University of Glamorgan
Friday, April 15th 2011
Dr Lauren Kassell
(Pembroke College Cambridge)
Throughout the history of medicine there have always been knowledges and practices considered to be (or portrayed as) outside the normal or orthodox: these include early modern popular and magical healing, mesmerism, ‘quack’ remedies, and alternative or complementary medicine. They have all existed at the boundaries of acceptability and legitimacy, and these boundaries have frequently shifted. Similarly, some illnesses have placed patients beyond the margins of acceptability. Mental health problems, sexually-transmitted diseases and conditions incurring great disfigurement have all been intertwined with social concepts of the taboo. This conference explores these margins, their form, context and history.
Call for Papers (Deadline: 30th January 2011)
Image (top left) reproduced by the kind permission of the Gillies Archives