The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy and the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy are pleased to host the virtual festival, A New Social History of Pharmacy & Pharmaceuticals. The Festival will be a free online streaming event running from Thursday, September 24 through Tuesday, September 29, 2020.
Registration for the Festival is now open! Please click the button below to submit your free registration and to reserve your spot at Festival events.
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This five-day interdisciplinary Festival aims to generate a discussion related to the under-explored social history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals. We hope the contributed paper panels, books talks, and invited Festival talks will stimulate/connect new scholarship as well as place a spotlight on emerging trends in the studies of pharmaceuticals, drugs, and alcohol more broadly. At the conclusion of the Festival, links to video recordings of the panels and presentations will be available below.
Festival Hashtag: To create a conversation surrounding Festival events and presentations, please use the hashtag #PharmFest when posting about the Festival on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
Instructions for contributed paper presentations: Presentations during the virtual conference should be “to the point” and as succinct as possible. Presenters should aim to give about a 15-minute oral presentation. There will be approximately 10 minutes at the end of each contributed paper panel for a question-and-answer period.
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Festival Program: Please click the button below to access the online Festival program that contains links to all Festival events. (Online rooms will open 15 minutes before each event’s scheduled start time).
The papers presented at A New Social History of Pharmacy & Pharmaceuticals Festival will be considered for publication in joint special issues of Pharmacy in History, The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, and the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History.
Instructions for manuscript submissions: Festival authors should submit manuscripts for publication consideration in Pharmacy in History, Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, and the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History by August 21, 2020. Papers should be between 8,000–10,000 words; use footnotes; follow Chicago citation style; and use the conventions of historical writing (ie., no ‘methods’ or ‘results’ sections). After papers are received, the editors of the journals will decide on the placements of each manuscript.
For those participants not yet ready to publish to a full manuscript, please consider sending your work to Points, the blog of the Alcohol and Drug History Society. For further information and guidance, please contact Emily Dufton, the managing editor, or reach out to any of us at AIHP.
All times are Central Time (-2 Pacific, +1 Eastern, +6 HRS GMT).
All participants will need to register for the online events. Registration information forthcoming. Registration is free.
Day 2—Friday, September 25, 2020
8:30–9:00 AM: Invited Festival Talk—”Formula Magistralis and the Battle between David and Goliath: The Dutch Pharmacist Versus the International Pharmaceutical Industry, 1865-2020″
9:30–10:30 AM: Panel 3—Decolonizing Drugs from the South
Panel Chair: Maziyar Ghiabi, University of Exeter and SOAS, University of London
11:00 AM–12:00 Noon: Panel 4—The Asian Cocaine Crisis: Pharmaceuticals, Consumers & Control in South and East Asia, c. 1900–1945
Panel Chair: Jim Mills, University of Strathclyde
1:00–2:00 PM: Panel 5—Trends in Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice
Panel Chair: Gregory J. Higby, University of Wisconsin–Madison and American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
Unfortunately, Johanne Collin, University of Montreal, who was going to give the presentation, “Gender and Pharmacy: Feminization and Transformation of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Profession since the 1950s” had to withdraw from this panel.
2:30–3:30 PM: AIHP Early Career Roundtable Conversation
Panel Chair: Paula De Vos, San Diego State University
3:45–4:15 PM: Invited Festival Talk—”Doing Drugs in Socialist East Germany”
Day 3—Saturday, September 26, 2020
8:00–9:00 AM: Panel 6—Shortages and Knowledge: Southeast Asian Perspectives
Panel Chair: Laurence Monnais, Université de Montréal
9:30–10:30 AM: Panel 7—Traditional and Early Modern Drug Knowledge
Panel Chair: Matthew Crawford, Kent State University
11:00 AM–12:00 Noon: Panel 8—Objects, Museums, and Names
Panel Chair: Briony Hudson, Independent Historian and Museum Curator
1:00–1:30 PM: Invited Book Talk—Compound Remedies: Galenic Pharmacy from the Ancient Mediterranean to New Spain (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020)
Host: Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, University of Edinburgh
Author and Presenter: Paula De Vos, San Diego State University
Abstract: In Compound Remedies, Paula De Vos examines the equipment, books, and remedies of colonial Mexico City’s Herrera pharmacy—natural substances with known healing powers that formed the basis for modern-day healing traditions and home remedies in Mexico. The book traces the evolution of the Galenic pharmaceutical tradition from its foundations in Ancient Greece to the physician-philosophers of the Islamic empires in the medieval Latin West and eventually through the Spanish Empire to Mexico, offering a global history of the transmission of these materials, knowledges, and techniques.
1:45–2:45 PM: Panel 9—Breakthroughs and Ethics
Panel Chair: Jacalyn Duffin, Queen’s University
Unfortunately, Pierre-Marie David, Université de Montréal, who was going to give the presentation, “Une décennie de ruptures de stock en médicaments au Canada 2010–2020: causes et effets d’une situation de moins en moins exceptionnelle Le cas des anti—cancéreux” had to withdraw from this panel.
3:30–4:00 PM: Invited Book Talk—OD: Naloxone and the Politics of Overdose (The MIT Press: 2020)
Host: Joseph Gabriel, Florida State University
Author and Presenter: Nancy Campbell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Abstract: In OD, Nancy Campbell charts the emergence of naloxone as a technological fix for overdose and describes the remaking of overdose into an experience recognized as common, predictable, patterned—and, above all, preventable. Naloxone, which made resuscitation, rescue, and “reversal” after an overdose possible, became a tool for shifting law, policy, clinical medicine, and science toward harm reduction
Day 4—Monday, September 28, 2020
9:00–10:00 AM: Panel 10—Medicine vs. Drugs: African Perspectives
Panel Chair: TBD
10:45–11:15 AM: Invited Festival Talk—”Vaccines & Epidemics: Successes & Crises from Smallpox to COVID-19″
Host: Arthur Daemmrich, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian Institution
Presenter: John Grabenstein, Merck Vaccines (retired) and American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
Day 5—Tuesday, September 29, 2020
9:00–9:30 AM: Invited Book Talk—Taming Cannabis: French Pharmacy, Cannabis, and Exotic Drugs (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020)
Host: Erika Dyck, University of Saskatchewan
Author and Presenter: David Guba, Bard High School Early College
Abstract: In Taming Cannabis, David Guba examines how nineteenth-century French authorities routinely blamed hashish consumption, especially among Muslim North Africans, for behavior deemed violent and threatening to the social order. This association of hashish with violence became the primary impetus for French pharmacists and physicians to tame the drug and deploy it in the homeopathic treatment of mental illness and epidemic disease during the 1830s and 1840s.
10:00–11:00 AM: Panel 11—Advertising Drugs and Pharmacy
Panel Chair: David Herzberg, University at Buffalo
Day 1—Thursday, September 24, 2020
9:00–10:00 AM: Festival Opening—New Directions
Host: Lucas Richert, University of Wisconsin–Madison and editor Pharmacy in History
10:30–11:00 AM: Invited Book Talk—Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Culture in Early Modern China (Princeton University Press, 2020)
Host: Rima Apple, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Author and Presenter: He Bian, Princeton University
Abstract: In Know Your Remedies, He Bian presents a panoramic inquiry into China’s early modern cultural transformation through the lens of pharmacy. In the history of science and civilization in China, pharmacy—as a commercial enterprise and as a branch of classical medicine—resists easy characterization. While China’s long tradition of documenting the natural world through state-commissioned pharmacopeias, known as bencao, dwindled after the sixteenth century, the ubiquitous presence of Chinese pharmacy shops around the world today testifies to the vitality of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
12:00 noon–1:00 PM: Panel 1—Contested Drug Markets
Panel Chair: Axel Helmstädter, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
1:30–2:30 PM: Publishing Landscapes Roundtable Discussion
Host: Lucas Richert, University of Wisconsin–Madison and American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
3:00–4:00 PM: Panel 2—Drug Regulation, Knowledge, and Use
Panel Chair: John Parascandola, University of Maryland, College Park
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