First International Conference on Historical Medical Discourse (CHIMED-1)

Event Date: 
14 Jun 2017 to 16 Jun 2017

University of Milan


It is a pleasure to announce that the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Milan will host the “First International Conference on Historical Medical Discourse” (CHIMED-1). The general interest of the conference concerns medical discourse in historical perspective across disciplinary fields and research areas, such as: historical linguistics; historical lexicology and lexicography; medicine in/and literature; history of science, medicine and medical thought; history and social function of medical institutions; popularization of medical thought; translation of medical texts; medicine and cultural attitudes; medicine and society.


Contributions are expected to focus on the period 1650-1950.

Language of submission and discussion: English or Italian.

Deadline for abstract submission: 28 February 2017.

Notification of acceptance: 31 March 2017.


Call for proposals

We are looking forward to receiving proposals for 30-minute presentations (20 min. + 10 min. discussion).

Abstracts of about 250-300 words (excluding references) should be sent as e-mail attachments (doc, docx or rtf files) to the following address by 28 February 2017.

Abstracts should include: the title of the contribution; up to 5 keywords; a brief description of the planned study; and contact information (surname, name, institutional affiliation and position, etc.).


Possible topics:

  • Medical terminology: the creation of specialised vocabulary/lexicon, lexicological and lexicographic approach
  • Medical discourse in literary texts, historical texts (social history, history of the discipline, history of medical institutions, etc.), specialized texts, personal/communal correspondence, personal/professional records, handbooks, etc.
  • Professional and scientific discourse in the history of medicine
  • The origin of specialised medical journals (their professional/social function, their role in defining the discipline, etc.)
  • Medical practices and innovative approaches in the history of medicine
  • Epistemological changes in medical approach and practical issues
  • The role of the practitioner/physician in society
  • Relationship patient-practitioner (communicative needs, social impact, etc.) in historical perspective


Scientific committee:

  • Giuseppe Armocida (Insubria)
  • Michael Brown (Roehampton)
  • Antonio De Francesco (Milan)
  • Giuliana Garzone (Milan)
  • Giovanni Iamartino (Milan)
  • Clark Lawlor (Northumbria)
  • Elisabetta Lonati (Milan)
  • Paolo Mazzarello (Pavia)
  • Laura Pinnavaia (Milan)
  • Irma Taavitsainen (Helsinki)


Organising committee:Giovanni Iamartino, Elisabetta Lonati, Lucia Berti


For any enquiries regarding the programme, please contact Elisabetta Lonati (


For all general enquiries, please contact Lucia Berti ( or chimed-1@unimi.

Submission date for papers: 
28 Feb 2017