Fourth West Coast Symposium in the History of Medicine

Fourth West Coast Symposium in the History of Medicine

Angelo Caglioti, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society, University of California; Frank Stahnisch, Community Health Sciences/ History, University of Calgary
Office for the History of Science and Technology, University of California, Berkeley
United States
Vom - Bis
10.05.2013 - 11.05.2013
Prof. Frank W. Stahnisch

We would like to invite you to participate in a two-day symposium on May 10-11, 2013, sponsored jointly by the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society (University of California, Berkeley) and the History of Medicine and Health Care Program at the University of Calgary, Alberta (Canada).

The symposium will cover the history of health-related disciplines, to include a range of topics from ancient to the modern period. We are pleased to announce our keynote presentation “Creative Disability and the Shaking Palsy: Approaching a History of Parkinson’s Disease” by Dr. Dorothy Porter, distinguished Historian of Health Sciences with the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research highlights the history of public health through a perspective of health citizenship, and emphasizes the relationship between medicine, social sciences, and the state.

The object of the symposium is to encourage and highlight student research/scholarship to sharpen awareness of what is continuous with the present, and what lessons and insights can be learned form the past to prepare for the future. Our mission is to (a) foster interdisciplinary and trans-chronological exchanges among new and emerging scholars; (b) to create a safe platform where they can share and discuss research with peers and faculty; (c) to stimulate student networking in related disciplines across State/National/International institutions.



University of California Berkeley (May 10-11, 2013)

Office for the History of Science and Technology
Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society
University of California Berkeley

History of Medicine and Health Care Program
University of Calgary

Frank W. Stahnisch
University of Calgary

Angelo Matteo Caglioti
University of California Berkeley

Kelsey Lucyk
University of Calgary

Location: University of California Berkeley
470 Stephens Hall

Friday May 10, 2013 (afternoon)

3:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Welcome Address:

Introduction: Prof. Frank W. Stahnisch (Calgary/Berkeley),
Angelo Caglioti (Berkeley) and Kelsey Lucyk (Calgary)

3:30 pm to 5 pm

First Panel: History of Psychiatry and Mental Health

Chair: Prof. Peter Sahlins (Berkeley)

Alysia Han (UCSF):
“Treating the ‘Whole Child’: The Development of Child Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, 1930-1943”

Kevin Bass (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia):
“DSM-V: A Brief History of Tradition and Critique”

Ramsha Almas (Calgary):
“The Role of Functional Neuroimaging and Genetic Techniques in the Evolving Definitions and Diagnostics of Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism (a Historical Analysis)”


5 pm to 5:30 pm

Coffee Break

5:30 to 7 pm

Chair: Frank W. Stahnisch

Keynote Lecture: Prof. Dorothy Porter (University of California, San Francisco)
“Creative Disability and the Shaking Palsy: Approaching a History of Parkinson’s Disease”


8 pm to 10:30 pm

Evening Dinner at Free House, 2700 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
(conf. participants – on own expenses)

Saturday May 11th, 2013 (morning)

9 am to 9:45 am

Chair: Frank W. Stahnisch

Featured Lecture: Prof. Peter Sahlins (Berkeley)
“The Animal Question in the First Xenotransfusions in France, 1667-1668”


9:45 to 10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 am to 11:45 am

Second Panel: Health, Medicine and the State in Latin America in the 20th Century

Chair: Dr. Chris F. Jones (Berkeley)

Nicole Pacino (UC Santa Barbara):
“Transforming ‘Dangerous Practices: Training Midwives for the Good of the Nation in Post-Revolutionary Bolivia”

Hanni Jalil (UC Santa Barbara):
“Agendas of Liberal Redemption, Modernization and Public Health in 1930s and 40s Colombia”

Jethro Hernandez-Berrones (UC Santa Barbara):
“The ‘Mania Medical Flora that Corrodes the Nation’: Homeopathic Medical Practice and its (Mis)Representations in Mexico, 1895-1943”


11:45 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch at Le Regal, 2126 Center Street, Berkeley
(conference participants – on own expenses)

Saturday May 11th, 2013 (afternoon)

1:30 to 2:30 pm

Third Panel: History of Public Health

Chair: Angelo Caglioti (Berkeley)

Kelsey Lucyk (Calgary):
“Population Mental Health and Resource-Based Communities: The Case of Kitimat, British Columbia, 1953-1982”

Erna Kurbegović (Calgary):
“School Medical Inspections in Winnipeg, 1900-1912”

2:30 to 3 pm

Coffee Break

3 to 4:30 pm

Fourth Panel: History of Biopolitics

Chair: Prof. Massimo Mazzotti (Berkeley)

Angelo Caglioti (Berkeley):
“Measuring ‘Civilization’ – Social Observation and Alfredo Niceforo’s Trajectory (1897-1960)”

Emily Seitz (Pennsylvania State University):
“Diseased Fertility: The Biopolitics of Birth Control Research”

Thomas Bryant (Berlin):
“Sterilization between Medical Indication and Social Engineering – Sexological Aspects of a German Debate in the Run-Up to National Socialism”

4:30 to 5 pm

Final Group Discussion
(Frank W. Stahnisch, Angelo Caglioti and Kelsey Lucyk)


Frank W Stahnisch

Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Social Science Building, 606; 618 Campus Place N.W.;
University of Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4Z6 Canada
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