The International Network for the History of Hospitals will hold its first international conference in North America at McGill University in Montreal in June 2003. The conference seeks to examine the relationships between the form and function of health care institutions as it has developed over time, place, and institution from the medieval to the modern period in different local and national contexts. How have medical ideas and functions shaped design? How did different patient populations experience the hospital and contribute to its formal development? How is the hospital imagined and portrayed? How has the hospital formed a medical and social space? To explore these issues, Form + Function will be divided into four inter-related sessions. These will address:
the 2- and 3-dimensional images of the hospital
the hospital's social form
utopian hospitals: theory, image, and reality
the hospital's medical form and functions.
The focus will not be limited to hospitals. The conference seeks to explore how these issues relate to other healthcare institutions including the asylum, dispensary, nursing or convalescent home many of which were connected to the hospital or formed part of institutional healthcare systems. At the conference, there will also be a forum to display and discuss posters detailing research projects.
Papers are invited for the conference. All papers and posters should represent original research. Contributions are invited from scholars working in the widest possible range of disciplines, including historians of art, architecture, and medicine as well as from architects. Submissions from younger scholars will be particularly welcomed.
When submitting abstracts (c. 500 words) please provide your name, preferred mailing address, e-mail, work and home telephone numbers, present institutional affiliation, and academic degrees. Abstracts must be received AT THE LATEST by 15 November 2002 and will be discussed by the Network's Advisory Board in December 2002.
Dr Keir Waddington
School of History and Archaeology
PO BOX 909
Cardiff CF10 3X
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