Central and East European History of Medicine Network
This is a blog run by Sarah Marks (UCL), Mat Savelli (CHF) and Dora Vargha (Birkbeck) for historians of medicine working on Central and Eastern Europe to share work and connect.
Dora Vargha is currently postdoctoral research associate at Brikbeck, University of London, participating in a Wellcome project titled “The Reluctant Internationalists: : A History of Public Health and International Organisations, Movements and Experts in Twentieth Century Europe”. Previously she was a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG). Dora completed her PhD at Rutgers University in Modern European and Women and Gender History and is working on a book tentatively titled Iron Curtain, Iron Lungs: Governing Polio in Cold War Hungary. Dora is especially interested in the intersections of history of medicine and gender, childhood and disability and in using the locality of Eastern Europe to approach global public health issues.
Sarah Marks is a PhD student at the Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines and the German Department at University College London. Her thesis examines the construction of psychiatric knowledge in Czechoslovakia and East Germany during the Cold War, and the ways in which new concepts of psychopathology and psychotherapeutics were generated through interaction with other scientific and technological disciplines in the socialist context. Sarah is currently collaborating on an edited volume with Mat Savelli entitled Psychiatry in Communist Europe.
Mat Savelli is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the history of psychiatry in Communist Yugoslavia at the University of Oxford’s Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine. His current research analyzes the global history of psychopharmaceutical marketing. In addition to an edited volume (alongside Sarah Marks), he is currently working on a book about the social psychiatry movement in Yugoslavia.