Forthcoming Events

For a full and regularly updated list of events which reflect the research interests within the Centre, please follow our blog.


'Practising Recovery' an event jointly hosted by CHMEH and Publics & Practices in SSPC on Friday 29th April 9.00-10.30am.

Practicing recovery: new approaches and policy directions
Cameron Duff, Lena Theodoropoulou and Nicole Vitellone

This session sheds light on the variety of epistemological, methodological and policy-making practices that emerge in empirical studies of recovery from the use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD). The drug policy statements and the academic debates they generate, typically overlook the social, affective and material realities of learning to live with recovery as a complex daily practice. There are, as a result, only limited scholarly insights into how recovery is embodied, lived, contested and reframed as a distinctive, everyday practice of health and wellbeing (see Duff, 2016; Theodoropoulou, 2022).

Thinking about, in, and with the methodological problems and practices of engaging recovery, in this session we expand the meaning of recovery into unchartered terrain, and address some of the ways the practice, as well as methods, and concepts of researching recovery present new ways of understanding, investigating and practising recovery.

Associate Professor Cameron Duff, RMIT, Online International Visiting Fellow, SSPC, UoL.
Dr Lena Theodoropoulou, Lecturer in Drugs and Alcohol Studies, School of Education and Social Sciences, University of the West of Scotland.

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CHMEH Ivens Lecture 2022: Professor Allan Brandt, Enduring Stigma: Historical Perspectives on Disease Meanings and Their Impacts.

The Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanites at the University of Liverpool, in association with Liverpool Medical Institute are pleased to host their annual public Ivens Lecture. Professor Allan Brandt (Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University) will be speaking on Wednesday 11th May, 17:00-18:30

This lecture will be held online via Zoom.

To register please visit Eventbrite

Stigmatized diseases and conditions constitute an enormous problem for individuals and groups who are subject to prejudice, discrimination, isolation, and the violation of basic human rights. Not only do the highly stereotyped assumptions, beliefs, and values attached to these diseases inflict multiple harms on those who find themselves in the shadow of stigma; it also has profound effects on access to services, health care and its delivery, as well as health systems and economies. Despite concerted efforts to reduce disease stigmas over the last century—and especially in recent decades—they continue to impact patients and remain a major obstacle to medical and public health efforts to improve health. This lecture will explore the history of the social, cultural, and political production of stigma as well as interventions and public policies for its reduction.

Allan BrandtAllan M. Brandt is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, where he holds a joint appointment between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School. Brandt served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. His work focuses on social and ethical aspects of health, disease, medical practices, and global health in the twentieth century. Brandt is the author of No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States since 1880 (1987); and co-editor of Morality and Health (1997).

He has written on the social history of epidemic disease; the history of public health and health policy; and the history of human experimentation among other topics. His book on the social and cultural history of cigarette smoking in the U.S., The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America, was published by Basic Books in 2007 (paperback, 2009). It received the Bancroft Prize from Columbia University in 2008 and the Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine in 2011. Brandt has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2015 he was awarded the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Brandt is currently serving as the interim chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is presently writing about the history and ethics of stigma and its impact on patients and health outcomes.


Health, Cultures & Societies MA

We are delighted to announce that the pedagogical counterpart to the Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities has now launched: the Health, Cultures & Societies MA.

The master’s in Health, Cultures and Societies provides an exciting opportunity to explore issues around health, illness, wellbeing, and medicine. Students on the MA will benefit from the opportunities and support that the Centre and its partners can offer such as in funding applications, postgraduate and early career development and in opportunities for public engagement.

To find out more about the new master’s programme, including module details please visit the Health, Cultures & Societies MA webpages.

For further questions about the MA please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Admissions Leads: Dr Georgia Petridou: Georgia.Petridou@liverpool.ac.uk and Professor Josie Billington: Jbilling@liverpool.ac.uk.