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On 12 December 2014, Peter Cryle and Elizabeth Stephens will lead a workshop at the Wellcome Institute in London at which they will present outcomes of their ARC-funded research project entitled “A Critical Genealogy of Normality.” Colleagues based in the UK, including Laura Doan (Manchester), Lisa Downing (Birmingham) and Lesley Hall (Wellcome) will present some work of their own on normality and respond to draft chapters of Elizabeth and Peter’s work circulated beforehand. The first six chapters are about on nineteenth-century scientific thought in France, Italy and England. The last three are about the dissemination and popular uptake of the concept of the normal in the first half of the twentieth century, especially in the USA. Elizabeth and Peter expect that the workshop will give them a richer understanding of the ways in which scholars might be able to use this work, not only in the history of medicine and anthropology, but in the history of sexuality, in queer studies and in disability studies.

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