Inaugural Lecture Series: "The Uses of History: Engaging with Medicine's Past"

Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre Medical School Edgbaston Campus
Lectures Talks and Workshops, Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 1st June 2016 (16:00-18:00)
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For further information please contact Yvonne Dawson:
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 4054

Professor Jonathan Reinarz, BA, MA, PhD,
Professor of the History of Medicine
Institute of Applied Health Research 

Jonathan Reinarz originally studied History and Languages at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he was awarded a BA in 1992. In 1993, he began his postgraduate studies at the Centre for Social History at Warwick University, where he obtained an MA in Labour History. He returned to Warwick in 1995 to commence a PhD in the history of brewing, completed in 1999. In 2000, he was appointed a Research Fellow in the University of Birmingham’s newly founded Centre for the History of Medicine to undertake research into the history of Birmingham Medical School and its affiliated teaching hospitals. 

At the conclusion of his fellowship in 2003, Jonathan was awarded a prestigious five-year Wellcome University Award to research the history of medical education in provincial England.  In 2009, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and took over as Director of the History of Medicine Unit; he progressed to Reader two years later. His research has focused on the history of hospitals and medical education over the past two centuries, but he maintains an interest in the history of alcohol. He has also developed new interests in the history of the senses, especially smell. Besides a number of articles and book chapters, he has written and edited some 10 monographs. 

Since 2000, Jonathan has established an international reputation in the history of medicine and has assumed various professional roles in his field. An executive member of the Society for the Social History of Medicine (2002-2008), Jonathan is on the scientific boards of the International Network for the History of Hospitals, and the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health (EAHMH), of which organisation he is Secretary; he is also an editor of the EAHMH’s book series and sits on the editorial boards of other journals in his field. He is particularly active in bringing the history of medicine to audiences outside of academia, delivering talks in schools, contributing to radio and television productions and collaborating with community and arts organisations, both in the UK and abroad.