Images courtesy of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
British Society for the History of Pharmacy

[Back to List]

Our events programme covers a wide range of pharmacy history topics.  We hold 3 evening meetings each year, and annual conference, a summer visit, and a joint meeting with a School of Pharmacy.  Click on an event below to find out more.
Online via Zoom
Monday 25 November 202418:30 GMT
Cost: Free

What features of medicinal plants produce ideas of nationhood? How can medical botany writing advance the symbolic and commercial promise of a postcolonial nation? In this talk, join Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez as she examines a seminal work in the history of medical botany in the Philippines, Eduardo Quisumbing’s Medicinal Plants of the Philippines (1951). Published from the rubble of Manila after the brutality of the Pacific War, Medicinal Plants of the Philippines relies on a particular brand of “encyclopedism” to recuperate the capital, its scientific institutions, and the nation more broadly following World War II. Gutierrez suggests that medicinal plants help to anchor—through reiterative and repetitive discourse—a particular vision of the nation, no matter the political persuasion.

Kathleen Cruz Gutierrez is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies and a Designated Emphasis in Science and Technology Studies. A specialist of the plant sciences and Southeast Asia, Gutierrez will release her first book, Sovereign Vernaculars: [Un]making Botany in the Colonial Philippines, with Duke University Press in early 2025. At U.C. Santa Cruz, Gutierrez also serves as co-Principal Investigator for a community-engaged public history project on Filipino farm workers in California’s Pajaro Valley called Watsonville is in the Heart. For her efforts, she was presented the Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders in Community Engagement by LEAD California in 2024.

Reserve your place online by emailing

You will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the meeting.


Join Online
Applying couldn't be quicker or easier and gives you instant access to all the benefits of membership.

Download the Application Form
Complete your details and send the form to the address given.