The city and healthcare. Spaces, Institutions, Strategies, Memory.
Our society would seem to be at a crossroads: on the one hand, healthcare has become an indispensable activity intended to overcome the maladies and limitations afflicting humans, on the other, the right to such care is not yet equitably provided for, and is today, moreover, compromised even where it previously appeared firmly established.
The city has always been a favoured place for the provision of medical care, although it has also been perceived (at certain historical moments) as the place where the body would fall prey to disease. Ultimately, however, it has developed effective tools and spaces, with which and in which to find remedies for diseases generally. Political, institutional, cultural and scientific changes have all determined the establishment of old and new city spaces given over to medical treatment and well-being. From the religious to the scientific, the vision and organization of care as a social and cultural issue have generated – through the ages - methods, strategies, practices and customs that have influenced the great scale of urban history, as well as the developments and transformations of the different places dedicated thereto within cities, or alternatively relegated without the same. Gender separations, internment of special patients, distinctions based on religion, ethnic group or age, specializations of functions, coercions and freedoms in the forms of active and passive care, largesse, privileges and elites, have manifested themselves in specific times and places and characterized cities. In some cases, the importance of these functions has become so great as to require a specialization of some urban areas, heightened by the convergence in the science of care and the places established for the development and transmission of medical knowledge. In this context, the recent debate on the “citadels” of health must also be framed in terms of the definition of new functions that can occupy entire districts.
While it is true that medical science and care have changed profoundly and age-old beliefs have been turned on their heads, medical care’s past is closely connected to the city’s present. The study of spaces and strategies connected to the role played by the city in this field also provides an opportunity to enhance our knowledge of a specific cultural heritage, often still in use, sometimes of considerable artistic import, but more often than not perceived as obsolete in its historical and cultural significance. This tangible heritage ties in with the intangible heritage of a history strongly linked to the community and its well-being, in both the past and the present, and thus entwined with social and cultural tensions, and their representation.
The congress aims to promote a diachronic reflection on the themes and places of medical care, from late medieval cities to those of the contemporary age. Scholars are invited to draft proposals for case studies or cross-cutting topics, from various disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives, in an attempt to broaden the scope of current studies on the subject by harnessing the field of urban history. Contributions may address matters ranging from issues related to care (such as isolation, charity, scientific organization, etc.), to spatial and distributive elements or types of architecture (e.g. hospital pavilions, wards, chapels , etc.), social practices (e.g. regarding lifestyles, disabilities, or certain rituals), cultural ones (e.g. the phenomenon of health fanaticism), or institutional and administrative ones in ordinary and extraordinary management (e.g. during epidemics or natural disasters), to impacts on districts or specialized urban areas (e.g. hospital complexes).
The congress as a whole aims to draw out different focuses and conceptions of medical care - analyzed in different phases from prevention, to treatments, emergencies, rehabilitation, hospitalization - in different ages and in different geographical and cultural settings in relation to urban history. To this end, the selection of papers will also be based on the possibility to present works covering various aspects including questions of chronology, cities of different sizes, case studies, and research fields.
Scripts of two types are envisaged: a general paper or a poster designed to exemplify a case study. The abstracts must specify the type of contribution and be of between 2,000 and 4,000 characters in length. The abstracts must be accompanied by a brief biographical profile of the author of no more than 1,000 characters in length. The contributions accepted by the editorial board will be published after being presented and discussed at congress, subject to peer review and revised accordingly for publication. The authors undertake to provide the unpublished text and illustrations (free of copyright) drawn up according to the editorial guidelines that the organizers will make available in due time.
The congress will be held remotely
For this reason, the Association and the organizers will propose a specific digital AISU congress format, relating to the methods of use and communication via the web:
- - tight times for oral communication;
- - integration of remote live communications and pre-produced video content transmitted during the event;
- - remote interaction mode;
- - distribution of related events lasting no more than two / three hours each on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule (from September to November);
- - integration of introductory and / or conclusive webinars;
- - possibility to download the product as a video podcast, post event;
- - involvement of doctoral schools both as an audience and as generators of shared content;
- - contributions "out of the box" of colleagues and personalities external to the scientific disciplinary perimeter of the congress but such as to make a useful contribution of vision and perspective.
Modalities and deadlines for participating authors
The deadline for submitting abstracts is postponed to June 15th. The abstracts will be selected by the scientific committee, which will communicate acceptance by July 10th . The authors will confirm their participation by registering by July 20thThe final calendar will be announced by August 10th.
- The authors of the accepted abstracts will present their work, according to the duration, modalities and calendar of the nuovo new format, sending in advance the materials that will be projected / shared (max duration of each intervention 15 minutes and space for discussion and response to the questions)
- At the same time, the authors of the accepted abstracts will be invited to present the complete written essay according to the editorial rules (the link will be available shortly) which must be received definitively by November 30th. The essay delivered will be submitted for reference according to the Double Peer Review system for publication. The accepted essays will be published in the AISU (Urban History and Insights) series.
Call for Abstract
The proposals must be sent by 15th June 2020. at the Congress secretarial email: email@example.com
|Deadline for abstract submission||June 15, 2020|
|Notification of acceptance||July 10, 2020|
|Deadline for reduced fee registration||July 20, 2020|
|Final calendar||August 10, 2020|
|Congress||10-11 September 2020|
|Non AISU Members|
|Senior Registration||Junior Registration|
|Doctoral Courses, Specialization Schools and University Laboratories|
(one-off fee for participation as auditors)
|Doctoral Courses Registration|
After July 20, 2020. The fees will be increased by 50 euros
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** Senior: By “senior members” is meant all those who have an open-ended working relationship with institutions, universities or public and private bodies.
- Salvo Adorno, University of Catania
- Arianna Arisi Rota, University of Pavia
- Carlo Berizzi, University of Pavia
- Daniela Besana, University of Pavia
- Alfredo Buccaro, Federico II University of Naples
- Vittorio Casella, University of Pavia
- Tiziano Cattaneo, University di Pavia
- Teresa Colletta, Federico II University of Naples
- Giovanni Cristina, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales Paris
- Renata Crotti, University of Pavia
- Roberto De Lotto, University of Pavia
- Gerardo Doti, University of Camerino, AISU secretary
- Marco Folin, University of Genoa
- Giovanni Luigi Fontana, University of Padua
- Alessandro Greco, University of Pavia
- Francesca Martorano, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria
- Andrea Maglio, Federico II University of Naples
- Fabio Mangone, Federico II University of Naples, AISU treasurer
- Luca Mocarelli, Bicocca University of Milan, AISU vice-president
- Marco Morandotti, University of Pavia
- Sergio Onger, University of Brescia
- Sandro Parrinello, University of Pavia
- Francesca Picchio, University of Pavia
- Heleni Porfyriou, National Research Council, Rome
- Marco Pretelli, University of Bologna
- Fulvio Resta, University of Pavia
- Fulvio Reinaudo, Polytechnic of Turin
- Massimiliano Savorra, University of Pavia
- Donatella Strangio, La Sapienza University of Rome
- Elena Svalduz, University of Padua
- Rosa Tamborrino, Polytechnic of Turin, AISU president
- Ines Tolic, University of Bologna
- Elisabetta Venco, University of Pavia
Committee of Honour - University of Pavia
- Marco Benazzo, President of Faculty of Medicine
- Lalo Magni, President of the Faculty of Engineering
- Paolo Mazzarello, President of the University’s Museuum Complex
- Dario Mantovani, President of the Centre for History of the University of Pavia
- Alessandro Reali, Director of Dicar
Coordination and Academic Organization
- Marco Morandotti, University of Pavia
- Massimiliano Savorra, University of Pavia