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29. Symposium

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

Field 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 29th annual symposium of the DGKG took 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

"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.

More information and cfp (PDF)

Flyer 29. Symposium (PDF)

Conference report: Hospitals in Times of Crisis, In: H-Soz-Kult, 30.06.2023



Thursday 18.05.2023

09.00-09.30 Eröffnung / Opening, salutations

09.30-11.00 Session 1: Political crises 

Yannis Gonatidis (University of Grete): The Multiple Crises of the Municipal Hospital of Hermoupolis (Syros) during the 19th Century

Shravasti Pathak (University of Burdwan, West Bengal): Campbell Hospital and Medical School: The Genesis of Vernacular Medical Institution inNineteenth Century Bengal

Axel Hüntelmann (Charite, Berlin): Charite at Crisis - The Charite Hospital in Berlin inFinancial and Political Turmoil Between 1914 and 1935

11.00-11.30 Cofee Break

11.30-13.30 Session 2: War, epidemics, psychiatric hospitals 

Olga Gaidai (Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University Mykolaew, Ucraine / University of Warsaw), Tadeusz Srogosz (University of Częstochowa: The Organisation of Hospitals during the Polish War of 1806-1807

lva Milovan  Delić (University of Pula), Katarina Keber (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts):  Hospitals as a Place of Survival. Treatment of the Spanish flu 1918/19 in Pula Provincial Hospital and Ljubljana Provincial Hospital

Claire Deligny (Universite Paris-Nanterre): Asylums in Crisis? the Lancashire Asylums and the Perceived lncrease of lnsanity inLate 19th-Century (c. 1870s-1914)

Kelly Adamson (Dublin City University): 'He Wants to Go Horne': the Use of Deep Sleep, Insulin Coma (ICT) and Electro-Convulsive (ECT) Therapies in lrish District Mental Hospitals, 1939-1950

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

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Krankenhausgeschichte (Room 125)

18.00 Banquet

Friday 19.05.2023

09.00-14.00 Session 3: Exkursion to Tworki Hospital near Warsaw

Maria Paluba: History of the Tworki Hospital: an Outline

Agata Szulc: Psychiatry in Poland - Transition from Asylum to Community Model

Piotr Gerber (Wrodaw Technical University): Modernization of Historical Hospital Buildings

14.00- 15.00 Lunch

15.00-16.30 Session 4: World War II 

Katrin Sippel (Vienna): Hospitals in Lisbon – a haven for refugees from National Socialism during WW II?

Christoph Brezinka (Medical University, Innsbruck): Relocation of Obstetric Departments from Cities to the Countryside in Wartime Germany 1941-1945

Lea Münch (Charite Berlin): Clinic Operations and Patient Care under Occupation Conditions. The Medical Clinics of the "Reichsuniversität" Straßburg in Annexed Alsace (1941-44)

16.30-17.00 Coffee Break

17.00-18.30 Session 5: Hospitals in africa & (post-)colonialism & de-colonisation 

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

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

Kathleen Vongsathorn (Southern lllinois University Edwardsville): "We built the hospital": Community Ownership and Overcoming Crisis at Kalongo Hospital in Northern Uganda

Saturday 20.05.2023

10.00-11.30 Session 6: Local and global contexts 

Sadie Levy Gale (Cardiff School of Journalism): ,,The Mother Hospital of the Empire": Imperial Visions of Healthcare in St. Bartholomew's Hospital Fundraising Appeals

Barry Doyle (University of Huddersfield): West African Hospitals and the Crisis of Decolonisation

Elisabeth Bishop (Texas State University): Hospitals as Sites of Blackmail

11.30-12.00 Coffee Break

12:00-13.00 Session 7: Post World War II 

Megan Brien (Trinity College, Dublin): Ballyowen a hospital formed, reformed and transformed in response to crises

Sean Lucey (University College Cork): Reform in a Time of Crisis: The Northern lrish Troubles and Reorganisation of Hospital and Health Services

Aisha Mashingauta (Stellenbosch University): Mission Hospitals and public health in Zimbabwe 1980-2017: Case of the Manicaland Province

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)

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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