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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 organisers are Daniela Dandes and Xinyue Li.

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

CHSTM Research Seminar Programme - Spring 2024

Visit the CHSTM Blog for abstracts and further details

Tuesday 13 February 2024
Dr Clare Edington (UC San Diego)
Morphine, cocaine and the slippery history of pain relief/pleasure seeking in colonial Vietnam
Abstract and further details


Tuesday 27 February 2024
Dr Damola Adetiba (University of Huddersfield/CHSTM)
Understanding Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Historical Context of Nigeria
Abstract and further details


Tuesday 12 March 2024
Dr Amelia Bonea (CHSTM)
Archives of the Earth: Fossil Histories and the Global Entanglements of Indian Palaeontology, 1920s-1970s
Abstract and further details


Tuesday 9 April 2024
Dr Manon Parry (University of Amsterdam & Free University Amsterdam)
Risky Histories, Medical Heritage, and Human Remains
Abstract and further details


Monday 15 April 2024
Dr Samuel Alberti (National Museums Scotland /University of Stirling)
Ways of Knowing in the Museum

Please note that this event will be held in a different venue and will take place on a Monday (5:50-7:30pm, including a reception). Details will be announced on the CHSTM Blog


Tuesday 23 April 2024
Dr Clare Hickman (Newcastle University)
"Sick hands, thin and white, were always slipping offerings across my windowsill, offerings for the little birdlings”: Multispecies sensory encounters within and around British tuberculosis sanatoria
Abstract and further details



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