Breathing Like a Girl

16 January 2020, 12.30 PM - 16 January 2020, 1.20 PM

Dr Coreen McGuire

Bristol Central Library, Deanery Road, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TL

The conflict between objective and subject measurements of respiratory health has been a recurring theme of the Life of Breath project. The changing history of measuring breathlessness and the values we compare these measurements by can often indicate a disjunct between the experience of breathlessness and measurements of lung function.

This can especially be seen in interactions between race, class, and gender in spirometry, as well as the blurriness between biological and environmental causation of disability.

But whose bodies mattered for these measurements? Who were the normal subjects? Join Life of Breath researcher Dr Coreen McGuire as she explores these questions in the context of one significant category of the twentieth century: women. Coreen will discuss the consequences of gender in respiratory illness through the lens of local historical cases.

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