Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Society, ca. 1660-1832

November 6-8, 2014, Newcastle, United Kingdom

Between 1660 and 1832 books such as Cheyne’s English Malady and Adair’s Essays on Fashionable Diseases created a substantial debate on the relationship between fashion and sickness, linking melancholy, the vapours, nervousness, gout, consumption and many other conditions with the elite and superior sensibility. This conference aims to include voices from both within the social and medical elite and beyond, and to look at diseases that have not previously been examined in this context and at what can be learned from “unfashionable” illnesses. It also aims to consider not only diseases associated with social prestige, but also with the medical critique of fashionable luxurious lifestyles, and the debate on “imaginary” diseases. The role of culture in creating, framing and spreading conceptions of fashionable disease will also be considered.

Please submit abstracts (max. 250 words) and a brief biography (max 100 words) to enquiries@fashionablediseases.info by 31st December 2013.

Posted: February 10, 2014