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CHSTM staff organise several meetings each year, within the Centre and in collaboration with other bodies, ranging in scale from short day meetings to large international events.

Conferences and workshop meetings have an important role in bringing researchers together, forging intellectual and social links, and helping to define the nature and direction of our activities. 

We welcome proposals and suggestions from researchers interested in collaborating on conference development. Please direct queries to the members of staff whose research interests are the most relevant.

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Our forthcoming meetings

RCPsych History of Psychiatry Special Interest Group workshop

Thursday 10 November 2016
Simon Building, Room 2.57 (CHSTM Seminar Room)

History of Psychiatry Wikipedia Editathon

Friday 11 November 2016, 10am-1pm
Simon Building, Room 2.57 (CHSTM Seminar Room)

At this event, you'll learn to edit Wikipedia using the new and easy-to-use Visual Editor. We’ll then develop articles on the history of psychiatry: there are lots of pages on institutions, groups and individuals (particularly women) that are missing or very brief, so there’s lots of scope for making some exciting improvements!

Full training will be provided by Alice White, Wikimedian in Residence at the Wellcome Library. No previous experience is necessary, though a little digital skill is needed – but if you can use Microsoft Word, you can edit Wikipedia. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet – editing is much easier with a keyboard. If you’ve spotted an article that needs improving, bring along your queries and we’ll see what we can do to help!

Attendance is free and all are welcome.

Past meetings

Bodies, Technologies, Objects: A Medical Humanities Laboratory workshop

Tuesday 6 September 2016, Whitworth Art Gallery

Hand sanitizer dispensers, medicine bottles, surgical knives, bionic eyes: from the mundane and simple to the rarified and high-tech, objects mediate and condition our encounters with medicine, health and illness. How, this workshop asks, can those working in medical humanities engage productively with objects to gain insights into medical care and health experience? What can objects show or tell us that texts do not?

This workshop brings together scholars, artists, and museum professionals to address these questions. In three themed sessions combining presentation and discussion, we intend to explore the analytical, creative, and pedagogical possibilities that a focus on objects offers us.

Medical Humanities Laboratory Launch Event

Thursday 19 November 2015, Whitworth Art Gallery

This new University of Manchester network encourages collaboration and exchange amongst those whose work, practice, and interests involve the artistic, humanistic, and human dimensions of medicine and health.

Please join us at our launch, where we’ll kick off this year’s activities with interactive discussions and exchange of ideas.

Locating Forensic Science and Medicine

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July 2015

In recent years, forensic medicine and science have attained unprecedented visibility, representing a uniquely compelling, and at times contentious, example of applied expertise. The purpose of this conference was to explore ways, and assess the value, of thinking about forensics, past and present, from a broader, historical and trans-national perspective. It was hosted jointly with the John J. Reilly Center and held at the University of Notre Dame Global Gateway in London.

The Dog in 20th Century Science – Science in the 20th Century Dog

Friday 26 June 2015

This one-day meeting considered the place of the dog in science and medicine in the 20th century, and how science has impacted upon the nature, health and welfare of dogs.

Medicines, Translations and Histories

Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June 2015

This two-day symposium brought together scholars and practitioners to discuss issues around Translational Medicine, its promises and associated practices.

Stories about science: exploring science communication and entertainment media

Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June 2015

This two-day symposium brought scholars from across disciplines together to explore the communication of science through entertainment media in order to uncover new ways of approaching, understanding, and theorizing about this topic.