Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Breathing Like a Girl

Wed 30 Oct 2019 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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 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.


This talk will take place in the Cabot Seminar Room of the Brunel Building at Southmead Hospital in Bristol (BS10 5NB). The talk will commence at 6pm. This is event is free, but booking is required: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/breathing-like-a-girl-public-lecture-with-dr-coreen-mcguire-tickets-69996121283


Travel information

Southmead Hospital is served by over 12 bus services which stop either on site outside the main entrance to the Brunel building, or very close by. For quick and easy route planning visitĀ www.traveline.info.

You can park in the Brunel Multi-Storey Car Park or on Monks Park Road. For further information on car park charges and alternative travel, please visit theĀ Southmead Hospital travel information page.


About Coreen

Coreen McGuire is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bristol. Her work for the Life of Breath project focuses on the historical use of the spirometer in measuring and assessing lung capacity, and its role in creating a definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This works traces the epistemic authority of the spirometer and explores the problem of mechanical objectivity versus individual subjectivity in a historical context.


Brunel Building (Atrium)
Southmead Hospital
Bristol, Bristol BS10 5NB United Kingdom
+ Google Map