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The Medicine, Science and Culture (MeSC) Research Interest Group

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The Medicine, Science and Culture (MeSC) research interest group is organised by postgraduates and researchers to provide an open and flexible forum in which members can explore, debate, and critique emerging issues/contours in medical and scientific worlds. The group brings together a number of different disciplines within the social sciences, acknowledging the important relation between medicine and science and debates over increasingly biomedicalised Western societies. The events organised by MeSC will be of interest to those whose research interests lie broadly across the fields of medicine and science. Such events will include presentations (guest and in-house speakers), public workshops, reading group discussion, distributing papers for comment, and/or formulating ideas for symposia and conferences.

MeSC, a branch of the Culture, Imagination and Practice (CIP) research group,  meets once every two months and events are open to academic staff, researchers, postgraduate students, and professionals working within the fields of medical care, health, and science. The group is particularly open to those who want to engage with the significance of medical and scientific discourses, materials and practices for the ideas, identities, subjectivities, meanings and values that underpin contemporary culture, including knowledge itself. We envisage people participating who are engaged with a wide range of theoretical and methodological debates including medical sociology, social studies of knowledge, science and technology, anthropology of science, health and society, and medical anthropology. The primary agenda of MeSC is to exchange ideas, build networks, broaden horizons by promoting trans-disciplinary knowledge, and contribute toward the ongoing concerns of the critical and substantive social study of medicine, health, illness, and science.

Specific research interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches in studies of science and medicine
  • Ethnographic work and methodological innovation in medical settings
  • Clinician-patient, clinician-clinician, and patient-patient interactions
  • Healthcare service providers
  • Professional practice and (medical/scientific) knowledge
  • The social, political, and ethical implications of genetics and medical/nonmedical technologies
  • The ethics of medical and scientific research
  • Medical and scientific cultures
  • The meaning(s) of genetics

MeSC is run by Gareth Thomas, Dr. Rebecca Dimond, and Prof. Joanna Latimer. You are not required to register but if you are interested in participating in any way and would like to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Gareth Thomas ( or Dr. Rebecca Dimond (

Forthcoming events

28/05/2014 Reproductive Technologies: A Sociological Exploration

18/06/2014 Something on the Brain

Past Events

Research at the Intersection of Science and Medicine Wednesday 2-4.30pm, 11-12-13 (Committee Room 2)

Dealing with Disability: Ethnographic Observations in Clinical Settings Wednesday 2-4.30pm, 12-06-13 (room 0.85)

Food and the Future: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Wednesday 2-4.30pm, 24-04-13 (room -1.72)

Helminths and Human Centipedes: The Theory and Practice of Disgust Wednesday 3-4.30pm, 20-02-2013 (room -1.56)

The ethics of human enhancement and technology in elite sport: the case of Oscar Pistorius Wednesday 3-2.30pm, 12-12-2012 (room 0.85)

Prostitution and Pimping in the Public Engagement of Science: A view from the arts and social science
Wednesday 2-4pm,
23-05-2012 (room 0.86)

Research in the NHS: Procedural ethics and ethics in practice Wednesday 2-4pm, 28-03-2012 (room 0.85)

Thinking through the social study of science and technology: science and knowledge as culture
Wednesday 2-4pm, 25-01-2012 (room 0.85)