Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine
“Networks of Health and Healing”
Yale University, October 5-6 2018

 Conference Program

Friday, October 5th

3:00pm – 4:30pm Behind-the-scenes visit to Yale Medical Historical Library
with Melissa Grafe, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Yale Medical Historical Library (333 Cedar Street)

5:30 Keynote Address: Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Professor of History of Science, Harvard University
“Lessons from Mexico’s (Non)Traditional Forms of Healing and Care”
Cohen Auditorium (230 South Frontage Road, Yale Medical School)

7:00 Reception
Cohen Auditorium

8:00 Graduate Social at Gryphon’s Pub
120 York Street

Saturday, October 6th
All events located in Cohen Auditorium

8:00am Breakfast

8:20 Opening remarks

8:30 – 10: 15 Panel 1: Enslaved and Colonial Networks
Commentator: Christopher Willoughby, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

  • Lance C. Thurner (Rutgers University) “Managing Syncretism: Networks of Medical Exchange in Enlightenment Mexico”
  • Brandi Waters (Yale University) ““I am useless for all work, even if it be slight”: Disability, Doctors, and Vicente’s Case for Freedom”
  • Kristin Brig-Ortiz (Johns Hopkins University) “Posting Lymph: Lymph Preservation and Constructing British Colonial Networks of Knowledge, 1893-1903”

10:15 – 10:30 am Coffee break

10:30 – 12:15 Panel 2: Therapeutic Networks
Commentator: John Harley Warner, Yale University

  • Isabelle Dufour (Université du Québec à Montréal) “The Therapeutic Role of Women Magicians in the Greaco-roman Medical Culture”
  • Edward Haley Barnet (Stanford University) “French Musical Therapeutics in The 18th Century”
  • Deborah Streahle (Yale University) “The Making of a Psychedelic Therapeutic Method”

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 3:00 Panel 3: Labor and Lay Networks
Commentator: Kelly O’Donnell, Thomas Jefferson University

  • Molly Nebiolo (Northeastern University) ““My Delicate Fair Ones”: Male Power over Mothering in the Early Atlantic World”
  • Sarah Mellors (Missouri State University) “Controlling Births: Contraception and Abortion in China, 1949-1979”
  • Heather Reel (Rutgers University) “Feeding Black Girls in Post-War America: The Fultz Quadruplets and Pet Evaporated Milk”

3:00 – 3:15 Coffee Break

3:15 – 5:00 Panel 4: Activist and Affect Networks
Commentator: Naomi Rogers, Yale University

  • Katrina Rochelle Sims (Hofstra University) “Health Care Activism and the State: A Case Study, 1920s – 1960s”
  • Kelsey Henry (Yale University) “Queer Inheritances: Ethics, Elders, and the Afterlives of AIDS”

5:00 – 6:45 Panel 5: Experimental and Research Networks
Commentator: Zoe Todd, Carleton University

  • Alex Parry (Johns Hopkins University) “Retraining the Sanitary Homemaker: Correspondence Education, Kitchen Experiments, and Household Bacteriology”
  • Beans Velocci (Yale University) “Sex, Race, Birds: R.W. Shufeldt and Human Health’s Animal Heart”
  • Julia Marino (Princeton University) “Responding to ‘Government Takeover:’ Mary Lasker, Basil O’Connor, & the Rise of Federal Involvement in Healthcare & Scientific Research in the Postwar Era”

6:45ish Closing Remarks

7:00pm Closing Reception

Networks of Health and Healing is generously supported by: Section of the History of Medicine, Yale Medical School; Program for the History of Science and History of Medicine; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program; WGSS subcommittee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans Studies; Department of History; Yale Program for the Humanities in Medicine; Franke Program in Science and the Humanities.

Funding for the keynote address has been provided by