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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.

CHSTM Research Seminars

We are very pleased to announce that our CHSTM Research Seminars are back. 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, meetings will take place in the CHSTM Seminar Room, 2.57 Simon Building (see the University's maps and travel page for directions). We will also stream seminars via zoom. Links will be announced before the seminars. Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates and check our CHSTM Blog for individual seminar announcements and abstracts.

Please contact the convenors, Professor Ian Burney or Dr Neil Pemberton if you have any queries about our seminar arrangements.

CHSTM Research Seminar Programme

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 series runs throughout the academic year every alternate Tuesday, 1-2pm. Currently all seminars are held remotely, via Zoom. Each semester's lunchtime seminar series is organised by postgraduates within the Centre. The current organiser is Alice Naisbitt.

Visit the CHSTM PhDs blog for the Lunchtime Seminar programme, abstracts, and further details

CHSTM Research Seminar Programme - Spring 2023

18 April 2023 - 4pm


Dr Joy Zhang (Sociology, University of Kent)
What science will have been: A reflection on global governance and the practice of science

Abstract and further details


2 May 2023 - 4pm
Dr Scott Midson (Liberal Studies, University of Manchester)
Eros, erotics, robotics: Towards a critical reading of perfection in lovotics

Abstract and further details


16 May 2023 - 4pm
Dr Greg Hollin (History, University of Sheffield)
Hard knock life: Concussion, dementia, and sporting subjectivities

Abstract and further details


23 May 2023 - 4pm
Professor Helen M. Rozwadowski (University of Connecticut Avery Point)
Visualizing the Undersea: Science, Technology and Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Representations

Abstract and further details


30 May 2023 - 4pm
Dr Claire Jones (History,University of Kent)
An amazing British invention? The toothbrush in 20th century life

Abstract and further details



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