Conference - Families and Health: Historical Perspectives

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Families and Health: Historical Perspectives On-line conference, Tuesday 9 November 2021

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Participants are warmly invited to a conference that explores Families and Health: Historical Perspectives. Please find the programme below.

Participation is free, but registration is required: please see below for details.

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9.00 – 9.30 Tara Calaby, La Trobe University, “Her Daughter Who Is a Patient Visits Her Daily”: Family Relationships in Victoria’s Lunatic Asylums, 1860-1914

9.35 – 10.05 Sutapa Mukhopadhyay, Kishore Bharati Bhagini Nivedita College (Co-ed) Kolkata, A search of Healthcare of middle class Bengali Women in the late 19th to early 20th century Bengal in their autobiographies

10.10 – 10.40 Camille Bajeux, University of Geneva, “My doctor would like to see you” – Women’s management of male sexual and reproductive difficulties during the Trente Glorieuses (France and French-speaking Switzerland)

10.40 – 11.15 Break

11.15 – 11.45 Christine Atha, University of Leeds, Housing Problems – a study in decay and disease in the ‘healthy’ home

11.50 – 12.20 Ian Miller, Ulster University, Ending the ‘Cult of the Broken Home’: Divorce, Children and the Changing Emotional Dynamics of Separating British Families, c. 1945–90

12.25 – 12.55 Sophia Koenig, Leipzig University, (Un-)safe childbirth: German midwives and the evolution of midwifery and infant care in Germany 1918–1933

12.55 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 14.30 Work in progress, ten minute presentations:

Aisling Shalvey, Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina e. V., Little’s Disease During National Socialism; A Comparative Case Study

Andrew Burchell, University of Warwick, Running in the family? Provincial snapshots of stammering in early twentieth-century England (and some parts of Scotland), c.1900-1945

Sadegh Attari, University of Birmingham, Porous Protectors: Plague, Health, and the Home in Late Medieval England

14.35 – 15.05 Steven King, Nottingham Trent University, Constructing Obligation: The Limits to Family Care of the disabled Poor 1750s-1900s

15.05 – 15.30 Break

15.30 – 16.00 Katharina Rowold, University of Roehampton, Is Mother’s Milk Always Best? Maternal and Infant Health at the Turn of the Twentieth Century in Britain

16.05 – 16.35 Cara Dobbing, independent researcher, Families, mental illness and the place of ‘home’ in nineteenth century England

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