Healthcare before Welfare States: 2nd International Workshop Charles University, Prague, 8-9 March 2018


UPDATE! Professor George Weisz, McGill University will give the Plenary Lecture on Friday 9 March.


This workshop builds on an event held in Huddersfield in 2017. It aims to bring together scholars interested in how healthcare was organized and delivered and by whom in the half century preceding the establishment of extensive welfare provision in the aftermath of the Second World War. We welcome papers that focus on individual countries/regions, national comparisons or transnational processes. Healthcare is generously defined to include professional and semi-professional, civic, religious and community providers of services that sought to treat, cure, care for or prevent accidents, disease or illness in the period 1880-1960.


We are seeking 20 minute presentations addressing these themes. We are particularly interested in papers that explore:



Mental Health

Rural Medicine

General Practice



Buildings and locations

State, voluntary, religious and private providers and their inter-relations.


One of the key themes of our University of Huddersfield funded project is healthcare in Central, East and South East Europe and we are particularly keen to receive proposals from scholars working in and on the countries of these regions.


Abstracts of up to 250 words addressing the workshop themes outlined above should be submitted to by 15 October 2017. As we aim to publish a selection of the papers in either an edited collection or journal special issue we are seeking original submissions not previously published elsewhere.


Thanks to support from the University of Huddersfield URF, the Economic History Society and other funders we will be able to offer support with travel and accommodation to those giving papers, with preference given to research students and Early Career Researchers.


Barry Doyle

Professor of Health History

Centre for Health Histories

University of Huddersfield



Thanks to Professor Petr Svobodny and Charles University for the venue and support with the mounting of this workshop.

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