Upcoming SSHM Online Events

We are delighted that the SSHM will be hosting a range of online seminars, roundtables and Q&As over the coming weeks. Below are links to each of the Eventbrite sign-ups.

SSHM in conversation with Thomas Bray, Humanities & Social Science, Wellcome

Thursday 24 June, 11am-12pm

We’ll be talking to Tom Bray about Wellcome’s new strategy, its new funding schemes for discovery research, and future opportunities for historians of medicine.

This is also an opportunity for us to ask Tom your questions about Wellcome and about the role of the history of medicine community. Feel free to suggest questions about the purpose of the new strategy, the remit of health-related discovery research, or the eligibility criteria of the new schemes. He will not, however, be able to discuss specific project ideas at this stage.  

Please send your questions for Tom in advance to sshmexecsec@gmail.com by 1pm on Monday 21st June. We’ll do our best to address as many as we can in our conversation.

Registration essential: Book here.

SSHM2021 Online Seminars

25 June 10:00-11:30 (BST)Margaret Hutchinson (Australia): Repatriation, rehabilitation and resilience: caring for ageing WWI veterans in Australia. Ana-Karin Larrson (Sweden): Youth mental health in Swedish medical literature, 1970-2017. Registration essential: Book here.

25 June 13:00-14:30 (BST): Laura Robson-Mainwaring (UK): Thalidomide: limb-fitting centres and patient agency, 1960-1975. Alice Mauger (Ireland): Patient Narratives of Alcohol Addiction in Ireland, c. 1960-2020. Registration essential: Book here.

SSHM Virtual Roundtable“Historians and Pandemic Policies: What role should historians play?”

Registration essential: Book here.

1 July 2021, 15:00-16:30 BST

Organiser/Chair: Dr. Michael Bresalier (Swansea University)


  • Professor Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya (York University)
  • Dr. Mark Honigsbaum (City University of London)
  • Professor Esyllt Jones (University of Manitoba)

This roundtable addresses the role of historians and history in pandemic policies and policy-making. While historians have been called upon and used this moment to provide all manner of perspectives on Covid-19, they have been markedly absent from the discussion, development and assessment of policy-strategies at all levels – national, international, and multilateral. This roundtable is an opportunity to reflect on what role historians can or should play in pandemic policies.

Each contributor will share reflections on the questions below, after which discussion will be open to participants in the roundtable.

  • Why have historical perspectives/research played so little a role in policy responses to the pandemic?
  • What might have been done differently if they had?
  • In what ways can or have historical perspectives and research become part of policy-making agendas? 

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