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POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL: History of Medicine 13th Annual Students’ Prize Evening

Tuesday 14 November 2017 6-8pm 
Liverpool Medical Institution
114 Mount Pleasant

All undergraduates at Mersey region universities are invited to enter  this prestigious competition.

Five students will be selected to make ten-minute oral presentations (using Powerpoint) on your chosen history of medicine topic.

Please submit your name, your university  email address, a title, a 300-word abstract,  your degree programme and year of study, to  Dr Leon Rocha  by 5pm on 22 October 2017.

Free cheese, wine and soft drinks
Cash prizes, to a total of £200!
Non-competing students also welcome to attend!


Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference 2018

Conformity, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine

Liverpool, 11-13 July 2018 Hosted by The Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health Medicine and Technology

The Society for the Social History of Medicine hosts a major, biennial, international, and interdisciplinary conference, and from 11-13 July 2018 it will meet in Liverpool to explore the theme of ‘Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine’

This broad theme plays on several levels. It reflects local Liverpool health heritage as a site of public health innovation; independent and at times radical approaches to health politics, health inequalities, health determinants, treatment and therapies (including technological innovation, community and collective practices, and the use of arts in health).

Call for Papers

The conference is not exclusive in terms of its theme, and welcomes proposals that consider all topics relevant to histories of health and medicine. Submissions are not restricted to any area of study: we welcome a range of disciplinary approaches, time periods and geographical contexts. Submissions from scholars across the range of career stages are most welcome, and especially from postgraduate and early career researchers.

Further information and a list of possible topics can be found here.

Individual submissions should include a 250 word abstract, including five key words and a one paragraph CV/resume with contact information.
Panel submissions should include three papers (each with a 250 word abstract, including five key words and a short CV), a chair, and a 100-word panel abstract.
Round table submissions should include the names of four participants (each with a short CV), a chair, a 500-word abstract and five key words.
We also invite poster presentations, short films and ideas for new sessions.

All submissions and enquiries to be sent to The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 2 February 2018.


The Society offers bursaries to assist students in meeting the financial costs of attending the conference. Find out more and how to apply here.


George Monbiot - Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis 

Wednesday 4th October, 6:30 - 8:00pm – Sherrington Lecture Theatre 1
Join CHSSoHMT in collaboration with The University of Liverpool's Centre for New and International Writing and Bluecoat, for an evening with British writer and journalist George Monbiot, who will be in discussion with Dr Sam Solnick (Department of English, University of Liverpool) about his latest book, Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis(Verso). This event will be followed by a wine reception. Places are limited, so please register to avoid disappointment.

A toxic ideology rules the world – of extreme competition and individualism. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better world.

For tickets and information please go to the Eventbrite page.

You can now read a report on the event on our blog.


Project: Use of Feminine Hygiene Products

Supriya Garikipati in the Management School is currently involved in a project and research related to the use of sanitary pads in slum areas of India. A brief description is below.

The sanitary conditions in urban slums across the developing world are rudimentary and shared at best and simply non-existent at worst. Young women between the ages of 12 and 45 are affected disproportionately by these conditions but they are often also the worst offenders in terms of demands on the fragile sanitation systems in slums. Recent government policy of popularizing the use of sanitary pads among this group of women has further overwhelmed the already fragile sanitary conditions in slums. The project looks at how education, targeted supply chain planning and improved policy and provision can impact on women living in specific slum areas in India, with multiple benefits to the women themselves, employment within slum area, the economy and the environment. The project partners are developing a financially and ecologically sustainable business model for provision of holistic sanitary services for women in slums, based on initial findings.

The key part of the work undertaken so far relates to the development of a business model, but there are clearly very significant benefits related to psychology, education, public health, urban planning, wellbeing which could and should be incorporated into further study, in a project which is potentially scaleable to many different developing countries. Funding for the next pilot phase is currently being sought, so collaborative interest from other disciplines would be very welcome if colleagues might be interested in getting involved.

Please send expressions of interest to Chris Williams, HSS Faculty Impact Officer: