30.05.2023 Georgia Haire (University of Kent)

‘The top set’s artificial, but the bottom’s my own!’: Class, comedy, and dentures in mid-twentieth century Britain Throughout the twentieth century, dentures often appeared as comedic objects in British culture and media. Comedy allows relief from the anxieties of everyday life and, more specifically, renders humorous those very objects or situations which can cause so … Continue reading 30.05.2023 Georgia Haire (University of Kent)


23.05.2023 Daniela Dandes (CHSTM – University of Manchester )

A Romanian Voice in the Canon Symphony of Nuclear History: On the Case of Ștefania Mărăcineanu (1882-1944). Albeit the concept of "canon" has suffered scrutiny over the years both regarding the creative process that defines it, but also because of the containing corpus itself, it remains, nevertheless, something which cannot be avoided or ignored. Applying … Continue reading 23.05.2023 Daniela Dandes (CHSTM – University of Manchester )

19.05.2023 Alice Hill Woods (Glasgow School of Art)

Tendons, Tending: The Praxis of Art Writing If art writing has the capacity to ‘imagine different realities’ (Chandler et al. 2021), then how does this shape illness and its representation? This paper considers the form and field of art writing as a vital practice for expanding health histories. Composting an array of ideas, including foetal … Continue reading 19.05.2023 Alice Hill Woods (Glasgow School of Art)

09.05.2023 Shu Wan (University of Buffalo)

Measuring up Chinese Children across the Pacific: Vivia B. Appleton’s Transnational Anthropometric Research Since the late 19th century, anthropometry has become a prevalent tool for describing and delineating racial and gender boundaries among human beings in the United States and some European countries. Along with their peers’ efforts in conducting anthropometric research on the Native … Continue reading 09.05.2023 Shu Wan (University of Buffalo)

02.05.2023 Beck Heslop (University of Manchester)

‘The long cane of independence’?: Challenging narratives of blind mobility aids in Britain, c. 1960-1970s Beginning in the 1960s, in an effort to establish long cane training in Britain, blind mobility researchers constructed a narrative of long canes as scientific tools of liberation for blind users. This depiction was broadcasted in the 2-part BBC documentary … Continue reading 02.05.2023 Beck Heslop (University of Manchester)

25.04.2023 Rebecca Watterson (Ulster University )

Hiding in Plain Sight – Psychosurgery in 1960s Britain British psychosurgical historiography invites the belief that following the advent of chlorpromazine in the 1950s, there was a significant decline in the use of these surgeries for mental illness, with them essentially ending in the 1960s. Belief in this decline was perpetuated by a significant decrease … Continue reading 25.04.2023 Rebecca Watterson (Ulster University )

18.04.2023 Madeleine Reynolds (University of Edinburgh)

Reflecting Knowledge: A material culture approach to John Dee’s natural philosophy John Dee (1527-1608), court astrologer to Elizabeth I and Renaissance intellectual, is most famous for his pursuit of alchemy, a science based in the transmutation of metals and the rumoured production of the Philosopher’s Stone, a substance thought to expand one’s lifespan indefinitely. Its … Continue reading 18.04.2023 Madeleine Reynolds (University of Edinburgh)

28.03.2023 Mirza Alas Portillo (University College Dublin)

How the pipeline ran dry: towards a critical historiography of the antibiotic pipeline (1970-2020) The world relies on antimicrobial drugs to treat infections in humans, animals, and plants. Of the antimicrobial drugs, antibiotics are the most crucial class. They are a cornerstone of medical and veterinary practice, including their critical importance for treating infections and … Continue reading 28.03.2023 Mirza Alas Portillo (University College Dublin)

24.03.2023 Jon Kuo (University of Manchester)

Personal Belief and Conscience in Public Health Law In the United States, state vaccine mandates are tempered by exemptions that permit individuals to forego vaccination. These exemptions come in three forms: medical, religious, and personal. Medical exemptions have garnered little controversy, and historians have traced the ascendancy of religious exemptions to 1960s Christian Science activism. … Continue reading 24.03.2023 Jon Kuo (University of Manchester)

14.03.2023 Caitlin Smith (Ulster University)

‘On the grounds of public health we have not done enough’: government intervention into maternal welfare in Belfast Following the partitioning of the island of Ireland in 1921, Northern Ireland was the only part of the UK with a devolved government in place. The new Northern Irish government was in charge of political, social and … Continue reading 14.03.2023 Caitlin Smith (Ulster University)