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.”
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.
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.
At this year’s American Society for Environmental History in Columbus, I am happy to present on my work on the intersection of medical and environmental history. My paper “Sites of Care and Control: Healthy Environments and Royal Navy Hospital Ships 1790-1815” considers three aspects of hospital ships to showcase the role of hospital ships within the network of naval medical care, with a focus on the medical and environmental underpinnings of hospital ships as sites of care and control. This is done through an examination of the ships themselves (the role of environment in the provision of medical care and the importance of ventilation) and as entities in a spatial medical network through the interactions of hospital ships with ships of the line and on-shore hospitals.
Anchored and Bound: Reading the Fixed and Movable Landscapes of Medical Isolation in the Nineteenth Century
Sat, April 13,
Chair: Melanie Kiechle, Virginia Tech
Taming the Falcon: Controlled and Vulnerable Environments in New York’s Floating Quarantine System, 1859-1873, Katie Schroeder, Case Western Reserve University
Sites of Care and Control: Healthy Environments and Royal Navy Hospital Ships 1790-11815 Dr. Erin Spinney, University of Oxford
Sullivan’s Island Pest Houses and the Corporeal Entanglements of the Slave Ship, Lindsay Garcia, College of William & Mary
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I had a great time participating in the 2nd Annual #ASEH2019Tweets Twitter Conference. Thank you to the Network in Canadian History and Environment and the American Society for Environmental History Grad Caucus for hosting. See my presentation below and come and join our panel at this week’s ASEH in Columbus, Ohio. View the presentation below!
“Sites of Care and Control: Healthy Environments and Royal Navy Hospital Ships 1790-1815” A brief overview of my #ASEH2019 paper.#ASEH2019Tweets #envhist #milhist #histnursing #histmed #brithist #navalhist pic.twitter.com/vOXyBwZO2t— Dr. Erin Spinney (@ErinSpinney) April 4, 2019