Dora Vargha is Professor of History and Medical Humanities at the University of Exeter and will be joining Humboldt University’s Department of History in September 2021. She is a historian of medicine, science and technology, with expertise in the history of epidemics, the politics of health, and Cold War history. Her work focuses on questions of global health and biomedical research in the Cold War era, using the locality of Eastern Europe as a starting point.
Her current collaborative project, After the End of Disease critically addresses and dislocates geographies and narratives of disease and health. She is exploring ways to think about international and global public health outside of the framework of Geneva and US-based NGOs; and to question straightforward scripts of beginnings, crises and endings when it comes to disease.
In the next five years, Dora will be leading two research groups on interconnected projects. “Connecting Three Worlds,” a Wellcome Collaborative Award based at the University of Exeter will be exploring socialist networks in global health history together with co-investigators Dr. Sarah Marks (Birkbeck) and Prof. Edna Suarez-Diaz (UNAM). At Humboldt, Dora will be leading the ERC Starting Grant research group “Socialist Medicine: an Alternative Global Health History.”
Vargha, Dora (2021). “Technical Assistance and Socialist International Health: Hungary, the WHO and the Korean War.” History and Technology 36 (3–4): 400–417. https://doi.org/10.1080/07341512.2020.1863623.Read More
Greene, Jeremy, and Dora Vargha (2020). “‘Ends of Epidemics’ in COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation.” In COVID-19 and World Order: The Future of Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation, ed. H. Brands and F…Read More
Vargha, Dora (2020). “Reconsidering the Dramaturgy.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 94 (4): 690–698. https://doi.org/10.1353/bhm.2020.0090.Read More
Vargha, Dora (2020). “Epidemic Years: A Third Look.” Isis 111 (4): 791–794. https://doi.org/10.1086/712252.Read More
Forensic Diplomacy and International Technical Cooperation: The Case of Mexico’s Extraordinary Mechanism for Forensic IdentificationMORE
Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa at the CrossroadsMORE
Debating “Scientific Warfare” in Republican ChinaMORE
Artifacts, Actions, Knowledge and Irregular Warfare in Latin AmericaMORE
Between Convertibility and Perversion: Aviation, Atomic Energy, and the Discourses of Technological InternationalismMORE
Pugwash Scientists: Between Science and Diplomacy in the Cold WarMORE
Were We Ever at Peace? The Irreversible Entanglement of Science, Politics, and Regimes of Knowledge ControlMORE
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Oxford University Seminar in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology
‘Gendered Knowledges in Times of Crisis’ Colloquium. Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.
Paper to be presented at the colloquium of the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
Pre-Doctoral Research Seminar, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
Colloquium of the Institute and Museum of the History of Medicine, University of Zurich
ISCHE 34-SHCY-DHA “Internationalization in Education (18th-20th centuries)” conference, Geneva, Switzerland
10th Annual LSE-GWU-UCSB Cold War Graduate Conference, London, UK
Colloquium of the History Department at the University of Regensburg, Germany
"Making (In)Appropriate Bodies" international conference, Vienna, Austria