Circulation of Medical Knowledge and Skills, from Early Modern Times to Nowadays

Circulation of Medical Knowledge and Skills, from Early Modern Times to Nowadays

Deutsch-Polnische Gesellschaft für Geschichte der Medizin, Pomeranian Medical University (PMU), Szczecin
Szczecin, the PMU Rectorate Building (Rybacka 1)
Vom - Bis
30.05.2019 - 02.06.2019
Joanna Nieznanowska / Fritz Dross

XVII Biannual Conference of the German-Polish Society for the History of Medicine:
Circulation of Medical Knowledge and Skills, from Early Modern Times to Nowadays

The question of transfer of knowledge and skills is constantly recurring at GPSHM conferences regar-dless of their actual major subjects. At least twice in this century, the Polish-German cooperation in medi-cine has been the topic of our meetings . The goal of the 2019 conference is to examine the circulation of medical knowledge and skills in a broader context. The period we want to discuss is from early mo-dern times to nowadays. The space we want to focus on is, roughly, Europe (with works on German and Polish contributions to the circulation phenomenon remaining particularly welcome). We would love the 2019 conference to work as a meeting point for scholars who, while studying different aspects of the multifaceted phenomenon of medical knowledge/skill circulation, approach this subject from a variety of differing angles, and use various methods, tools and sources.

With the conference’s subject matter construed possibly broadly, we are particularly interested in papers that present events, persons, institutions, and places less frequently discussed in English language, and cover the following questions:

- How, by whom, and with the use of what channels and means, was medical knowledge, both theoreti-cal and practical, moved around? What were the mutual relationships between the “centres” and “peri-pheries” of this movement, and how were they established / developed / maintained?
- How was the notion of “scientific” (“authoritative”) defined in medicine, and how did the tensions between the “scientific” (“authoritative”) and the “unscientific” (“unorthodox”) influence medical theory and practice?
- How was medical knowledge and practice influenced by other fields of intellectual / scientific endea-vour, and vice versa? We would love to explore the ways in which natural philosophy / science made medical theory and practice change, but also to learn how medical thought inspired natural philosophy / science;
- How did cultural, political, economic, social, and other factors influence the circulation of medical know-ledge and skills, either facilitating it, or disturbing it / slowing it down?
- What was the role of the people at the receiving end of medical practice in the development and circu-lation of knowledge and skills in medicine? In particular, how did potential and actual patients influence the development of, and the practitioners’ attitudes towards, the so-called soft skills in medicine?
(Because “nowadays” does appear in the conference’s title, you are welcome to change past tense used in the questions presented above into present one, if need be)

Advanced graduate students, early career scholars, and senior researchers are encouraged to apply. Please send a single document containing 1) a title and an abstract of up to 300 words, and 2) a short (one-paragraph) biography, to
Deadline for abstract submissions 15 February 2019

Conference fee: 200 PLN / 50 Euro (advanced graduate / PhD students: 100 PLN / 25 Euro)
Please, feel free to contact Dr. Joanna Nieznanowska at, with any questions.



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