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Health, Work and Masculinity, c.1800-1950


Friday 10 December
Session 1: Masculinity, identity and work
Chair: Hilary Marland   

Michael Meuser (Köln)
Masculinity, identity and work: Sociological considerations

Vicky Long (Warwick)
Healthy workers, healthy citizens: serving the nation through industrial welfare

Session 2: Men’s health and work: industries, conditions and health risks (part 1)
Chair: Hilary Marland

Martin Dinges (Stuttgart)
Men’s health and work: Some historical considerations

Tim Carter (Birmingham)
Kidderminstermen strike against Kidderminsterwomen: men, women and work in a Midlandswool town 1870-1914

Session 3: Men's health and work: industries, conditions and health risks (part 2)
Chair: Hilary Marland

Mark Bufton and Joseph Melling (Exeter)
Bargaining with the male body? Employers, workers and imagining the silicotic body in British compensation battles, c.1900-1945

Martin Lengweiler (Berlin)
Gendering of industrial risks: Conceptions and practices of male 'accident proneness', 1880-1920 (Switzerlandand Germany)

Saturday 11 December
Session 4: Experiences of illness and work
Chair: Mathew Thomson

Nicole Schweig (Stuttgart)
Corresponding about the body and illness: Are there any differences between workers and other men, 1800-1920?

Brooke Whitelaw (Warwick)
”The problem of square pegs”: industrial psychology and “maladjusted” industrial workers, 1914-1945

Session 5: Corrupting the working man: desease and stigma
Chair: Mathew Thomson

Jürgen Schmidt (Berlin)
’The workers are usually healthier…than the masters’: The experience of disease in German working class autobiographies

Joseph Melling and Pamela Dale (Exeter)
Dreadful Diseases: Communicating and Concealing the Occupational Health Hazards Faced by Spinners and Weavers in the British Textile Industries before 1959

Session 6: Health care and wounded bodies
Chair: Martin Dinges

Samisksha Sehrawat (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford)
Hardy Peasants from Martial Castes: Sepoys and Health Care Provision by the British Army in Early Twentieth Century India

Manuel Richter (Max Planck Institute)
Embodying Manliness and Nation: The Everyday (Re-)Production of Male Identities in Family Correspondences of the Franco-Prussian War (1870/71)

Session 7: Loss of masculinity?: Out of the work force, invalidity and old age
Chair: Martin Dinges

Jonathan Reinarz (Birmingham)
Rage against the machine: The history of occupational health and the machinery question

Andreas Weigl (Bureau of Statistics, City of Vienna)
Morality and morbidity of old workers in late Habsburg Vienna

Discussion leaders: Hilary Marland, Mathew Thomson and Martin Dinges

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