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Small Cities and Health (from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era

Pequenas Cidades e Saúde (da Idade Média à Época Contemporânea)

Petites villes et santé (du Moyen Âge à l'Époque contemporaine)

Healthcare, sanitary institutions and urban hygiene policies

Assistência médica, instituições sanitárias e políticas urbanas de higiene

Présence médicale, institutions de soins, politiques urbaines d'hygiène et de santé dans les sociétés anciennes

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Published on Monday, February 15, 2021 by João Fernandes

Summary

If the present indelibly influences the historiography produced in each period, the current health crisis further conditions – regarding the choice of the theme and the circumstances of its realization – the next meeting of the Small Cities in Time Network, to take place in the spring 2021. The goal of this Meeting will be to evaluate how and to what degree societies and authorities (both central and local), managed or failed to promote, in small cities: (i) the concern for collective health, through the recruitment of medical personnel; (ii) the foundation or continued investment in hospital establishments and assistance institutions; (iii) hygiene or protection regulations against epidemics.

Announcement

Argument

The goal of this Meeting will be to evaluate how and to what degree societies and authorities (both central and local), managed or failed to promote, in small cities: (i) the concern for collective health, through the recruitment of medical personnel; (ii) the foundation or continued investment in hospital establishments and assistance institutions; (iii) hygiene or protection regulations against epidemics.

It is true that there are countless general and monographic works, developed both within the scope of the history of medicine, of hospital and healthcare institutions or about health policies, as well as within the framework of the history of cities; however, the majority refer to large urban centres, whose sanitary infrastructure is visible and / or the archives have well known and examined for a long time.

It is therefore convenient, according to the aims of the Network, to start gathering and organizing numerous information on this topic, relating to small urban units, often dispersed in student work or in local and regional publications, and to try to answer the question: is there, in this matter as in others, a specific response from small towns?

It is possible that the health problems of small urban centres may have been translated both in the constitution of networks (at least in information, in the case of epidemics) and phenomena of imitation of municipal guidelines, as well as in the establishment of relations with larger nearby cities (for example, those with educational institutions in the health field).

The end of the Middle Ages and the early Modernity introduced the implementation of health strategies in small cities within the framework of the general policies of the States under construction. In more recent periods, in addition to health and hygiene starting to mobilize governments, the legislature, the press, public opinion, later associations and, sometimes, the courts, there are profound developments such as: (i ) the first vaccination campaigns, (ii) the increasing secularization of the health system, (iii) the professionalization of surgery and the presence of health workers in the smallest towns and rural areas; (iv) the growing weight of research, the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare equipment.

The range of issues raised in this Meeting can include monographic, regional or comparative papers, aimed at analyzing sources and / or scientific production already available or, also, in innovative investigations, possibly in the form of works in progress.

Main themes

Session, papers and poster proposals will be accepted under the following thematic panels:

1 – Hygiene and public health policies in small towns: the action of local governments and central administration.

2 – Urban networks in epidemic contexts: propagation factors and combat strategies.

3 – Health and assistance structures in small cities: urban planning, material record, institutions, and agents.

4 – The memory of times of epidemic in small cities: literary and identity revisits.

Timeline

  • Call for sessions and papers: March 10th 2021

  • Session and paper acceptance: March 15th 2021
  • Speaker’s registration: from March 15th to April 15th
  • Conference programme announcement: after April 15th
  • Meeting: 6 – 8 May 2021
  • Paper submission for peer review: December 31th 2021

Scientific committee

  • Adelaide Millán da Costa 
  • Amélia Aguiar Andrade 
  • Antonio Collantes de Terán 
  • Beatriz Arizaga Bolumburu 
  • Denis Menjot 
  • Iria Gonçalves 
  • Isabel del Val Valdivieso Jean-Luc Fray 
  • Jesús Solórzano Telechea 
  • María Asenjo González 
  • Maria Helena da Cruz Coelho 
  • Mário Barroca
  • Michel Bochaca 
  • Pedro Cardim 
  • Peter Clark 

Submission guidelines

http://pequenascidadesnotempo.castelodevide.pt/en_GB/encontros-cientificos/2021-pequenas-cidades-e-saude/submissoes/

contact smallcities.network@gmail.com

Site: http://pequenascidadesnotempo.castelodevide.pt/pt_PT/

Places

  • Castelo de Vide, Portugal

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Attached files

Keywords

  • pequenas cidades, saúde, políticas públicas de saúde, história medieval, história moderna, história contemporânea

Contact(s)

  • Adelaide Costa
    courriel : Adelaide [dot] Costa [at] uab [dot] pt

Information source

  • Adelaide Costa
    courriel : Adelaide [dot] Costa [at] uab [dot] pt

To cite this announcement

« Small Cities and Health (from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Era », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Monday, February 15, 2021, https://calenda.org/842811

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