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Reproduction on Film, a special issue of BJHS

September 2017

Check out the latest number of BJHS for an eye-opening series of articles about ‘Reproduction on Film’.

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Twelfth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine

24 November 2016

The Twelfth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was given by Professor Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan) on 24 November 2016.

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‘The toad is slow to let you know’

October 2016

As Parliament debates the hormonal pregnancy test Primodos and its alleged links to birth defects, Jesse Olszynko-Gryn places the drug in the history of pregnancy testing and asks why the British government took so long to ban it.

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Reproductive Politics in France and Britain

5-7 September 2016

A two-day conference bringing together historians, demographers and other social scientists from France and Britain working in the field of reproductive politics was held in September 2016.

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Congratulations to Leah Astbury

August 2016

Leah Astbury will be staying in Cambridge this academic year as a Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellow with matching funding from the Isaac Newton Trust.

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Recipes to Improve Your Love Life: Advice from the Eighteenth Century

31 March 2016

A talk Dr Lisa Smith (University of Essex) took place in the Whipple Museum on 31 March 2016.

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High-Rise

March 2016

As High-Rise opens in British cinemas, Jesse Olszynko-Gryn writes in the Guardian’s H-Word blog about how J.G. Ballard’s novel reflected contemporary animal research and fears of urban overcrowding.

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Reproduction on Film: Sex, Secrets and Lies

3 February – 20 March 2016

Our fifth Reproduction on Film series was held in February and March 2016.

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Extension

February 2016

The Wellcome Trust has approved a further extension to the Generation to Reproduction strategic award

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Medical genetics in Manchester

February 2016

Salim Al-Gailani has been awarded a visiting research fellowship at the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester.

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From Rubella to Zika

January 2016

Salim Al-Gailani writes at the Guardian H-Word blog about how the history of German measles can help us understand the Zika epidemic today.

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Wellcome Lecture

14 January 2016

The Eleventh Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was given by Michael Stolberg (University of Würzburg) on 14 January 2016.

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Communicating Reproduction

October 2015

The Fall issue of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine is devoted to ‘Communicating Reproduction’.

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Should we be having babies at 20?

21 October 2015

A debate considering historical perspectives on the ideal age to start a family was held as part of the 2015 Festival of Ideas.

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Should we be having babies at 20? Lessons from the past

October 2015

We tend to see infertility as a wholly modern concern, but Leah Astbury suggests we can learn something from the 17th century.

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Congratulations to Leah Astbury

October 2015

Leah Astbury has been appointed a research associate in the Generation to Reproduction group for six months from January 2016.

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Sex, Disease and Fertility in History

28–30 September 2015

A conference on Sex, Disease and Fertility in History was held at CRASSH on 28–30 September 2015.

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Conference: Reproduction on Film

23–25 September 2015

A conference exploring reproduction as a theme to unite diverse strands of film history was held on 23–25 September 2015.

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Congratulations to Boyd Brogan

August 2015

Boyd Brogan has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship for a project on ‘Maladies of Seed: Chastity Diseases in Early Modern England’.

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Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online

June 2015

Sarah Franklin and Martin Johnson have launched a new journal, Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online.

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Public lectures

June 2015

Nick Hopwood and Hannah Landecker gave lectures as part of a workshop put on by the IVF Histories and Cultures Project.

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Haeckel’s Embryos

May 2015

The University of Chicago Press has published ‘Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, Evolution, and Fraud’ by Nick Hopwood.

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Congratulations to Clare Griffin

May 2015

Clare Griffin has been appointed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG).

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Reproduction on Film: Outlaws

4 February – 11 March 2015

The fourth ‘Reproduction on Film’ series was held on Wednesdays in February and March 2015.

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Junior Research Fellowship

February 2015

Anne Hanley, who recently finished a PhD in the History Faculty, has been appointed to a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford.

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Research Fellowships

January 2015

Jesse Olszynko-Gryn and Sarah Bull have been awarded Wellcome Trust research fellowships.

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New lecturer

January 2015

Mary Brazelton will be taking up the new lectureship in Global Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine from September 2015.

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Wellcome Lecture

15 January 2015

The Tenth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was held on Thursday 15 January 2015.

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Public lecture

December 2014

Martin Johnson and Kay Elder gave a lecture on ‘Events leading to the birth of Louise Brown’ as part of an IVF Histories and Cultures workshop.

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Festival of Ideas debate: ‘Is menstruation healthy?’

22 October 2014

Continuing the series of debates held by members of the ‘Generation to Reproduction’ project, the debate for the 2014 Festival of Ideas considered whether, historically, menstruation is best understood as necessary to a woman’s health.

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‘Transforming Pregnancy Since 1900’

October 2014

A special issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences reflects on the social, medical and technological shifts that have shaped pregnancy since the turn of the twentieth century.

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Con/Tested: Sperm Science, Sterility and Masculinity

11–12 September 2014

An interdisciplinary conference, ‘Con/Tested: Sperm Science, Sterility and Masculinity’, was held on 11–12 September 2014.

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Jenny Bangham wins Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize

August 2014

Jenny Bangham has been awarded the 2014 Marc-Auguste Pictet Prize for her PhD thesis.

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Congratulations to Ayesha Nathoo

August 2014

Many congratulations to Ayesha Nathoo, who has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship to work for three years from 1 October 2014 at the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter on ‘Cultivating Relaxation in Twentieth-Century Britain’.

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Extension

August 2014

The Wellcome Trust has approved a further no-cost extension to the Generation to Reproduction strategic award, so the project will now run till 30 September 2016.

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Wellcome Trust award for Casebooks Project

June 2014

The Wellcome Trust has made a three-year Strategic Award for completion of the Casebooks Project.

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Congratulations

April 2014

Congratulations to Leah Astbury, who has been awarded first prize for her paper on ‘Caring for Newborns in Early Modern England’ in the Social History Society postgraduate conference paper competition.

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Visions of Science

March 2014

Congratulations to Jim Secord on the publication of his new book.

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Cities and Towns as Epidemiological Drivers

17–18 March 2014

A workshop on ‘Cities and Towns as Epidemiological Drivers: Emerging Issues in Urban Historical Demography‘ was held at the Department of Geography on 17–18 March 2014.

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Wellcome Lecture

16 January 2014

The Ninth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was given by Professor Malcolm Nicolson (University of Glasgow) on Thursday 16 January 2014.

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Research fellowship

December 2013

Gabriella Zuccolin, who has been lecturing on medieval medicine this term, has been awarded a three-year Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship to work on a project on ‘Women’s medicine between script and print, c.1450–1600′. Congratulations!

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Reproduction workshop

15 November 2013

The Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum held its ninth Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction at CRASSH on 15 November 2013.

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Inaugural lecture

30 October 2013

Professor Sarah Franklin (Department of Sociology) gave her inaugural lecture, ‘After IVF: the Reproductive Turn in Social Thought’, on 30 October 2013.

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Farewell and thanks to Laura Dawes

28 October 2013

Laura Dawes, who has been events and outreach officer on the Generation to Reproduction project since February, is moving on. Laura will be a visiting scholar at CHSTM in Manchester and then based in the United States, concentrating on her new book on the industrial disease “phossy jaw” and developing her consultancy work in science [...]

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Release 6 of the Richard Napier casebooks

7 October 2013

Principal Investigator Lauren Kassell announces the sixth release in the Casebooks Project.

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Congratulations to Karin Ekholm

29 September 2013

Congratulations to Karin on her new job at St. John’s College, Maryland

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Welcome to postdoctoral fellow Margaret Carlyle

23 September 2013

Welcome to Margaret Carlyle, new postdoctoral fellow in the History and Philosophy of Science Department

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Seminar: The uses of psychoanalysis – Britain, France and the USA, 1920-2000

1 October 2013

Seminar on the history of psychoanalysis run by Principal Investigator John Forrester

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Lecture: After IVF – The reproductive turn in social thought

30 October 2013

Inaugural lecture by Professor Sarah Franklin

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Making Love, Making Gender, Making Babies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s

6 - 7 September 2013

A conference on Making Love, Making Gender, Making Babies in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s was held at CRASSH on 6-7 September 2013.

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Call for papers: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction

13 September 2013

Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproductive Forum (CIRF) call for papers on “Communicating Reproduction”.

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Wellcome Image of the Week celebrates IVF

25 July 2013

See Martin Johnson’s photo of mouse embryos after IVF

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Born to Rule – now on iTunesU

16 July 2013

Generation to Reproduction’s mini-lecture series, Born to Rule: Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England, is now available for download from iTunesU. You can find the lectures in Cambridge University’s collection in the iTunesU store.

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In/Fertility and Sacred Space conference

15 - 16 July 2013

A conference on In/Fertility and Sacred Space: From Antiquity to the Early Modern was held at CRASSH on 15–16 July 2013.

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Happy Birthday, Louise Brown

15 July 2013

Anniversary of the first IVF or “test-tube” baby.

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Notebooks workshop

12 -13 July 2013

Notebooks, Medicine and the Sciences in Early Modern Europe, the inaugural workshop of the Notebooks Network, was held in the Department on 12–13 July 2013.

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Embryos in Wax

June 2013

The Whipple Museum has reprinted Nick Hopwood’s book Embryos in Wax. This book and others are available by post or via the online ordering system.

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Congratulations to Jenny Bangham

21 June 2014

Jenny Bangham has been appointed Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin until April 2016. She will be part of the research group “Twentieth-Century Histories of Knowledge about Human Variation”. Many congratulations!

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Mary of Modena: A Royal Scandal

25 June 2013

Free public lecture in the series Born to Rule: Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England

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Born to Rule on the BBC

20 June 2013

Mary Fissell, speaker on Generation to Reproduction’s Born to Rule public lecture series, interviewed by the BBC

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Born to Rule: Public Lectures on Royal Births in Tudor and Stuart England

Tuesday 18 June, 5:00pm
Tuesday 25 June, 5:00pm
Little Hall, Sidgwick Avenue

Henry VIII: The Quest for an Heir and Mary of Modena: A Royal Scandal

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Research Associate positions – Reproductive Studies

4 July 2013

The Department of Sociology (University of Cambridge) is seeking to appoint two Research Associates to work on a project examining the postwar UK history of assisted conception technology.

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Congratulations to Salim Al-Gailani and Jesse Olszynko-Gryn

13 May 2013

Many congratulations to Salim Al-Gailani and Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, who have been appointed to two-year positions supported by the “Generation to Reproduction” programme and History and Philosophy of Science department.

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Jesse Olszynko-Gryn on BBC Radio 4: Making History

16 April 2013

Tuesday 16 April, 3:00pm
BBC Radio 4

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Professor Sir Robert Edwards (1925-2013)

10 April 2013

Nobel Laureate and pioneer of IVF

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Theatre event: Fatherhood

10 April 2013

Babakas: Our Fathers, with post-performance discussion on fatherhood
Wednesday 10 April, 7:30pm

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Peter Jones on BBC2 Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History

8 April 2013

Monday 8 April, 9:00pm
BBC2

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Job vacancies CLOSED

27 March 2013

Two research associate positions

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BBC3 Baby Britain Season

18 - 27 March 2013

A series of programmes exploring pregnancy and parenthood in Britain today

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Vere Harmsworth chair

13 March 2013

Professor Alison Bashford appointed Vere Harmsworth Chair of Imperial and Naval History

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Many congratulations to Jenny Rampling

13 February 2013

Jenny Rampling appointed Assistant Professor in History at Princeton University

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Events and Outreach officer

5 February 2013

Please extend a very warm welcome to Dr Laura Dawes, the new events and outreach officer on the Generation to Reproduction project. Laura, who comes to us all the way from Canberra, trained in mathematics and statistics at Murdoch University, and in economic and social history at Oxford, and then completed a PhD in history [...]

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Creating life summer school

15 February 2013

The theme for the 13th Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences is Creating Life: From Alchemy to Synthetic Biology. The deadline for applications is 15 February. Nick Hopwood co-organizes the school and Peter Murray Jones and Helen Curry are among the faculty.

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Fictional pregnancies and the test

5 December 2012

Jesse Olszynko-Gryn contributed the first entry to MaMSIE, a blog that aims at Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics. Jesse discusses representations of early pregnancy in novels and the difference that hormonal tests, invented in the late 1920s, did or did not make.

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“Registration and Recognition” by Simon Szreter

13 October 2012

Congratulations to Simon Szreter on the publication of his new book

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PhD Studentships

5 October 2012

Congratulations to Leah Astbury, formerly of the History Faculty now in HPS, who has been awarded a PhD studentship attached to our Wellcome Trust strategic award for a project on motherhood and medicine in early modern England.

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New job

5 October 2012

Shirlene Badger, currently events and outreach officer on the Generation to Reproduction project, has been appointed Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, starting next month. She will be seconded to the Public Health Genomics Foundation for the first four years, where she will lead their part of the Evaluation and Implementation [...]

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New job

5 January 2012

Many thanks to Francis Neary for his large contribution to the ‘Generation to Reproduction’ programme as events and outreach officer over the last two years, including taking the lead in curating the ‘Books and Babies’ exhibition and running two mini-seasons of films. Francis is going full-time on the Darwin Correspondence Project, so we will stay [...]

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Wellcome Lecture

January 2012

‘Revisiting the Mendelian revolution’, the Seventh Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine, was given by Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter) on Thursday 19 January 2012. A paper by Dr Müller-Wille was discussed at a workshop on the same day.

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Communicating Reproduction

December 2011

A conference on Communicating Reproduction was held in the Department on 5–6 December 2011.

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Reproduction workshop

November 2012

The Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum held its seventh Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction at CRASSH on 18 November 2011.

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PhD Studentships

October 2011

We welcome Ramona Braun (Paris), who has been awarded a Wellcome Trust doctoral studentship to work on ‘Laparoscopy in the control of human fertility: practice, instruments and knowledge transfer in British and German gynaecology, 1950–1980′. Congratulations! A warm welcome also to Anne Hanley (Sydney), who is beginning a PhD in the Faculty of History on [...]

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Debating reproduction

October 2011

Debating Reproduction: IVF, our first debate on the history of scientific and ethical issues surrounding in vitro fertilisation, took place at Cambridge University Library on 20 October 2011 as part of the Festival of Ideas.

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Alchemy conference

September 2011

A conference on Alchemy and Medicine from Antiquity to the Enlightenment was held at Peterhouse on 22–24 September 2011.

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Simon Forman anniversary

September 2011

September 2011 marks the 400th anniversary of Simon Forman’s death. To commemorate this anniversary, his life and writings are featured in ‘The Astrologer’s Tables’, History Today, September 2011. Lauren Kassell delivered a public lecture on ‘Simon Forman: Astrology, Medicine and Quackery in Elizabethan England’ on 27 September 2011 at the Museum of the History of Science, University [...]

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Casebooks project

August 2011

Lauren Kassell and the Casebooks Project team have launched a new website for The Casebooks Project: A Digital Edition of Simon Forman’s and Richard Napier’s Medical Records 1596–1634.

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Books and babies

July 2011

Books and Babies: Communicating Reproduction, an exhibition supported by our Wellcome Trust strategic award, is on at the University Library until December. Curator Francis Neary said: ‘The show is about how people have talked and written about reproduction. We’re interested in the link between communication media and this intimate part of our lives that has also [...]

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Biology and the public

June 2011

The 12th Ischia Summer School on the History of Life Sciences was about Biology and the Public: Participation and Exclusion from the Renaissance to the Present Day. Nick Hopwood co-organized the school, and Anne and Jim Secord were among the faculty.

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Teaching associateship

May 2011

Vanessa Heggie has been appointed to a two-year Teaching Associateship in History of Modern Medicine and Biology funded by our Wellcome Trust Strategic Award and departmental funds. Many congratulations!

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Mellon fellowship

May 2011

Many congratulations to Elma Brenner! With the completion of her Wellcome Research Fellowship, she is moving on to a Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto for next academic year. She has also been awarded a one month Dr and Mrs James C. Caillouette Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino.

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Workshops

April 2011

A workshop on Reproduction and the Sciences in Cambridge was held in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience on 8 April 2011, and a workshop on Leprosy, Language and Identity in the Medieval World was held at King’s College on 12–13 April 2011.

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Postdoctoral fellowship

April 2011

Nick Whitfield, who is finishing a PhD in HPS, has been awarded a Government of Canada Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to spend a year from September in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Nick will use the archive of the Canadian communist surgeon Norman Bethune to research his development of [...]

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Wellcome research fellowships

April 2011

Congratulations to Elaine Leong and Hannah Newton, both of whom have been awarded Wellcome Trust research fellowships. Elaine worked as an Teaching Associate in HPS in 2006–7, then moved to the University of Warwick where she’s held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. She will be returning to Cambridge in September 2011 to work on a [...]

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Reproduction on film

March 2011

Our first ‘Reproduction on Film’ series, covering the topic of Reproductive Dystopias, took place during March 2011 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. See James Poskett’s blog entry for the Wellcome Trust about The Stepford Wives.

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A History of British Sports Medicine

February 2011

Congratulations to Vanessa Heggie on the publication of A History of British Sports Medicine by Manchester University Press. The book explores a series of transformations in the athletic body. ‘Athletes start the century as normal, healthy citizens, and end up as potentially unhealthy physiological “freaks”, while the general public are increasingly urged to do more exercise and play more [...]

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Singer Prize commendations

February 2011

Congratulations to Jenny Bangham and Susannah Gibson on being awarded special commendations in the 2010 BSHS Singer Prize competition. Jenny’s essay was on ‘The Rhesus controversy: scientific notations, paper tools and their articulation’ and Susannah’s on ‘Newtonian vegetables and perceptive plants’.

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Demography network

January 2011

Congratulations to the Bremen-based network on ‘Population, Knowledge, Order, Change: Demography and Politics in the Twentieth Century in Global Perspective’ on receiving funding from the German Research Foundation. Our own Jesse Olszynko-Gryn is a network member.

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Visiting scholar

January 2011

We welcome Mary Fissell, from the Institute of the History of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins University, to the Department as a visiting scholar for seven months. Mary, who is supported by a Wellcome Trust research expenses grant, will give the Wellcome Lecture and lead several seminars and reading groups. These will draw on her work on early-modern [...]

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Wellcome Lecture

January 2011

‘Encountering Aristotle’s Masterpiece, or how to find a racy book about reproduction’, the Sixth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine, was given by Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins University) on Thursday 20 January 2011.

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Reproduction workshop

November 2010

The Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum held its sixth Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction in the Department on Friday 12 November 2010.

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Nobel Prize for Robert Edwards

December 2010

Congratulations to Robert Edwards, the IVF pioneer, on the award of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2010. Martin Johnson, a former student of Professor Edwards, gave a lecture, ‘Bob Edwards and IVF: The early days’, at a symposium in his honour at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Watch the video here.

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Sex Before the Sexual Revolution

October 2010

Congratulations to Simon Szreter and Kate Fisher on the publication of Sex Before the Sexual Revolution: Intimate Life in England, 1918–1963 by Cambridge University Press. The book is based on extensive oral histories and is rich in policy implications.

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PhD Studentship

September 2010

The ‘Generation to Reproduction’ programme has advertised a doctoral studentship. We also welcome applications from students wishing to be nominated, in any field of the history of medicine, for the Wellcome Trust’s annual doctoral studentship competition, or for a quota master’s award to take the MPhil in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine.

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Population seminars at the Faculty of Classics

September 2010

A series of seminars on ‘Population’ in the Ancient World will be held on Mondays at 5.15pm in Room G.21, Faculty of Classics, from 11 October.

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Seriality and scientific objects

August 2010

Nick Hopwood, Simon Schaffer and Jim Secord have edited a special double issue of History of Science on ‘Seriality and scientific objects in the nineteenth century’. This was prepared through workshops held in the Department between 2007 and 2009.

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Darwin in communication

August 2010

The British Council’s ‘Darwin now’ network between Peking University and the University of Cambridge co-sponsored a conference on ‘Darwin in communication’ in Beijing on 26–28 August. Haiyan Yang, Guosheng Wu and Jim Secord organized the event, at which Jim Moore, Tim Lewens, Nick Hopwood and Peter Bowler also spoke.

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PhD studentships

July 2010

Congratulations to Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, who has been awarded one of the PhD studentships attached to our Wellcome Trust strategic award for a project on history of pregnancy testing, and to Dmitriy Myelnikov, who has won a doctoral studentship in the Trust’s annual competition to work on the history of genetically modified mice.

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Funding human conception research

July 2010

Martin Johnson and colleagues have a paper in Human Reproduction about why the MRC refused Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe funding for the research that eventually led to the birth of the first ‘test-tube baby’, Louise Brown. John Biggers (Harvard) wrote an editorial about the article, which was also featured in the Independent on Sunday, New Scientist and New Statesman. Along with a [...]

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Historians of science and medicine appointed to the History Faculty

June 2010

Congratulations to Sujit Sivasundaram and Emma Spary, both trained in HPS, on their appointments as lecturers in the Faculty of History. Two other newly-hired historians, Felicitas Becker and Alexandra Walsham, also have medical historical interests.

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New appointment

June 2010

Congratulations to Siân Pooley, who has been appointed Teaching Associate in the Modern Economic and Social History of Britain in the History Faculty. Funded by our strategic award, Dr Pooley will cover Simon Szreter’s teaching in 2010–11, while he is on leave researching the effects of venereal diseases on the British fertility decline.

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Research network on Economies of Reproduction

May 2010

A research network on Economies of Reproduction has been launched with the support of the German Research Foundation. It will promote ‘Interdisciplinary Research on the Past and Present of Human Reproduction, 1750–2010′. We congratulate Florence Vienne and her colleagues and look forward to lively exchange. Sarah Franklin, Zeynep Gürtin-Broadbent and Nick Hopwood are already associated with the [...]

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Research and teaching associate in Early Modern Medicine

May 2010

Congratulations to Karin Ekholm, who has been appointed as a Research and Teaching Associate in Early Modern Medicine. The post runs for two years from January 2011, and is funded jointly from the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award on Generation to Reproduction and by the Newton Trust. Karin is completing a PhD at the University of Indiana on [...]

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Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship 2010–12: Science, Medicine and Society in Africa

April 2010

Congratulations to Ruth Prince who has been appointed as Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow jointly in the Centre of African Studies and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. She will take up the position in October 2010 and will be based in the Centre of African Studies.

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Wellcome research fellowship

March 2010

Congratulations to Rohan Deb Roy, who has been awarded a Wellcome research fellowship, starting in January 2011, to work on ‘Insects: British Empire, knowledge networks and the making of medical entomology, 1850–1920′.

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Wellcome research fellowship in Classics

March 2010

Congratulations to David Leith for his award of a Wellcome research fellowship to work on ‘The fragments of Asclepiades of Bithynia’ in the Faculty of Classics from September 2010.

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Wellcome major grant for Casebooks Project

January 2010

Congratulations to Lauren Kassell, who has been awarded a major grant from the Wellcome Trust for ‘The Casebooks Project: Simon Forman and Richard Napier’s Medical Records, 1596–1634′. The award consists of postdoctoral awards to John Young, Robert Ralley and Michael Hawkins, backed with equipment and other expenses, to assist in development and completion of the [...]

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Wellcome Lecture

December 2009

‘Divorcing sex and reproduction: the discussion of artificial insemination in Britain, 1918–1948′, the Fifth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine, was given by Angus McLaren (University of Victoria) on Thursday 3 December 2009. Professor McLaren also led a workshop discussion on the same day.

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Wellcome research fellowship

December 2009

Congratulations to Jenny Rampling, who has been awarded a Wellcome research fellowship, starting in January 2010, to work on ‘Medicine and the making of English alchemy, 1300–1700′.

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Wellcome History newsletter

December 2009

Issue 42 of the Wellcome History newsletter contains a feature article by Salim Al-Gailani on ‘Teratology and the Clinic’, a 10-page section about our Generation to Reproduction strategic award, a piece on Making Visible Embryos and a review by Richard Barnett.

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Wellcome research fellowship

October 2009

Congratulations to Vanessa Heggie, who has been awarded a Wellcome research fellowship with matching funding from the Isaac Newton Trust to work on ‘Higher, colder, further: extreme physiology and endurance’.

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‘Generation to Reproduction’ strategic award: appointments

October 2009

The first three appointments have been made to positions on our Wellcome strategic award in the history of medicine on the theme Generation to Reproduction. Dr Francis Neary joins the team as events and outreach officer. He is a historian of science with much outreach experience, most recently the successful ‘Darwin the Geologist’ exhibition at the Sedgwick [...]

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Reproduction workshop

October 2009

The Cambridge Interdisciplinary Reproduction Forum held its fifth Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction on 30 October 2009 at CRASSH.

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Casebooks database online

September 2009

The pilot study of The Casebooks Project: Simon Forman and Richard Napier’s Medical Records, 1596–1634 is now complete. Lauren Kassell directed the project and Rob Ralley and Peter Forshaw worked as Research Associates. The pilot has generated a database of Simon Forman’s casebooks, 1596–1603. We are now seeking funding for the full project. The pilot was supported by [...]

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Best article

July 2009

Vanessa Heggie’s article ‘”Only the British appear to be making a fuss”: the science of success and the myth of amateurism at the Mexico Olympiad, 1968′ in Sport In History (vol. 28, pp. 213–235) has jointly won that journal’s award for best article of the year.

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Strategic award

June 2009

The University of Cambridge has secured major funding in the history of medicine from the Wellcome Trust. A strategic award of £785,000 for five years from 1 October 2009 will allow a cross-disciplinary group of researchers to take a concerted approach tothe history of reproduction.

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PhD Studentship

June 2009

Congratulations to Elisabeth Ritter (McGill University), who has been awarded a PhD studentship by the University’s Centre for Trophoblast Research in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience. Beginning in spring 2010, Martin Johnson and Nick Hopwood will supervise a project on the history of the placenta in the twentieth century.

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Wellcome doctoral studentship

June 2009

Congratulations to Jenny Bangham (HPS MPhil this year), who has been awarded a Wellcome doctoral studentship to work on ‘Blood groups between transfusion testing, population genetics and anthropology: Arthur Mourant and human diversity in postwar Britain’.

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New job

June 2009

Congratulations to Laurence Totelin on her appointment to a lectureship in Ancient History at the School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff University, to start in September 2009.

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Workshop

April 2009

A workshop on Seriality and scientific objects in the age of capital and empire, 1848–1919 was held in the Department on 22–23 April 2009. Organized by Nick Hopwood, Simon Schaffer and Jim Secord, it was funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Society’s research network on ‘History of scientific objects’ and the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group.

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Wellcome research fellowship

March 2009

Congratulations to Natalie Kaoukji, who has been awarded a Wellcome research fellowship, starting in October 2009, to work on ‘Reading and writing the prolongation of life’.

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Workshop

March 2009

A one-day international workshop on Ancient Greek and Roman Scientific, Medical and Technical Writing was held at Newnham College on 21 March.

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Wellcome Lecture

December 2008

‘Making the invisible visible: the hidden history of families, schools, civil rights, media and science in the production of learning disabilities’, the Fourth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine, was given by Rayna Rapp (New York University) on Thursday 4 December 2008. Professor Rapp also led a discussion earlier in the day.

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Ischia Summer School

November 2008

Nick Hopwood is a director of the Eleventh Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences, which takes place at Villa Dohrn, Ischia, Italy, from 28 June to 5 July 2009. The theme is ‘From Generation to Reproduction: Knowledge and Techniques from the Renaissance to the Present Day’. The deadline for applications is 31 [...]

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PhD Studentship

November 2008

The University’s Centre for Trophoblast Research aims to fund up to three PhD studentships starting in October 2009, with Martin H. Johnson and Nick Hopwood offering a project on the history of the placenta since 1750.

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Reproduction workshop

November 2008

An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction was held at CRASSH on Friday 14 November 2008.

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New pilot project

October 2008

The Wellcome Trust has awarded Lauren Kassell funding for a pilot study for ‘The Casebooks Project: An On-line Edition, Database and Image Archive of Simon Forman’s and Richard Napier’s Astrological Casebooks, 1596–1634′. The pilot project will database Forman’s records (1596–1601) and develop an application for funding for the full project. Peter Forshaw and Rob Ralley are Senior [...]

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New job

October 2008

Congratulations to Tatjana Buklijas on gaining a research fellowship at the Liggins Institute in Auckland, New Zealand. We are very grateful to Tatjana for her major contribution to research, teaching, organization and outreach over the last several years, most recently through the Making Visible Embryos exhibition. We wish her well and look forward to her continuing association with the [...]

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Online exhibition

October 2008

The Department is pleased to announce the launch of an online exhibition, Making Visible Embryos. Designed and written by Tatjana Buklijas and Nick Hopwood, it was funded by our Wellcome enhancement award in the history of medicine.

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Workshop

June 2008

A workshop on Seriality and scientific objects in an age of revolution, 1780–1848 was held in the Department on 16–17 June 2008. Organized by Nick Hopwood, Simon Schaffer and Jim Secord, it was funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Max Planck Society’s research network on ‘History of scientific objects’ and the Cambridge Victorian Studies Group.

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New appointment

April 2008

Congratulations to Richard Barnett, who has been appointed a Teaching Associate in the history of modern medicine and science. He will be joining us in September from the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL.

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Wellcome research fellowship

March 2008

Congratulations to Elma Brenner, who has been awarded a Wellcome research fellowship to work on ‘Leprosy and society in Rouen, c. 1100–1500′. She will be joining us in October.

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Workshop

March 2008

A workshop on Ancient Greek and Roman medical and scientific writing was held at Newnham College on 15 March 2008.

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Conference

March 2008

The ‘Missing Link’: medicine in late antiquity and the early middle ages was held at King’s College on 8 March 2008.

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Conference

February 2008

Secrets and knowledge: medicine, science and commerce, 1500–1800 was held at CRASSH on 15–16 February 2008.

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Wellcome research fellowship

January 2008

Congratulations to Hilary Powell, who has been awarded a Wellcome research fellowship to work on ‘The hagiography of healing: miracle narratives as discourses on disease and disability’. She will be joining us from Oxford in July.

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New pilot project

December 2007

The Wellcome Trust has awarded Martin Johnson (Physiology, Development and Neuroscience), Nick Hopwood (HPS) and Sarah Franklin (LSE) support for a pilot project on mammalian embryology, and especially human IVF, in the UK since 1945.

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Reproduction workshop

November 2007

An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Reproduction was held at CRASSH on Friday 16 November 2007.

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Wellcome Lecture

November 2007

‘Proving a negative? How important was sexual abstinence during the fertility decline?’, the Third Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine, was given by Simon Szreter (St John’s College) on Thursday 29 November 2007.

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Workshop

September 2007

Tatjana Buklijas and Maryon McDonald (Social Anthropology) co-organised a Leverhulme-funded workshop on ‘Anatomy in context’ at which Andrew Cunningham, Nick Hopwood and Ruth Richardson also spoke.

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AHRC doctoral studentship

September 2007

Congratulations to Nick Whitfield (HPS MPhil, 2006) on being awarded an AHRC doctoral studentship to work on ‘Blood donation in London, 1930s–1970s’.

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