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"Social biology and progressive politics in mid-twentieth-century Britain." The William Bynum Lecture 2016

Wednesday 30 November 2016, 5.30PM to 7.30pm

Speaker(s): Dr Chris Renwick (Senior Lecturer in Modern History, University of York).

The 2016 William Bynum Lecture is hosted and organised by the History of Medicine Society, and supported by Cambridge University Press and the Centre for Global Health Histories. 

The lecture will draw on the research carried out by Dr. Chris Renwick, Senior Lecturer in Modern History, which is part of a project entitled, “Biology, Social Science, and History: Past, Present, and Future Interactions." This research consists of a collection of early and mid-20th century projects involving biologists, demographers, social scientists and medical professionals who helped to create the modern understanding of ideas such as social mobility.

The aim of this meeting is to focus on how these projects have helped to create the modern sense of social democracy and the opportunities that have come with it, as well as why this is important in the history of Britain and the second half of the 20th century. During his lecture, Dr. Chris Renwick will outline some of the research mentioned above and will also explore the early and mid-20th century scientific foundations for political and social life within Britain. Time will be made available at the end for questions and answers. 

You can find out more about Dr. Renwick's research and his recent publications through his university webpage.

This lecture is accompanied by words from Dr. Julie Papworth (President of the History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine) and Prof. William Bynum (Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine, University College London and Founding Director of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine). 

This lecture is open to the public. There is also a dinner available for pre-booked delegates. You can find information about ticket prices (with reduced rates for RSM members) on the Royal Society of Medicine website

A full list of CGHH's autumn 2016 events is now available: Autumn Term Events 2016 (PDF  , 290kb)

Location: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London.

Admission: This is a ticketed event. Various options are available, please see the link in the description.