Society for Military History Conference 2021

This past weekend I virtually attended the SMH meeting in Norfolk, Virginia. It was great to be able to present my research on nursing and hospital ships with such great colleagues. Here is the information about our panel.

Panel Title: New directions in British naval healthcare during the long Eighteen Century

Matthew G. Neufeld (University of Saskatchewan): Neither Logically Necessary nor Necessarily Inevitable: Contrasting Views on Permanent Naval Hospitals in England during the War against Spain

Erin Spinney (University of Lethbridge): Women’s Labour, British Naval Hospital Ships, and a System of Medical Care, 1775-1815

Catherine S. Beck (University of London): “The Boast of a Generous Nation”: Treating Insanity in the British Navy in the Long Eighteenth Century

If you want to watch my presentation it is available below!

Video of Women’s Labour, British Naval Hospital Ships, and a System of Care.

Recording of my Centre for Maritime Historical Studies Talk

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.

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!

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

UK Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m in the lovely Roman city of Chester today to present at the UK Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium.  My paper “‘And if they are to be men or Women’: Nursing on late-18th Century British Hospital Ships” considers the decision to employ women as nurses on British navy hospital ships and convalescent ships in the eighteenth century.  Specifically to showcase the role of women in these floating medical institutions.

The programme for the colloquium is available here.

 

Excited for the AAHM 2018

Tomorrow I’m off to the American Association for the History of Medicine in Los Angeles! I’m excited for the conference, my first visit to California, and the chance to go swimming in the ocean in May. It is also the first opportunity I have to present on my new postdoctoral project “A System of Care and Control: British Naval Medicine 1790-1815.”

Word could of my AAHM paper.

Information about our panel:

Saturday, May 12, 2018
F2. Great Britain: Systems of Care and Knowledge
Location: Legacy A + B
Chair: Jacob Steere-Williams (College of Charleston)

1. Erin Spinney (University of Saskatchewan)
Hospital Ships within a System of Care and Control: British Naval Medicine 1790-1815
2. Stephanie Snow (University of Manchester)
Rationing in a Universal Health System: The Treatment of Renal Failure in Guy’s and St Thomas’, London, 1970s-1990s
3. Seth LeJacq (Duke University)
Bodies Made Knowable: Sexual Crime and the Emergence of Published Sexual Forensics in Britain, 1780-1840

The complete program is available here.