Graduate School

History of Science, Medicine and Technology Group seminars

The History of Science, Medicine and Technology Group seminars take place throughout the academic year and are open to all.

Seminar description

This research group organises a seminar series  about the history of science, medicine and technology. We also have a seminar series in the history of medicine, in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and you can find details on their seminar webpage 

Time and location

Seminars take place every Thursday at 1pm via Zoom. Details to be circulated via HSMT-Ed listserver or contact Dr Richard Oosterhoff, richard.oosterhoff@ed.ac.uk

Event schedule

Semester 2, 2020/21

Date Speaker Topic

Thursday 21 Jan

Salim Al-Gailani (University of Cambridge)

'Not purely a family problem': The 'discovery' of spina bifida in post-war Britain'
Thursday 4 Feb

Sietske Fransen (Herziana, Rome)

'Translation and the history of knowledge'
Thursday 25 Feb Lauren Kassell (University of Cambridge) and Sophie Page (UCL)

'"Why doesn’t astrological medicine work?" The science of the stars and the history of medicine'

In conversation with Richard Oosterhoff (University of Edinburgh).

Thursday 11 Mar

Isabel Grimm-Stadelmann (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) 

'From Egypt to Byzantium: Iatromagical motifs in Byzantine medicine'

Co-organised with the Byzantine Studies Seminar Series

Thursday 25 Mar

Natalie Goodison (IASH, Edinburgh)

'Abnormal generation in Medieval and Early Modern Britain: Disability, race, and gender'
Thursday 22 Apr

Ericka Johnson (Linköping University, Sweden) 

'A cultural biography of the prostate'

Semester 1, 2020/21

Date Speaker Topic
Thursday 1 Oct Lauren Kassell (University of Cambridge) and Sophie Page (UCL)

*POSTPONED TO SEMESTER 2*

‘Why doesn’t astrological medicine work?’ The science of the stars and the history of medicine'

In conversation with Richard Oosterhoff (University of Edinburgh)

Thursday 22 Oct

Dr Chiara Thumiger (University of Kiel)

Excellence Cluster Roots - Institut für Klassische Philologie,Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

'Brain or chest: Ambiguities and solutions in the medieval reception of the Greek disease phrenitis'

Tuesday 10 Nov

Panel event

'Pandemics, Past and Present' - Adia Benton (Northwestern University), Mark Honigsbaum (University of London), Richard McKay (University of Oxford), Christos Lynteris (University of St Andrews) and Dora Vargha (University of Exter)

Register at pandemicspastandpresent.eventbrite.co.uk

A panel event co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History and the Edinburgh Centre for Global History Centre.

NB 5-7pm

Thursday 12 Nov 

 

Charlotte Holmes (University of Edinburgh) Work-in-progress: 'Ingredients in Early Modern Scottish recipe collections'
Thursday 26 Nov Lukas Engelmann (University of Edinburgh)

'Covid-19 and the case for a (new) history of epidemiological reasoning'

 

https://ed-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/87556405088

Meeting ID: 875 5640 5088

Passcode: XYZ=B!1V

Further information

Please contact the organiser if you have any questions.

Dr Zubin Mistry (BA, MA, PhD)

Lecturer; Early Medieval European History

  • University of Edinburgh
  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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Dr Richard Oosterhoff

Lecturer in History; Early Modern Europe

  • University of Edinburgh
  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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Dr Petros Bouras-Vallianatos

Wellcome Lecturer in History of Medicine

  • University of Edinburgh
  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology

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