'Smoking and Health in Germany from Occupation and Re-unification (1945 - 1995)', Wellcome Trust University Award
This research explores the relatively liberal attitude of both former West German society and West German governments towards smoking, in the face of international research which caused attitudes to harden in other western countries. The project also explores, compares and contrasts the situation in former East Germany with the former West Germany, looking particularly at the impact of the occupation years, the attitude of the medical profession, the role of the tobacco industry, foreign and domestic cultural influences, and the relationship between national and local smoking policy during the years of partition and reunification.
Recent and Forthcoming Conference Papers
"'Smoking was in no way seen as a symbol of emancipation': Women and smoking in post-war West Germany, 1945-1970s", European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Heidelberg, 3-6 September 2009.
"'Der neue Trend - no smoking, please!': creating the non-smoker in post-war West Germany", Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, 3 February 2009.
"'Der neue Trend - no smoking please!': creating the non-smoker in West Germany, 1945-1975", Department of History and Philospohy of Science, University of Cambridge, 11 November 2008.
"'Smoking is a part of freedom': Philipp F. Reemstma and the reconstruction of post-war Germany", Department of Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow, 6 November 2008.
'Smoking in West Germany in the 1950s and 1960s: what about health?', Conference: Medizin und Gesellschaft in Westdeutschland, 1945-1970, University of Bonn, 10-11 July 2008.
'Death gives a party': anti-smoking campaigns in 1960s West Germany', University of Dublin, 23 April 2008.
'Smoking for taxes: the triumph of fiscal policy over health in post-war Germany', seminar paper, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 22 May 2007.
'Stunde Null?': a comparison of Anglo-American and German responses to the epidemiological case against smoking in the 1950s', Bergen Workshop 2007, Transferring Medico-Political Knowledge in 19th and 20th century Europe, University of Bergen, 8 - 10 March 2007.
'Smoking for taxes: the triumph of fiscal policy over health in post-war Germany', research seminar paper, Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, University of Durham, 20 February 2007.
'The unborn live dangerously: a historical analysis of concerns over smoking and foetal health in Britain and Germany since 1900', presented at 'Foetal Fortunes' symposium, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 1 - 2 September 2006.
'From tobacco in the war to the war on tobacco: changing perceptions of smoking and citizenship in Britain and Germany', Anglo-Dutch-German workshop, History of Medicine: Health and Citizenship (Political Cultures of Health), Maastricht, 23 - 25 June 2005.
'A medical Registrar-general: Dr James Dunlop and the vital statistics of Scotland', seminar paper, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 23 February 2005.
'Crash the ash, big man: the changing face of smoking in Europe's 'sickest city', 1930 - 2000', Tenth Wellcome Trust Regional Forum for the History of Medicine, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 9 October 2004.
'Patriotism and Pragmatism: the response of the General Register Office in Scotland to the First World War', Birth Pains and Death Throes: the creation of vital statistics in Scotland and England, a symposium arising from the 'Scottish Way of Birth and Death Project, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 17 September 2004.