Dr Kenny is a Senior Lecturer in North American History at University of Liverpool. To link in with Black History Month his talk will focus on his recent research connecting the transatlantic slave trade and the selling of black bodies as research specimens to ambitious white doctors.
My Dark Medicine project uses an Atlantic World frame and a good amount of the medical research began during the era of the Transatlantic slave trade. Just the other day, I came across references to research on a black male patient In the Liverpool Infirmary in the 1790s. The research link is not direct, as I am focused on the US South, but there are plenty of connections.
Julia Hallam is Professor of Communication and Media at Liverpool University.. Her talk will focus on the cinematic history of Liverpool as place for sea going adventures. It has also been portrayed as a city of crime, passion and murder producing much writing, acting and directing talent. The earliest reference will be ‘The Arrest of Goudie’ (1901)by Kenyon and Mitchell.
Many will be aware of the Bidston Observatory Observatory, Birkenhead where the Liverpool Tidal Institute was based for most of its history. Last year was the 100th anniversary of its founding at Liverpool University in March 1919 with funds from Sir Alfred Booth and his brother, Charles Booth, to ‘prosecute continuously scientific research into all aspects of knowledge of the tides’. Professor Joseph Proudman became its Honorary Director and Dr Arthur Doodson its Secretary. The year 1919 also saw the establishment of the first Oceanography Department in the UK at Liverpool University. This talk will discuss how the LTI came about and some of its major achievements during the years, not only in tides, but including also for example methods for predicting storm surges around our coasts and changes in sea level with climate change.