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.

Audio Recording of A Species of Knowledge Presentation

The audio of my presentation “Seniority, Experience and On-the-job Training at British Naval Hospitals 1775-1815” from the April 5 symposium A Species of Knowledge: Women and Medicine 1750-1850 is now available on SoundCloud! Thank you to the Birkbeck Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies for the recording. Find links to the other presentations as well as the keynote by Prof. Hillary Marland here.

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!

‘A Species of Knowledge’: Women and Medicine 1750-1850

Tickets are still available for the “‘A Species of Knowledge’: Women and Medicine 1750-1850” interdisciplinary symposium!

April 5, 12:30-6pm Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts

For tickets visit Eventbrite here more information about the speakers, including keynote speaker Professor Hilary Marland, available on the symposium website.

I will be presenting: ‘Seniority, Experience, and On-the-job Training at British Naval Hospitals 1775-1815’

Joint Meeting of Agnes Dillion Randolph International Nursing History Conference and SAHMS

Program Cover Photo: University of Virginia Hospital operating theater, 1913. ECBCNHI Photograph Collection.

This past week I attended the joint meeting of the 4th Annual Agnes Dillion Randolph International Nursing History conference and the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was great to reconnect with nursing history colleagues in North America and kick off the spring conference season with an excellent conference.

My presentation was part of session Session 2A – Military Nursing
Moderator: Marian MoserJones

  1. Two Directors of Nursing ContrastedCarol Helmstadter
  2. Nursing on British Naval Hospital Ships, 1790-1815 Erin Spinney
  3. Military Nurses of the Vietnam War: Tenacity, Courage, and LossLorelei Stein

The campus was quite beautiful as well.

Windy but sunny day so for walking on campus

American Association for the History of Nursing

Library and Archives Canada-Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / PA-029622

Excited to be heading to San Diego for the 2018 AAHN conference.  It is my first time presenting a joint paper with my colleague Glenn Iceton!  Our paper examines frontier nursing activities by Anglican missionaries Isaac and Sadie Stringer in the Yukon.  The paper specifically considers the gendered and colonial dynamics of healthcare delivery in the late-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries among whaling and indigenous communities on Herschel Island.

Join our panel at 1 pm on September 14 in Point Loma A.

Missionary Nurses 
1. Sisters of Mercy: The walking Nun’s Siouxland Journey & Experiences in nursing-Diane Smith

2. American Missionary Nurses negotiate a place in the mission: The politics of application, assignment and resignation-Lydia Wytenbroek

3. Sadie and Isaac Stringer, Herschel Island and Northern missionary healthcare in the late-19th Century-Erin Spinney, Glenn Iceton

Digital Humanities Congress 2018

In the beautiful South Yorkshire at the University of Sheffield for the Digital Humanities Congress.   Plus the first outing of my Medusa HGIS maps!  Join me on Saturday in High Tor 3.  Word cloud of my paper:

Session 17

“Using data ontology to understand the relational dynamics of film audiences,” Peter Merrington, Matthew Hanchard, University of Glasgow

“Hospital Ships, HGIS, and the Interconnectivity of British Naval Medicine in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars,” Erin Spinney, University of Oxford

“‘A Lordship of the Feete [and] likewise of the Eye’: Using 3D-GIS to recreate ‘promenades’ and ‘prospects’ within English designed landscapes, c. 1550-1660,” Elizabeth Stewart, University of East Anglia

The full program is available here.