Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare - Our Experts

Centre for the Social History of Health & HealthcareVisiting Academics

One of the key goals for those who established the Centre back in 2005 was to attract experts in Medical Humanities and related fields to Glasgow to connect with researchers here.  The Visiting Fellow scheme, the Annual Lecture series, the programme of seminars and the regular conferences have brought everyone from senior academics to early career researchers to the Centre for the Social History of Health & Healthcare for over a decade.

Meet some of those visiting us in 2017:

Johanne Daigle

Visiting Fellow from Laval University

In February 2017, Johanne joined the centre from Laval University in Quebec where she is a professor of social gender and history interested in the study of civil society in the history of Quebec (Canada) in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her new project examines the ways impoverished people have faced the necessities of life through the prism of health care (nursing services) and social services (voluntary associations for women and children), grasping the complex dynamics between established models and the possibilities offered in a given place. The parallel between Glasgow and Quebec, both port cities influenced by the British when they faced industrial economy, could point to certain assumptions on the wellbeing intervention. The model of the Queen’s Nursing spread both in Scotland and Quebec province should highlight some hypothesis. She is interested in the roles of social change and civil society and how these influenced visions of charity, justice and human rights.  Her previous research has explored the development of healthcare systems in rural communities and she will be talking about some of that research in a paper on 8 March 2017.  She can be contacted on johanne.daigle@hst.ulaval.ca

Dr Rachel Hewitt

Rachel's research interests are in the history of disability, public policy and welfare. Her PhD project focused on the experience of people with epilepsy within the context of early twentieth century scientific and social discourses, both in the UK and the United States. She has published work on epilepsy, stress, and transitions between health services, and is currently researching twentieth century intelligence testing and its relationship to welfare and educational policy. Rachel received her PhD in 2019 and currently works in developing health and social care policy in partnership with the NHS and the Scottish Government. 

Hannah Star Rogers

Hannah Star Rogers is an STS scholar, poet, and curator who works at the intersection of art and science. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University. She is the lead editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies. She works as a curator for international art and science exhibits, most recently Art’s Work in the Age of Biotechnology: Shaping Our Genetic Futures, which highlights social and individual choices around biotechnology. She curated Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott, which received an exhibits prize from the British Society for the History of Science and received an invited lecture at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. She was the Director of Research and Collaboration for Emerge: Artists and Scientists Redesign the Future 2016 and served as Guest Bioart Curator for Emerge: Frankinstein 2017. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Kenyon Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tupelo Quarterly,  Carolina Quarterly, and Boston Review. She has received the Akademie Schloss Solitude Fellowship in Stuttgart, Germany, Djerassi Artist Residency in Woodside, CA, the Field_Notes residency in Kilpisjärvi, Finland, and the Jerome Foundation-funded residency at Tofte Lake Center, MN. Rogers is a visiting scholar in History and English and teaches creative writing at the University of Strathclyde.

Wendy Kline

British Academy Visiting Fellow

Purdue University

Wendy Kline, Dema G. Seelye Chair and Professor in the history of medicine at Purdue University, is on a Visiting Research Fellowship from the British Academy from July – December 2018.  She is the author of several articles and three books  Bodies of Knowledge: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Women’s Health in the Second Wave (U. of Chicago Press); Building a Better Race: Gender, Sexuality, and Eugenics from the Turn of the Century to the Baby Boom (U. of California Press, 2001); and Coming Home: How Midwives Changed Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2018).  Her current project, “Psychedelic Birth: R.D. Laing and the Transformation of Psychiatry,” investigates the curious connections between psychiatry, psychiatry, and birth through the papers of R.D. Laing, housed in Special Collections at the University of Glasgow.

wkline@purdue.edu

 

Dr Rebecca Wynter

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ‘Forged by Fire: Burns Injuries and Identity in Britain, c.1800-2000’, at Social Studies in Medicine (University of Birmingham). Lecturer in Quaker History at the Centre for Research in Quaker Studies, Woodbrooke (University of Birmingham and University of Lancaster).

Dr Rebecca Wynter is a historian of mental health and learning disabilities, neurology, and First World War-era medicine. She is Reviews Editor for Quaker Studies. With its distinctive heritage, Glasgow is one of the three urban case-studies of the four-year AHRC-funded project, 'Forged by Fire'. The city is therefore at the core of her current work on the psychiatry, psychology, disability and rehabilitation associated with burns injuries. Her areas of research – from the Friends’ Ambulance Unit and nineteenth-century whistleblowers in mental healthcare, to 1940s BBC broadcasts about the brain – have two themes in common: medicine, ethics and conscience; and how medicine and science have been communicated and understood. Since 2013 she has been involved in developing public history projects, including a major six-month exhibition, and publications co-produced with volunteers. Her book, Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine: Historical and Social Science Perspectives (co-edited with Professor Jonathan Reinarz), was published by Routledge in 2015. Most recently, she was awarded a John Rylands Research Institute Visiting Research Fellowship (University of Manchester) and a 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award by Liverpool University Press, and has guest edited (with Dr Leonard Smith) the ‘Communicating Mental Health’ June 2017 issue of the BMJ imprint, Medical Humanities.