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2018 Events

2018/2019 Health Services Research Seminar Series:

‘Being Vulnerable: Situating Adult Safeguarding Policy’, Presented by Kirsty Keywood, Manchester

18 April 2018

Room JSM-SR2. The seminar will take place between 12:30 and 1:30pm,  tea and coffee will be provided. Please let Nicole Williams know of your attendance

Kirsty is a member of the Centre for Social Ethics and Policy and a fellow of the Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics. She is also a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council peer review college. She works closely with mental health and learning disability professionals, delivering training and development  and providing consultancy on case reviews and inquiries

"Blood is Memory without Language: Archives and the Inscription of Suffering", James Lowry (Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies) and Co-presenter (tbc)

18 April 2018

Start time: 15:30 / End time: 17:00 / Venue: Rendall Building

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff /

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information contact Deana Heath at

This paper will examine a number of initiatives currently being undertaken by members of the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies (LUCAS) to consider what archives can reveal about suffering, pain and trauma, and how such records can be preserved and used. Such initiatives include Records and ICT at the Boundaries of the State, a project being conducted with the University of California, Los Angeles, that examines the uses of records, including genetic and biometric data, in the lives, movements and rights of refugees, and Sudan Memory, a collaboration between LUCAS and Digital Humanities at KCL, which will be digitising archives in Sudan, a country suffering from historical and persistent violence.

The seminar will also discuss Written in Blood, a study of automatic writing in blood in the work of performance artist Jon John and the use of these texts in his memorialisation after his recent death, which will link archival texts with the pain and memory of loss.


“Trauma, healing and conflict: ngozi spirits in Zimbabwe”, Dr. Diana Jeater (University of Liverpool)

11 April 2018

Start time: 15:30 / End time: 17:00 / Venue: Rendall Building

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff /

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information contact Deana Heath at

Informal trauma healing initiatives based on spirit beliefs are found worldwide. In Zimbabwean Shona traditions, there is belief in a type of spirit called ngozi. This isn't a kind spirit, although it is associated with reconciliation. It uses its own form of terror to impel those who carried out atrocities and injustices to reconcile with and compensate victims’ families. 

In the 1980s, ngozi spirit beliefs were widely understood as an effective indigenous way of treating PTSD. More recently, ngozi beliefs have aroused community tensions between Christians and traditionalists.This paper attempts to trace the long history of contestations over the role of spirit beliefs in trauma healing.

The Quipu Project: Constructing a History from Testimonies about Unconsented Sterilization in 1990s Peru, Prof Matthew Brown (University of Bristol)

7 March 2018

Start time: 15:30 / End time: 17:00 / Venue: Rendall Building

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff /

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information contact Deana Heath at

This talk will discuss the Quipu Project, an AHRC-funded experiment in interactive digital storytelling, which presents the testimonies of Peruvians who were sterilised without their consent in Peru under the presidency of Alberto Fujimori. It will present reflections on the author's December 2017 trip to Huancabamba, Piura, for a three-day meeting with the women who shared their testimonies with Quipu back in 2014, around the meanings and limitations of the project.

2018/2019 Health Services Research Seminar Series:

‘Resilience in ageing’, Presented by Dr Bram Vanhoutten, Cathie Marsh Centre, University of Manchester.

6 March 2018

Room MATH-211. The seminar will take place between 12:30 and 1:30pm,  tea and coffee will be provided. Please let Nicole Williams know of your attendance

Dr Bram Vanhoutte is a quantitative sociologist, researching the heterogeneous experiences in ageing from an interdisciplinary perspective,  bridging psychological, sociological and medical perspectives. He currently holds a Simon Research Fellowship to examine resilience in ageing form a sociological perspective. Ageing is normally associated with losses in health, partnership and wealth, but some people manage to limit the impact of these events on their wellbeing substantially. Using innovative theoretical insights into the nature of resilience and a mixed method approach incorporating unique comparative longitudinal data on ageing in conjunction with qualitative insights into meaning and everyday context.

The Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMIST) was launched in August 2014.The Institute provides a focal point at

The University of Manchester for the application of quantitative methods in interdisciplinary social science research.

A distinctive feature of the Institute is the application of advanced and innovative methods, within an interdisciplinary framework, to address social, economic and political questions.

2018/2019 Health Services Research Seminar Series:

‘NIHR CLARHC NWC, bridging the gaps between research, improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalitites’, Presented by Mark Gabbay, University of Liverpool. 

22 February 2018

Venue TBC. The seminar will take place between 12:30 and 1:30pm,  tea and coffee will be provided. Please let Nicole Williams know of your attendance

Further details to follow. Please email Nicole if you would like to be kept informed about this seminar.

“Heroic Collaboration or Scientific Sacrifice? Dogs and the Health of the American Nation, 1940-1966”, Edmund Ramsden (Queen Mary) and Dr Robert Kirk (University of Manchester)

21 February 2018

Start time: 15:30 / End time: 17:00 / Venue: Rendall Building

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff /

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information contact Deana Heath at

This paper will examine the antivivisectionist campaign and the medical professions’ response to it in Baltimore, Maryland, in the 1940s and ‘50s, particularly its recasting of the human-dog relationship as the heroic sacrifice of one species for the good of another. One dog, named Anna, came to symbolize and embody canine heroic sacrifice, and became a model for national campaigns, conducted at state level, designed to create a favourable legal climate for animal experimentation.

By reconstructing the story of Anna, we will show that the canine hero's active role in helping medical science accrue favourable city and state-level legislation was a critical component in shifting antivivisectionist resistance to animal experimentation to the Federal level, ultimately resulting in the Animal Welfare Act of 1966.

2018/2019 Health Services Research Seminar Series:

‘What should we do when people disagree?  Priority setting in relation to end of life and cancer drugs’ (Prof Rachel Baker, Glasgow Caledonian University)

12 February 2018 -- Room JSM. The seminar will take place between 12:30 and 1:30pm,  tea and coffee will be provided. Please let Nicole Williams know of your attendance

There are legitimate arguments for public involvement in health care priority setting.  One approach is to elicit societal preferences between different treatment provision options, or to examine societal viewpoints in relation to the principles or practices of priority setting but there is little guidance on what to do when findings indicate substantial disagreement. Drawing on a body of empirical research, and focussing specifically on work funded by the MRC Methodology Panel to investigate societal viewpoints on the subject of NHS provision of life-extending technologies for terminally ill patients, Rachel will illustrate and discuss plurality in societal perspectives.

Assuming that ‘the public’ will almost always present a number of competing perspectives – both in terms of allegiances with different high-level principles and with respect to specific priority setting questions – how should researchers and policy makers respond?   Rachel will raise questions for future research in relation to plurality in societal values and consistency, coherence and consensus.    
Rachel Baker is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Before moving to Glasgow in 2010, she worked at the University of Newcastle where she completed her PhD funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and her Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Rachel’s research interests focus on societal values with respect to health care resource allocation and understanding choice.  She was involved in the UK Social Value of a QALY and European Value of a QALY projects and has expertise in Q methodology and qualitative methods as well as health economic approaches to valuation and preference elicitation.   With funding from the MRC Methodology Panel, from 2011-2014, Rachel led research to explore societal perspectives  on the relative value of life-extending treatments for people with terminal illnesses.  She is Past President of the International Q Methodology Society.

“Ghosts of the Jake Walk: Surviving Jamaica Ginger Paralysis”, Dr. Stephen Mawdsley (University of Bristol)

7 February 2018

Start time: 15:30 / End time: 17:00 / Venue: Rendall Building

Open to: Students within this Faculty / Staff within this Faculty / Any UOL students / Any UOL staff /

Type: Seminar

Cost: Free

Contact: For more information contact Deana Heath at

During America's Great Depression and before Prohibition was repealed, the popular patent medicine, Jamaica Ginger (JG), became adulterated with a toxic substance that could cause limb paralysis or death. Contaminated JG affected many, including poor white and African American sharecroppers and mill workers, who sought the medicine during Prohibition due to its high alcohol content. Between 50,000 and 100,000 people became afflicted with Jamaica Ginger Paralysis (JGP), leaving survivors with lasting physical disability, limited economic opportunity, and severe social stigmas.

This paper will trace the little- known story of why people consumed the patent medicine and how survivors experienced paralysis and negotiated a society discomforted by their condition. Although the memories of survivors were shaped by time, age, and community, they provide a remarkable window into their experiences. The paper argues that although most survivors faced prejudice, poverty, and disability, they showed remarkable determination in rebuilding their lives, testing new therapies, and adapting to manual labour.

2017 Events

CHSSoHMT First Birthday

Wed 13th December 2017, 3pm till 5pm, GIC, 6th Floor Roxby Building University of Liverpool L69 7ZT

 A lot of exciting things have happened over the course  of the year - from a talk by George Monibot to a DaDa Fest run public conversation on 'Fat Activism' and even a workshop on dog poo. You are warmly invited to celebrate the first birthday of ChSSoHmt where we will review activities and discuss future plans. This is a fantastic opportunity to chat to the theme leads and to make new contacts.

Please register here.

Shell Meets Bone

Thursday 30th of November 2017, 4pm till 6pm, SOTA Library 19 Abercromby Square The University of Liverpool L69 7ZG

CHSSoHMT welcomes biominerals expert Professor Maggie Cusack and visual artist Rachel Duckhouse to discuss their Leverhulme funded project ‘Shell Meets Bone’,

Their research began with an ancient Mayan skull containing false teeth carved from an oyster shell. The shell teeth had been accepted by the jawbone and even caused new bone to grow. Their work is an in-depth study of the nano-architecture of nacre (mother of pearl) and uses electron microscopy to explore the mysterious patterns that induce human stem cells to produce bone.


Professor Maggie Cusack:

Maggie Cusack is Professor of Biomineralisation and Dean of Natural Sciences at the University of Stirling. Her biomineral research includes environmental aspects such as ocean acidification and climate proxies. In an MRC-funded project she investigated the response of human stem cells to nacre (mother of pearl) in bone formation.

Rachel Duckhouse:

Rachel Duckhouse is a visual artist based in Glasgow. She works in a range of media including drawing and printmaking, exploring the patterns and systems in nature and the built environment. She has undertaken several research based artist residencies in the UK and abroad and has exhibited work in the UK and internationally.

Register at:


Podcasting for Academics, engage@liverpool

Thursday 7th December 2017, 2pm-4pm, The Taylor Room, Sydney Jones Library, Chatham Street, University of Liverpool, L7 7BD


 Speaker: Cat Pausé (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

 Many scholars are choosing to share their scholarship via social media; podcasting is one of those mediums. This workshop will consider the conceptual and technical issues to keep in mind when considering the production of a podcast. Tips and tricks will be shared from Cat’s successful podcast, Friend of Marilyn, which has aired over 200 episodes across the last six years.


Cat Pausé is a visiting scholar in the Institute of Sociology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. The lead editor of Queering Fat Embodiment (Ashgate), her research focuses on the effects of spoiled identities on the health and well-being of fat individuals and how fat activists resist the fatpocalypse. Her work appears in scholarly journals such as Human Development, Feminist Review, HERDSA, and Narrative Inquiries in Bioethics, as well as online in The Huffington Post and The Conversation, among others. She hosted Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections in 2012 and Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, Embodiment in 2016. Cat is also involved in sociable scholarship; her work is highlighted in her social media presence, Friend of Marilyn, on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and her blog. Her fat positive radio show, Friend of Marilyn, is travelling the world this year – make sure your city is on the tour!

 Register at:

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 MedicineLiverpool
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: