Monica Green and Samuel Cohn are just two of the seven headline speakers at this week’s Anglo-American Conference on Health in History. 29 June-1 July 2011

Wednesday 29 June 2011

Monica Green, Samuel Cohn and Joanna Bourke will be among the seven plenary speakers to headline this year’s Anglo-American Conference.

The forthcoming conference, on the subject of Health in History, is hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, a member Institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London and will take place between 29 June and 1 July 2011.

Monica Green, Professor of History at Arizona State University will open the conference with a lecture on Going global: thoughts on the ambitions of medical history, in which she calls for historians to go deep into the global past to understand properly the history of health.

Samuel Cohn is Professor of Medieval History at Glasgow University and has revolutionised the way we now think about the plague. Professor Cohn will give a keynote lecture on Pandemics: waves of disease, waves of hate from the Plague of Athens to AIDS in which he will examine the mix of phobia and bacteria which have fuelled health scares over the epochs.

Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck, and a controversial and prize-winning author who deals with the difficult topics of killing, pain and rape.

The conference will also include a roundtable session sponsored by Cambridge University Press, featuring Sir Roderick Floud and Professor Bernard Harris, who will discuss their recently published title: ‘The changing body: health nutrition and human development in the western world since 1700’.

Organised in conjunction with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Policy Forum will be held to discuss the role of historians in the health policy environment. Featuring speakers such as Melissa Smith from the House of Commons health committee and Jill Rutter from the Institute of Government, the session aims to bring together historians involved in the policy process, along with civil servants from a historical background operating within the policy environment.

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Notes for Editors:

1. For further information about the event and/or to register to attend please contact the IHR Events Office at or +44 (0)20 7862 8756.

2. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR), founded in 1921, is at the centre of the study of academic history. It provides a stimulating research environment supported by the IHR’s two research centres: the Centre for Metropolitan History and the Victoria County History. It is home to an outstanding open access library, hosts events and seminars and has a dedicated programme of research training. The Institute is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

3. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute.

4. Since 1921, the Institute has been hosting an annual conference, bringing together historians from all around the world. So prestigious was the Anglo-American in the inter-war years, that Prime Ministers of the day opened its proceedings. Since the late 1980s, the conference has focussed on some of the most interesting historical themes currently being researched for example Race, Gender, Environments and Cities. The Anglo-American, now in its 80th year, is the place to be, to find out what is happening in the past. Regularly attracting over 300 delegates, the conference features a Publishers’ fair, film screenings, and roundtable discussions on recent important work in the field.