Lunchtime Seminars

The lunchtime seminar series runs throughout the academic year every alternate Tuesday, 1-2pm either in Room 2.57 of the Simon Building or via Zoom.

Organised by the CHSTM PhD’s, we invite postgraduate researchers from both the University of Manchester and other institutions to present on any topic on the history of science, technology or medicine.

Get in touch if you’d like to come along to talk about your work!

See below for the current programme.

2020/2021 Programme – Semester 2

9th February 2021
Francesca Strobino (DeMontfort University, UK)
Materials that shape ideas: fabrics and Talbot’s early photomechanical experiments


16th February 2021
Zeynep Kuleli Karasahan (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
From Cambridge to İstanbul: Isaac Barrow’s Sojourn in the Ottoman Empire

23rd February 2021
Dr Caroline Henaghan (University of Manchester, UK)
The criminal case for the premenstrual defence: What medico-legal madness is this!

2nd March 2021
Alexander Longworth-Dunbar (University of Manchester, UK)
Building the Information Super… Motorway? A Case Study in Anglo-American Technology Policy Transfer

9th March 2021
Po-Hsun Chen (University of Manchester, UK)
Herbal toxicities within Borders: Aristolochic Acid Controversy and Response in Taiwan, 1990s-2000s

16th March 2021
Diana Andreea Novaceanu (University of Bucharest, Romania)
Looking Inwards: The Role of Medical Imaging Technology in 20th and 21st Century Visual Art

23rd March 2021
Nina Liebenberg (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Outside the box: Interpreting a Tabloid medicine chest

30th March 2021
Hannah Stoddart (Lancaster University, UK)
Situating first aid: ‘knowing’ and ‘defining’ expertise

13th April 2021
Rosalind Crocker (University of Sheffield, UK)
Medical Men and Misdemeanour: Body-snatching for Anatomical Teaching and the Rise of the Professional Doctor in Early-Nineteenth-Century Britain

20th April 2021
Jeanie Blackbeard (University of Pretoria, South Africa)
Morality, Medicine, and Memory: Contemporary constructions of Afrikaner identity through the use of Boererate (home remedies)

27th April 2021
Eleanor Shaw & Robert Naylor (University of Manchester, UK)
The Phantom 200-year Cycle: Early Climate-based Reactions to the Crisis in the Sahel

4th May 2021
Scott McPeak (University of Manchester, UK)
Attention Colonisation: ‘Captivity and Deprivation’ Today?

11th May 2021
No Seminar.
Please join us privately in observing a moment of silence for those lost in India’s second Covid-19 wave.


For abstracts of previous papers, see our lunchtime seminars news page.