Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

History of Medicine Seminar Series: The Personal and the Public - Perspectives on Social History of Health and Medicine

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


BG11, Buckley, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Social History of Medicine Today: A Classic Approach in the Aftermath of the Turns with speaker Professor Alfons Labisch, Director of the Institute for the History of Medicine; Rector emeritus, Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf


In the late 1960s, social history developed into an imperative approach in general historiography. Since the mid-1970s, also social history of medicine has been developed into a comprehensive research approach. But in the 1990s, all of a sudden, social history of medicine vanished. The constructivist history of science, the linguistic-constructivist theories in humanities and micro-historiographical approaches from general history prevailed. After the first decade of the 21st century, the innovative highlights of these developments exceeded. Just at this point, it is appropriate to ask for the genuine and permanent role of a social history of medicine. Seen from the peculiarity of medicine the social history of medicine has a genuine field of topics in the social environment of disease and health. These topics have to be treated with their own approaches and methods, derived from its reference disciplines sociology and economics.

Convened by Professor Paul Weindling, Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present

All welcome. Tea and coffee will be available from 4:15pm