Monthly Archives: April 2015

OCGH Workshop: Disease and Global History

Oxford Centre for Global History
Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine

‘Disease and Global History’ workshop

Friday 22nd May, 2015 – 9am-5.30pm
Venue: Nuffield College, Oxford

Nils Christian Stenseth & Boris Schmid (University of Oslo), ‘The climatic pulse of Asia: the Black Death and successive plague reintroductions into Europe’
James Belich (University of Oxford), ‘Plague Circulation in Europe, 1346-1722: An Experiment in Biohistory’
Rohan Deb Roy (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), ‘Vectors of Global History: Mosquitoes in British India and Beyond, c.1890-1940’
Christos Lynteris (University of Cambridge), ‘The Global Vision of Plague, 1894-1924’
Mark Harrison (University of Oxford), ‘Pandemics’
Mark Honigsbaum (Queen Mary, London), ‘”Getting to Zero”: Ebola and the Politics of Disease Elimination’
Round table led by Professor Alison Bashford (University of Cambridge)

Convenors: James Belich, John Darwin, Mark Harrison

Through Works such as Alfred W. Crosby’s Columbian Exchange and William H. McNeill’s Plagues and Peoples we have become accustomed to the idea that diseases have shaped the destiny of peoples and civilizations.  But we need to think more deeply about how disease might form the basis for new directions in global history.  Bringing together scientists, historians and anthropologists, this workshop aims to consider some of these directions.  It aims to find methodologies that help us to understand the complexities of disease transmission and explain the long-term effects of global integration on health and social change.  It will explore also the cultural dynamics of a global disease environment and the implications of thinking globally for public health.

Places are limited and booking essential, contact

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Trinity Term 2015 Seminar Series

Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine,
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE

The following seminars will be held at on Mondays at 2.15pm
Coffee will be available from 2.00pm

‘Medicine and Modern Warfare’
Convener: Dr Roderick Bailey

Week 1 – 27 April
Ben Shephard, Bristol
‘Culture, politics or biology? How does American PTSD relate to European war trauma?’

Week 2 – 4 May
Bank Holiday – No Seminar

Week 3 – 11 May
Emily Mayhew, Imperial College London and Dafydd Edwards, Centre for Blast Injury Studies, Imperial College London
‘From the Western Front to Field Hospital Camp Bastion: How the foundations of military medicine in the 21st Century were laid in the Great War’

Week 4 – 18 May
Roderick Bailey, University of Oxford
‘Permanent make-up: Body modification and wartime disguise, 1939-45’

Week 5 – 25 May
Bank Holiday – No Seminar

Week 6 – 1 June
Ulf Schmidt, University of Kent
‘Secret science: A century of poison warfare and human experiments’

Week 7 – 8 June
Hazel Croft, Birkbeck, University of London
‘“It would frighten you to see the people sent to this place”: Why did the emotional and nervous states of women factory workers provoke such concern in Britain in the Second World War?’

Week 8 – 15 June
Sam Alberti, Royal College of Surgeons, London
‘Drawing bodies: British medical art in the early-twentieth century’

For details of other events, please see:


A new face in the library!

Those hardy souls who have been working over the Easter Vacation at the Unit may already have noticed our new Library Assistant, but I would like to take the opportunity at the beginning of the new term to introduce Grace to readers and friends of the Library.Grace, the new library assistant

Grace comes to us as a previous Oxford Library Graduate Trainee from St. Hilda’s College Library. She can be found in Library Room One most weekday afternoons, and will be looking after the day-to-day smooth running of the library. You will also see her about in the mornings in the Radcliffe Camera as part of the Bodleian History Faculty Library team. Grace will also be the first port of call for your inquiries and visits to the Wellcome Unit Library.

The Librarian-in-Charge will also be on site on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. We are very glad to welcome Grace to bring our team up to full staffing levels once more, and I’m sure all our readers will be very glad to have her present to help them.

As a reminder, please get in touch via email in advance if you wish to arrange a visit.