Symposium on the Habsburg History of Medicine

posted by Katalin Teller on 2008/11/12 13:42

[ Symposion ]

Medicine within and between the Empires (Habsburg and Ottoman) between the 17th and 20th Centuries is the title of the symposium organized by the Collections of the Medical University of Vienna,the RSCSE Working Group in the History of Racial Sciences and Biomedicine in Central and Southeast Europe (Oxford Brookes University), the Austrian Society for Social History of Medicine, and the Department of Anthropology, Natural History Museum Vienna, to be held November 20-22, 2008 in Josephinum (Medical University of Vienna).

The main topics under investigation are:

  • Gender and Medicine,
  • Religion and Medicine,
  • Medicine in the Borderlands
  • Transfer of Knowledge between and across Empires.

Like its predecessor (the symposium on "Medicine in the Balkans: Evolution of Ideas and Practice to 1945" organised at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London in late January 2008), the main objectives of this symposium are to explore the cultural and intellectual foundations of medical practices in the context of diverse national identities and heritages of the regions of Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe, as well as the way imperial settings cut across national developments in the history of medicine.


Thursday, November 20, 2008:

17.00 Registration of participants

18.00: Welcome Address: Prof. Mag.DDr Sonia Horn (Medical University of Vienna), Josephinum Lecture: Prof. Dr. Steve King (Oxford Brookes University): Mr Killigan's Empire: A Medical Man in the Habsburg Lands

19.30: Welcome Reception

Friday, November 21, 2008:

9.30 - 13.00 Panel I: Intersecting Empires, Transferring Knowledge Chair: Prof. Mag.DDr Sonia Horn (Collections of the Medical University of Vienna)

Octavian Buda (‘Mina Minovici’ Institute of Legal Medicine, Bucharest): Black Death on the Outskirts of Empires: The Epidemics in the Phanariot Bucharest

Georgeta Nazarska (State University of Library Studies, Sofia): The Vienna School of Medicine and Bulgarian Medicine and Health Care (1840s-1910s): Transfer of Knowledge

Christian Promitzer (Dpt. of Southeast European History, Karl-Franzens University of Graz): Imperial Legacies: Medicine in Bulgaria and its Relation to the Ottoman Empire (1878-1912)

Sarah Marks (School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London): Travel Writing, Gender and Knowledge Transfer from Poland to the Ottoman Empire: The 18th Century Case of Regina Salomea Pilsztynowa

14.30 – 17.30: Panel II: Medicine and Empire Chair: Prof. Dr. Maria Teschler-Nicola (Dpt. of Anthropology Natural History Museum Vienna)

Jan Surman (Department of History, University of Vienna): The Development of the Medical ‘Scientific Community’ in the Habsburg Monarchy

Tamara Scheer (Institute for Contemporary History, University of Vienna): Dog Tags-Female Doctors: Medical and Sanitation Measures taken by the Austro-Hungarian Occupation Regime during the First World War in the Balkans

Benedek Varga (Semmelweis Museum, Library and Archives, Budapest): Hungarian Medical Officers in the Middle East during the Great War

Saturday, November 22, 2008:

9.30 - 12.30: Panel III: Perceptions of Disease and Healing Practices Chair: Dr. Marius Turda (Oxford Brookes University)

Chris Papadopoulos (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL): For the Health of Body and Soul: Religious Perceptions of Diseases among the Orthodox Greek Community under Ottoman Rule (1700-1800)

Adelina Angusheva-Tihanov (Dep. of Russian and East European Cultures, University of Manchester): From Bilie to Ilac: Healing Potions and Medical Practices among the Slavic Population in the Ottoman Empire (1600 to 1850)

Hakan Ertin, Inanc Ozekmekci (Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University): The Gender Aspect of Syphilis in the Late Ottoman Empire

Daniela Sechel (Central European University, Budapest): Contagious Theories and Preventive Medical Practices in the Eighteenth Century Habsburg Empire

Christopher Burkitt (University of Cambridge): Quarantine along the Habsburg Military Frontier

14.00 – 16.00: Panel IV: Interpreting Medicine, Practicing Health Chair: Prof. Dr. Steve King (Oxford Brookes University)

Gulhan Balsoy (State University of New York): Advises to Pregnant Women: Changing Conceptions of Pregnancy and Birth in the Ottoman Empire in the late Nineteenth Century

Markus Moser (Austrian Federal Museum of Pathological Anatomy, Vienna): Variolation and Clinical Studies in 18th Century Vienna

Sylwia Kuzma-Markowska (Warsaw University): From 'Drop of Milk' to Schools for Mothers: Infant Care and Visions of Medical Motherhood in the Early 20th Century Polish Lands of the Habsburg Monarchy

16.00 - 18.00 Panel V: Biomedicine and Eugenics Chair: Prof. Dr. Paul Weindling (Oxford Brookes University)

Thomas Mayer (Institute for the History of Medicine, Medical University of Vienna): Networking the Past: Eugenics in Austria from the Habsburgs to the Republic, 1900-1930

Veronika Hofer (Institute for the History of Medicine, Medical University of Vienna): Josef Berze and His Work in Psychiatric Genetics

Sophie Ledebur (Department of History, University of Vienna): Josef Berze’s Role as a Leading Alienist

Claudia Spring (Natural History Museum, Vienna): Josef Berze: A Psychiatric Expert Regarding Forced Sterilization


There are no conference fees but participants are kindly asked to register online.

Contact: Univ.-Doz. Mag.Dr.phil. Sonia Horn
Collections of the Medical University of Vienna
Währinger Strasse 25
A - 1090 Wien
Tel.: 0043/ 1/ 40160/ 26009
Fax: 0043/ 1/ 40160/ 9 26000
Mobil: 0043/664/80016 - 26009


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