Queer Men & Venereal Disease at East London's Whitechapel Clinic, c.1932-82
Online talk by Dr Richard McKay
18.00-19.00 BST, Thursday 11 November 2021
This event is FREE. Please register via Eventbrite (link below)
It is a Zoom event.
Dr McKay will present preliminary findings from his work reviewing archived patient records from the Whitechapel Clinic, with particular focus on cases involving men who had sex with men. He will also reflect on the process and challenges of working with these sources, including ethics and regulatory clearances, digitisation, and de-identification.
Dr Richard McKay is a College Lecturer and Director of Studies for History and Philosophy of Science at Magdalene College, Cambridge. His book, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic (University of Chicago Press, 2017) was developed into the award-winning documentary film, Killing Patient Zero (Fadoo Productions, 2019). His current research, the Before HIV project (www.beforehiv.com), investigates the processes by which gay men and other men who had sex with men became associated with sexually transmitted infections in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Richard also works as a coach for writers, creative thinkers, and active individuals contemplating their retirement.
This is the fifth in a series of free online talks, organised by Barts Health NHS Trust Archives and Museums, from researchers who have conducted research using our collections. Visit our ‘Events’ page to find out about further talks as they are announced: https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/barts-health-archives and catch up on previous talks here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT04FD9Z5k_9_a-qqzD-DxQ