The Centre regularly hosts academic visitors from around the world. While they are with us, visitors engage in conversations about their work with staff and students as well as getting involved in our rich programme of events. A list of recent visitors and the projects they have worked on can be found below.
Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin
Funded by the Wellcome Trust
Visiting 1st May – 30th May 2018
Working on perceptions and experiences of alcoholism and its treatment in Ireland, c. 1890-1970
I visited the Centre for History in Public Health (CHiPH) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in May 2018 as part of my 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship funded by the Wellcome Trust. My post-doctoral project, which is entitled ‘Alcohol, Medicine and Irish Society, c. 1890-1970’, explores medical and lay perceptions and experiences of alcoholism and its treatment in Ireland. By exploring historical sources, it aims to better understand and contextualise Irish society’s relationship with alcohol today.
At the time of my visit, I was developing an ‘Alcohol and Drugs History’ module for third year students at University College Dublin. Both my conversations with members of CHiPH and the excellent resources available at the Wellcome Library were a great help in this regard. While in London, I met regularly with members of the Centre, including resident experts in addiction history, Professor Virginia Berridge and Dr Alex Mold, who provided generous guidance on my postdoctoral project, my future career pursuits and paths for engagement with the international alcohol, drugs and addiction history community. I attended three seminars at the vibrant CHiPH seminar series, which I have arranged to present at in the near future, and a private meeting for Centre members where I was given the opportunity to briefly present my research and learned about the various research stands and work taking place in CHiPH. I was also invited to return to CHiPH for their ‘Publics and their Health: Historical Perspectives, Future Directions’ conference which I attended in June 2018.
Universidad de A Coruña
Funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the EU-ERDF
Visiting for two short periods: 18th – 22nd April 2017 and 8th to 21st May 2017
Working on the management and construction of the Spanish hospital system from the perspective of economic history: between public and private sectors
Jeronia Pons Pons
Universidad de Serville
Visiting 1st April – 30th June 2017
Working on comparing the inception of the Spanish and British hospital systems.
We visited the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from April to June 2017 thanks to the research project Funding, Management and Construction of the Spanish hospital system from the perspective of economic history: between public and private sectors funded by EU and the Spain´s Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. During this time, we searched for and archived document collections, statistics and bibliography for our project in the British Library and the library of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. We also made good use of the materials kept at the Wellcome Library. This documentation will be fundamental for conducting the research work that will enable the achievement of the objectives set out in the project. The conversations with professors at LSHTM helped us a lot to find new statistical sources and to discover interesting bibliography for our investigation. We would like to thank especially Professor Martin Gorsky for his help. We also attended the workshop entitled Localism, Devolution and Transformation in the NHS. What can we learn from history? Organised by the Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM and the Institute of Public Policy Research. Thanks to the Centre, on 10th May 2017 we made a presentation of the preliminary findings of our research at LSHTM. We are preparing two articles on this topic. Finally, we personally contacted researchers in order to invite them to a workshop entitled Construction, funding and management of the public and private hospital systems of developed countries, which we are organising. This will take place in Seville (Spain) next November 2017.
Funded by Swiss National Science Foundation
21st February 2017 – 31st December 2017. His thesis is about HIV/AIDS and the Swiss gay movement.
I visited the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from February to December 2017 thanks to a Doc. Mobility fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation. These fellowships are for PhD students and postdocs who wish to spend time in a research institution abroad. During my stay in London I was primarily working on my thesis about the Swiss gay movement in the times of HIV/AIDS. It was very worthwhile to learn about research by Centre members. All the discussions helped me to refine the structure and the content of my thesis. This is particularly true for the meetings with Professor Virginia Berridge with whom I met regularly. Also, I had two opportunities to present my project to researchers at LSHTM. The interdisciplinary environment of the school was very interesting for me. At my home institution I am normally among historians and other humanities scholars but here I had more interaction with scientists from other academic branches, for example epidemiologists. To this extent, interdisciplinarity was a new experience for me. I also liked to attend the CHiPH seminars which put me in touch with many interesting public health issues that I was not familiar with due to my social and cultural history background. I also looked at the LSHTM archives services’ holdings concerning AIDS in Switzerland.
Professor in the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, in Rio de Janeiro
Funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Germany
9th January – 3rd February 2017
I visited the Centre for History in Public Health of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine from early January to early February 2017 thanks to a grant from the Gerda Henkel Foundation. While based at the LSHTM I conducted research on the History of AIDS, Global Health and Brazil during the period 1996-2005. The Peter Piot papers held at the LSHTM archive, concerning his time as head of UNAIDS, and the HIV/AIDS materials at the library of the School were crucial for my study. The interaction with professors, graduate students and archivists that generously provided comments and suggestions was very important and, in general, I found a very stimulating academic atmosphere. I also made good use of the materials kept at the Wellcome Library and had conversations with professors at UCL and the University of London, such as Michael Marmot. My research dealt with the complex and contradictory relationship of developing countries, especially Brazil, with multilateral and bilateral organizations. The Brazilian response to AIDS – based on free access to antiretrovirals and holistic prevention programs — inspired programs at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and other international agencies. However, many of these adaptations overemphasized treatment, paid little attention to decriminalization of homophobia, and some mixed health goals with religious priorities (such as the Abstinence and Fidelity programs of evangelical Christians that guided US bilateral aid during the early 21st century). My research explored what might have been lost in the translation of the Brazilian program to global agencies. I am preparing one or two articles in this topic for the end of the year. Thanks to the Centre, on 12th January 2017 I made a presentation of the preliminary findings of my research at LSHTM. I also made a presentation of my work at Exeter University and at the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of London.