‘Trust Me’ Symposium, UCL Institute of Advanced Studies & Wellcome, Friday 25 May

‘Trust Me’: The Language of Medical Expertise and Imposture in Britain, 1400-1900

A Symposium at the UCL Institute of Advanced Studies and the Wellcome Collection

25 May, 9:30 AM – 6 PM

 

‘Trust Me’ is an interdisciplinary symposium on the long history of medical confidence and publicity. How did medical practitioners craft a language to cultivate confidence in their knowledge and abilities? We hope to trace how assurances (and overassurances) of expertise—as expressed in mountebanks’ medicine shows, print medical advertising, bedside manner, and training literature—adapted to new knowledge paradigms, media technologies, and regulatory regimes to win that trust of prospective patients and skeptical authorities. How did this language of medical publicity circulate? How was this language translated into social life and the popular imagination?

 

  1. A. Katritzky(Barbara Wilkes Research Fellow in Theatre Studies, Open University) will deliver the plenary lecture, ‘Performing medical harangues in early modern Britain and beyond’.

 

Participants will include:

  • Elma Brenner (Wellcome Collection)
  • Joe Stadolnik (UCL)
  • Sarah Mayo (University of Georgia/UCL)
  • Genice Ngg (Singapore University of Social Sciences)
  • Alannah Tomkins (Keele University)
  • Jeni Buckley (Warden Park Academy)
  • Emily Senior (Birkbeck)
  • Cara Dobbing (Leicester)

This symposium was organized as part of the ‘Lies’ research thread at the IAS by Joe Stadolnik, in partnership with Dr Elma Brenner and the Wellcome Collection. This conference is generously supported by the IAS and a conference grant from the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

 

All welcome. Please find the programme here and register here.