Medical internationalism in practice: infrastructures, organisations and networks


  • Dr Jessica Reinisch

    Birkbeck, University of London

Project summary

We are a group of historians who have each been intrigued by questions about the international make-up of medical and scientific scholarship as fundamentally collective and social ventures. We want to make explicit the international infrastructures that have shaped how medically-trained professionals have understood their place in the world since the mid-19th century. This involves taking seriously the institutions and practices that still shape our professional lives in the present, such as peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and to turn them into objects of historical enquiry. 

We will study the development of professional and social networks in the last several hundred years. We will work systematically on areas of shared interest and use our collaboration to produce a new research agenda that has the power to make a significant contribution to the histories of medicine, science and international relations.