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International Health Organizations (IHOs): The history for the future network conference 2016

April 21, 2016 - April 24, 2016
The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow and the David F. Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies, Shanghai University

New Lehu Hotel
Baoshan Campus, 99 Shangda Road
Shanghai 200444

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International Health Organizations (IHOs): People, politics and practices in historical perspective

Shanghai, 21 to 24 April 2016

This conference is designed to draw together practitioners currently working in or with international health organizations, those that have done so in the past, and historians researching these agencies and institutions.

The event follows previous meetings of the network in 2013 and 2015 (see in a series designed to scope out historical research into IHOs, to refresh agendas in the field, and to connect current concerns with evidence from the past. Confirmed speakers for 2016 include Anne-Emanuelle Birn (Toronto), Iris Borowy (Aachen), Gilberto Hochman (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz) and Jessica Reinisch (Birkbeck).

Among the questions to be addressed are:

1. In what ways have individuals been able to shape the ideas and practices of IHOs since the late nineteenth-century?

2. What ideas lie behind IHOs and how have these changed over time?

3. How have success and failure been measured in assessing the impacts of IHOs?

4. Why do plans, policies and practices often diverge in the history of IHOs?

5. What impact have politics and social or cultural practices had on IHOs and their operations?

Paper titles and abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted by Friday 18th December to and those to be invited to the meeting will be informed by Friday 22nd January. Presentations will be for 20 minutes and complete papers should be submitted in advance of the meeting.  Postgraduates are particulartly encouraged to submit proposals.

All accommodation and subsistence costs at the event will be met for participants.  Some support for travel may also be available. Please indicate if you would like to apply for this when you submit your abstract. The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Wellcome Trust, and the Universities of Shanghai and Strathclyde for this series of events.

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