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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Seminars, supported by Wellcome, are on Tuesdays from 5.00 to 6.30pm in Seminar Room 1 unless otherwise stated. All welcome!


Early Science and Medicine

Organised by Dániel Margócsy and Philippa Carter.

18 October, 5pm

Oded Rabinovitch (Tel Aviv University)
Authorship and mathematical skills between artisans and scholars: the geometries of Sébastien Le Clerc (1637–1714)

1 November, 5.30pm

Surekha Davies (Utrecht University)
Thinking with sea monsters: re-thinking early modern maps and epistemic images

Hybrid – register for Zoom details

15 November, 5.30pm

Sebestian Kroupa (HPS, Cambridge)
From indigenous panaceas to global drugs, or, how the Philippine plant igasud became the St Ignatius bean (c.1670–1750)


History of Modern Medicine and Biology

Organised by Salim Al-Gailani and Mary Brazelton.

11 October, 9am

Manabu Akagawa (University of Tokyo)
The Great Kanto Earthquake and the daily records (1923) kept by Professor Siota's surgeons at the Imperial University of Tokyo
Akihito Suzuki (University of Tokyo)
Doctors, patients and the two languages: case histories in Japanese with German in the earlier half of the 20th century

Please note that this seminar will take place at 9.00–10.30am
Online only – register for Zoom details

8 November, 5.30pm

Alma Igra (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)
Eating with animals, eating animals, and eating like animals: scientific nutrition and cross-species methods in the 20th century

Online only – register for Zoom details

22 November, 5pm

Jenny Bangham (QMUL)
Humanising genetics: changing practices, emotions and identities of clinical genetics in the late 20th century

Hybrid – register for Zoom details


Generation to Reproduction

Organised by Staffan Müller-Wille and Dániel Margócsy.

25 October, 5pm

Tinne Claes (KU Leuven)
How silence became 'outdated': secrecy, anonymity and artificial insemination by donor, 1950s–1990s

Hybrid – register for Zoom details

29 November, 5.30pm

Sonia Wigh
Overcoming childlessness: (in)fertility in early modern North India