Médecine aux armées, médecine clandestine : une histoire comparée du soin dans la France libre et la Résistance intérieure (1940-1944)

Raphaële Balu a présenté le projet et la manière dont son étude de cas s’y inscrit dans le cadre de la journée « Jeunes chercheurs »,  tenue au Mémorial de Caen le 14 octobre 2021. Le programme de cet événement ainsi que les résumés des présentations sont disponibles sur le carnet de recherche « Autour de la …

Rethinking medical neutrality and enemy encounters during World War Two: perspectives for further research

Last month, Frances Hougthon, Laure Humbert and Raphaële Balu presented papers at the conference ‘Enemy Encounters’ hosted by the IWM Institute for the Public Understanding of War and Conflict and Cardiff University. This fascinating and thought-provoking online conference organized by Prof. Holly Furneaux and Matilda Greig explored enmity and allegiances at war between 1800 and …

Au prisme des archives spiritaines : La France libre, l’Église catholique et la Croix-Rouge en Afrique-Équatoriale française

Mes recherches actuelles portent sur le rôle du mouvement de la Croix-Rouge – composé du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge, de la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (ancienne Ligue des Sociétés de Croix-Rouge) et des Sociétés nationales de Croix-Rouge – en Afrique subsaharienne durant la période coloniale. Alors que le …

Conference Summary : Rethinking the History of Violence, Health and Care in Wartime

In May 2021, we commemorated the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Resolution 2286 by the UN Security Council on the Protection of civilians in armed conflict. It is thus a particularly apposite time to reflect on how historians have approached the issues of violence, health and care in wartime and how historical approaches might …

Gender, Sources and Silences in the History of the French Resistance

Raphaële Balu and Laure Humbert are working with Géraud Letang (Service Historique de la Défense, Paris) on their papers for the annual conference of the Society for the Study of French History. The aim of this collaborative panel is to place some of the early findings of our research project within the historiography of the …

Online Workshop – Rethinking the history of Violence, Health and Care in Wartime, c. 1860-2000s.

Understandings of the impacts of attacks on healthcare have changed significantly within the last ten years. Amid an ongoing cycle of commemorative events for the adoption of the Resolution 2286 by the UN Security Council on the Protection of civilians in armed conflict, academic and public interest in the impact of attacks on healthcare is …

La maison ‘Spears’: quand l’hôpital trouble le genre

Laure Humbert travaille actuellement sur une communication qu’elle présentera au prochain colloque organisé par la Fondation de la France libre. L’appel à communication est disponible ici. Fig. 1. Amicale des anciens de la Première Division française libre Annuaire de la Première division française libre et ses unités dans la guerre 1939-1945 (Paris : Imprimerie N. Fortin et ses fils, …

Gender, Humanitarianism and Soft Power

Laure Humbert introduces her research on the ‘public face’ of the international Hadfield Spears and discusses it with Charlotte Faucher, BA postdoctoral fellow (University of Manchester) and specialist of the history of Franco-British cultural policies in the twentieth century.  Charlotte Faucher has recently organized a conference on ‘New approaches to the history of soft-power’ and is …

Breathing Assistance: British, French and US Medical Co-operation and the Curious Affair of HMS ‘Phoebe’, October 1942

In this post, Dr Frances Houghton examines a puzzling medical mystery in the Royal Navy in 1942, and explains how this illuminates close bonds of shared Allied friendship and international medical co-operation in the Second World War. Frances is currently a Simon Research Fellow (University of Manchester), examining medical ‘cultures of care’ in the Royal …

CFP: Rethinking the history of Violence, Health and Care in Wartime, c. 1860-2000s.

4 June 2021, HCRI, University of Manchester. We are pleased to invite submissions for an online conference exploring the history of violence against health and care, broadly conceived, in wartime. Understandings of the impacts of attacks on healthcare have changed significantly within the last ten years. This is partly the results of the launch of …