Alice in Typhoidland

Thursday 12 March 2020, 6pm 

Lectures & Talks

A talk about the extraordinary efforts to eliminate typhoid fever from a rapidly-expanding Victorian city. How was the disease understood and mapped? What steps were taken to overcome disputes between 'town and gown'? Who footed the bill? We delve deep into the murky underworld of cesspits and sewers beneath Oxford's dreaming spires. Hear first-hand from the Curators, Dr Claas Kirchhelle and Dr Samantha Vanderslott. 

Gallery hours have been extended to allow visitors to enjoy the 'Alice in Typhopidland' display both before and after the talk. Visitors are encouraged to arrive from 5.30pm and can stay after the talk from 7-8pm to explore the display. 

Location: Basement gallery. 

Tickets: £7

Doors: 5.30pm 

Curator, Dr Claas Kirchhelle

Claas Kirchhelle is a Lecturer in the History of Medicine at University College Dublin and Martin Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Martin School. His interdisciplinary research combines historical and biological approaches to analyse the global history of infectious diseases and the 20th century modification of our microbial environment. Over the years, his research in Oxford has focused on the global history of antibiotic use, resistance, and regulation and the implications of history for antibiotic governance. Claas has curated award-winning exhibitions on the history of antibiotics (‘Back from the Dead’, 2016-2017). Sponsored by a Wellcome Trust University Award, his new research projects at UCD explore the history of animal welfare science as well as the global history of typhoid, epidemiological surveillance, and microbial collections.

Curator, Dr Samantha Vanderslott

Samantha Vanderslott is a Social Sciences Researcher at the Oxford Vaccine Group and the Oxford Martin School. She is also a Junior Research Fellow at Linacre College. She currently researches parental attitudes and decisions on vaccination, particularly in relation to pro-vaccination behaviours and vaccine acceptance. Samantha primarily draws on Science and Technology Studies, Medical Anthropology, Public Health Policy and Political Economy in her work. Her PhD at UCL (University College London) was on the policy development for ‘Neglected Tropical Diseases’ where she conducted fieldwork in Brazil and China, and was a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Brocher Foundation in Geneva.

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