Deadline: January 15, 2016
What role have venereal diseases played in the history of sexuality? From the rise of syphilis in medieval Europe to the emergence of AIDS in the late twentieth century, venereal disease has played a significant role in the history of human sexuality. Responses to VD have ranged from the practical (such as specialist syphilis hospitals and anti-STD poster campaigns during World War Two) to the panicked (from early modern denunciations of syphilis as ‘the wages of sin’ to the HIV/ AIDS panic of the 1980s). The reputations of public figures from Henry VIII to Freddie Mercury have been shaped by their associations with sexually transmitted diseases, whilst VD has also been linked to national rivalries (syphilis, for example, was variously known as ‘the French disease’, ‘the Spanish itch’ and ‘the evil of Naples’). Venereal disease has also shaped lives at a more private level, producing intense emotional reactions and influencing personal medical histories and sexual behaviours.
Fiona Buckley (network member and secretary of the Political Studies Association of Ireland executive committee) has passed on this message from Yvonne Galligan:
The convenors of a new international network on gender politics and policy are seeking participants from Ireland, and have asked me to co-ordinate a team from Ireland interested in responding to their call for proposals.
To date nine potential areas of exploration are identified, though probably only three or four will finally be selected at a meeting of the convenors in early December. The nine areas are:
Equal employment, gender-based violence, intimate citizenship, reproduction, immigration, elder care, political representation and higher education and the inclusion of women in science.
The core research question is ‘Does equality policy result in greater gender equality?’
To participate, we need to come forward with specific proposals, having identified policy initiatives that could lend themselves to further investigation.
To take this forward, I will contact Joni Lovenduski, one of the convenors, to indicate that researchers from Ireland are interested in taking part. If I receive an indication of your areas of interest in advance of you completing a template (here), that would be very helpful.
Those of us interersted are required to complete this template and forward to me, for liaising with the convenors, by mid-december (Dec 15).
The academic journal Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry publishes research in medical anthropology and social medicine. The journal’s website carries a blog feature, and the editors are currently inviting contributions of 500-word posts highlighting aspects of culture and medicine.
For further information, contact the blog editor Julia Balacko or tweet her at @CMPjournal
The Sheroes of History blog tells the story of historical heroines and inspiring Sheroes of today.
Pieces written for the blog should be between 400-500 words and use accessible, easy to understand language. Diversity & inclusion is really important, and Sheroes of History aims to represent women from all walks of life. Bear this in mind when picking a Shero to write about.