CSHM 2014 Conference Report

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine took place at Brock University, in St. Catharines, ON, from Saturday May 24 to Monday May 26. The conference opened with James Moran’s Presidential Address, “‘Fishing Naked for Carp’: Lunacy Commission Law in England and the United States, 1320-1890,” which was very well-attended for 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday! After a morning of formal sessions, many looked forward to a special graduate student lunch, which, thanks to the quick thinking of CSHM President James Moran and board members Dan Malleck and Geoff Hudson, was a success and included an unscheduled trip to the “Knowledge on Tap” beer tent. The CSHM Annual General Meeting rounded out the day after a full afternoon of conference sessions. On Sunday, Waltraud Ernst of Oxford Brookes University delivered the Paterson Lecture, speaking on “Mental Health and Illness in Princely India, c. 1860-1960.” The CSHM Annual “Strawberries and Champagne” Book Launch, where books from past president C. Stuart Houston and members including Dan Malleck, Cheryl Krasnick Warsh, Erika Dyck, and Shauna Devine were celebrated, marked the end of a second full day of concurrent sessions, following which many adjourned to the excellent conference dinner, also held on campus at Brock. After a half day of sessions on Monday morning, Frances Reilly of the University of Saskatchewan was awarded the Segall Prize for her paper, “Sexual Psychiatry and Cold War Paradigms.” The prize committee noted that many of the papers given at Brock were excellent, and, as in previous years, so too was the quality of discussions both within and outside of formal academic sessions. The programme committee, headed by Maureen Lux, put together an exciting and thought-provoking set of sessions, and local arrangements coordinator Dan Malleck did an excellent job in planning the conference (and outstanding CSHM banquet) and ensuring everything ran smoothly. Thanks to all who attended and participated. See you next year in Ottawa!

Whitney Wood
Student Representative to the Executive
Wilfrid Laurier University