On 4th – 6th April 2018, we hosted the British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference.
Over eighty delegates descended on the Samuel Alexander Building to share research and ideas on everything from the Principia Mathematica to prison reform in Soviet Russia (via truth drugs, albino dogs, and Meccano!). We also showed off our city’s scientific and industrial heritage, with our guests enjoying tours of the Manchester Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the University of Manchester before a drinks reception on our opening day. Thursday saw our first full day of panels, as well as a deeply thought-provoking keynote speech from CHSTM’s Professor Pratik Chakrabarti on ‘The History of Nature and the Nature of History’. In the evening, we teamed up with Bright Club Manchester for ‘Since When?’, a night of research-themed comedy and music. Friday, our final day, included a session of alternative format events, including a panel on Public Engagement projects, and Kathryn Ashill’s ‘Housemate’, which we think was the first ever spoken-word performance at a BSHS Conference! All too soon, it was time for goodbyes (after a quiet drink at a nearby pub). We’d like to thank everyone who helped to make the conference such a success.
View our Twitter Moment collating the best tweets and images from the conference!
We are grateful to our sponsors at the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), the Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM), the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC), and the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (ESRC) for helping us to keep registration fees for this event low.
Conference Organising Committee:
Andrea del Campo Peirano; Rachel Douglas; Kate Hiepko; Nicola Sugden
Header image copyright: the University of Manchester