This online workshop aims to bring together early career researchers to share their research into the history of colonial medical education. While the application is open to all, the committee particularly encourages those focusing on the 18th-20th century British and French Empires. It will prioritise research projects based on archives in colonies or former colonies. The workshop will take the format of discussions of pre-circulated, short papers (drafts) prepared by all participants. We plan to publish a selection of workshop papers as a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal.
Numerous recent studies on the history of medicine in European empires have addressed the interactions between the colonisers and the colonial population in the field of health, race, diseases, epidemics, pharmacopoeias and remedies. With these themes in mind, this workshop focuses on institutions - special attention paid to colonial medical schools - that structured the medical body over time. This focus will allow us to gain a better understanding of the genesis of the contemporary medical profession and the role of empires in the process. In this perspective, we hope to approach medicine less as a set of care activities and more as an institutionalised construction of exclusive professional bodies, characterised in the contemporary period by strong intercontinental mobility and which defines the standards to be respected in order to belong to it.
Applications for the workshop should be sent in English, and should include the title, 300-word abstract, and institutional affiliation. They should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com no later than 8 March 2021.
To participate in the workshop, the confirmed participants will be asked to submit to all the other participants a draft version of their article in English based on their research by the end of May. The workshop will take the form of a discussion involving all participants to share constructive feedback on the pre-circulated drafts.