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Workshop for "The History of Medicine for the Global Subaltern" course At Humboldt Universität, Berlin

FRIDAY 18 May 2018

I will be running a workshop as part of Dr Edna Bonhomme's course, 'The History of Medicine for the Global Subaltern' at Humboldt Universität, Berlin. This session will explore plants, gender and reproductive rights - using archival images, texts and plant material to trace relationships between specific plants, knowledge, (gendered) bodies, care and the wider environment - with a focus on yams and other plant used by big pharmaceutical companies to produce hormone-based drugs.

Image Credit: Wellcome Library

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From PlANTS TO PILLS: GIN, TONIC & BIOPIRACY
Primary, Nottingham

WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE 2018, 6–9PM

A workshop to make your own tonic water using Cinchona bark, the quinine-rich plant that gives tonic its bitter flavour. We'll try out recipes together, share a gin and tonic, and trace the story of quinine. Originally utilised by the indigenous Quechua people of South America, the bark of the Cinchona tree connects the invasion of these lands to expanding European colonialism, disease, biopiracy and pharmaceuticals.

Join me for two hands-on workshops exploring plant ingredients used by Boots the Chemist to develop and produce medicines at their factories in Nottingham. Take a closer look at the 'exotic' ingredients Boots were importing during the era of British Empire, find connections between every-day drugs, plants, colonialism and ownership of knowledge, and explore recipes and records from the archive.

These workshops are part of Rebecca Beinart’s ‘Urban Antibodies’ project and are supported by the University of Nottingham as part of Dr Anna Greenwood’s research into the international history of Boots for the Department of History, University of Nottingham.

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FROM PLANTS TO PILLS: Yams, hormones & elephants foot
Primary, Nottingham

Saturday 9 june 2018, 2–5pm

This workshop will delve into the development of Cortisone in the 1950s, when Boots established a purpose-built factory in Nottingham to produce the drug from Elephants Foot, a South African yam. During these early years of steroid drug development, Cortisone was hailed as a miracle cure. During the workshop we'll cook and eat yam together and trace the story of Boots bioprospecting for steroid-rich plants in South Africa, and the impact of Cortisone on the development of medicine.

Join me for two hands-on workshops exploring plant ingredients used by Boots the Chemist to develop and produce medicines at their factories in Nottingham. Take a closer look at the 'exotic' ingredients Boots were importing during the era of British Empire, find connections between every-day drugs, plants, colonialism and ownership of knowledge, and explore recipes and records from the archive.

These workshops are part of Rebecca Beinart’s ‘Urban Antibodies’ project and are supported by the University of Nottingham as part of Dr Anna Greenwood’s research into the international history of Boots for the Department of History, University of Nottingham.

Image Credit: Boots Archive