CHSTM Research Seminars, Manchester, Winter-Spring 2020

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester is excited to announce the speakers for this semester’s seminar series. Please find the programme below.

CHSTM seminars will be held on Tuesdays at 4pm in 2.57 Simon Building, Oxford Rd. Coffee, tea and biscuits will be served from 3.30 pm. All welcome! Please direct any questions or enquiries to to the organisers: Tom Quick ( or Pratik Chakrabarti (

CHSTM Research Seminars, 2020

Tuesdays, 4pm, Simon Building, room 2.57, unless otherwise indicated.


28 January

Vanessa Heggie (University of Birmingham)

Higher and colder: A history of extreme physiology and exploration


11 February – ***VENUE CHANGE*** 7 pm, Manchester Museum – Joint event with the Manchester Museum

Angela Saini (writer & journalist)

The return of race science


25 February

Beatriz Pichel (De Montford University)

Photography and the making of modern medicine in France, 1860–1914


10 March

Laura Tisdall (Queen Mary’s, University of London)

‘Just a stage I’m going through’: Lesbian and gay adolescents, developmental psychology, and psychoanalysis in Britain, c. 1950–1990


24 March

Caitjan Gainty (King’s College, London)

Healthy scepticism




21 April

Sarah Marks (Birkbeck, University of London)

‘Brainwashing for benevolent purposes’? Historical reflections on behavioural therapy from the Cold War to CBT


5 May

Cornelius Borck (University of Lübeck)

Changing approaches to visualization in brain research: A case study based on the Max-Planck Society