CFP: Beauty and the Hospital in History

April 6-8, 2017, Malta

Call for papers

International Network for the History of Hospitals

Malta, 6–8 April 2017

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: (1) the arts and the hospital; (2) landscape and environment; (3) restoring beauty; (4) patient and staff experiences; and (5) beauty and the senses.  We also encourage the submission of abstracts that discuss other aspects of beauty and the hospital in history in innovative ways.  Please see the attached CFP for submission guidelines and a more detailed discussion of key themes and questions to be explored.  Or go to:

Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words in length, in English and accompanied by a brief self biography of no more than 200 words.  Proposals should be sent to by 10 June 2016.  (Note: the deadline has been extended from the original May deadline.)

Deadline: June 10, 2016

Posted: May 25, 2016