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June Newsletter

Posted by C3W Admin on June 29 2022

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Welcome to the June edition of our newsletter, where you will find the latest research findings, activities and events.

This edition has

  • New posts available at Humboldt
  • Upcoming events
  • The latest blog posts
  • Congratulations to Liang



Two postdoctoral positions have been advertised at Humboldt University for the ERC Starting Grant “Socialist Medicine: An Alternative Global Health History”. The positions are for 3 years each, starting on October 1, 2022. Fellows will be working with Prof. Dora Vargha. Applications are due on July 25, 2022, see the advertisement for the posts here


At the end of April Sarah Marks co-hosted a workshop with Hannah Blythe in Boston, USA on ‘Recovery, Remission and Rehabilitation in Mental Health’ to develop articles for a forthcoming special issue of History of the Human Sciences.

On 11th May, 2022 Sarah Marks participated in a roundtable reflecting on what historians of science can learn by researching the history of international scientific conferences at The Science Museum as part of an event organised as part of the HERA-funded project ‘The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural and Political History’ 
On 3rd June, 2022 Sarah Marks participated in a panel event at the University of Birmingham reflecting on the difficult histories of conversion and aversion ‘therapies’ and unethical practices to ‘treat’ sexual reorientation and gender non-conformism in the past and today, in the UK and globally, including in socialist Eastern Europe, and with current attempts towards mandating ‘conversion therapy’ in contemporary Ghana. The video of the discussion can be viewed
here. Along with colleagues from the Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Surrey and Central Lancashire, Sarah has been awarded a Wellcome Trust/SSHM Network Grant to conduct further research and engagement in relation to psychiatry, psychology and the LGBTQ+ community and histories of conversion ‘therapies’.

On 16th-17th June, 2022 Sarah Marks co-hosted a 2-day event at Birkbeck, ‘Art and Psychotherapy: A Critical Workshop’ bringing together historians of psychiatry, historians of art, clinical practitioners, artists and people with lived experience. This included a presentation of her own research on art, psychedelics and psychiatry in Communist Czechoslovakia in transnational context.

Dates for your Diary

6th July, 2022 – Dora Vargha will present “Social or Socialist? Ideology, Biomedicine, and Healthcare beyond the Iron Curtain” at the Forschungskolloquium zur Geschichte des Wissens, Humboldt Universität zu BerlinIn July, David Bannister and Sarah Marks will be travelling to Ghana to conduct oral history and archival research in Accra, the Volta Region and Tamale, with funding for an oral history witness seminar from Birkbeck’s Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund to be hosted at the University of Health and Allied Sciences. They will also both present at the Ghana Studies Association Annual Conference at the University of Development Studies in Tamale, 18th-20th July, 2022, where they have co-organised a panel with Dr Sam Bugri on ‘Connections and Exchange: Networks in Ghanaian healthcare from 1957 to the present’, and David will also present a paper ‘Spraying for a century: the afterlife of disease control programmes in northern Ghana, 1920-2020’ on the panel ‘Historical and Contemporary Approaches to the Environment’. Sarah will present on the history of psychotherapies and clinical psychology on the panel ‘Mental health in Ghana at a crossroads’. 

Latest from the Blog


Sarah Howard has been having adventures at the archives, so has decided to write a series of blogs on it. The first one is here and we are looking forward to hearing about future delves into the archives.

Sebastian Fonseca has written a great overview of the seminar held recently, you can watch the video by clicking the picture above.


Listen to Dora Vargha take part in The Inquiry – How do pandemics end? a BBC World Service programme. Other guests are Dr Margaret Harris, Spokesperson, World Health Organisation, Nicholas Christakis, Professor of Social and Natural Science, Yale University and Aris Katzourakis, Professor of Evolution and Genomics, University of Oxford. They were talking to Sandra Kanthal

Writing retreats and Research Progress

Congratulations to Liang Wan for passing his PhD upgrade! Liang is a PhD Student on the project and his research focuses on scientization, institutionalization and popularization of the acupuncture in Maoist China.

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