Tracing Never‐ending Diseases. New Trends in Medical, Material, and Audiovisual History

Écoles doctorales

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The Tracing Never‐ending Diseases: New Trends in Medical, Material, and Audiovisual History Summer School aims to probe the history of public health methodologies and materialities in education and medical research to trace, test, inventory, and treat infectious diseases between the end of the 19th century up until the present day.

The Summer School will be a 5‐day working conference structured around intensive discussion and hands‐ on research activities. It will bring together experts from academia, the cultural heritage sector, and medicine, to mine the rich vein of overlapping studies between the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, Material Culture Studies, and Audiovisual History. It aims to educate a new generation of scholars in the History of Medicine, with a particular focus on materiality, the audiovisual, and interdisciplinary dialogue.

The Summer School's schedule will alternate between seminar sessions and participants' presentations. In each seminar, an invited expert will present their methodological approach in relation to a bibliography of resources; they will then propose small group exercises for participants. The goal is to reflect on the many innovative approaches developed throughout the history of medicine. Participant presentations will be the opportunity for participants to present, discuss and debate a case or hypothesis in dialogue with their personal research.

To participate in the Summer School

The School is open to 20 participants and will be held in English. It is designed for PhD and post‐doctoral students in Contemporary History, Medical and Scientific History, Medical Anthropology, Film Studies, Material Studies, as well as young researchers interested in interdisciplinary studies between SHS (social and human sciences) and medicine. Participants will be selected through an application process. Interested candidates are invited to apply by 15 January 2023 by sending a CV and a motivation letter in which you describe how you could contribute to the Summer School and what you hope to gain from attending it. Applicants will be notified by 1 February 2023.

The Summer School benefits from financial support from the SNF and the Brocher Foundation. A registration fee of CHF 550.‐ per participant is requested. This price includes both housing and meals. Limited funding is available to cover or contribute to expenses in accordance to need. To apply for funding please send a list of estimated costs and an explanatory letter.

Send applications by email to Alexander Wenger, Christian Bonah and Tricia Close‐Koenig

Practical Information

The Summer School will take place in the exceptional setting of the Brocher Foundation, on the banks of Lake Geneva, Switzerland. It is organized as part of the international research project Neverending Infectious Diseases: The Case of Syphilis, funded by the Swiss National Funds for Scientific Research (SNF), in collaboration with the Brocher Foundation.

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Organisé par
Alexandre Wenger, Christian Bonah, Tricia Koenig & Fondation Brocher

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Brocher Foundation
Route d’Hermance 471


Alexandre Wenger

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Coûts de participation

CHF 550.00
The price includes both housing and meals.


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