These interconnected fields examine the historical production of scientific and medical knowledge and its application and transformation in diverse social practices around the globe. This group of scholars focuses not just on the social and cultural meanings of medicine and science, but also the lived experiences of historical actors - especially those at the margins of society. This field is interdisciplinary by nature, fostering fruitful conversations between science studies, disability studies and the study of gender and sexuality.
The history of science explores the ways that people have worked to make sense of the world around them. This field considers everything from the relationship between humans and the natural world and to the rise of scientific reason to issues of bioethics, and serves as the foundation for other fields, such as the history of medicine, disability, and the environment.
The history of medicine traces not only the development of therapies and practices, but also the ways in which people and societies have attempted to make sense of health and illness. Our department has long had a strength in the history of medicine, helping to shape the contours of this ever-changing field.