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‌The Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities

The Liverpool Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities provides a home for humanities and social sciences scholars at the University of Liverpool, as well as incorporating innovations in broader science-art collaborations. Its purpose is to create an interdisciplinary space beyond departmental settings to enhance collaborative research, to foster critical inquiry, dialogue and creativity and engage local partners and practitioners.

We seek to: 

  • build a sustainable community of humanities and social science scholars who address medical, health and environmental concerns via respective political, social, and cultural approaches, and who are engaged with relevant communities of practice in Liverpool and beyond 
  • promote dialogue and critical reflection across interdisciplinary communities of practice 
  • promote methodological and theoretical advancement
  • create a fruitful and supportive environment for doctoral and postdoctoral research, offering mentorship and peer support 
  • contribute to policy development and interventions 
  • promote social and environmental justice

Centre activities:

Upcoming activities

'Conversations and Controversies' seminar series

Dr Elsa Devienne (Northumbria University), The Sand Rush: An Environmental History of Los Angeles’s Beaches’

4pm, 26 February 2021. Online Seminar paper followed by drinks (zoom link will be posted closer to the day of the event).

The Los Angeles shoreline is one of the most iconic natural landscapes in the US, if not the world. The vast and sandy shores of Santa Monica, Venice, and Malibu are familiar sights to film and television audiences worldwide, conveying images of pristine sand, carefree fun, and glamorous physiques. Yet, in the early 20th-century the beaches of Los Angeles were, in the words of a journalist, 'an eyesore' and Angelenos routinely lamented the city’s crowded, polluted, and eroded strands.

The Sand Rush recounts the formidable beach modernization campaign that transformed Los Angeles into one of the world’s greatest coastal metropolises, revealing how the city’s man-made shores served as a central locus for the reinvention of seaside leisure and the triumph of modern bodies.

Recent activities

Please see our new Special Issue in Qualitative Research

Doing things with Description - politics, practices and the art of attentiveness - New Special Issue

Read the introduction here.

Read the papers here.