ASEH 2019

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.

Panel Information

Anchored and Bound: Reading the Fixed and Movable Landscapes of Medical Isolation in the Nineteenth Century

Sat, April 13, 10:30am to 12:00pm, Hyatt Regency Columbus, Morrow

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

For more information on Canadians and Canadianists presenting at this years ASEH, check out this guide from the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE).

#ASEHTweets2019

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!

Canadian Association for the History of Nursing Conference 2018

It was so great to be back in Nova Scotia for the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing Conference!  Especially as it was my first CAHN conference that wasn’t held jointly with the CSHM as part of the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities.

My paper “The Nursing Workforce at British Naval Hospitals in Haslar and Plymouth 1770-1800,” gave me the first chance to make some comparisons between Haslar and Plymouth from nursing pay list records.  Although this analysis is still in the preliminary stages I hope to soon have the rest of the Haslar records added to the nursing database.

The full conference program is available here.  Thank you to the Nova Scotia Nursing History Group and Gloria Stephens for organizing the conference!

European Association for Urban History 2016

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I had a fantastic time at the European Association for Urban History in Helsinki at the end of August! It was particularly great to see how my work can be interpreted using different historical frameworks. Our session “Gender in Maritime, Trading and Imperial towns: European and Atlantic urban Communities, c. 1650-1850” was organised by Dr. Emma Hart and Dr. Deborah Simonton and contained the following papers:

“Gender and the Market Place in the Early British American Town,” Emma Hart, University of St. Andrews

“Fittie, the Harbour and the Town: characterising women’s economic opportunities and challenges in maritime towns,” Deborah Simonton, University of Southern Denmark

“Noble Woman’s Trade in Town,” Nina Lehmusjarvi, University of Turku

“Gender and the Character of Trade in Eighteenth-Century Glasgow,” Catriona Macleod, University of Glasgow

“Gendered networks in early modern Dutch harbour towns. A comparison of Cape Town, New Amsterdam and Rotterdam during the seventeenth century,” Maarten Van Dijck, Erasmus University Rotterdam

“Landward experience of shipping business. Seamen’s wives and their socio-economic agency in Finnish harbour towns, c. 1830-1850,” Pirita Frigren, University of Jyvaskyla

“Sex, Sailors and Scottish Cities,” Katie Barclay, University of Adelaide

“Urban Workers, Household Women: Nurses at Plymouth Naval Hospital 1778-1800,” Erin Spinney, University of Saskatchewan

“Cherchez la femme! A gender perspective in the transnational history of Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon in the 19th century,” Catarina Caetano da Rosa, Technical University of Darmstadt

In addition to a great intellectual experience the city of Helsinki was a beautiful place, and I can’t wait to have the chance to return!

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