UNBSJ Term Position 2021-2022

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be joining the Politics and History Department at the University of New Brunswick (Saint John campus) for 2021-2022 academic year! I’ll be teaching the following courses:

Fall 2021

HIST 2101: Europe & the World Before 1800

HIST 4004: Women and Warfare in the Long Eighteenth Century

HIST 4288 Health and Disease in the Early Modern British Atlantic

Winter 2022

HIST 1101: European Experience

HIST 2102: Europe & the World After 1800

HIST 3951: Digital History

More information about these courses will be linked once it is available.

So happy to be heading back in New Brunswick!

CSHM/CAHN Conference 2021

Join us virtually for the 2021 joint conference for the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing. Registration information available here.

I’m presenting my research on ventilation on June 1st at 1:30 PST. More information on the panel available below:

13:30-14:50 PDT / 16:30-17:50 EDT
Session C2 Technology, Materiality, and Medical Knowledge | La technologie, la matérialité et la connaissance médicale

Chair and Commentator/Présidente et commentatrice : Shelley McKellar

An open source “PROMIS”: The development of the MUFFIN electronic medical record, 1988-2000, * Daniel Huang

The Impact of Sports and the Athlete in Shaping Medical Knowledge, Matthew Mossey

Air, Ventilation, and Fumigation: Creating Healthy Environments in British Naval Hospitals and Hospital Ships, Erin Spinney

Affective Containment at Panama’s Palo Seco Leprosarium, Caroline Lieffers

RCN: History of Nursing Forum Annual Lecture

The recording of my annual lecture for the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Forum is now available online.

This talk “Black Nurses, Ensavled Labour, and the Royal Navy, 1790-1820” discusses the employment of Black nurses in the West Indian naval hospitals of the Royal Navy in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. She considers how eighteenth-century understandings of tropical diseases contributed to Black labour in medical settings, how the Royal Navy navigated its relationship with enslavement, and the working conditions of these nurses.

Nursing historians usually examine the period after Florence Nightingale and focus on the establishment of a white middle-class professional identity, like Nightingale herself. But what about non-white nurses before Nightingale?

Society for Military History Conference 2021

This past weekend I virtually attended the SMH meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. It was great to be able to present my research on nursing and hospital ships with such great colleagues. Here is the information about our panel.

Panel Title: New directions in British naval healthcare during the long Eighteen Century

Matthew G. Neufeld (University of Saskatchewan): Neither Logically Necessary nor Necessarily Inevitable: Contrasting Views on Permanent Naval Hospitals in England during the War against Spain

Erin Spinney (University of Lethbridge): Women’s Labour, British Naval Hospital Ships, and a System of Medical Care, 1775-1815

Catherine S. Beck (University of London): “The Boast of a Generous Nation”: Treating Insanity in the British Navy in the Long Eighteenth Century

If you want to watch my presentation it is available below!

Video of Women’s Labour, British Naval Hospital Ships, and a System of Care.

Recording of my Centre for Maritime Historical Studies Talk

On October 21, 2020, I presented as part of the University of Exeter’s Centre for Maritime Historical Studies seminar series. My paper “Hospital Ships, Female Labour, and the British Naval Medical System in the Napoleonic Era,” delivered virtually on Zoom was recorded and is now available as a podcast! Click here to listen (skip forward to 1:54 to avoid the technical difficulties). Thank you to Dr. Elin Jones for inviting me to speak and the Centre for Medical History for co-hosting my talk.

Nursing Clio “Beyond Florence” Blog Post

I was so excited to take part in Nursing Clio’s ‘Beyond Florence’ series! The goal of the ‘Beyond Florence’ series was to examine nursing history beyond Florence Nightingale in 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. As Dr. Kylie Smith states in the series introductory post “to focus only on Florence, or to claim her as the most important nurse of all time, hides the contribution of other types of nurses, and nursing care, and it reinforces the white, Anglocentric view of what it means to be a nurse.”

My piece “Black Before Florence: Black Nurses, Enslaved Labor, and the British Royal Navy, 1790-1820,” considers the work of Black nurses in West Indian British Naval Hospitals.

Check out all the ‘Beyond Florence’ articles here.

Environmental History Now Blog Post

This past December, I wrote about the connection between ventilation and health both in the context of the current Covid-19 pandemic and 18th century British Military and Naval Hospitals, for the fantastic Environmental History Now. My post was part of the “Politics of Place” series which explores the diverse and complex relationships of humans and our nonhuman environments, as they are framed by politics, broadly construed. Read my thoughts on the importance of ventilation to historical and contemporary ideas of health here.

Congress 2019

Lovely landscaping at UBC

It was a busy Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities for me this year! It was great to be back in sunny Vancouver and enjoy the beautiful UBC campus.

At the joint meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing I was the very first presenter of the conference.

A2: Nursing History, Theory, and Practice

Chair/présidente: Kathryn McPherson (York University)

Nurses and Literacy at Haslar and Plymouth Naval Hospitals, c. 1770-1800, Erin Spinney (Oxford University)

Un malaise flou en héritage: Les fondements de la discipline et la pensée infirmière, Marie-Claude Thifault (Université d’Ottawa)

Une Révolution tranquille avant l’heure au chapitre des infirmières? Charlotte Tassé et le modèle de al garde-malade canadienne-français (1928-1963), Alexandre Klein (Université Laval)

Beautiful flowers and trees at the residences of UBC

I was also fortunate to attend the Canadian Historical Association conference, speak to a publisher about my book project, and catch up with colleagues I hadn’t seen in a while.