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2018 Events

Seminar to launch the CLEAN-Air(Africa) - Clean Energy Access for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Disease in Africa NIHR Global Health Research Group

Date: Wednesday 28th November
Time: 12.00 – 13.00
Venue: Seminar room 5, Management School, Chatham Street, Liverpool L69 7ZH (building no. 427, South Campus)

All are welcome. Sandwiches will be provided.

Globally, 3 billion people rely on charcoal, firewood and other polluting fuels for daily household energy, leading to an estimated 4 million annual premature deaths. As such, household air pollution (HAP) from solid fuel and kerosene use is one of the largest contributors to the Global Burden of Disease and WHO recommends rapid scale up of cleaner, modern fuels to improve indoor air quality and reduce its harmful health effects. The newly formed CLEAN-Air(Africa) NIHR Global Health Research Group is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, the University of Ghana, Kintampo Health Research Centre (Ghana), Moi University (Kenya) and Douala General Hospital (Cameroon). CLEAN-Air(Africa)’s aim is to develop a programme of applied research and health systems strengthening which will support governments in Sub-Saharan Africa to scale up adoption of clean fuels to address the environmental and public health burdens arising from use of solid fuels for household energy.

The seminar will discuss the key challenges facing the Governments of Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya to facilitate equitable population access to clean fuels such as bottled gas (LPG) and highlight work with WHO to develop training packages for clinicians and community health workers to prevent non-communicable disease and pneumonia associated with household air pollution.

Invited speakers

Prof Dame M Whitehead, W H Duncan Chair of Public Health and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on the Social Determinants of Health at the University of Liverpool
Energy, Air Pollution and Health within the WHO Collaborating Centre for Policy Research on the Social Determinants of Health.

Dr Dan Pope, Director, NIHR GHR CLEAN AIR(Africa)
From quantifying the public health burden of household air pollution, to interventions and prevention strategies.

Dr Elisa Puzzolo, Co-Director, NIHR GHR CLEAN AIR(Africa)
The role of bottled gas (LPG) in addressing the environmental and public health impacts of reliance on polluting fuels.

Dr Diana Menya, Senior Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Moi University, Eldoret
The Kenyan context: household fuel use, HAP related disease burden and government policies for clean energy and health.

Prof Bertrand Mbatchou Ngahane, Associate Professor (University of Douala) and Respiratory Physician (Douala General Hospital)
The Cameroonian context: household fuel use, HAP related disease burden and government policies for clean energy and health.

Dr Kwaku Poku Asante, Director, Kintampo Health Research Centre
The Ghanaian context: household fuel use, HAP related disease burden and government policies for clean energy and health.

Dr Reginald Quansah, Senior Lecturer, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana
Health Systems Capacity Building: raising awareness of the health damaging effects of household air pollution via clinicians and community health workers in Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya.

Dr Dan Pope, Director, NIHR GHR CLEAN AIR(Africa)
Overview of the NIHR GHR CLEAN AIR(Africa) programme: building multi-disciplinary, international research expertise.

Book your free place here.

Palliative Care, Architecture, Design and Technology Symposium

12 November, 0900-1700
Foresight Centre
University of Liverpool

This symposium will bring together researchers from different backgrounds to develop research methodology, to explore how architecture, design and technology can improve quality of life for people with palliative care needs. Several speakers across a range of disciplines have been confirmed.

The event is organised by Dr Amara Nwosu (Academic Palliative & End of Life Care Department, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Palliative Care Institute Liverpool, University of Liverpool) and is supported by Engage Liverpool (University of Liverpool), the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of Health Medicine and Technology (CHSSoHMT), the Global Digital Exemplar Programme, Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) North West Clinical Research Network (CRN). This offers a wonderful opportunity for collaborative research and networking.

Full details of the event can be found here.

Please complete this form to register for a place at the symposium.

The event is free but places are limited. Therefore please register promptly to avoid disappointment.

For more details about the event please contact Dr Amara Nwosu (

Creative Arts for Heath & Wellness

10 Oct 1pm-5.30pm
The Quaker Meeting House
School Lane
L1 3BT

This a joint venture between the Medical Humanities and Mental Health in Context research groups at the University of Liverpool. The event will show-case arts practice (music, reading, drama) as well as (less visibly) the university's research in relation to arts and mental health (emphasizing mental health and what the city's culture has to offer in promoting it).

We will be involving arts organizations, health partners (Mersey Care NHS Mental Health Trust, Royal Liverpool Hospital) and the general public. The aim is to make the event as participatory as possible, as well as informing attendees (via stalls, posters, leaflets etc) about the range of arts provision/opportunities.

Learn more and register here.

Sex, Fun & Babies: Sexual and Parental Rights for Disabled People

17 July 9.30am - 3pm
Foresight Centre
University of Liverpool

An open discussion about sexual and parental rights for Disabled People featuring presentations and provoctions from disabled people and legal experts to explore current thinking and what needs to change.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided

BSL Interpretors supplied. If you require any additional access support or dietary requirements, please request when booking online.

Presented in collaboration with DaDaFest

Book your free place here.

Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference 2018

Conformity, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine

Liverpool, 11-13 July 2018

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’. 

More information on the conference is available here.

Critical Medical Humanities and  HLRU Public Lecture on Global Health: ‘Global Health and the Global South: Taking the National Interest Seriously’

29 May

The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Professor John Harrington School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University.

"Massive resources have been directed to improving global health since the late 1990s. Investment by donor states and philanthropists is matched by increased attention from political leaders, policy makers and international relations experts. Diseases in one country, like Ebola, are seen as threatening stability and security more widely.

"As dense governance regimes have emerged to meet global health challenges and to ensure that the new money is well spent. They evaluate these measures in universalist terms: with reference to human rights, medical science and public health. By default, they assume that norms are simply diffused out from Washington and Geneva and mechanically implemented in the states of the global south. Drawing on extended fieldwork in Kenya, I challenge these assumptions. I argue that nation states play an active role in global health and that we need to recognize the authentic contribution of state institutions, and to account for the influence of specific constitutional, legal and bureaucratic arrangements. We need to attend to how the national interest in and against global health is articulated, in terms of security, sovereignty and development."

Tickets for this event are free but you must register if you wish to attend

2018 Frances Ivens Lecture

Title: Symptom and sensation in breathlessness: neuroscience meets the humanities

Liverpool Medical Institution, 22 May 2018

Research in medical humanities is taking a radical new turn.  Not content to be the ‘handmaiden’ of clinical practice, we are now getting engaged in the complexities of clinical science, aiming to work alongside colleagues who are seeking to answer some of the most difficult questions in clinical practice.  For example, the symptom of breathlessness presents a dilemma in that symptom experience does not correlate well with measured lung function.  In this lecture I will describe how a medical humanities project is working with neuroscience to understand this problem.  Avoiding destructive ‘two culture’ clashes we have developed collaborations that we hope will improve the lives of patients. 

Jane Macnaughton is Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University in the UK and Director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH).  She has been centrally involved in the development of medical humanities in the UK since 1998. Most recently she conceived the idea of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research which was established on the back of a meeting she initiated at Durham in February 2013 with the purpose of strengthening the visibility of medical humanities research and encouraging collaboration across universities in the North of England, including Liverpool, and Scotland. 

Jane currently holds two large awards from Wellcome: a Development Grant for the Centre for Medical Humanities and a Senior Investigator Award for her project, the Life of Breath.  She sits on the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group for established career awards in medical humanities. Her research focusses on the idea of the ‘symptom’: its initial appearance, development and evolution in connection with medical contexts, habits and technologies. She continues to be clinically active and is an Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospital of North Durham. 

Book your free place here

The Big Infection Day - Developing our Interdisciplinary Infection Research

22 May

The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

Developing the University’s Interdisciplinary Infection Research Programme, plus the Launch of a new Inter-Faculty Infection Pump Priming Competition.

University of Liverpool academic staff from all three faculties are invited to attend, whether their research already has an infection focus, or it has a potential connection or application to infection which could be explored. To foster interdisciplinarity, representatives from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, or the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science are very much welcomed, as well as colleagues from Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

This day will take the form of a seminar exploring our interdisciplinary infection research, and an interdisciplinary sandpit to generate new research ideas and collaborations. These could then be taken forward with support from the Inter-Faculty Infection Pump Priming Competition, which will be launched on the day.

Book your free place here.

Career Challenges in the Medical Humanities

22 May 2018

Josephine Butler Room
Whelan Building, University of Liverpool

Jane Macnaughton, Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University and Director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH), will be giving this year’s Frances Ivens’ annual lecture. ‘Symptom and Sensation in Breathlessness: Neuroscience meets the Humanities’ will explore how symptom experience does not correlate with measured lung function. Open to everyone, the lecture will be taking place on the 25th of May at 5.30pm in the Liverpool Medical Institution.

Prior to the lecture, Professor Macnaughton will be running a seminar for PGR’s and ECR’s on the challenges of working in the medical humanities. In the last decade, the number of individuals working in this area has grown substantially. It is a field which has the potential to radically change how we think about health and practice medicine. However, in order to do this we must take seriously the challenges presented to researchers. In this seminar Professor Macnaughton will reflect on the future of the medical humanities and consider what exactly can be done to support research[ers]. Free tea and cake will be on offer!

Please contact if you are interested in attending.

BSA Regional Postgraduate Event:

Empirical Research on Drug and Alcohol Use: Methodological concerns, ethical practices and the question of impact

Friday 11th May 2018, 10am-5pm

University of Liverpool, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

Location: Cedar House, Rigby room

The sociology of drug and alcohol is a growing international field, with current research covering a wide spectrum of empirical approaches, including evidence-based evaluations of drug policies, visual methods, comparative qualitative studies between the UK and other contexts, and more localised drug using ethnographies.

Focusing on methodological issues, researchers in the field will present and discuss their own experiences of undertaking and conducting empirical research, as well as how the existing methods and practices in the sociology of drug and alcohol inform a wider discussion on policy-making. By bringing together established academics and researchers at the start of their careers, the aim of the conference is to provide a space for open dialogue for those interested in the methodological tools deployed in the wider spectrum of sociological research.

Keynote speakers

Dr. Angus Bancroft: ‘Drugs as a service: Learning from illicit markets’ (University of Edinburgh)

Prof. Ross Coomber: ‘Is what you see/find what is really there? Key respondents, data triangulation and visual methods’ (University of Liverpool)

Dr. Fay Dennis: ‘Body mapping: ‘Relating to’ embodied experiences of injecting drug use’ (Goldsmiths University of London)

Dr. Carly Lightowlers: ‘Patterns, trends and inference: The utility of quantitative methods in researching alcohol, crime and justice’ (University of Liverpool)

Dr. Nicole Vitellone: ‘Situating the Syringe’ (University of Liverpool)


 BSA member registration £5, Non-Member registration £15. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please specify dietary requirements or accessibility needs at the time of booking. 

To RSVP or if you have any questions regarding this event please email Lena Theodoropoulou

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.

Internal Networking Meeting (Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing Theme)

20 March, 1.15pm - 4.30pm

Room BG12, Waterhouse Building

The meeting is designed to bring together staff and postgraduates from the two research groupings to explore common ground and potential collaborations for future research studies, impact initiatives, funding applications.


1.15pm (sandwich lunch)

1.45-3.15pm: Brief Presentations, introduced by Chris Dowrick, Professor of Primary Medical Care.

• Ross White, MHiC Lead: Mental Health in Context

• Sally Sheard, CHSSoMHT, Director: Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine and Technology

• Philip Davis and/or Josie Billington, Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS). Literary Reading and Mental Health.

• Thomas Schramme (Dept of Philosophy and co-lead, Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing, CHSSoMHT). Philosophy of Medicine/Psychiatry.

• Eduardo Coutinho, Dept of Music. Music, Emotion and Healthcare.

• Catrin Eames (Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, IPHS). Mindfulness and Mental Health.

• Rhiannon Corcoran (IPHS). Mental Health & Wellbeing in Places & Communities.

3.15-3.30: Break

3.30-4.30pm: Plenary encouraging PhDs/RAs from MHiC and CHSSoMHT to speak about their research areas/interests.

Please register for attendance here.

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: