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Kill or Cure?: Water and Health in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Provisional Programme

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Evening reception at the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, followed by dinner at local restaurant

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Session I: ‘Approaches to Water Curing’
Marguerite Dupree (University of Glasgow) ‘Varieties of Practice and the Curative Power of Water: Unqualified Hydropathists in Nineteenth-Century Scotland’
Jane Adams and Hilary Marland (Warwick) ‘Fluid Boundaries and Diluted Principles: Water and Healing Approaches in Nineteenth-Century England’

Coffee break

Session II: ‘Water, Health and Disease’
David Arnold (Warwick) ‘Troubled Waters: Purity, Health and Disease in Nineteenth-Century India’
Eric T. Jennings (University of Toronto) ‘Empire of Spas: Hydropathy and French Colonialism’
Bernardino Fantini (University of Geneva) ‘“Bad Air” or “Bad Water”?: The Discovery of the Malaria Transmission Cycle and Its Impact on Public Health Strategies’


Session III: ‘Water, Public and Private Health’
Deborah Brunton (Open University) ‘“You are not a Fisher yourself”: Water Supply and the Battles between Private and Public Interests in Scotland’
Sally Sheard (University of Liverpool) 'Washing the Great Unwashed: Changing Attitudes to Personal Hygiene in Nineteenth-Century Britain'

Tea break

Session IV: ‘Cultural Practices of Water Curing'
Jill Steward (Northumbria University) ‘Health, Leisure and Lifestyle: Sanitas in Acqua?
Douglas Peter Mackaman (The University of Southern Mississippi) 'Clinical, Social and Sexual: Managing Space and Practice in the Nineteenth-Century French Spa'

Drinks and films presented by David Cantor (US National Library of Medicine)

Dinner at local restaurant

Thursday, 29 March 2007

Session V ‘Theories and Practices of Water Curing’’
Sabrina Roth (Independent Scholar, Zurich) 'To Handle with Caution: Cold Water in Schroth's Nature Cure'
Borbála Csoma (Catholic University of Péter Pázmány in Hungary and Charles University in Prague, Czechoslovakia) ‘Success, Mistakes, Homeopathy and Hydropathy in the Letters and Diaries of the Aristocracy of the Nineteenth Century’

Coffee break

Mariama Kaba (Haute école de travail social et santé, Lausanne, and Institut universitaire d’histoire de la médecine et de la santé, Université de Lausanne) and Vincent Barras (Institut universitaire d’histoire de la médecine et de la santé, Université de Lausanne) ‘Swiss Hydrotherapy at the End of the Nineteenth Century: A Therapeutic Compromise between France and Germany’

Keynote Talk and Summing Up
Chris Hamlin (University of Notre Dame) ‘When I say ‘Water’ I mean Water: Water in the Nineteenth Century from Medium of Culture to Culture Medium’

Lunch in local restaurant and close of workshop