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.
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.
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, 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).
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!
It was a great opportunity to review this book for the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennesd’histoirespecial issue on energy history. My first book review after finishing my PhD! Read it here.
I’m happy to be a part of the European Society for Environmental History’s Next Generation Action Team (NEXTGATe). We recently outlined our goals for the 2018-2019 year in November 2018 issue of Envrionment and History. You can read here on the White Horse Press blog.