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.
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).
Programme: September 2019 to May 2020
24 SeptemberMarianna 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 StudiesKenji 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 OctoberJesse Olszynko-Gryn (Strathclyde University)A woman’s right to know: Pregnancy testing in twentieth-century Britain
22 OctoberJay Kennedy (University of Manchester)Plato's Medicine, Mathematics, and Astronomy: Surprising New Evidence
5 NovemberDmitriy Myelnikov (CHSTM)Revisiting the OncoMouse: Moral and political economies of transgenic animals in the 1980s
19 NovemberChris Manias (King’s College London)Beasts from the earth: Reconstructing fossil mammals in the nineteenth century
3 DecemberRichard Staley (University of Cambridge)The undead in climate history: On the birth, life and uncertain death of the medieval Warm Period
28 January 2020Vanessa Heggie (University of Birmingham)Higher and colder: A history of extreme physiology and exploration
11 February – 7 pm, venue TBC – Joint event with the Manchester MuseumAngela Saini (writer & journalist)The return of race science
25 FebruaryBeatriz Pichel (De Montford University)Photography and the making of modern medicine in France, 1860–1914
10 MarchLaura 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 MarchCaitjan Gainty (King’s College, London)Healthy scepticism
21 AprilSarah Marks (Birkbeck, University of London)‘Brainwashing for benevolent purposes’? Historical reflections on behavioural therapy from the Cold War to CBT
5 MayCornelius 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)
- 19 November
Rachel Boon (CHSTM)
- 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)
- 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)
For abstracts and updates, please visit the CHSTM PhD blog