CfP: International Network for the History of Hospitals: Beauty and the Hospital in History

Hosted by the Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta, and the University of Warwick Beauty, and its perceived absence or loss, has been a part of hospital experiences, therapies, and planning throughout history. This conference aims to shed new light onto the history of beauty and health by exploring the subjective concepts of beauty, ‘normality’, and their opposites within and around the hospital. This eleventh INHH conference will consider the relationship between beauty and the hospital in history through an examination of five key themes. These themes and questions are by no means exhaustive, however, and we encourage the submission of abstracts that discuss other aspects of beauty and the hospital in history in innovative ways.
Key Themes and Questions to be Explored:

1. The Arts and the Hospital.
2. Landscape and Environment.
3. Restoring Beauty.
4. Patient and Staff Experiences.
5. Beauty and the Senses.

More information about these themes is available on the INHH website:
The Advisory Board of the INHH, as organisers of this conference, wish to invite proposals for 20 minute papers which address the conference theme. Potential contributors are asked to bear in mind that engagement with the theme of beauty and the hospital will be a key criterion in determining which papers are accepted onto the programme. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length, in English and accompanied by a brief author biography of no more than 200 words. Proposals should be sent to by 15 May 2016.

As with previous INHH conferences, it is intended that an edited volume of the conference papers will be published. Submissions are particularly encouraged from researchers who have not previously given a paper at an INHH conference. Upon provision of full receipts, we hope to be able to support attendance at this conference, particularly for postgraduates and early career researchers. Speakers will be asked to make use of alternative sources of funding where these are available. Any queries may be directed to