Word cloud for my American Association for the History of Nursing Paper that I am presenting this weekend! Session information below:
Concurrent Sessions VIC: Eighteenth Century Concerns Erin Spinney: “Not Less than One Proper Nurse for Every Ten Men”: Regulating 18th-Century British Military and Naval Nurses
Maryanne Locklin: A Look at the Dramatic Rise in Puerperal Fever from 1750 to 1850
Excited to present at “The Past, Present and Future of Nursing in the Navy” hosted by the Royal College of Nursing Library & Archives! For more information and to register for this free event click here.
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!
So happy to have my papers at the recent Society for the Social History of Medicine conference and UK Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium feature in the American Association for the History of Nursing’s “Nursing & Health Care History News!”
At the SSHM I presented “Inside the Ward: Everyday Experiences at the Intersection of Mediine and domesticity in 18th-Century British Naval Hospitals,” and at the UKAHN “Regulating care during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Nurses and perceptions of Nursing in the Royal Navy and the British Army.”
Tomorrow I begin my journey to the UK for the Society for the Social History of Medicine Biennial Conference at the University of Kent, in Canterbury. Immediately following the conference I head to Camberley for the United Kingdom Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium.
The full programme for the SSHM “Medicine in its Place: Situating Medicine in Historical Contexts” is available here. My session takes place on Friday July 8th at 9am:
Soldiers and Seamen: Therapeutic Hospital Spaces
Erin Spinney “Inside the Ward: Everyday Experiences at the Intersection of Medicine and Domesticity in 18th-Century British Naval Hospitals”
Kristin Hussey “Imperial Patients in the Global City: Patrick Manson, the Seamen’s Hospital Society and Networks of Clinical Material in Late Victorian London”
Julia Neville “‘The Wounded Men … Spoke of Exeter Hospitals as Paradise’: The Patients’ Experience of a Stay in a First-Line English War Hospital during the First World War”
The full programme for the UKAHN is available here. I will be presenting: “Regulating care during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Nurses and perceptions of Nursing in the Royal Navy and the British Army.”
I had a busy time at Congress 2016 in Calgary, Alberta! On Friday May 26th I attended the Canadian Writing Centre Association’s “Energising (Writing Centre) Communities” held at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. For my work at the University of Saskatchewan Writing Centre I was fortunate to have my attendance sponsored and to receive a travel grant from the CWCA.
The following day marked the start of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Meeting at the University of Calgary. It was as always an exciting, fun, and stimulating meeting of historians of medicine and health.
Our panel “British Naval Medicine, State Control, and Authority in the Long Eighteenth Century,” was moderated by Dr. Whitney Wood of the University of London. My paper was entitled “Carers for the Sick or Drunken Accessories to Desertion? Nursing at Plymouth and Haslar Naval Hospitals, 1790-1815,” and featured a discussion of the dual role and perception of nurses who depending on the pressures of the navy and patient need, could either be viewed as trusted regulators of order or drunken accessories to desertion. The panel also contained papers by Dr. Geoffrey Hudson (Lakehead): “Not Suffering Saints: Mutiny in the Royal Greenwich Hospital, 1705-50,” and Dr. Matthew Neufeld (Saskatchewan): “The Birth of Biopolitics in Early Modern England: Manning The Royal Navy: 1690-1710.”
This past weekend I attended and presented a poster at the American Association for the History of Medicine in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was great to be a part of the Association’s first poster session!
The ASEH was held in Seattle, Washington from March 30-April 3rd. The full program may be found here. Check out the the conference hashtag #ASEH2016 on Storify. Find out more about my University of Saskatchewan colleagues who attended ASEH here. I would like to thank the ASEH for generously providing me with travel funding.
This conference was such a delight that it is hard to pick out the highlights. It was great to meet so many other scholars with similar interests and such fascinating work. I particularly enjoyed the plenary session on teaching environmental history to undergraduates, especially how to integrate environmental history into both the classroom space and the tremendous potential of the field for outdoor field trips.
Several panels and a roundtable considered the intersections of the history of medicine and environmental history. Highlights for me include:
Climate, Politics, and the Body in the U.S. South
Chair: Conevery Bolton Valencies, University of Massachusetts-Boston
“Yellow Fever, Ecology, and American State Power, 1803-1820” by Kathryn Olivarius, University of Oxford
“‘Hot, Hotter, and Hottest’: Climate, Debility, and the Search for Therapeutics in the Antebellum Gulf South” by Elaine LaFay, University of Pennsylvania
“The ‘Italian Experiment’: Race and Labor in the Post-emancipation South, 1880-1920” by Jason Hauser, Mississippi State University
The connections between ideas of debility, radicalised conceptions of disease, and changing ideas of climatic harshness and my own work on enslaved African and Creole nurses in the West Indies provoked many questions about late-eighteenth and nineteenth century British/American medicine.
Rethinking the Nature of Health: Intersections between Environmental History and the History of Medicine
Moderator: Matthew Kingle, Bowdoin College
Dawn Bieler, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Elena Conis, Emory University
Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Christopher Sellers, Stony Brook University
Ellen Griffith Spears, University of Alabama
Sarah Whitney Tracy, University of Oklahoma
In this roundtable environmental historians, historical geographers, historians of medicine, and scientists, considered the intersections between environmental history and the history of medicine. Paying particular attention to preconceptions of disciplinary boundaries and suggesting ideas to move past these boundaries to promote a fruitful discussion of health, disease, the body, and environment. It gave me a lot to think about, especially the connections I see in my own work on nurses and preventative medicine in the eighteenth century and how this environmental work can be situated at the intersections of these two historical fields of study.