CFP for History of Hospitals Workshop (17-18 March 2017)

Call for papers


History of Hospitals – Hospitals in History:

a multidisciplinary approach


Hospital is today a major medical institution throughout the world. It is at the same time the core of health care systems (where more and more people start and finish their life), a place of employment and work for doctors and health professionals, the location of the newest medical technology, and an important institution for local communities. Moreover, although hospitals are an old institution in Western Europe, their nature changed fundamentally since the end of the 19th century and they experienced a dramatic growth throughout the world during the twentieth century.

Hence, hospitals attracted historians for various disciplines, from social history to gender studies, through history of technology and history of patients. Yet, the “history of hospitals” is not an academic field in itself, rather cases studies tackled by scholars from established disciplines in social sciences, who have not often the opportunity to meet and exchange. Consequently, the objective of this workshop is to assemble scholars from diverse fields and to offer a platform for exchanging ideas and overcoming academic barriers. Among other research topics, contributions on the following subjects are welcome:

  • Architecture and design of hospitals
  • Business and economic history of hospitals
  • Hospitals as a place of work
  • The use of hospitals by patients and sick people
  • Hospital policies
  • International comparisons

Scholars interested to join the workshop must send a short abstract (200-300 words) and a short biography (100-150 words) to the three organizers until 20 December 2016.


Venue: Osaka University, 17 & 18 March 2017



Pierre-Yves Donzé (Osaka University), donze*

Yuji Katsuki (Nippon Institute of Technology), ykatsuki*

Akihito Suzuki (Keio University), akihitosuzuki2.0 *


* represents @ for email address