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:
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
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.”
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.
I was honoured to be chosen to give the 2019-2020 public lecture before the awarding of the Marie Hammond Callaghan Women’s History Prize, at the Owens Art Gallery, on 9 March 2020. My talk “British Naval Nursing in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars” highlighted research from my PhD dissertation and postdoctoral fellowship.
I’m happy to announce that I am starting a nine-month term Assistant Professor position at Mount Allison University today! I will be teaching five courses at the Department of History. More information will soon be available under the teaching tab.