29. Symposium

May 18-20, 2023 in Warsaw "Hospitals in times of crisis"

Feldlazarett Warschau 1944Field Hospital During the Warsaw Rising 1944, Collection Marian Grabski "Wyrwa", Warsaw Uprising Museum

University of Warsaw
German Society for the History of Hospitals (DGKG)
International Network for the History of Hospitals (INHH)

The upcoming, 29th annual symposium of the DGKG will take place as an international scientific conference in Warsaw from 18-20 May 2023 in cooperation with Prof. Dr Michał Kopczyński from the Faculty of History of the University of Warsaw and the International Network for the History of Hospitals (INHH).

Municipal Hospital of Aachen, Germany 1944; Aachen Municipal Archives, Picture 43, 11.04.1944Municipal Hospital of Aachen, Germany 1944
Aachen Municipal Archives

"Hospitals in times of crisis" is focused on hospitals and clinics as possible responses to individual and societal crises, such as in times of epidemics, as institutions that have to prove themselves in times of external crisis, such as in times of war, and as complex institutions that have to cope with their own internal crises.
Hospital and hospital history will be discussed chronologically and geographically in the broadest sense and in different perspectives. In addition to cultural, social and medical history, approaches to the topic from the history of science, urban history and architecture are also explicitly addressed. In particular, we would like to address especially early career scholars who are seeking international exchange in a friendly and fruitful atmosphere.


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Thursday 18.05.2023

09.00-09.30 Eröffnung / Opening, salutations

09.30-11.00 Session 1
Olga Gaidai (University of Warsaw), Tadeusz Srogosz (Uniwersytet w Częstochowie):

The organisation of hospitals during the Polish War of 1806-1807
Yannis Gonatidis (University of Crete):
The multiple crises of the Municipal Hospital of Hermoupolis (Syros) during the 19th century
Iva Milovan Delić (University of Pula), Katarina Keber (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts):
Hospital as a Place of Survival. Treatment of the Spanish flu 1918/19 in Pula Provincial Hospital and Ljubljana Provincial Hospital

11.00-11.30 Cofee Break

11.30-13.30 Session 2
Axel Hüntelmann (Charité, Berlin):
Charité at crisis - The Charité Hospital in Berlin in financial and political turmoil between 1914 and 1935
Sadie Levy Gale (Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Culture):
‘The Mother Hospital of the Empire’: Imperial Visions of Healthcare in St Bartholomew’s Hospital Fundraising Appeals
Elisabeth Bishop (Texas State University):
Hospitals as Sites of Blackmail
Megan Brien (Trinity College, Dublin):
Ballyowen a hospital formed, reformed and transformed in response to crises

13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.30 Walk through the Main Campus of the University and the city center
16.45-17.45 Mitgliederversammlung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Krankenhausgeschichte (hall 125)

18.00 Banquet

Friday 19.05.2023

09.00-14.00 Excursion to Tworki Hospital near Warsaw
Piotr Gerber (Wrocław Technical University):
Modernization of historical hospoital buildings

14.00- 15.00 Lunch

15.00-16.30 Session 4
Claire Deligny (Université Paris-Nanterre):
Asylums in crisis? the Lancashire asylums and the perceived increase of insanity in late 19th-century (c. 1870s-1914)
Kelly Adamson (Dublin City University):
‘He wants to go home’: the use of deep sleep, insulin coma (ICT) and electro-convulsive (ECT) therapies in Irish district mental hospitals, 1939-1950
Seán Lucey (University College Cork):
‘Reform in a Time of Crisis: The Northern Irish Troubles and Reorganisation of Hospital and Health Services’

16.30-17.00 Coffee Break

17.00-18.30 Session 5
Katrin Sippel (Vienna):
The Hospital Israelita de Lisboa – a haven for refugees from National Socialism during WW II?
Christoph Brzezinka (Medical University, Innsbruck):
Relocation of obstetric departments from cities to the countryside in wartime Germany 1941-1945
Lea Münch (Charité Berlin):
Clinic Operations and Patient Care under Occupation Conditions. – The Medical Clinics of the “Reichsuniversität” Straßburg in Annexed Alsace (1941-44)

saturday 20.05.2023

10.00-11.30 Session 6
Shravasti Pathak (University of Burdwan, West Bengal):
Campbell Hospital and Medical School: The Genesis of Vernacular Medical Institution in Nineteenth Century Bengal
Barry Doyle (University of Huddersfield):
West African Hospitals and the Crisis of Decolonisation
Kathleen Vongsathorn (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville):
“We built the hospital”: Community Ownership and Overcoming Crisis at Kalongo Hospital in Northern Uganda

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break

12:00-13.00 Session 7
Adesoji Adedipe (University of Kansas):
Facilities of Alterity in Africa? Hospitals and the Provision of Medical services during epidemics, Lagos Nigeria and Durban South Africa in comparative perspective
Aisha Mashingauta (Stellenbosch University):
Mission Hospitals and public health in Zimbabwe 1980-2017: Case of the Manicaland Province
Flavius Mokake (Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis):
“Voices Yet Unheard.” Controlled Spaces, Custodial Care and Diseasehood in Ghettoized Leprosy Settlements in Cameroon, 1950s – 1970s

13.30-14.00 Final sum up, closing of the conference

14.00-15.00 Lunch and departure of participants


Faculty of History, University of Warsaw
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
Sala Kolumnowa
(main Gate no. 10, conference hall no.7)




REGISTRATION for external visitors
Conference fee for external visitors: 50,00 Euro
Deadline: April 16, (receipt of payment)
Transfer title: Conference Hospitals in Crisis

University of Warsaw
Bank Millenium SA
IBAN: PL64 1160 2202 0000 0000 6084 9207

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Hotel Gromada Centrum
plac Powstańców Warszawy 2 (1 km from the Main Gate of the University, 3 stars)

Motel One Warszawa-Chopin
ul. Tamka 38 (500 m from the Main Gate of the University)

Sofitel Warszawa Victoria
Królewska 11 (200 m from the Main Gate of the University, 5 stars)

Hotel Warszawa
plac Powstańców Warszawy 9 (400 m from the Main Gate of the University, 5 stars)

Raffles Europejski
Krakowskie Przedmieście 13 (200 m from the University, 5 stars, expensive)

Hotel Bristol
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42/44 (200 m from the University, 5 stars)

Photo credit Feldlazarett Warschau 1944:
Autor zdjęcia: Marian Grabski „Wyrwa“
Źródło: MPW
Nr inwentarzowy: MPW-IN/1769
Fotografia z Powstania Warszawskiego. Ranni leżący na korytarzu powstańczego szpitala, w budynku Powszechnego Banku Związkowego przy ul. Zgoda 11.
Data wykonania: sierpień 1944
Miejsce wykonania: Warszawa

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