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Speaker, Chair and Panel Convenor Biographies

In alphabetical order

David Arnold is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Warwick. He has published widely on the history of disease and medicine in colonial India, on crime and policing, environmental history and the history of science. His work includes Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India (1993), The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze: India, Landscape, and Science, 1800-1856 (2006), and Everyday Technology: Machines and the Making of India’s Modernity (2013).

Roberta Bivins is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Warwick and the current Director of Warwick’s Centre for the History of Medicine. She has a long-term interest in the communication of expert knowledge – particularly scientific and medical knowledge – across cultural boundaries and to non-expert audiences. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, Roberta has spent the last decade studying the impacts of immigration and ethnicity on postwar British health, medical research and practice. She also convenes the trans-sector and trans-disciplinary IDEA Collaboration ( for improving the delivery of ethnically appropriate research, practice and policies in healthcare.

Tom Broman is Professor of History of Science and History of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of The Transformation of German Academic Medicine, 1750-1820 (1996) and, with Lynn Nyhart, the editor of Science and Civil Society (2002). He has also written numerous articles on the concept of the public in historiography, and has also written on the history of expertise. He is currently writing a general survey of science in the Enlightenment.

Catherine Cox is a Lecturer in Medical History at University College Dublin and Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, which she co-founded in 2006. She is author of Negotiating Insanity in the Southeast of Ireland (Manchester University Press, 2012), and has co-edited Cultures of Care in Irish Medical History, 1750-1970 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) with Maria Luddy and Migration, Health and Ethnicity in the Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) with Hilary Marland. She is currently working with Hilary Marland on two projects: a Wellcome Trust funded project on Irish migration and mental illness in nineteenth-century Lancashire and a new Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award ‘Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000’.

David Hardiman is a founder-member of the Subaltern Studies group, and has published many articles in Subaltern Studies, and edited Volume 8. He is the author of Peasant Nationalists of Gujarat: Kheda District 1917-1934 (OUP 1981), The Coming of the Devi: Adivasi Assertion in Western India (OUP 1987), Feeding the Baniya: Peasants and Usurers in Western India (OUP 1996), Gandhi in His Time and Ours (Permanent Black 2003), Histories for the Subordinated (Permanent Black 2006), and Missionaries and their Medicine: A Christian Modernity for Tribal India (Manchester University Press 2008). He is Emeritus Professor of History of the University of Warwick.

Sarah Hodges works on the social and cultural history of modern South Asia, specifically the politics of health in colonial and postcolonial India (particularly the Tamil-speaking south). Her interests lie at the intersection of a number of fields: modern South Asian history, anthropology, urban history and the history of science, technology and medicine. She is currently finishing a book about the waste economies of medical garbage in Chennai, India, titled: ‘Throwaway Medicine: The Material Afterlives of Healthcare in India and Elsewhere.

Frank Huisman is Professor in the History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. He is also a member of the Descartes Center for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities and Past President of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health. He has published on medical historiography, quackery and the cultural authority of medicine, and is the author of Stadsbelang en standsbesef, a local case study of early modern Dutch health care. He has co-edited Locating Medical History (with John Harley Warner) and Health and Citizenship (with Harry Oosterhuis). He is now working on a book exploring the transformation of Dutch health care between 1880 and 1940.

Claire Jones' research centres on the cultural, economic and social history of medicine and health in modern Britain, with particular emphases on the relationship between medicine and commerce, and the ways in which this relationship affects professional social structures, ethics, and technologies. She has previously held research positions at the Universities of Warwick and Huddersfield and is about to start as research associate at King’s College London, following two years as Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Leeds. Her first monograph on the development of medical industry in Britain entitled The Medical Trade Catalogue in Britain, 1870-1914 has just been published.

Colin Jones was a Professor in Warwick University's History Department from 1996 to 2006, and helped establish the Centre. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, immediate past president of the Royal Historical Society and Officier dans les palmes académiques. He currently teaches at Queen Mary University of London. His research interests, which extend beyond the history of medicine, focus on eighteenth-century France, with particular reference to the French Revolution. He is the author and editor of numerous books. He is currently working on a project on the French Revolutionary Terror, on a Leverhulme Trust Major Fellowship. His book, The Smile Revolution in 18th-century Paris, published by Oxford University Press, will appear this summer.

Rina Knoeff is Senior Researcher at the University of Groningen. She works on the history of the body in the Enlightenment, with special reference to the influential medicine of the Dutch Boerhaavians. She recently completed a project on the Leiden University anatomical collections. She authored Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738). Calvinist Chemist and Physician (Amsterdam, 2002) and articles on the history of early modern Dutch medicine.

Vicky Long is Senior Lecturer in Health History at Glasgow Caledonian University, and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, a collaboration between Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities. She is the author of The Rise and Fall of the Healthy Factory: The Politics of Industrial Health in Britain, 1914-60 (Palgrave, 2011) and Destigmatising Mental Illness? Professional Politics and Public Education in Britain, 1870-1970 (Manchester University Press, 2014). Vicky is currently a co-investigator on the Wellcome Trust funded project, ‘Disability and Industrial Society: a Comparative Cultural History of British Coalfields, 1780-1948’. Her research examines modern British history, the history of health services and histories of work, and she has published articles on these topics in Medical History, Social History of Medicine, Journal of British Studies and Twentieth Century British History.

Hilary Marland is Professor of History at Warwick, and was Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine from its founding in 1998, until 2008 as well as PI on the CHM's two Strategic Awards. She recently published Health and Girlhood in Britain, 1874-1920 (Palgrave, 2013) and is currently working on a project on household medicine in 19th-century Britain, focusing in particular on recipe collections and chemists' prescription books. Together with Dr Catherine Cox, she is also working on a Wellcome Trust sponsored project on Irish migration and mental illness 1850-1921; aside from producing a number of articles and an edited volume based on this research, the project is collaborating with Talking Birds theatre company on 'A Malady of Migration', which will be performed in June and July in Coventry and Dublin. Again with Catherine, Hilary is PI on a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, which will commence in October 2014 on prisoners, medicine and entitlement to health in England and Ireland, 1850-2000.

Alex Mold is a Senior Lecturer in History at the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has published on the history of illegal drugs and patient consumerism in Britain. She is now engaged in a project on the place of the public in post-war British public health, funded by a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities New Investigator Award.

Projit Bihari Mukharji is Martin Meyerson Asst. Prof in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He studied at Presidency College, JNU and SOAS and is the author of Nationalizing the Body: The Medical Market, Print and Daktari Medicine (Anthem 2009). He also co-edited Situating Subaltern Therapeutics (Routledge 2012) alongside David Hardiman.

Dan O’Connor, PhD, is Head of Humanities and Social Science at the Wellcome Trust. He was formerly faculty at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in Baltimore, USA, where his research focused on the ethical issues that arise in the use of social and digital media in healthcare. He has also published on body modification, research regulations and the ethics of performance enhancing drugs. He did his doctorate at the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick more years ago than he cares to remember.

Volker Roelcke M.D., Ph.D, completed his medical training at Heidelberg University in 1984. After taking a M.Phil.-degree in Social Anthropology in 1988 at Cambridge University/UK, he completed a post-graduate qualification in clinical psychiatry. Since 1992, he has specialized in the history of medicine, working in medical history departments at the universities of Bonn, Lübeck, and Giessen. In 1997, he completed his Habilitation/ Ph.D. in medical history. From 1998 to 1999, he was research fellow in the Max Planck Society’s research program on the Kaiser Wilhelm Society during the Nazi period. In 2003, he was appointed full professor of medical history at Giessen University. In 2011, Volker Roelcke was elected as member of the Leopoldina – German National Academy of Sciences. His focuses of research are: Psychiatry in the 19th and 20th century, relations between eugenics and medical genetics, history and ethics of human subject research, history of the ‘animal model’ in medical research, history of anthropological concepts in 20th century medicine. He is Professor and Chair of the Institute for the History of Medicine, Giessen University, Germany

Mathew Thomson is a Reader in the Department of History at the University of Warwick and a member of Warwick's Centre for the History of Medicine. He completed a PhD on the emergence of concern about the 'feeble-minded' in Britain, and this was later published as The Problem of Mental Deficiency: Eugenics, Democracy and Social Policy in Britain, 1870-1959 (Oxford, 1998). His first academic appointment, supported by a Wellcome University Award was at the University of Sheffield from 1993-8. From there he moved to a post in modern British history at Warwick. Here he completed a study on the popularisation of psychological thought and practice in twentieth-century Britain, published as Psychological Subjects: Identity, Health and Culture in Twentieth-Century Britain (Oxford, 2006). Since then, he has published on Britain's first psychoanalyst David Eder, he has undertaken research on the history of student health, and he has been involved in a collaborative project that has begun to chart a history of recent mental health care policy. Recently, he published a new book on fears about child well being in post-war Britain: Lost Freedom: The Landscape of the Child and the British Post-War Settlement (Oxford, 2013). Recently, he has been involved in developing a project on the cultural history of the NHS. He also occasionally returns to a longer-term project on the life and work of Geoffrey Gorer.

Tania Anne Woloshyn is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Medical Humanities, based in the Centre for the History of Medicine (2012-15). Her research on the history and visual culture of light therapy has been published in Medical Humanities and Social History of Medicine as well as in various edited volumes on medical and art histories. She is currently writing her first monograph, Soaking up the Rays: The Materialisation of Light Therapy in Britain, c.1890-1940.