpitaux, et plus largement celle de l’assistance, de la bienfaisance et de la charité, aux origines de l’institution hospitalière. 

Peuvent concourir les auteur(e)s, universitaires ou non, de travaux en langue française, rédigés, publiés ou soutenus après le 1er janvier 2014. 

Afin d’encourager leur publication, les travaux universitaires lauréats font l’objet de prix dotés en numéraire par le mécénat hospitalier. Les autres travaux lauréats, déjà publiés, sont distingués par la médaille de la Société française d'histoire des hôpitaux. 

L’attribution des prix aura lieu au cours du premier semestre 2018.
Les travaux doivent être déposés en trois exemplaires papier auprès du 

Département des patrimoines culturels (DPC) de l’AP-HP. 

Un article de présentation (entre 5 000 et 6 000 caractères, espaces comprises), à paraître dans la revue de la SFHH avec le palmarès, doit être adressé, en parallèle, en format traitement de texte par courrier électronique, à la SFHH. 

La date limite de dépôt des dossiers de candidatures auprès de l’AP-HP est fixée au 31 octobre 2017.

Les candidatures sont à adresser au
Département des patrimoines culturels de l’AP-HP 
Coordination du concours SFHH
7, rue des Minimes – 75003 Paris
Tél. 01 40 27 50 77
Courriel : 
Site internet : 

L’article de présentation pour la revue et toutes demandes de renseignements sont à adresser à : 

Société Française d’Histoire des Hôpitaux
1 résidence Sus-Auze – 84110 Vaison-la-Romaine Tél:0619795517
Courriel :
Site internet :

vendredi 15 septembre 2017

Genre, grossesse et pouvoir au 18e siècle

Gender, Pregnancy and Power in Eighteenth-Century Literature: The Maternal Imagination 

Jenifer Buckley

Series: Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Hardcover: 292 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2017 edition (July 30, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-3319538341

This book reveals the cultural significance of the pregnant woman by examining major eighteenth-century debates concerning separate spheres, man-midwifery, performance, marriage, the body, education, and creative imagination. Exploring medical, economic, moral, and literary ramifications, this book engages critically with the notion that a pregnant woman could alter the development of her foetus with the power of her thoughts and feelings. Eighteenth-century authors sought urgently to define, understand and control the concept of maternal imagination as they responded to and provoked fundamental questions about female intellect and the relationship between mind and body. Interrogating the multiple models of maternal imagination both separately and as a holistic set of socio-cultural components, the author uncovers the discourse of maternal imagination across eighteenth-century drama, popular print, medical texts, poetry and novels. This overdue rehabilitation of the pregnant woman in literature is essential reading for scholars of the eighteenth century, gender and literary history.

Les blessures médicales ou métaphoriques

Medical and Metaphorical Wounds from the Middle Ages to the First World War

Call for Papers

Two-day workshop January 26 and 27, 2018 at the Science Museum, London

Wounds and their meaning have differed over time: from stigmata to the psychological wounding of soldiers in the First World War, the conception and function of wounds as religious symbols, medical signs or metaphorical devices has depended on social and historical contexts. Over this two-day workshop we hope to further a discussion on the varied understandings of wounds and wounding across history by bringing museum professionals and academics from different periods and disciplines together.
This workshop will mark the closing of the Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care at the Science Museum, on wound care and surgical developments in the First World War. The format will be a series of panels, discussions and (guided) exclusive access to the Science Museums extensive medical collections not currently on display. There will be a guided tour of the Wounded exhibition as well as a guided tour of Blythe House, one of the Science Museum object stores where large parts of the Wellcome Medical History Collection permanent loan to the Science Museum is housed. The proceedings from this workshop are to be published in a Special Issue of the Science Museum Group Journal. Registration is free and lunch will be provided on both days. We will endeavor to cover travel costs for student and unwaged delegates. There will be a conference dinner at delegates own expense.
We welcome abstracts on topics related to wounds and wounding from any period from the Middle Ages to the First World War.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
  • Developments in wound care (surgical innovation during war, academic, scholastic, or educational changes)
  • Conception of wounds and wounding in medical text and literature
  • Descriptions and representations of wounds in medical text and literature
  • Physical and mental wounds
  • Representations of wounds and wounding in images and literature
  • Wounds as metaphor or simile
  • Wounds in religious practice, theory and representation
  • Wounds to the body politic and social wounds
  • The use of wounds and wounding in political or ideological discourse
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 31st of October, 2017.
Please submit a short abstract (max 300 words) and a short biography (max 150 words) to
Any questions and queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Séminaire du CHoSTM

King’s College London CHoSTM Seminar  

Programme, 2017-2018

All seminars will be held in room S8.08 in the Strand Building at King’s College London, from 16:00-17:30.  All are welcome.

For more information about the Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine at KCL, please see: 


27 September:  Kathryn Schoefert (KCL)  
One Brain? Comparing human and non-human animal brains in the mid-20th century

11 October:  Scott Vrecko (KCL)  
Title TBC                  
25 October:  Robin Scheffler (MIT)  
A Contagious Cause: The Search for Cancer Viruses and the Growth of American Biomedicine

8 November:  Chiara Thumiger (Warwick)  
Quasi Phreneticus: Metaphorical and technical interactions in the history of the ancient disease concept phrenitis
22 November:  Daniel Margoscy (Cambridge)  
The Natural History of Satyrs: Mythology and Science from Conrad Gesner to Charles Darwin

6 December:  Amanda Rees (York)  
Othering the Brother: class, race, species and Neandert(h)als in 20th century popular fiction                 

17 January:  Samiksha Sehrawat (Newcastle)  
Title TBC                                                                 

31 January:  Tiago Mata (UCL)  
Economic literacy and popular histories of economics since 1945
14 February:  Kathleen Vongsathorn (Warwick)  
“We are the little doctors”: Midwives, Perceptions of Expertise, and Shifting Engagement with Hospitals in Uganda, 1918-1979   
28 February: Francesca Bray (Edinburgh)  
Moving crops and the scales of history        
14 March:  Chris Renwick (York)  
Population Science and Democracy in Mid-Twentieth-Century Britain
28 March:  Richard Oosterhoff (Cambridge)  
Making Common Sense: The Untutored Mind in Early Modern Europe                                                                                                                                                                        
2 May:  Jana Funke (Exeter)   
Transvestites, Sexo-Aesthetic Inverts and Eonists: Emerging Understandings of Trans Identity in Early Twentieth-Century Science and Literature
16 May:  Mikael Hård (Darmstadt)   
How to Write a Global History of Technology?                  
30 May:  Tamar Novick (MPIWG)  
Urine & Gold: A History of Threats and Wonders