Friday, November 15, 2013

Program Available: “Trading Medicines: The Global Drug Trade in Perspective”

There will be a half-day workshop entitled "Trading Medicines: The Global Drug Trade in Perspective" on January 10, 2014, at the London School of Economics. The workshop has been organized by Claire Griffin (Cambridge) and Patrick Wallis (LSE) and is supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Economic History Society, and the Royal Historical Society. The program and abstracts of the papers are available here. According to the organizers,
This half-day workshop examines the supply and reception of medical drugs during the creation of an early modern global market from the sixteenth through to the eighteenth centuries. It addresses a key question in the history of medicine: how did early modern globalisation impact medicine in Europe? The workshop explores developments across various European nations, their empires, and global trading networks. Papers will focus on the broad sweep of medical commodities that were exchanged, taking a long view and considering as many different substances as possible, in order to build a big picture of developments across the early modern period.
There is no attendance fee, but registration is required. To register, please email Clare Griffin at cg315@cam.ac.uk.