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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 - Autumn 2022


11 October 2022 - 5pm (NB later start than usual)
Dr Aditya Ramesh, Department of History, University of Manchester
Inventing the urban river: the case of the Cooum in Madras city

Abstract and further details


25 October 2022 - 4pm
Dr Noémi Tousignant, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London
Cheap survival and a too-expensive vaccine: Racial valuation and hepatitis B in Africa, 1980s-1990s

Abstract and further details


22 November 2022 - 4pm
Dr Alexander Medcalf, Department of History, University of York
"The most extensive photographic collection in the world": seeing health "through the eyes" of the WHO, 1948-1990

Abstract and further details


6 December 2022 - 4pm
Professor Penny Harvey, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Manchester
Geology as Unconforming Infrastructure: engineering the containment of nuclear waste

Abstract and further details



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