The Fashionable Diseases Leverhulme Trust project is hosting a three-day international conference to assess the relationship between fashion and disease in the eighteenth century. Between 1660 and 1832 books such as Cheyne's English Malady and Adair's Essays on Fashionable Diseases created a substantial debate on the relationship between fashion and sickness, linking melancholy, the vapours, nervousness, gout, consumption and many other conditions with the elite and superior sensibility. This conference aims to include voices from both within the social and medical elite and beyond, and to look at diseases that have not previously been examined in this context and at what can be learned from "unfashionable" illnesses. It also aims to consider not only diseases associated with social prestige, but also with the medical critique of fashionable luxurious lifestyles, and the debate on "imaginary" diseases. The role of culture in creating, framing and spreading conceptions of fashionable disease will also be considered.
Professor Sander L. Gilman (Emory), "The Fat Person on the Edgeware Road Omnibus: Fat, Health, and Fashion in the British long 18th Century"
Professor Helen Deutsch (UCLA), "Diseases of Writing"
Dr David Shuttleton (Glasgow), "The Fashioning of Fashionable Diseases in the Eighteenth Century"
The conference will be held in the Sutherland Building, Northumbria University and in the Research Beehive, Newcastle University, with a conference dinner in the beautiful Mansion House, residence of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne.
To join the conference please register using the link on the left by 15th May 2014 at the latest. You can pay by credit/debit card using our online payment system. Prices are given on the "registration" page.