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.
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.
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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
I will be presenting: ‘Seniority, Experience, and On-the-job Training at British Naval Hospitals 1775-1815’
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
- Two Directors of Nursing ContrastedCarol Helmstadter
- Nursing on British Naval Hospital Ships, 1790-1815 Erin Spinney
- Military Nurses of the Vietnam War: Tenacity, Courage, and LossLorelei Stein
The campus was quite beautiful as well.
I had a great time at the Inaugural Environmental History Workshop this past Monday! Our panel (composed of all individually submitted abstracts) meshed so well!
Healthy Environments, Wolfson Room NB01 (Chair: Vanessa Taylor, University of Greenwich)
Rebecca Wright, University of York, ‘Heating Gotham: environments of health and energy in New York City and beyond, 1900–1950’
Erin Spinney, University of Oxford, ‘Nursing the built environment: environmental medicine in British naval hospitals, 1790–1815’
Tayler Meredith, University of Birmingham, ‘“Eclipsed in such a Cloud of Sulphur”: sunlight and health in early modern London’
The full conference program is available here.
I’m finishing up my time in Saskatchewan, by heading to Saskatoon for the Canadian History and Environment Summer Symposium. This year’s CHESS features both the traditional summer school and a new workshop component for the recently launched Papers in Canadian History and Environment. I will be workshopping my paper: “‘The Hardships he labours under for want of an Allowance of Fuel in that severe Climate’: Environment and Military and Naval Hospitals in Canada 1756-1814.”
Watch later in June for my Congress/CHESS retrospective on my Saskatchewan conferencing adventures!
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.”
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.