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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Secret Science

30th October 2015, 17:00 to 18:00, Seminar Room 1, Department of History, Ulf Schmidt

Ulf Schmidt is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for the History of Medicine, Ethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Kent. On 30 October 2015 he delivered a seminar to members of the Centre on the topic of his recent book, Secret Science: A Century of Poison Warfare and Human Experiments (Oxford University Press, 2015).

In this talk, Professor Schmidt traced the history of chemical and biological weapons research by the former Allied powers, and asked whether Allied and especially British warfare trials were ethical, safe, and justified within the prevailing conditions and values of the time. His talk explained the complex dynamics in top-secret Allied research establishments, and offered a nuanced analysis of the contributions made by servicemen, scientists, and civil servants to military research in Britain and elsewhere.

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Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies


We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Find out more on our Events page.


Many of our public lectures, seminars and conferences are recorded, and can be listened to as podcasts.

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Next Event

  • 29th January 2021
  • Title TBC
  • Online (Zoom)
  • Dr Hannah-Rose Murray (University of Edinburgh)