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Research seminars are integral to academic life at CHSTM. We maintain two regular, wide-ranging seminar series. These seminars are open to anyone who is interested: students, fellow academics and the wider public - all welcome.

Details of these seminars can be found below. Please sign up for our mailing list if you want to receive updates about seminars and other CHSTM events, or follow us on Twitter: @ManCHSTM.

CHSTM Research Seminars

Our principal seminar runs once per fortnight during each teaching semester. We aim to produce a varied programme featuring invited speakers from institutions across Britain and the world, ranging from well-known senior figures to promising younger members of the profession.

We are particularly keen to foster an interdisciplinary atmosphere; alongside all aspects of the history of science, technology and medicine, our speakers' institutional backgrounds have included science studies, cultural history, social anthropology, museums work and many other fields.

Unless otherwise indicated below, the seminar takes place on Tuesdays at 4pm. Seminars are typically around 50 minutes in length, followed by a period for audience questions and a visit to a local pub. Join us a few minutes before 4pm for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings will take place in the CHSTM Seminar Room, 2.57 Simon Building (see the University's maps and travel page for directions).

Please contact Dr Dmitriy Myelnikov or Professor Pratik Chakrabarti if you have any queries about our seminar arrangements.

Programme: September to December 2018

  • 25 September
    Jerome de Groot (University of Manchester)
    Double-Helix History
  • 9 October
    Stephanie Snow & Angela Whitecross  (CHSTM)
    Making History Together: The NHS and the Story of Our Lives since 1948
  • 23 October
    Nandini Bhattacharya (University of Dundee)
    Disparate Remedies: Making Medicines in Modern India
  • 6 November
    Chris Millard (University of Sheffield)
    Almost Entirely Invisible: Material Effects of Diagnostic Practices in Modern Medicine
  • 20 November
    Dora Vargha (University of Exeter)
    Cold War Rhetorics of Scarcity and Abundance: Technical Assistance in Socialist International Health
  • 4 December
    Jonathan Coopersmith (Texas A&M University)
    Creative Construction: The Importance of Froth and Fraud in Emerging Technologies
  • 11 December
    Pascal Germann (Universität Bern, currently Visiting Scholar at CHSTM)
    Health and Welfare after the Boom: A History of the Quality of Life Concept, c. 1965–2000

Lunchtime (Work in Progress) Seminars

This is a less formal weekly series of half-hour papers and work-in-progress reports. The lunchtime seminar provides valuable experience for graduate students from CHSTM and elsewhere who may be presenting for the first time, and also helps members of the CHSTM community to keep up to date with each other's research.

The lunchtime seminar is held on Tuesdays during the teaching semester, unless otherwise indicated, at 1pm in the CHSTM Seminar Room, 2.57 Simon Building (see the University's maps and travel page for directions). Lunchtime seminars are typically no more than 30 minutes in length, followed by a period for audience questions (ending before 2pm).

Each semester's lunchtime seminar series is organised by postgraduates within the Centre. The current organiser is Jemma Houghton.

Programme: October to December 2018

  • 2 October
    Jemma Houghton
    Medicinal Plants in the Era of Synthetics: A Case Study of Belladonna and Parkinsonism
  • 16 October
    Sarah Murphy-Young
     (University of Leeds)
    The Making of the Modern Chemist’s Window: The Performance of Expertise in Retail Pharmacy in Britain, 1920s to 1930s
  • 30 October
    Gemma Curto
    (University of Sheffield)
  • 13 November
    Kevin Baker (University of Oxford)
  • 27 November
    Iqra Choudhry (CHSTM)
    Scientific Exchange and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research 1956-1964
  • 11 December
    Laura Brassington (University of Cambridge)
    Reading Science and Class in Nineteenth-Century Manchester