New Book Available for Review: ‘The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity’ by Georges Vigarello

We have a new book from Columbia University Press available for review: The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity by Georges Vigarello. The publishers describe the book as follows: “Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the Read the full article…

Translating Happiness: Medicine, Culture & Social Progress (CFP, Special Issue, Health, Culture & Society)

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Health, Culture and Society: Translating Happiness: Medicine, Culture and Social Progress This year the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) proclaimed March 20th the International Day of Happiness. This day is premised on international recognition of the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal, and Read the full article…

Romantic Feelings: Continuities & Discontinuities in the History of Emotions (CFP, Conference, Geneva, 16–18 September 2013)

Romantic Feelings: Continuities & Discontinuities in the History of Emotions (from the aftermath of the French Revolution to the Revolutions of 1848) Conference, Geneva, 16–18 September 2013 Jeantet Foundation Auditorium, Geneva Switzerland Dolores Martin Moruno – IHMS, Geneva University Alberto Fragio – IMGWF, Universität zu Lübeck Organized by the IHMS, Geneva University and HIST-EX EMOTIONAL STUDIES, Read the full article…

Under Control? Alcohol & drug regulation, past and present (CfP, Conference, London, 21-23 June 2013)

Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drug regulation to be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 21-23rd June 2013. The conference will explore all aspects of drug, tobacco and alcohol regulation.  Work covering all periods and places, including recent history, will be Read the full article…

Psychoanalysis & History Seminars (Seminar series, Institute of Historical Research, London, 2012-13)

Wednesday evenings 5.30pm Room G21A (ground floor, Senate House), Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1 Oct 17 Kath Holden (University of the West of England), ‘The long hand of the nanny’: John and Ursula Bowlby and child care in early and mid twentieth century Britain. Nov 14 Jean Radford (Independent Scholar) ‘”Beyond Nirvana”: Barbara Low, a Read the full article…

Nomadic concepts in the social sciences (Seminar, 15-16 June 2012, Newcastle University)

‘Nomadic concepts in the social sciences’ 15-16 June 2012 School of Historical Studies, Newcastle University Project leader: Prof. Olivier Christin (Neuchâtel) Host: Dr Luc Racaut (Newcastle). Many expressions that designate social groups, ideologies, chronological markers or simply summarize the organization of the contemporary world seem perfectly natural and without ambiguity for those who translate them Read the full article…

Welcoming Dr Felicity Callard to the Centre for Medical Humanities

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to welcome Dr Felicity Callard, who joins our core research team as a Senior Lecturer in Social Science for Medical Humanities in the Department of Geography. Felicity is a social scientist with an interdisciplinary background. She has degrees in geography and critical theory, and a PhD in cultural / medical Read the full article…

Boredom: Life and Work after the Experience Economy (Workshop, Copenhagen, April 2012)

Boredom: Life and Work after the Experience Economy April 12-13, 2012 Department of Management, Politics, Philosophy and History Copenhagen Business School, Denmark Over the last two thousand years, boredom has gone by many different names – taedium vitae, acedia, sloth, ennui or busy idleness being just some of them – and has played a central Read the full article…