Forthcoming Conferences

Cold War Indigeneity in Science and Medicine Workshop PDF

Medical History Library, Yale University, 2015

September 3/4

Organized by Joanna Radin, History of Science and Medicine, History, and Anthropology, Yale, Ned Blackhawk, History, American Studies, and Yale Group on the Study of Native America, Yale, Ricardo Ventura Santos, Fiocruz and National Museum, Rio de Janiero, and Veronika Lipphardt, Max Plank Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

This two-day workshop will examine the various ways in which indigenous communities have contributed to Cold War knowledge projects, from vaccine research to genomics, from economic theory to structural linguistics and anthropology, and from pharmaceutical testing and development to communication technology. It is a timely effort to bring historians of science and medicine into conversation with indigenous studies scholars. Historians of science and medicine have only begun to attend to indigenous experience and indigenous studies scholars are increasingly recognizing science and medicine as productive domains for the exploration of issues including activism, identity, and sovereignty. Our goal is to identify new, multi-disciplinary conceptual and methodological approaches to the study of indigeneity, which—as a global political movement—has roots in the Cold War.

Schedule of Events

The workshop will open at 9 am on Sept 3 with a plenary session featuring keynote talks from Kim TallBear and Susan Lindee at the Medical Historical Library at 333 Cedar Street.

Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson (MD, MPH), Vice President, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health and 2010 Henry Roe Cloud Alumni Award Recipient will deliver a public lecture on Sept 3 at 4:30 pm in the Medical Historical Library.

The workshop will resume at 9 am on Sept 4 in the Medical History Library

This event is generously sponsored by The Edward J and Dororthy Clark Kempf Fund and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Section for the History of Medicine, The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the Yale Group for the Study of Native America and Traphagen Alumni Speakers Series, Yale College Office of Student Affairs.

Past Conferences

Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology.  The 50th anniversary (1965-2015) was held on March 27-28, 2015 in New Haven, CT and was jointly hosted by the Section int he history of Medicine, the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University  and the Frank Program in Science and the Humanities. Organized by Henry Cowles (Yale University, New Haven), William Summers (Yale University, new Haven), and Joanna Radin (Yale University, New Haven). 

American Association for the History of Medicine.  The 88th Annual Conference was held at Yale University Thursday, April 29 - Sunday, May 3, 2015 in New Haven, CT. Co-organized by John H. Warner (Yale University, New Haven) and the American Association for the History of Medicine.

Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine. The 10th Annual seminar was held the weekend of October 5-6, 2012 in New Haven, CT and it was jointly hosted by the Section in the History of Medicine and the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University. Organized by Kelly O’Donnell and Heidi Knoblauch (Yale University, New Haven). For more information, including previous years’ programs and abstact submission instructions, please visit

Globalizing the History of Colonial Medicine and Public Health: Adding Latin America and the Caribbean, Yale University, April 15-16, 2011. Organized by Mariola Espinosa (Yale University, New Haven).

Health Activism in the Twentieth Century: A History of Medicine symposium at Yale University, October 22-23, 2010. Organized by Naomi Rogers (Yale University), Mandisa Mbali (Yale University) and Esyllt Jones (University of Manitoba) PDF

1st Yale International SymposiumThe Global Crisis on Malaria:Lessons of the Past and Future Prospective, November 7-9, 2008. Organized by Frank Snowden (Yale University, New Haven) PDF

The Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Medicine, Yale University, September 26-27, 2008 more...

Making Sequences Matter: Collecting, Comparing, Computing, Yale University, June 20-21, 2008 PDF
Organized by Bruno J. Strasser (Yale University, New Haven) and Marianne Sommer (ETH, Zurich)

Living Properties: Making Knowledge and Controlling Ownership in the History of Biology, Berlin, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, May 29-31, 2008 PDF
Organized by Jean-Paul Gaudillière (INSERM, Paris), Daniel Kevles (Yale University, New Haven), Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (MPIWG, Berlin)