Insights Lectures: A Shared Struggle – Experimentation, Knowledge and Empire

Sat, 13 January 2024 Doors open 10am; Lectures start 10.30am

There were huge leaps in the discovery and understanding of the treatment of disease in the New Atlantic world of the 19th century, but what was the true human cost of these developments? Professor Manuel Barcia scrutinises the exchanges and debates had among medical practitioners of the time, and how through practices that included experimenting with human bodies, these ultimately led to new ways of controlling and dominating entire populations.

Our Speakers

Dr Alexia Moncrieff tells the story of disability and migration in the British Empire in the aftermath of the First World War. She will explore the ways that gender and respectability shaped the care provided to ex-servicemen and discuss the changing relationship between the veteran and the state.

Prof. Manuel Barcia is a scholar on the field of Atlantic and Slavery Studies. He has published extensively on the subjects of slave resistance, slave rebellion and on the transfers of West African warfare knowledge to the Americas. Dr Alexia Moncrieff is a Lecturer in Modern Global History at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on health and medical histories of the global First World War, with a particular focus on Australia and the British Empire.

Our Insights Lecture series takes place on select Saturday mornings. They form a core element of our Talks and Lates programme designed to spark debate around subjects large and small, whilst exploring the advances that have shaped the way we look after ourselves, and each other.

All tickets include mid-morning refreshments and full access to the museum. Students go free –  contact [email protected] to book your place. 

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