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A man vaccinating a small girl, other girls with loosened bodices wait their turn apprehensively. Gouache by L. Calkin, ca. 1901. Credit: Wellcome CollectionPublic Domain Mark

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

This edition has
  • News
  • Publications
  • Upcoming events




Sarah Howard successfully applied for Career Development funding from Birkbeck-Wellcome’s ISSF Fund, which she will use to study Amharic at SOAS in early 2023.


7th November – Sarah Marks and Sarah Howard were discussants on oral history interviews in Africa for Connecting Three Worlds for the Commoning Biomedicine workshop series at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

11th November Dora Vargha gave this year’s Guggenheim-Schnurr lecture at the annual meeting of the Swiss Society for the History of Medicine and Science at the University of Bern. Dora’s talk, Uses of the Pandemic Past: Histories of Covid-19 addressed science communication and the political stakes of historical representations of epidemics in public discourse.

17th – 20th November – Connecting Three Worlds had a strong presence at the History of Science Society’s annual meeting in Chicago, both in person and virtually. The panel ‘Biomedicine in Socialist Contexts’, organised and chaired by Dora Vargha included a presentation by Sebastian Fonseca, whose talk, Reframing biomedical education – the struggle against global diplomacy by the Latin American social medicine analysed the space created in medical education for advocation of social medicine reforms and leftist ideas. Edna Suárez-Diaz focused on scientific knowledge production and laboratory technologies employed by a network of Third World scientists in her paper The 1960s revolution: electrophoresis and blood diseases in the Third World. Collaborator Gisela Mateos participated in a roundtable discussing John Krige’s new volume Knowledge Flows in a Global Age: A Transnational Approach. 


Dates for your Diary

On December 1, 2022, Dora Vargha will give an online talk at Shanghai University titled Socialist medicine: the history of global health from the socialist world’s perspective.
Science Diplomacy and Science in Times of War
Institute’s Colloquium 2022-23 of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Dora Vargha is organiser of this year’s Institute’s Colloquium at the MPIWG. The series is dedicated to the rethinking of science and scientific knowledge in times of peace and in times of crises and war. Within this framework, the colloquium series will interrogate the history and concepts of “science diplomacy,” its applicability across time and space; limits and opportunities of scientific cooperation across borders, cultural and national contexts, fluctuating between peace and war; legitimation of using science and scientists as means of sanctions and geopolitical tools; and if we should differentiate between politically and diplomatically usable science and politically/diplomatically irrelevant science, reminiscent of Nobel laureate Henry Dale’s distinction between peaceful “normal science” and “abnormal” war science?
The Colloquium is held in a hybrid format and open to all, you can find the program and registration information for online and in-person participation here: 
On January 26-27, 2023, Exeter University will be hosting a two-day symposium on Healing disruption: other histories of intoxication and ‘addiction’. The event is part of Maziyar Ghiabi’s Wellcome Trust University Award Living ‘addiction’ in states of disruption: a transdisciplinary approach to drug consumption and recovery in the Middle East (2021-26). The symposium hosts researchers from across the global North and South and invites them to respond to the following question: What do the states (and concepts) of intoxication and ‘addiction’ look like within/without the Western world and its historical interactions of capitalism and empire? Participants will be asked to rethink and unthink drugs histories and politics in dialogue with epistemological, ontological, and cosmological approaches grounded in empirical inquiries into localised cultural environments and political times.

Postdoc Lu Chen is involved in organizing the Wellcome Centre’s seminar series for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The series is composed of 5 independent seminars, including:

15th September, 2022 

Trauma, justice and the human condition.

Speakers: Haley Peckham

Daniel Wolstencroft

Recording will be uploaded to the YouTube channel soon 

Upcoming events

20th January, 2023 

Death by welfare 

China Mills

18th February, 2023

Religions and global health 


Fabian Winiger

Benjamin Bronnert Walker–benjamin-contributor-120879.php

Erminia Colucci

In addition, collaborating with the Wellcome Centre for Ethic and Humanities at the University of Oxford and the charity Flourishing Diversity, the centre’s seminars has also featured a four-part series entitled ‘Physical, Mental, & Planetary Health’ Working. The series aims to bring together voices from all over the world to explore humanity’s interconnection with lands, waters, forests, and fellow species, highlighting the crucial role that biocultural diversity plays in the health of people and populations.

The first session “Health of People, Health of the Planet: A Diversity of Perspectives” was held at 20th October, the recording will be uploaded to the Wellcome centre’s YouTube channel 

The next session Climate Change & Mental Health: Exploring Responses Across Cultures will be held on 17th November 3:00 pm (UK time) 

Join us and our panel as they explore the relationship between climate change and mental health and how culture, politics and history modulate this interaction.

Mental health refers not just to mental illness or psychiatric disorders but also includes emotional resilience and psychosocial well-being. Both the drivers and consequences of climate change threaten mental health. Still, risk and exposure are unequally distributed, with certain groups disproportionately affected depending on socioeconomic status, gender, age and other factors. This webinar explores the different frameworks used to make sense of and address this complex interaction.


Elaine C. Flores is a mixed-methods researcher, a Peruvian Medical doctor and a Research fellow in Planetary Health at the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health at LSHTM and the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. She is a co-Principal Investigator in the Environment x Women’s Health project – ExWH and she is interested in the associated impacts on mental health of climatic events, especially for those already marginalised and with a gender scope.

David Finnigan is a writer, performer and game designer from Ngunnawal country in Australia. He works with climate and earth scientists and creates performances and games about climate change and planetary transformation. His most recent show, You’re Safe Til 2024: Deep History appeared at the Barbican in October 2022.

Ayesha Ahmad is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health at St. Georges University of London. She holds a PhD in medical ethics and works to integrate ethics and the humanities into global health research and pedagogy. She is an expert in transcultural psychiatry and cross-cultural mental health, with a focus on contexts of conflict and humanitarian crisis resulting from disasters including environmental change. In her work, Dr Ahmad critically explores the notion of land trauma, as it is juxtaposed with a medicalised and biomedical paradigm of a temporal understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Chair: Lovro Savic a student at Ethox investigating characteristics and moral permissibility of different public health measures aimed at protecting and promoting mental health and well-being at the public and population level.

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Maziyar Ghiabi published two special journal issues:

a.    ‘In/Beyond the Colony: Writing Drugs in the South’ (Social History of Alcohol and Drugs) guest-edited by Maziyar Ghiabi (Exeter) and Thembisa Waetjen (Johannesburg), in Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (U of Chicago Press);
b.    ‘The Everyday Lives of Drugs’ edited by Maziyar Ghiabi, in Third World Quarterly Vol. 43 (11).

Sarah Howard, Sebastian Fonseca and David Bannister have submitted revisions for their chapter for the Routledge Handbook of Anthropology and Global Health, now retitled: ‘Countering Amnesia: The Importance of History and Anthropology in Global Health’.

A bibliographical essay by Dora Vargha and Imogen Wilkins titled “Vaccination and Pandemics” has been published on Isis Current Bibliography’s special issue Pandemics, edited by Stephen P. Weldon and Neeraja Sankaran, you can read the essay here.

An AHR Conversations roundtable will be addressing the pandemic in the upcoming issue of the American Historical Review (Issue 3, 2022). Dora Vargha has contributed to the conversation with a piece on how we might rethink the way we write histories of global health in light of the pandemic. 

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