Welcome to the official website for the ICOH 7th International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health

Sol Plaatjie, first Secretary of the African National Congress

“Two hundred thousand subterranean heroes who, by day and by night, for a mere pittance lay down their lives to  the familiar ‘fall of rock’ and who, at deep levels, ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 feet in the bowels of the earth, sacrifice their lungs to the rock dust which develops miners’ phthisis and pneumonia.”  (Sol Plaatjie, describing the lives of black miners in 1914)

Conference Theme: Occupational and Environmental Health: At the Crossroads of Migrations, Empires and Social Movements

Held under the auspices of the ICOH Scientific Committee, History of Prevention of Occupational and Environmental Diseases, the planning for the next ICOH History Conference has already begun in earnest! Our plans for hosting the event in 2020 were overtaken by the global pandemic. The ICOH Scientific Committee has decided to host the next in-person event in 2023.  Scheduled for 15-17 November 2023 in Durban, South Africa, we are planning for an exciting event, for the first time on the African continent

The scientific programme will focus on the migration of workers in various time periods, the interconnections of empires, public health in post-colonial periods, and the role of trade unions and other social movements in occupational and environmental health. The evolution of occupational and environmental health especially in Africa, as well as globally, will be addressed.

The conference is intended to promote interconnections among historians, social scientists and occupational and environmental practitioners/researchers. Leading historians in occupational and environmental health have been invited to give keynote lectures. In addition, there will be an open call for abstracts for oral and poster presentations and a pre-conference methods training workshop.

All conference and programme updates, registration process, fees and the submission of abstracts information will be available at the conference website at icohhistory.ukzn.ac.za, or you could send your enquiries to icohhistory@ukzn.ac.za