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Durham University

Department of Philosophy

SSHM Conference 2010: Knowledge, Ethics and Representations of Medicine and Health: Historical Perspectives

Key-note speakers:

Dr Tim Boon (Science Museum, London, UK)
'On the Varieties of Medical Filmmaking: An Alternative Path to the Cultures of Bio-Medicine'

Professor Martha Few (University of Arizona, USA)
'The Fetus as Colonial Subject: Gender, Reproduction, and Medicine in the Eighteenth-Century Spanish Atlantic'

Professor Dr Thomas Lemke (Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
'Biosociality, health and citizenship'

Professor Heinrich von Staden (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, USA)
'Experiments on Living Animals: Private and Public Science in Ancient Greece and Rome'

Session themes include: 

What processes have generated knowledge about the body, illness and health that has become authoritative in different societies?
How have claims of medical expertise been justified vis à vis claims from other domains of social and cultural authority such as religion and law?
What did it mean for medical practitioners in different cultural and social contexts to claim to be ethical as well as knowledgeable?
How did they present themselves to the public?
What kind of material, visual and textual representations of body, mind, health and disease have gained 'defining power' exerting influence on medical practice and research until today?

Organising Committee:

Philip van der Eijk (Newcastle University), Jeremy Boulton (Newcastle University), Holger Maehle (Durham University), Cathy McClive (Durham University), Diana Paton (Newcastle University), Thomas Rütten (Newcastle University), and Lutz Sauerteig (Durham University)