Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century
St Anne’s College, University of Oxford
Saturday 10 – Sunday 11 September 2016
In this two day interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the ERC project Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives, we will explore the phenomena of stress and overload, and other disorders associated with the problems of modernity in the long nineteenth century, as expressed in the literature, science, and medicine of the period. By tracing the connections drawn between physiological, psychological and social health, or disease in the era, we aim to offer new ways of contextualising the problems of modernity facing us in the twenty-first century. We are particularly interested in comparative perspectives on these issues from international viewpoints.
Keynote Speakers: Professor Laura Otis (Emory College of Arts and Sciences) and Professor Christopher Hamlin (University of Notre Dame)
Registration: Registration is now closed. Practical information for conference attendees is below. If you are unable to attend the conference, please contact the organisers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, within a week of the event, refunds for cancelled places and accommodation booked at St Anne’s cannot be processed as stated in the University of Oxford Online Store terms and conditions.
Copies of the programme and abstracts will be included in your conference pack.
A map of St Anne’s College is available here. On arrival, please go to main reception desk which is situated in the Lodge (Building F) and you will be directed to the registration area and conference rooms in the Ruth Deech Building.
Accommodation: If you have booked bed and breakfast accommodation at St Anne’s, check in is from 1pm at the Lodge. Please check out by 10am on your day of departure and return your key to the Lodge.
Luggage can be stored securely at the Lodge prior to check in and after check out if required.
Breakfast is in the Dining Hall from 8-9am.
Please contact the Lodge at any time during your stay if you require any assistance or information. The telephone number is 01865 274800, and it is staffed 24 hours a day.
If you need to book a taxi for your departure, the Lodge has a list of local taxi companies and will assist you.
Presentations: Please bring your presentation slides on a memory stick.
All conference rooms have a laptop and projector available for use. If you wish to use your own laptop and it is a Mac, please note you will need to bring your own adaptor in order to connect to the projector.
Speakers are reminded that all papers are 20 minutes in length.
Twitter: The conference hashtag is #medicineandmodernity
Access: The Ruth Deech Building has lift access to all floors. The Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre and the seminar rooms are all on the lower ground floor and are adjacent to each other.
Wifi: Wifi is available throughout the Ruth Deech Building and St Anne’s College through OWL, Eduroam or The Cloud. If you are not set up for OWL or Eduroam, please select The Cloud from the list of available networks and follow the instructions to connect.
Toilets: Toilets are located in the foyer area of the Ruth Deech Building, directly opposite the seminar rooms, and also in the Dining Hall building.
First Aid: First aid is available at the Porters Lodge.
Fire Assembly Point: The Fire Assembly point is marked FAP2 on the college map above. For those staying in college accommodation, fire procedures and a site map are on the back of each bedroom door.
Smoking Points: St Anne’s College has designated smoking areas, which are marked by red dots on the college map here. The nearest smoking area to the conference rooms is directly opposite the entrance to the Ruth Deech Building, outside Hartland House.
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The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and although it has expanded over the years to accommodate growing numbers of readers, its central and oldest buildings remain intact. The Library runs a number of tours, including glimpses inside the 15th-century Divinity School and the medieval Duke Humfrey’s Library. The recently renovated Weston Library (across the road from the Old Bodleian) also hosts regular exhibitions of rare materials from the University’s collections.
Oxford University Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, founded in 1860, houses the University’s collection of zoological and geological specimens within a stunning neo-Gothic building. Don’t miss the Pitt Rivers Museum, accessed through the back of the Natural History Museum, which contains three impressive floors of ethnographic and archaeological objects, including musical instruments, masks, and amulets.
University of Oxford Botanic Garden
The University’s Botanic Garden is the oldest in Britain, and is still used as a teaching resource in the biological sciences. The Garden includes both scientific and ornamental collections – the former including a Medicinal Collection – and several glasshouses.
Museum of the History of Science
The Museum of the History of Science houses an extensive collection of scientific instruments, from astrolabes to photographic equipment. The Museum also runs regular volunteer-led tours for visitors.
The University Parks are an oasis in the heart of the city, bordered by the River Cherwell. As well as offering a vast space to relax in the Parks include the ‘Genetic Garden’ dedicated to Oxford Professor of Botany Cyril Dean Darlington, which highlights the diversity and evolution of the plant kingdom.
The Ashmolean is the University’s museum of art and archaeology, containing a huge variety of objects from Egyptian ceramics to the famous Anglo-Saxon Alfred Jewel. Special exhibitions during September include ‘Monkey Tales’ to celebrate the Year of the Monkey in 2016 and ‘Storms, War and Shipwrecks’, investigating underwater archaeology.
Call For Papers: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century
St Anne’s College, Oxford
10th – 11th September 2016
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: CHRISTOPHER HAMLIN AND LAURA OTIS
In our current ‘Information Age’ we suffer as never before, it is claimed, from the stresses of an overload of information, and the speed of global networks. The Victorians diagnosed similar problems in the nineteenth century. The medic James Crichton Browne spoke in 1860 of the ‘velocity of thought and action’ now required, and of the stresses imposed on the brain forced to process in a month more information ‘than was required of our grandfathers in the course of a lifetime’. Through this two day interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the ERC-funded Diseases of Modern Life project based at Oxford, we will explore the phenomena of stress and overload, and other disorders associated with the problems of modernity in the long nineteenth century, as expressed in the literature, science, and medicine of the period. We seek to return to the holistic, integrative vision of the Victorians as it was expressed in the science and literature of the period, exploring the connections drawn between physiological, psychological and social health, or disease, and offering new ways of contextualising the problems of modernity facing us in the twenty-first century. We are particularly interested in comparative perspectives on these issues from international viewpoints.
Topics might include, but are not limited to:
• Representations of ‘modern’ disorders and neuroses in literature and the medical press
• Defining modernity and its problems in the nineteenth century
• Medical and psychiatric constructions of modern life
• Social and mental health and welfare
• Diseases from pollution and changing nineteenth-century environments
• Diseases from worry, overwork, and mental or physical strain
• Diseases from excess, self-abuse, stimulants, and narcotics
• The role of machinery and technology in causing or curing disease
• Changing relationships between doctors and patients
• Emerging medical specialisms
• Global Modernities
We welcome proposals from researchers across a range of disciplines and stages of career. We plan to publish a selection of papers from the event in the form of an edited volume. Please send proposals of no more than 300 words accompanied by a short bio, to email@example.com by Friday, 4th December 2015.
Amelia Bonea, Melissa Dickson, Jennifer Wallis, Sally Shuttleworth