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    • Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities Internship

      Congratulations to PhD student, Jasmine Wood, who has been offered a SGSAH internship with Stand Easy Productions for three months beginning February. Stand Easy uses theatre and theatre skills as a means of assisting the process of recovery for wounded, injured and sick military personnel (WIS), both serving and veteran. Projects affirm skills the participants bring with them from their military service: team work, discipline, a sense of humour, communication skills, courage and a support and respect for each other’s role. It builds on these skills and raise self-awareness, confidence, motivation and self-esteem in the participants. This process gives Veterans more control over their lives and help them make the transition from serving to civilian life. The project gives participants a voice, and will enable audiences, and those around them, to better understand their experiences. At present there is a lack of support for the families of WIS veterans or current military personnel. This project hopes to draw in more families to work with Stand Easy. The process of drawing in families will also hopefully bring in more Veterans to work with Stand Easy. First, this project will look at the research on working with veterans and their families that has already been done. Then veterans and their families will be contacted for informal interviews to find out what kind of support they would like to be offered and what type would be most beneficial to them. To find out more information on what support is already available and working well, current and potential partners (Veterans First Point Dundee, Combat Stress, Veterans lunch Clubs etc) will also be contacted. The main focus of this project is to find out the best way for Stand Easy to practically support families. Finally, the research will be brought together in such a way that Stand Easy can use it to establish future policy and practice.

    • 'Eating On The Go: Cultures of Consumption and the Railway in Britain, 1880-1948'

      Elsa Richardson has been successful with an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership application undertaken with the National Railway Museum. The title is 'Eating On The Go: Cultures of Consumption and the Railway in Britain, 1880-1948'. Charting the rich history of dining on the rails, this project brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the story of food in Britain, one that underlines the important interconnections between industry, health, technology and popular culture. Focusing on the so-called ‘golden age’ of the railways, from the late nineteenth century up to the middle of the twentieth, this research draws on the history of design and technology, as well as scholarly work on diet and nutrition, and the history of consumer culture, to examine the untold history of eating on the railways and its role in the making of modern Britain. We will be advertising for a student soon.

    • Troubling Sport: Health and Sport in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

      Matt Smith, along with colleagues in Brighton and UClan, was successful in a Small Award application to run three conferences on sport and health: Troubling Sport: Health and Sport in Historical and Contemporary Perspective.

    • Building Shared Futures: Co-developing Medical Humanities in China and the UK (MHCUK)

      Jim Mills and Laura Kelly have been successful in their application to the Wellcome Trust with the title 'Building Shared Futures: Co-developing Medical Humanities in China and the UK (MHCUK)'. They have received an award with a total value of £923,235. Partners are at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Fudan University, Shanghai University and Manchester University. The objective of the project is to fund Masters students from the Chinese institutions to study here and at Manchester on Masters programmes each year between 2019 and 2022, and to support three post-doctoral Fellows per annum to work at the universities in Shanghai for the same period. It is the first time that the Wellcome Trust has supported such a scheme.

    • M.Sc. in Health History - Applications Invited

      The CSHHH Glasgow, a research collaboration between the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University, invites applications for fully-funded studentships on its M.Sc. in Health History programme. This is the outcome of an investment by the Wellcome Trust through its Master's Programme Awards in Humanities and Social Science scheme and additional funding committed by the universities. Successful candidates will join the programme in September 2019 to study full-time for twelve months. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019.


  • Fri, Sat
    April 2019
    26, 27

    Sites of Health: A Symposium on the Medical Humanities

    Scholars in the medical humanities increasingly interweave histories with the languages of globalism and futurism. Yet the scholarship remains rooted in particular sites in time. It is from these localized sites, from colonies to clinics, that scholars predominately extrapolate outward to the global perspective to explore the meanings of health and sickness, rather than the inverse framework. By conceiving of these ‘sites’ in the broadest sense, this symposium aims to explore this relationship between local and global perspectives on medicine and health.

    This symposium aims to bring together early career scholars to create an interdisciplinary discussion upon the current state of medical humanities and its future, with a particular focus on the history of medicine. The symposium committee welcomes papers examining themes including but not limited to: global health activism, networks in health, (post)colonial health, hygienic modernity, alternative medicines, wellbeing and daily culture, health and identity, teaching medical humanities, and global health in the future.


  • Wed-Fri
    June 2019

    Changing Minds: Societies, states, the sciences and psychoactive substances in history

    For the first time the ADHS will host its conference in Asia, at Shanghai University in China, one hundred and ten years after the Opium Commission in the city that did so much to shape future control regimes.  The event will also mark the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles which saw the establishment of the first permanent international mechanisms for monitoring and making policy on psychoactive and intoxicating substances at the new League of Nations. 

    The David F. Musto Center for Drugs and National Security Studies at Shanghai University, in partnership with the ADHS and the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde, looks forward to welcoming all those conducting research on any aspects of the consumption or control of alcohol or drugs in the past, anywhere in the world.


Seminar Series - Semester 2, 2018-19

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