An international conference to be held March 7-9, 2024 in Baltimore, MD hosted by Johns Hopkins University, organized by the Injuries Studies Research Network of scholars and practitioners, and funded in part through the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

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On behalf of the Injury Studies Research Network, we are excited to present an initial program for the “Rethinking Injuries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Harm, Safety, and Society” conference to be held in a hybrid format at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) and via Zoom from March 7 to March 9. The event will bring together researchers, medical professionals, policymakers, and artists to chart how individuals and communities live with and make meaning out of injuries. You may register for the event using the form below, and please feel free to reach out to the Organizing Committee at if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!


Draft Conference Program as of February 2024, subject to change.

Thursday, March 7

1:25-1:30         Welcome with Graham Mooney

1:30–3:00         Panel 1-1. War and Trauma

A Commentary on the Diachrony of the Literary Reception of Injuries: From Homer’s Iliad to George Seferis’s Mythistorema and Anne Carson’s The Beauty of the Husband
Eleni Anna Bozini, Modern Greek and Comparative Literature, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Suffering as a Sort of Present: Grasping the Interconnectedness of Pain and Injury
Victor Kumar, Anthropology, Earlham College

“These are Birmingham, not Belsen”: The Use of Shock and Horror in Children’s Burns Prevention Campaigns in Post-Second World War Britain
Jonathan Reinarz, History of Medicine, University of Birmingham
Shane Ewen, History of Medicine, Leeds Beckett University

Packaging Pain: The Musealisation of Art that Harms
Nausikaä El-Mecky, History of Art and Visual Culture, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

3:00–3:15         Break

3:15–4:15         Art and Injury – A Roundtable / Reading with Tendon Magazine

Iro Filippaki, English Literature with Linguistics, American College of Greece, Deree
Alise Lieboff, Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
E. Iram Az, Poetry / Anthropology, Columbia University
George MacLeod, Creative Writing / Art, Philadelphia
Alexandra Kaul, Creative Writing / Anthropology, Oregon
Alexandra Sastrawati, Creative Writing / Medical Anthropology, Princeton University
Maya J. Sorini, Narrative Medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center

 4:15–4:45         Coffee

 4:45–6:15         Panel 1-2. Methods

Crowdsourcing Insights from Historical Accidents: The Railway Work, Life & Death Project
Mike Esbester, History, University of Portsmouth

Fleshing in the Bones: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Injury, Risk, and Violence in Industrializing London, U.K. (1760–1901)
Madeleine Mant, Anthropology, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Zoe Alker, History, Lancaster University

A Black Feminist Evaluation of Inocencia Rodriguez’s Diaries
Jennifer Uribe, Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

6:15–6:30         Break

6:30–7:30         Plenary Session: Defining Injury Studies
Graham Mooney, History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Iro Filippaki, English Literature with Linguistics, American College of Greece, Deree
Shannon Frattaroli, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University
Arwen Mohun, History, University of Delaware
Alexander Parry, History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Wendy Shields, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University
Christine Slobogin, Health Humanities and Bioethics, University of Rochester

Friday, March 8

8:30–9:00         Breakfast

9:00–10:30       Panel 2-1. Emergency Medicine

Collective Response to the Risk of Drowning in Early Modern London
Katarina Sawtelle, History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Give Us an Emergency Hospital: Medicalization and Industrialization in the Progressive Era
Katherine Schaub, Medicine, University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

Charities and Injuries in the United Kingdom before and after the Launch of the National Health Service
Rosemary Cresswell, Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde

Normalizing Violence, Normalizing Safety: Re-thinking Emergency Medical Systems and the Properties of Whiteness
Nic John Ramos, History and Africana Studies, Drexel University

10:30–10:45     Break

10:45–12:15     Panel 2-2. Child and Adolescent Safety

Competing Crises? Concussion, Obesity, and Tackle Football
Kathleen Bachynski, Public Health, Muhlenberg College

A Comparative Analysis of Global Child Restraint Use in Nine Cities
Khushbu Balsara, International Injury Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University
      Other Contributors: Abdulgafoor M. Bachani, International Injury Research Unit, Johns Hopkins University; Haruhiko Inada, Epidemiology, University of Tokyo; Xueer Zhang, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University; Hasan S. Merali, Pediatrics, McMaster University

Pop-Up Safety Town: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Injury Prevention Education for Children in Underserved Communities
Sarah Boeke, Community and Global Public Health, University of Michigan
      Other Contributors: Erin Kim, Medicine, University of Michigan; Andrew Hashikawa, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Michigan; Wendi-Jo Wendt, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin; Charlotte Ryan, Medicine, University of Michigan; Sarah Chang, Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Michigan 

From Another Angle: Reconceptualizing the Role of Sex / Gender and Q Angle in ACL Injury
Alexandra E. Kralick, Gender and Science, Harvard University
      Other Contributors: Sheree Bekker, Health, University of Bath; Ann Caroline Danielsen, Population Health Sciences, Harvard University; Katharine M. N. Lee, Anthropology, Tulane University; Madeleine Pape, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne; Meredith Reiches, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Mia Russ, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Harvard University; Sarah Richardson, History of Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Harvard University

12:15–1:45       Society for the Social History of Medicine Luncheon

1:45–3:15         Panel 2-3. Rehabilitation / Recovery

(Yoruba) Artistic Traditions as Therapeutic Tools: Unveiling the Healing Potential for Employee Trauma Recovery and Well-being
Rasheed Azeez, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, Lagos State University

Kintsugi Bodies: Zen and the Art of Repair
Suzannah Biernoff, Visual Culture, Birkbeck, University of London

Cut to the Bone: Self Injury and Medicalisation in Contemporary Eastern European Visual Arts
Diana-Andreea Novaceanu, Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest

3:15–3:30         Break

3:30–4:30      Rehabilitating Injured Faces, Eyes and Bodies: Clinical Anaplastology at the Johns Hopkins Medicine Facial, Eye & Body Prosthetics Clinic

Juan Ramon Garcia, Art as Applied to Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Andrew J. Etheridge, Art as Applied to Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

 4:30–5:00         Coffee

 5:00–6:30         Panel 2-4. Regulation

The Regulatory Battlefield: Understanding Physician Perspectives on Medical Device Injury Control, 1970–1980
Brice Bowrey, History, University of Maryland, College Park

“Herbal Medicine May Not Be Without Risk”: Chinese Herbal Nephropathy Worldwide and Alternative Regulation in Taiwan
Po-Hsun Chen, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester

Artificial Injurytelligence? Assessing the Helpfulness of ChatGPT for Product Risk Characterization and Injury Avoidance
Richard Gruss, Management, Radford University
Alan Abrahams, Virginia Tech, Business Information Technology
Zachary A. Collier, Management, Radford University

 6:30–7:00         Refreshment Break

 7:00–8:15         Controlling Injuries at the Consumer Product Safety Commission
      Joe Galbo, Consumer Product Safety Commission

Saturday, March 9

 8:30–9:00         Breakfast

 9:00–10:30       Panel 3-1. Technological Risks

Labour Injuries and Compensation in Twentieth Century Colonial Bombay City: A Critical Assessment
Mrunmayee Satam, History, BITS Law School, Mumbai

The Myth of “Bad Media Habits”
Jingwen Li, History, Princeton University

Representations of Deaths and Injuries Associated with Robots and Autonomous Entities
Jo Ann Oravec, Information Technology and Supply Chain Management / Science and Technology Studies, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

 10:30–10:45     Break

 10:45–12:15     Panel 3-2. Violence – Interpersonal and Structural

(Un)injured Bodies and Aching Self: Exploring the Harm of Rape in Indian Judicial Discourse
Kaushiki Arha, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Injurious Intimacy: Scars and Selfhood for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in Cape Town
      Emma Louise Backe, Medical Anthropology, George Washington University

What Counts as Care?: Negotiating Harm and Care in an Understaffed Elder Care Facility in Lisbon
Verónica Sousa, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

Not Your Heroes’ Workforce Woes: Who Decides What Is Safe?
Catherine Ling, Nursing, Johns Hopkins University
Pandora Hardtman, Nursing and Midwifery, JHPIEGO

12:15–1:30       Lunch

1:30–2:30         Closing Session: Planning for the Future – Injury Studies and the Injury Studies Research Network (ISRN)

3:00- 5:00        Narrative Medicine Workshop (Register at Conference)

Alise Lieboff, Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine


The event will be presented in a hybrid format with attendance available both online and in person on the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus. We will share more logistical details closer to the date of the event.

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Venue: The hybrid conference will take place both virtually and in person. Please register and let us know how you will attend. the registration form includes an option for a combination of both in person and virtual attendance. The virtual link will be sent out closer to the date of the conference.

In person attendance will be in the West Reading Room located on the 2nd floor of the Welch Library Building at 1900 East Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.

Hotel suggestion: The closest hotel to the location venue is Residence Inn by Marriott Baltimore at The Johns Hopkins Medical Campus located at 800 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.

Call for Papers

Rethinking Injuries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Harm, Safety, and Society

It’s our great pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract to “Rethinking Injuries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Harm, Safety, and Society,” an international conference organized by the Injuries Studies Research Network of scholars and practitioners. The conference will be hosted at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore on March 7-9, 2024. The event will bring together scholars, researchers, and policymakers from the humanities, social sciences, public health, and medicine to chart how individuals and communities live with and make meaning out of injuries and to highlight the applicability of cultural and historical insights to practice.

Authors are encouraged to submit their latest research, case studies, and evaluations of current policies and programs. We are particularly interested in contributions that address interdisciplinary audiences and the following themes:

    • Perception: How do experts and laypeople perceive the risks and consequences of injuries across different times, places, and contexts? What factors affect how individuals and groups perceive risky situations and their aftermaths?
    • Control: How have various individual, commercial, and government actors tried to control injuries and their effects? When have these parties chosen to intervene to prevent injuries or refused to do so?
    • Representation: How do different stakeholders represent the causes, outcomes, and meanings of injuries? What styles, tools, and media have been used to communicate their messages to specific audiences? What artistic productions, literary tropes, and genres do injuries engender?
    • Experience: How do people experience and attribute meaning to physical and mental trauma, recovery, and disability? How is the experience of injuries shaped by art, cinema, and literature? How do injuries change peoples’ everyday lives? How do the social determinants of health shape experiences of injury?

Limited funds are available for presenters to defray the costs of attendance. Preference will be given to doctoral students and early career researchers.

Important Dates:
Abstracts are no longer being accepted for this conference.
Deadline for Abstracts: Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Deadline for Final Presentations: Wednesday, February 28, 2024

For any inquiries about the conference, please contact: <>

Organizing Committee:
Graham Mooney (Chair), PhD, History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Iro Filippaki, PhD, The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece.
Arwen Mohun, PhD, History, University of Delaware, USA.
Alex Parry, MA, History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Wendy Shields, PhD, MPH, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.
Christine Slobogin, PhD, History of Medicine and the Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine, and Medicine, Science, and the Humanities, Johns Hopkins University, USA



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Image Title: Emploi de l’ambrine dans la famille: écorchures, coupures, panaris, contusions, boutons, engelures, brûlures, ulcères, variqueux
Publication: Paris : Publicité Wall, [1920?]
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