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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 2019 to May 2020

  • 24 September
    Marianna Dudley (University of Bristol)
    Limits of power: Wind energy, Orkney and the post-war British state
  • 1 October - Simon Building, Room 3.62 - Joint event with Japanese Studies
    Kenji Ito (Sokendai, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan)
    Albert Einstein and the emergence of the 'scientist' in early 20th-century Japanese physics: The Work, Careers, and Professional Identities of Kuwaki Ayao, Ishiwara Jun, and Takeuchi Tokio
  • 8 October
    Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (Strathclyde University)
    A woman’s right to know: Pregnancy testing in twentieth-century Britain
  • 22 October
    Jay Kennedy (University of Manchester)
    Plato's Medicine, Mathematics, and Astronomy: Surprising New Evidence
  • 5 November
    Dmitriy Myelnikov (CHSTM)
    Revisiting the OncoMouse: Moral and political economies of transgenic animals in the 1980s
  • 19 November
    Chris Manias (King’s College London)
    Beasts from the earth: Reconstructing fossil mammals in the nineteenth century
  • 3 December
    Richard Staley (University of Cambridge)
    The undead in climate history: On the birth, life and uncertain death of the medieval Warm Period
  • 28 January 2020
    Vanessa Heggie (University of Birmingham)
    Higher and colder: A history of extreme physiology and exploration
  • 11 February7 pm, venue TBC – Joint event with the Manchester Museum
    Angela Saini (writer & journalist)
    The return of race science
  • 25 February
    Beatriz Pichel (De Montford University)
    Photography and the making of modern medicine in France, 1860–1914
  • 10 March
    Laura Tisdall (Queen Mary, University of London)
    ‘Just a stage I’m going through’: Lesbian and gay adolescents, developmental psychology, and psychoanalysis in Britain, c. 1950–1990
  • 24 March
    Caitjan Gainty (King’s College, London)
    Healthy scepticism
  • 21 April
    Sarah Marks (Birkbeck, University of London)
    ‘Brainwashing for benevolent purposes’? Historical reflections on behavioural therapy from the Cold War to CBT
  • 5 May
    Cornelius Borck (University of Lübeck)
    Changing approaches to visualization in brain research: a case study based on the Max-Planck Society


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: September 2019 to May 2020

  • 24 September
    Jingjing Zhang (CHSTM)
    John Stuart Mill on the Contagious Diseases Acts – Rethinking Mill’s harm principle, limits of government interference and women’s rights
  • 8 October
    Francesca Elliott (CHSTM)
    Power Machinery Models at the Smithsonian (and the pros and cons of an internal fellowship mid-PhD)
  • 15 October
    Iain Sturges (CHSTM)
    A Cross-Sectional Slice of Academia, Industry, and the State: The History of Computerised Tomography Research in Manchester
  • 29 October
    Jamie Farrington (History, University of Manchester)
    Sustaining a Workforce: Exploring the relationship between Paternalism and Medical Care at Quarry Bank Mill
  • 26 March
    Linnea Kuglitsch
    (Archaeology & CHSTM, University of Manchester)
    Title tbc
  • 19 November
    Rachel Boon (CHSTM)
    Title tbc
  • 21st January 2020
    Erin Beeston (CHSTM)
    For arts, science or industry? The tense tale of the foundation of Manchester’s science museum
  • 28 January
    Robert Naylor (CHSTM)
    The Bryson Synthesis: Piercing a Fog of Economic Complication with a Calamitous Climate Future
  • 4 February
    Leah De Quattro (CHSTM)
    Negotiating knowledge and control: A qualitative study of group-led antenatal sessions
  • 18 February
    Kelly Stanford (University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute)
    Science/Art Communication Research Study
  • 3 March
    Jemma Houghton (CHSTM)
    "Being Modern": The Visual Culture of Twentieth-Century Plant-Based Drugs
  • 17 March
    Kristin Hay
    (University of Strathclyde)
    Title tbc
  • 21 April
    Grant Collier (History, University of Manchester)
    Placing 'the' Industrial Revolution: dis-aggregation and the everyday at Quarry Bank Mill, 1830-1860
  • 5 May
    Iqra Choudhry (CHSTM)
    Title tbc


For abstracts and updates, please visit the CHSTM PhD blog