Congratulations to Marion Schmidt, Ph.D., who successfully defended her dissertation, a history of genetic deafness research in the United States during the twentieth century. Marion's thesis explores how different professions defined deafness -- as a pathology and disability, a psychological deviance, or as a socio-cultural trait -- and analyzes surrounding questions of identity, culture, and treatment. In particular, she examines the oppression and reappearance of deaf people’s perspectives and their effect on notions of cultural and reproductive autonomy.
On May 23, in Paris, Gianna Pomata will present a paper at the conference in honor of John Forrester, "Penser et écrire l’histoire de la psychanalyse et des sciences humaines: autour de l’œuvre de John Forrester," to be held at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
On May 17, in Geneva, Gianna Pomata will take part in a seminar on "The Individual in Medicine" to be held at the Institut Éthique Histoire Humanités, School of Medicine, University of Geneva.
Jeremy Greene will deliver the Cleveland Medical Library Association annual lecture on April 21, 2016. The lecture, "Making Old Drugs New Again: On the Uses of History in Pharmaceutical Policy," will focus on the problem of incremental innovation—in which old drugs are made available only in unaffordable new packages—as illustrated in the case of medications for diabetes (Insulin), asthma (Albuterol), and gouty arthritis (Colchicine).
Jeremy Greene will give the keynote lecture, "The Analog Patient: Imaging Medicine at a Distance in the Television Era," at the NIH conference, Images and Texts in Medical History: A Workshop in Methods, Tools, and Data from the Digital Humanities, on April 12 at 11:00 am in the Natcher Conference Center.
Jeremy Greene will be giving a talk, "Rethinking the Technological Fix: Telecommunications and Medical Innovation on the Papago Reservation, 1968-1978," at a History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) workshop for the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS) at the University of Chicago at 4:00 pm, April 8.
Mary Fissell will provide comments at the workshop, "Histories of Reproductive Risk: Antiquity to the Present," held at Princeton University on March 25-26. This cross-disciplinary workshop brings together scholars working in the history of reproduction across different time periods and features panels on different aspects of the human efforts to explain, assess, and control the uncertainties of the reproductive process. Mary will serve as commentator for the panel, "Measuring the Female Body," on Saturday, the 26th.
Seth LeJacq has successfully defended his dissertation, "Run Afoul: Sodomy, Masculinity, and the Body in the Georgian Royal Navy." Seth's dissertation deals with the history of the homoerotic, male-male sexual contact, and formal repression of sodomy in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Royal Navy, focusing in particular on the Napoleonic period. It asks how and why different actors recognized certain activities as "sodomy" and explores the place of the homoerotic in working-class naval culture.
Susan D. Lamb, PhD, has been awarded the 2016 Cheiron Book Prize for The Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences awards the prize biennially for an outstanding monograph in the history of the social/behavioral/human sciences.
Recent program grad Alicia Puglionesi has been awarded the postdoctoral fellowship at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Philadelphia next year. Congratulations, Alicia!