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Seminars

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: January to May 2019

  • 29 January
    Gordon Barrett (University of Oxford)
    Chinese International Science and the Cultural Cold War
  • 12 February
    Cinzia Greco (CHSTM)
    The Nebulous Chronicity of Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • 19 February
    Audra Wolfe (Independent Scholar)
    Science, Freedom, and the Cold War: A Political History of Apolitical Science
  • 26 February
    Carsten Timmermann (CHSTM)
    How the Pharmaceutical Industry Learned to Love Cancer. A Case Study
  • 12 March
    Brian Balmer (UCL)
    Understanding Biological Weapons Disarmament: The Historical Context of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention
  • 26 March
    John Tresch (The Warburg Institute)
    Barnum, Bache, and Poe: Forging Science in a Media Revolution, 1830–48
  • 7 May 
    Rohan Deb Roy (University of Reading)
    The White Ant's Burden: Insects, Empire and Entomo-politics in South Asia
  • New Date: 14 May
    Rebecca Wright (Northumbria University)
    The Politics of Heat: Energy, Health and Networks of Power in New York City, 1918–1968
  • Additional Seminar: 11 June
    Jeffrey Sanders (Washington State University)
    "From Bomb to Bone": Material Environments and Bodies in the Global Study of Strontium 90

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: February to April 2019

  • 5 February
    Ross Brooks
    (Oxford Brookes University)
    A More Objective Approach? The Science of the Wolfenden Report (1957)
  • 19 February
    Alex Longworth-Dunbar
    (CHSTM)
    'Increasing a Hundred-Fold the Distresses of Humanity': A History of Negative Representations of the Telegraph, 1837-1914
  • 12 March
    Fabiola Creed (University of Warwick)
    'The Body Programme for the Positive Woman': Sunbed Consumers and Affluence (Liverpool, 1978-1980)
  • 26 March
    Linnea Kuglitsch
    (Archaeology & CHSTM, University of Manchester)
    'Kindly Hearts and Tender Hands?': An Archaeology of Curative and Emotional Landscapes at the American Lunatic Asylum, 1840-1914
  • New Date: 7 May
    Yuting Yao (CHSTM)
    Fragmented authoritarian environmentalism, nationalism, ecological civilisation and climate change in China

For abstracts, please visit the CHSTM PhD blog