University of Winchester Centre for Medical History

at History Department, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR United Kingdom

The Centre for Medical History at the University of Winchester promotes research in the history of human and animal health.

University of Winchester Centre for Medical History
History Department, Sparkford Road
Winchester SO22 4NR
United Kingdom
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The Centre for Medical History was founded in 2014 in order to aid and promote research in human and animal health and illness in the past.

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Research Officer – Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing (CfA, University of Winchester, 20 April 2015) Closing date: 20 April 2015 Interview date: 7 May 2015 The University is seeking to appoint a Research Officer to undertake research with the Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing. This is a post-doctoral fellow who will carry out research and evaluation projects alongside Centre members and research officers at local hospitals in the Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust and in regional arts organisations working in health and social care. Further projects are planned with other Health Trusts in the region. The Research Officer will also be required to contribute to the development of research funding bids. The Centre for the Arts as Wellbeing aims to research, evaluate and advocate the development and delivery of projects in the performing arts and wellbeing. The Centre undertakes a range of projects, consultancy and performances examining the health, social, psychological and political implications of artistic practice, the interface between artistic practice and people’s spiritual experience, and analysing how contextual issues affect the potentially transformative effects of artistic practice. The centre has a range of projects developing in hospitals and community health settings. As our ideal candidate, you will have a doctorate and have experience of designing, conducting, analysing and writing up research and have a track record of successful research funding applications. Excellent IT skills are essential and administrative experience would also be helpful. Closing date: 20 April 2015 | Interview date: 7 May 2015 £24,775 to £30,434 per annum, pro rata Fixed term for one year For further information, please contact Professor June Boyce-Tillman. Applications should be made online. Please note that posts close at midnight on the date stated. Late applications will not be accepted.

Published on 2015-03-25 10:58:48 GMT

we would like remind you all about the seminar on this Thuesday at 6pm. This month's topic is Women & Herbal Medicine in Early Modern England. The speaker is Dr Bruna Gushurst-Moore.

Published on 2015-03-23 14:24:17 GMT

We have done some revisions on the venue for the future seminars, and from now on we will be in Medecroft 16. We will update our events shortly. If you want to receive more information about the centre, please email us on

Published on 2015-03-03 16:06:29 GMT

Did you know that one of the academics at the Centre:Dr Patricia Skinner (University of Winchester), will be presenting her paper on 'Approaching medieval disfigurement: a medical problem?' on Tuesday 17th February 2015 at 6pm at the Wellcome Library in London? If you have the chance please going and see her if you have the time.

Published on 2015-02-11 16:57:55 GMT

Thanks to everyone who attended the Launch this week and we hope to see lots of you at future seminar papers!

Published on 2015-01-31 11:43:46 GMT

Just doing the last preparations for the Launch tonight, we're so excited to finally be Launching the Centre!

Published on 2015-01-28 15:47:56 GMT

We are really looking forward to the Launch tomorrow!

Published on 2015-01-27 00:52:36 GMT

6th Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable Understanding Disease and Illness (CfP, Conference, Bristol, 10-11 August 2015) This two-day conference continues a series of philosophy of medicine meetings at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005 and 2008, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, in 2009, the University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, 2011 and Columbia University, New York, in 2013. Call for abstracts: We welcome papers in any area of philosophy of medicine, such as epistemology of medicine and ontological issues in medicine (but not medical ethics), from a variety of philosophical approaches. To submit an abstract, please email a 500-word abstract to both local organisers, Alexander Bird and Havi Carel by 1 February 2015.

Published on 2015-01-06 17:47:01 GMT

Philosophical Perspectives on ‘antisocial personality disorder’ Tuesday January 20th,2015 (9-30-5.00pm) Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ The diagnosis of ‘antisocial personality disorder’ has a long and controversial history in various guises such as moral insanity, feeblemindedness and psychopathy. One of the important continuities between these has been the association with crime and other ‘antisocial’ behaviour. Throughout this history a number of challenging philosophical questions have been raised: * What implications does the identification of such disorders have for notions of individual responsibility and criminal culpability? * Does the identification of such disorders absolve the individual of guilt, or imply a more indelible sense of ‘dangerousness’? * Are such disorders understood as residing within individuals as a disease like lesion, or a state of being? * Are they better understood as consistent aspects of the personality, identity, or even biological condition of the individual, or as temporary states? * Are such disorders better understood as not residing within individuals at all, but as disorders of social relationships? Papers from: •Dr Edward Harcourt (Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College, Oxford) •Dr Gwen Adshead (Locum Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, formerly Forensic Psychotherapist at Broadmoor High Security Hospital) •Katariina Parhi (University of Oulu, Finland) •Anja Berninger (University of Stuttgart) •Anneli Jefferson (Kings College London) •Marion Godman (University of Cambridge) •Chris Millard (Queen Mary London) This is part of an ESRC funded seminar series.

Published on 2014-12-10 16:21:23 GMT

We're in the process of sending out the invitations for our launch in January. If you haven't received an invitation and would like to attend, please email and we'll get you on our guest list!

Published on 2014-11-28 19:05:05 GMT

I'm going to be giving a talk about 'The Role of Wine in Early Modern England: Wine, Health and Illness ' at 7.45 on 24 November at the Discovery Centre in Winchester and would be delighted to see you all there!

Published on 2014-11-21 00:39:12 GMT

The formal Einvitations for our launch are going to be sent out shortly.... please drop a line to if you'd like to come!

Published on 2014-11-19 17:23:09 GMT

Our third seminar in the 2014/15 History of Pre-Modern Medicine series is next Tuesday (25th November) with Dr Irina Metzler (Swansea University). ‘Approaches to intellectual disability in the Middle Ages: Thinking about ‘fools’ and ‘idiots” Abstract: Physical disability in the Middle Ages has become a rapidly emerging topic for scholarly engagement in the past decade. However, mental, or intellectual, disability has not been adequately researched yet. ‘Even the most radical historians have only ever treated “intellectual disability” either as a footnote to the history of mental pathology dominated by mental illness, or of disability dominated by the physical disability’ (Goodey, A History of Intelligence and “Intellectual Disability”). This paper seeks to investigate the constructedness of medieval concepts and categories of intellectual impairment, including the problem of imposing modern definitions of ‘cognitive /intellectual/ mental disability’ onto the past. Philosophically, and subsequently judicially, medieval intellectual disability was considered the absence of reason, which contrasted the mentally disabled with the Aristotelian concept of man as the rational animal. Although normative texts will be the primary focus of the paper, some consideration will be given as to how these concepts affected quotidian life for mentally disabled persons, especially by looking afresh at the popular stereotype of the medieval court fool or jester. — The seminar will take place in the Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE. Doors open at 6pm prompt, seminars will start at 6.15pm.

Published on 2014-11-18 19:45:17 GMT

‘Prosthetics and the Prosthetic Metaphor’ – Next Meeting of Durham’s Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Network (CfP Seminar, Durham, 27th November, 2 – 3.30pm) University of Durham, Collier Room, Hild and Bede College Just in case anyone happens to be up in Durham that day.... : - )