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  • Modern British Studies Conference 2015, Birmingham

    The Modern British Studies Conference took place in Birmingham earlier this month. Its mission was to bring together scholars working on humanities projects around modern Britain. And, perhaps most importantly, to sketch out what exactly “Modern British Studies” is. What sort of time periods? What disciplines? Who will be part of this, where is it ...

  • Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals: Conference Report

    Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals: Conference ReportOrganised in conjunction with two Oxford based projects, one on the ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ and the other on ‘Constructing Scientific Communities’, this one day conference probed the meaning, value and content of the nineteenth century medical periodical. With panels on methods; the periodical and its audiences; women in medical periodicals; as well as libraries ...

  • BSE: A medical and political crisis?

    BSE: A medical and political crisis?While the “BSE crisis” was not a specific event that can be pinned down to a particular day or year, it was one of the stories on the news that I remember vividly as a kid. Concerns had been raised about the safety of food in the past – such as salmonella in eggs1 – ...