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    • 2017 Scottish Crucible

      Lucas Richert was recently selected to participate in the 2017 Scottish Crucible, a leadership and development programme for future research leaders in Scotland. From over 100 applications from across Scotland, the panel selected 30 Cruciblists from diverse areas such as health, history, engineering, medieval society, neuroscience, fluid mechanics and parasitology. The Scottish Crucible takes place over three intensive two-day workshops (known as Labs) held in early summer each year and hosted by one of three partner institutions consecutively. The first Lab was held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament. Participants learnt how to communicate effectively with members of parliament and, most importantly, the people who elect those members. Each “Lab” aims to develop and challenge thinking within a theme: Lab 1: Looking outwards – Policy, the media, the public. How to engage with those beyond academia. Lab 2: Interdisciplinarity and creativity – Collaboration and new ideas Lab 3: Enterprise and collaboration – Where and how to take your ideas to the next level. Lucas was one of eight participants from the University of Strathclyde, surely a sign of the University's research excellence.

    • Successes by our doctoral students

      More success on the internship front. Wellcome Trust-funded PhD student Rachel Hewitt has won an internship with What Works Scotland and the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. She will spend three months starting in July working on a scoping document on the role of future social protection in the promotion of health and wellbeing. Rachel joins a host of other CSHHH PhD students who have won internships in the past few years. Not only do these internships look outstanding on a CV, but they also demonstrates the relevance and applicability of our PhD students’ historical research and the broader skills they are developing. Many congratulations, Rachel, and good luck! One of the Centre's doctoral students, Simon Walker, has been successful in his application for the SGSAH Doctoral Internship with the Festival of Politics. He will begin work with the Scottish Parliament later this spring. Simon's achievement follows similar recent successes by our doctoral students, as Chris Cavin has been selected to study at the US Library of Congress with an award from the ESRC/AHRC International Placement Scheme and Andrew Glen completed his SGSAH internship at the Academic Health Science Partnership in Tayside last year.

    • Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond

      On 14 September 2016, our members, Matthew Smith & Jennifer Farquharson, were in London, presenting their research on the history of asylum and deinstitutionalisation as part of the Wellcome Trust's exhibition, Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond. Jennifer's talk forms part of her PhD thesis, which is soon to be complete. Matt's presentation was based on research that will be published soon in Deinstitutionalisation and After: Post-War Psychiatry in the Western World as part of Palgave Macmillan's series Mental Health in Historial Perspective, which he co-edits with Catharine Coleborne. He co-edited Deinstitutionalisation and After with fellow co-director, Vicky Long, and associate, Dr Despo Kritsotaki of the University of Crete.


  • Tues

    Annual Lecture

    Making the Invisible Visible: The Unexpected Entanglements of Psychiatry, Midwifery, and Psychedelics

    Keynote Speaker : Wendy Kline, Purdue University

    Please join us for our Annual Lecture in Room 105 of the Stenhouse Wing from 5.00pm.  Our guest speaker is Prof Wendy Kline, Dema G Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine in the Department of History at Purdue University.  Wendy is the author of several articles and three books (one forthcoming) that focus on controversies surrounding women's reproductive health.

    The flyer for the lecture can be downloaded here. Annual Lecture 2017 

    Please email Caroline Marley if you will be attending.

  • Thurs, Fri
    12, 13

    Health Histories: The Next Generation

    12-13 October 2017, Shanghai University, China

    The Society for the Social History of Medicine periodically hosts an international conference for postgraduate students. The 2017 conference committee welcomes papers on any topic within the discipline of the social history of medince and particularly encourage proposals for papers and panels that critically examine or challenge some aspect of the history of medicine and health. We welcome a range of methodological approaches, geographical regions, and time periods.
  • Fri

    Dr Tracey Loughran, Senior Lecturer in Medical History Cardiff University / University of Essex

    'Mediating Emotion, Making Trauma: Doctors, Patients and the Construction of "Shell-Shock" in First World War Britain'.

    Court Senate Suite, Collins Building, University of Strathclyde

    Part of the ‘Uncovering civilian war trauma among female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the First World War’ workshop series

    This exciting collaborative venture funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh intends to stimulate research on the timely subject of civilian war trauma via a case study of female Belgian refugees in Scotland during the years 1914 to 1918. Preliminary research shows that among Scotland’s c. 20,000 wartime Belgian refugees were dozens who applied for poor law assistance. Early analysis of these cases indicated 40% of female and 25% of male Belgian refugee applicants were diagnosed as suffering ‘insanity’, yet they presented with symptoms of trauma. The four organised events further examine these findings and offer attendees an insight into a range of topics including the settlement and treatment of Belgian refugees in Scotland and the notion of ‘shell-shock’ in First World War Britain.

    Two events have already been held at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and at the University of Stirling earlier this year, with the next two events scheduled respectively at the University of Strathclyde, under the aegis of the CSHHH, on 13 October 2017 and at the University of Edinburgh on 22 November 2017.

    More on the project can be found at the Stirling Centre for Scottish Studies.  

    For further information, please contact the event organisers:

    Dr Caroline Verdier or Dr Jacqueline Jenkinson

    With the kind support of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • Wed

    CSHHH Seminar Series 2017/18

    Prof Linda Bryder, University of Auckland, New Zealand

    'The 1917 National Baby Week' from 3-5pm in room LH228 of the Lord Hope Building, followed by a wine reception.  Download Prof Bryder's abstract .

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

  • Wed
    Dr Ian Miller, Ulster University

    'Letting Hunger Strikers and other Patients Starve: Using the history of medical ethics to understand current controversies' from 1-3pm in room LH228 of the Lord Hope Building.  Lunch will be provided.  Download Dr Miller's Abstract 

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

  • Wed
    Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, University of Cambridge

    A Woman’s Right to Know: A History of Pregnancy Testing in Britain from 1-3pm in room LH228 of the Lord Hope Building.  Lunch will be provided.  Download Dr Olszynko-Gryn's Abstract .

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

  • Wed
    Mark Gallagher, University of Glasgow

    Ronald Sandison, LS and the ‘Beyond Within’ Powick Hospital
    from 4-6pm in room LH211a/b of the Lord Hope Building, followed by a wine reception.

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

  • Thurs, Fri
    Apr 2018
    19, 20

    Cannabis: Global Histories

    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
    In cooperation with Wellcome Trust

    The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare would like to invite papers for Cannabis: Global Histories at Strathclyde University (Glasgow) on 19-20 April 2018. One outcome of the recent Alcohol and Drugs History Society meeting (ADHS) in Utrecht was enthusiasm for a 'histories of cannabis' workshop/conference to gather together the increasing number of scholars researching the topic. 

    Paper proposals should be based on unpublished research and should include a 300-word abstract, including a brief CV (2 page maximum). The deadline is 1 September 2017. Participants would then be asked to submit papers of c.7000-8000 words by 15 January 2018.  This will enable pre-circulation of papers and also early work on editing a collection of papers for publication.

    The geographical location and timeframe are open, while topics may include but are not limited to: 

    • policy and legislation
    • health outcomes
    • trafficking and terrorism
    • comparative approaches
    • myths
    • science and evidence
    • the rise of big cannabis
    • art and culture

    Please send your submissions or queries to

    Caroline Marley: or
    Lucas Richert : 

    Deadline for Proposals: 1 September 2017
    Deadline for Papers: 15 January 2018

  • Tues
    Dr Anu Salmela, University of Turku

    Drug Addiction in Post-war Finland: Some Preliminary Remarks 
    from 1-3pm in room LH228 of the Lord Hope Building.  Lunch will be provided.  Download Dr Salmela's Abstract .

    Email Caroline Marley to book a place.

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