Wednesday, June 22, 2011

CFP: Infirmitas. Social and Cultural Approaches to Cure, Caring and Health, August 23 - 26, 2012, University of Tampere, Finland

Source: Late Antiquity Discussion Forum.

The fifth international conference on Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages will focus on social and cultural approaches to health and illness, cure and caring, and notions of ability and disability. These topics are of major importance for communities and societies both in Antiquity and during the Middle Ages, yet research is still fragmentary and more synthetic and interdisciplinary approaches are rare.

We welcome papers which focus on different actors - institutions, communities, families or individuals - and have a sensitive approach to social differences: gender, age and status. Thus, our focus lies on society and the history of everyday life, on the differences and similarities between elite and popular culture, and on the expectations linked to gender and life-cycle stage, visible in the practices and policies under scrutiny.

The conference aims at broad coverage chronologically, geographically and disciplinary. Most preferable are contributions having themselves a comparative and/or interdisciplinary perspective. The speakers will include Nancy Caciola (University of San Diego), Véronique Dasen (University of Fribourg), William V. Harris (Columbia University), and Christian Krötzl (University of Tampere).

If interested, please submit an abstract of 300 words, for a twenty-minute paper together with your contact details by e-mail attachment to the conference secretary, The deadline for abstracts is Septembre 15th 2011, and the notification of paper acceptance will be made in November 2011. The registration fee is 100 euros (post-graduate students: 50 euros). For further information, please visit: The registration opens in November 2011 at 

Organizing committee: Prof. Christian Krötzl, Prof. Katariina Mustakallio, Dr. Sari Katajala-Peltomaa and Dr. Ville Vuolanto.