Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships

The Bodleian Library Oxford have a number of fellowships which may be of interest to Historians of Science, Technology and Medicine including the Sassoon Visiting Fellowship and the Humfrey Wanley Fellowship for study of any topic using the Bodleian collections, and the David Walker Memorial Fellowship for researchers of Early Modern History.

The Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowship will be of particular interest however to historians of science and communication technology.

Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships

Supporting a short period of research into any aspect of the history of science and communication, using the archive, manuscript and rare book collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships may be awarded for a period of between two and four months. Applications are encouraged from researchers investigating the history and science of wireless communication and the wireless industry. The awards are intended for scholars who have completed the doctorate or have attained equivalent experience in employment in higher education or research.

  • A maximum of two awards will be made for 2015-16
  • The Fellowship must be taken up in the year beginning 1 August 2015
  • Reimburses up to £1,500 per month for allowable expenses

Application deadline: 27 February 2015

For more information go to the Bodleian fellowship website.

PhD Fellowship in the history of medicine in Ireland

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Apothecaries’ Hall of Ireland to fund
new History of Medicine PhD Fellowship

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Apothecaries’ Hall of Ireland are
delighted to announce a new PhD Fellowship in the history of medicine in Ireland.
The Fellowship has been established by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
and the Apothecaries’ Hall of Ireland to support in-depth research into Ireland’s rich
medical history. It is worth €7,500 per annum for three years, and will cover the
winning applicant’s university fees and associated research costs.

The Fellowship is open to researchers planning to undertake a PhD relating to the
history of medicine in Ireland. Preference may be given to subjects relating to the
history of medical education and/or the evolution of medical pharmacology in Ireland from the 17th to the early 20th century.

Applicants must be planning to undertake their PhD research at a university on the
island of Ireland. It is their responsibility to ensure they meet the admission criteria of
their university of choice.
The fellowship application form can be found on
Applications must be submitted to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
Heritage Centre, accompanied by a letter of support from an academic supervisor.

The closing date for applications is Friday 27 March 2015.
Applications will be reviewed by a panel comprising representatives from the Royal
College of Physicians of Ireland and the Apothecaries’ Hall of Ireland and an
independent extern. All applicants will be informed of the decision of the panel by
May 2015.

Call for Papers: The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland, 1500-1750

3-4 September 2015 in The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Organised By: The Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter
Supported By: The Wellcome Trust
Hosted By: The Centre for Early Modern History, Trinity College Dublin in co-operation with The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland at University College Dublin and the University of Ulster.

Call for Papers Deadline: 6 March 2015.

The medical world of early modern Ireland was not only rooted in a society undergoing rapid transformation but also increasingly connected to transnational networks of migration, education, trade and ideas. It was profoundly shaped from within by changes such as the collapse of the Gaelic order, and from without by factors including the curricula of continental universities. A growing body of research is now enabling a more nuanced understanding of this complex and variegated world. Yet Irish medical historiography was recently and quite reasonably described as a field where ‘the modern period overwhelms the early modern’. Synchronic comparison, most notably with England, also reinforces the impression of early modern Irish medical history as a still relatively underdeveloped subject.

These circumstances point towards the continued need for a greater and
sustained scholarly engagement with the history of medicine in early modern
Ireland. Moreover, the wide range of contexts encompassed by the subject, social,
cultural, linguistic, intellectual, institutional, confessional and so on, highlights
the particular importance of on going knowledge exchange and collaborations
between scholars. Such endeavour is also vital to enabling better awareness of
the contents of, and challenges posed by, a frequently problematic archival base.
The fact that many of the types of early modern source available for other countries were in Ireland either never created in the first place or subsequently destroyed is obviously of enormous consequence. At the same time, some rich
and distinctive elements, such as Gaelic medical manuscript culture, are beyond
the expertise of many historians.

This conference is designed to meet these and other challenges by bringing
together scholars working on the history of medicine in Ireland in the period
1500-1750. It will allow them to present the findings of latest research, whether
focused on the island itself, relevant transnational contexts, or both. Under the
aegis of the ambitious Early Modern Practitioners project at the University of
Exeter, the conference is intended as a benchmark event that will facilitate
appraisal of the current state of the subject and help towards defining the
parameters of a sustainable future research agenda.

Proposals are accordingly invited for papers of 20-25 minutes duration that will
address key aspects of the medical world of early modern Ireland. Major themes
for consideration include the following:

· Continuity and change in the character and scope of medical practice,
including the impact of conquest and plantation on pre-existing medical culture,
the influence of new ideas and/or persistence of established approaches across
the period, as well as the significance of attempts at regulation.
· Trends in education, training and career patterns, encompassing hereditary
succession, patronage, apprenticeship and university study.
· The roles played by women, in popular and domestic medicine and beyond.
· The place of medicine within processes of social and cultural change in
Ireland more generally, and the wider parts played by medical practitioners in
scientific, intellectual, political, military, confessional and other spheres.
Contributions from early career researchers and postgraduate research students
are particularly welcome and limited financial support is available to help with
travel and conference costs on application.

Please send c. 200 word abstracts of proposed papers by email to the conference
organiser Dr John Cunningham ( by 6 March 2015.

For more information about the conference please see:

NI Science Festival 19 February – 1 March 2015

The NI Science Festival,19 Feb – 1 March 2015, offers a stimulating and wide range of events focusing on the wonders of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. During the day the festival will present a whole host of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening the festival will come alive with an eclectic mix of scientific debates, talks, theatre, comedy, music and film for adults.

The Festival has a variety of events that will be of interest to HSTM Network Ireland members including ‘Renaissance Science’ led by author Alison Hackett and physicist Iggy McGovern and ‘The Chemists’ War 1914-1918′, a talk by by Michael Freemantle.

Call for Papers: On the history of social practice of psychiatric nursing and the patients’ situation in psychiatric facilities

International Conference: On the history of social practice of psychiatric nursing and the patients’ situation in psychiatric facilities

Organizer: Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation, Stuttgart. The conference will be coordinated by Dr. Sylvelyn Hähner-Rombach (Stuttgart) in cooperation with PD Dr. Karen Nolte (Würzburg)

Time and Place: October 9th-11th, 2015; Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation

*Deadline for abstracts: February 28th, 2015*

Within the last 20 years the history of psychiatry has developed into a multidisciplinary field of research, in which psychiatry as science, its institutions, forms of therapies and social practices have been examined. Although there some studies on hand about the history of the professionalization of psychiatric nursing, the history of psychiatry can still be considered as a desideratum in research. The planned conference is intended to provide a compilation of research activities in the field of history of psychiatric nursing. Moreover it is supposed to develop and discuss innovative research questions. To examine the everyday life of psychiatric nurses a wider perspective on female and male patients in psychiatric facilities is indispensable, because both groups were closely linked to each other. Therefore, the papers of the conference should combine questions from the history of nursing with questions from the history of patients. Concerning the scope of the papers both fields of research can be weighted differently. Possible topics are:

– historical developments and chances in the field of the education and the occupational image of psychiatric nursing – historical changes concerning concepts of nursing care

– practices in psychiatric nursing

– relationship between nurses and psychiatrists

– relationship between nurses and patients, patients’ perspectives on nurses – role of nurses in the context of the introduction of new (somatic) therapies in psychiatry

– experiences of patients in psychiatric facilities

– reforms in psychiatry and the role of nurses and/or patients

– role of nurses concerning the implementation and maintenance of discipline in psychiatric facilities

– criticism of psychiatry and nurses

– community-based psychiatry and social psychiatry

– patients and nursing at the interfaces of community-based psychiatry, social psychiatry and special education

Application: Abstracts (approximately 400 words) should especially highlight research questions, methods and sources. Moreover they should contain the title of the presentation as well as the name and address of the contributor. Please send your abstract to Sylvelyn Hähner Rombach, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung, Straußweg 17, 70184 Stuttgart or email it to (February 28th, 2015). Participants will be informed until April 1th, 2015. Travel expenses, lodging and board during the conference will be paid for by the organizer. Contributors from overseas will receive an additional payment for their flights up to a maximum of 600 Euro.

CHOMI Seminar Series 26 February

CHOMI Seminar Series

The next seminar in the CHOMI Seminar Series will take place on 26 February

Dr Eamon O’Flaherty (University College Dublin)

Illness on the margins? Spatial patterns of health provision and historical urban morphology

5 pm, Room K114, School of History & Archives, UCD.

All welcome

Call for Papers: Medicines, Translations and Histories


University of Manchester
Thursday 11 and Friday 12 June 2015

Deadline for abstracts of a maximum of 300 words: *14 February 2015*

As a widely-circulated article in the Journal of the American Medical Association
argued in 2008, the emerging field of Translational Medicine (TM) can be defined
in two very different ways: first, the study of the specific ‘bench-to-bedside’
enterprise of harnessing knowledge from basic sciences to produce new drugs,
devices and treatment options for patients; and secondly, the more general
business of translating research into clinical practice, ensuring new treatments
and research knowledge actually reach the patients or populations for whom
they are intended.(1) In policy, these two areas are mostly framed in terms of
how new knowledge and practices can be developed and tested faster, and then
how innovations can be disseminated more rapidly into practice. To these two
definitions of the problem of translation in medicine, we would add a third,
unstated issue: what translations the research of historians, ethnographers,
ethicists and other social scientists must undergo in order to engage with clinical
practice, health policy, and more general public concerns about health and the
healthcare system today.

Historians of medicine and medical journal editors alike are concerned about the
paucity of historical perspective in contemporary policymaking and the
communication gap between research, practice, and policy in the field of medical
history.(2) The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
(CHSTM), University of Manchester and the Institute of the History of Medicine,
Johns Hopkins University, USA, are holding a meeting in Manchester in June 2015
to bring together historians, social scientists, and the policy community to
explore critically the issues around Translational Medicine set out above. We
hope to attract practitioners and stakeholders to engage in a dialogue on how
History might inform, and contribute to the transformation of, medical education
and practice.
Topics will include, but are not limited to:

– translational research in practice: histories, ethnographies and ethics
– material and conceptual studies of medical innovation
– models of translation in medicine, public health, and health policy
– studying translation between the public and private sector
– translational medicine in the medical curriculum
– cross national, international and transnational accounts of translational
– interdisciplinarities with history, ethics, social sciences, and the medical
– the roles of history, social science, and medical humanities in medical
education, biomedical research and clinical practice.

Deadline for abstracts of a maximum of 300 words: *14 February 2015*
We will be applying for conference funding and hope to be able offer support to
Please send abstracts to:

The Correspondence of John Tyndall Launch

Please find attached an invitation from Norman McMillan on behalf of the John Tyndall Correspondence Project to the Irish Launch of Volume 1 of The Correspondence of John Tyndall (Pickering and Chatto) which will take place at the Senior Common Room, Trinity College Dublin on 9 March 2015 at 6.30. The series will be launched in Ireland by Professor John Sweeney (NUI Maynooth) with a welcome from Dr Patrick Prendergast (Provost, TCD).

Please RSVP by email to by 1 March 2015.


LinkedIn group

Our network likes to connect in as many ways as possible. Network member Mary Mulvihill started a History of Science, Technology & Medicine in Ireland private group on LinkedIn a few months ago and it is a great place for a discussion. So if you are more of a LinkedIn networker than a Facebooker or #Twitterstorian be sure to join the LinkedIn group.

Linked In HSTM Group

If you are a network member with something to share suggestions and submissions for the website are always welcome.