CfA: Medicine in the Baltic Sea Region



Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda

+49 (0)441 798-5824


Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Fakultät VI - Medizin und Gesundheitswissenschaften
Department für Versorgungsforschung
Abteilung Medizinische Ethik
Ammerländer Heerstr. 114-118
26129 Oldenburg


Campus Haarentor, Gebäude V04
Ammerländer Heerstraße 140
26129 Oldenburg

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CfA: Medicine in the Baltic Sea Region

CfA: Medicine in the Baltic Sea Region since the early 20th Century: Networks, transfers, consequences

Where & when: Palaestra et Odeum (Paradisgatan 4, Lund), Lund University, Sweden, 26-27 March, 2020. The symposium will start at 9am on 26 March and end at 5pm on 27 March.

Organisers: Nils Hansson (Düsseldorf), Jonatan Wistrand (Lund), Yvonne Gavallér (Düsseldorf), Peter M Nilsson (Lund)

The Department of History of Medicine at Lund University, Sweden, and the Department of History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine at the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany, are organising an international symposium about medicine in the Baltic Sea region. The focus will be on scientific networks and transfers since the turn of the 20th century, and their impact today.

A new “Hanseatic League”, “a global hotspot for health”, “one of the most innovative science macro-regions in the world”? In the fields of life science and technology, politicians and managers of current large research projects describe the Baltic Sea region as a hub of cutting-edge research. How did these images emerge? Although several research programs have been established to foster research on this territory, surprisingly few publications deal thoroughly with “Baltic” networks in medicine and their impact for the production and spread of knowledge. This symposium aims at bringing together researchers who currently work on aspects of medical history in the Baltic Sea region to illuminate currents of ideas and areas of cooperation and conflict.
The symposium will take place at Lund University (Palaestra et Odeum) on 26-27 March 2020.

We invite researchers in the history of medicine, medical humanities, and science and technology studies to submit abstracts (max. 300 words) or panel suggestions of three speakers, (max. 1000 words) with name(s) and academic affiliation(s) to Nils Hansson ( by October 15, 2019. A variety of thematic and methodological contributions are welcome with regards to network and transfer studies, biographies, scientific authority, medicine/science and literature, and medical ethics. Panel submissions shall include three abstracts and a chair (total 70 minutes incl. 5 minutes introduction by the chair). All papers shall be presented in English and last a maximum of 20 minutes followed by 5 minutes for discussion.

Scientific Board
Denmark: Thomas Wegener Friis (Odense); Estonia: Erki Tammiksaar (Tartu); Finland: Pieter Dhondt (UEF, Joensuu), Heini Hakosalo (Oulu); Germany: Ulrike Eisenberg (Berlin), Merle Weßel (Oldenburg), Friedrich Moll (Cologne), Thorsten Halling (Düsseldorf); Latvia: Ieva Libiete, Juris Salaks (Riga); Lithuania: Aistis Žalnora (Vilnius); Poland: Władysław Bułhak (Warsaw), Joanna Nieznanowska (Szczecin); Sweden: David Dunér, Alexandra Nicolaidis, Bengt Uvelius (Lund).

Nils Hansson, associate professor
Department of History, Theory and Ethics of Medicine
Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf
Universitätsstr. 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Tel: 0049 211 81 14101

(Stand: 21.08.2020)