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Research seminars are integral to CHSTM life.

 The Centre maintains two regular, wide-ranging seminar series.

CHSTM Seminar Series

The CHSTM seminar is held fortnightly during the teaching semester. Unless otherwise indicated, the seminar takes place on Tuesdays at 4pm. Seminars are typically around 50 minutes in length, followed by a period for audience questions.

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings will take place in the CHSTM Seminar Room, 2.57 Simon Building (see Maps and travel).

Please contact Dr Harriet Palfreyman if you have any queries about our seminar arrangements.

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.


2 February
Katalin Straner, Central European University, Budapest
‘Science and the City: Scientific Societies and the Urban Public in 19th Century Hungary’

16 February
David Sepkoski, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
‘Catastrophic Thinking: Extinction and the Value of Diversity’

1 March
Ayesha Nathoo, University of Exeter
‘Lessons in Tension Control: Teaching Therapeutic Relaxation in Postwar Britain’

15 March
Pratik Chakrabarti, University of Manchester
‘The Making of Gondwana: From Geology to History’

12 April
Rebekah Higgitt, University of Kent
‘Humour and the History of Science’

26 April
Melanie Keene, University of Cambridge
‘‘‘Begin With The Girls’: Narratives of Science and Education in Juvenile Periodicals, c.1860-1910’

10 May
Helen Smith, University of Lincoln
‘“It’s All Incest and Buggery Up There”: Same-sex Desire, Northernness, and a Different Way of Living?’

24 May
William R. Macauley, University of Manchester
‘Blossoming Flowers and Beating Hearts: The Aesthetics of Wonder and Religious Science in Irwin Moon’s Film Series Sermons from Science’

CHSTM Lunchtime Seminars

Lunchtime seminars are held on most Tuesdays during the teaching semester, unless otherwise indicated, at 1pm in the CHSTM Seminar Room, 2.57 Simon Building (see maps and travel 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 organisers are Rachel Boon and Rachel Douglas.

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Programme for February-June 2016

23 February
Laura Sellers, University of Leeds
Disease, professionalisation and research; creating a prison medical service in Victorian England

1 March
Jessica Borge, Birkbeck School of Arts, University of London
Selling Condoms to Clinics: The London Rubber Company and the Family Planning Association in pre-'Pill' Britain

8 March
Georgia Newmarch, Lancaster University
Perceptions of coal power, 1947-1974

15 March
Erin Beeston, University of Manchester
Liverpool Road Station's transformation from a derelict station to a national museum

12 April
Cam Sharp Jones, University of Manchester
The geographies of man: mapping tribal 'landscapes' in nineteenth century India

19 April
Deborah Dubald, European University Institute, Italy
Nature and local power: mayors and natural history museums in provincial France, 1800-1860

26 April
Emily Herring, University of Leeds
Arthur Dukinfield Darbishire's (1879-1915) Bergsonian biology

3 May
Rachel Douglas, University of Manchester
The Sound of Worship: Architectural acoustics in British ecclesiastical space 1850-1900

10 May
Rupert Cole, University College London and the Royal Institution
"The honeymoon of science is over": George Porter and the Establishment response to the "crisis" in science, c.1968-c.1973

17 May
Kathrin Hiepko, University of Manchester
Diabetes care, prevention and rehabilitation in the German Democratic Republic, 1958-1989

24 May
Andrea Del Campo, University of Manchester
Work accidents in Chile, 1930s-1950s

31 May
Nicola Sugden, University of Manchester
Integrating the history and philosophy of D W Winnicott's consulting room

7 June
Andrew Ball, University of Manchester
Casting cattle: science, ritual slaughter and the Weinberg Pen from 1927