Death in Florence

The Edward Worth Medical History Lecture

by Professor John Henderson (Birkbeck)

Death in Florence: Plague, Public Health and the Poor in a Late Italian Renaissance State

Florence Duomo

will take place


Thursday 30 April, 5.15,


the Swift Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin.

Job Opportunities

Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine University of Warwick 

The Department of History seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine for the period 1st September 2015 to 31st July 2017. You will conduct research and teaching in the History of Medicine both individually and in collaboration with colleagues within the Department, and across the University. You will be expected to build research networks in your specialism beyond the University. You will have a proven record of achievement in research, with clear potential for and/or demonstrated excellence in publication in an area or areas of the History of Medicine. You will undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, including the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research work and the design and delivery of specific areas of research-led teaching. In particular, you will be able to convene, lead seminar and offer a portion of the lectures for either or both of two large undergraduate modules in the History of Medicine, ‘Kill or Cure: The History of Medicine and Health,’ a first-year module, and ‘From Cradle to Grave: Health, Medicine and Lifecycle in Modern Britain,’ a second-year module. You will have undergraduate teaching experience, and experience of/or potential to engage in postgraduate teaching. You will have knowledge of applying for funding, and the potential to participate in collaborative grant initiatives and management. You will be expected to participate as appropriate in the administration of the History Department, and to participate in and contribute to the activities of the Centre for the History of Medicine. All applications must be accompanied by a CV and covering letter. Writing samples and module outlines will be requested from candidates at a later stage of the recruitment process and should not be submitted with the initial application.

Please direct all informal inquiries to Professor Daniel Branch, Head of Department, at Closing date: 20 April 2015

Call for Papers: History of Science Technology & Medicine Network Ireland Inaugural Conference

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Network Ireland Inaugural Conference

Maynooth University

13-14 November 2015

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Supported by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme

Organised by: HSTM Network Ireland

In co-operation with: Department of History, Maynooth University, HSTM Network Ireland

The HSTM Network Ireland fosters research, teaching and public engagement in the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) in Ireland.  It brings together researchers based in Ireland and welcomes overseas members with relevant interests. We aim to raise the profile of HSTM in Ireland and link Irish-based researchers to an international community of scholars. The Network is organising an inaugural conference to promote awareness of archival sources for HSTM on the island, advocate HSTM as a subject at all levels of education, support and develop public events with an HSTM element, and produce an accessible bibliography of HSTM research.

Inaugural Conference

The conference committee (composed of Ida Milne (Queen’s University Belfast), Ian Miller (Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University of Ulster) and Adrian James Kirwan (Maynooth University)) is accepting abstracts for the HSTM Network Ireland’s inaugural conference to take place at Maynooth University on 13-14 November 2015. The event will showcase innovative, original research currently being pursued by established and early-career researchers working in HSTM in Ireland (broadly defined).

While the theme of the event is open, the committee proposes to prioritise research that is original, unpublished, interdisciplinary and methodologically innovative.

Potential areas include (but are not restricted to):

  • History of biomedical sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History of military technology
  • Medical Humanities
  • Medieval science and technology
  • Early-modern science and technology
  • Computing history
  • History of telecommunications
  • History of psychiatry and psychology
  • Cartographic History
  • Maritime science and technology
  • History of medical ethics and bioethics
  • History of Mathematics
  • History of the body
  • History of earth sciences
  • History of engineering
  • HSTM in education
  • HSTM archival resources
  • HSTM heritage

Applicants should email an abstract (of no more than 300 words) and a short biography (no more than 100 words) to by 29 June 2015. Informal enquiries should also be sent to this address. Individual papers shall be of twenty minutes duration with an additional ten minutes for questions and answers. Proposals for panels and roundtables (of one and a half hour duration) are also encouraged.

Further information

The conference committee have organised several roundtable discussions and presentations. These will include panels on HSTM education, the promotion of HSTM heritage, and the compilation and promotion of HSTM resources, potential contributors to these are welcome. 

A limited number of travel bursaries are available and may be awarded to presenters without access to other sources of funding.

All correspondence in relation to the conference should be sent to

Health, Healthcare and Society

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‘Health, Healthcare and Society: Environment, Markets, Lifecycle and Location: Ten Years On’

        Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare, Glasgow, 18-19 June 2015

The CSHHH was established in 2005 as a collaborative venture between historians at Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities. Our activities focus on the way in which health, medicine, medical science have developed over time and have come to shape our contemporary experience. As part of a programme of events to celebrate its tenth anniversary, the Centre is staging a two-day conference in June on a theme which has guided much of its research over the past decade and which was the title of its Wellcome Trust Enhancement Grant: ‘Health, Healthcare and Society: Environment, Markets, Lifecycle and Location’.

Keynote speakers

Professor Linda Bryder, University of Auckland

Professor John Stewart, CSHHH Glasgow

Call for papers

The aim of this conference is to examine the historical relationship between health and the provision of healthcare in the broader society; to consider how the historical development of healthcare has shaped current healthcare provisions and dilemmas, and to explore how we might engage different audiences with this history. We invite proposals which explore the following issues:

What is the impact of the environment on individual and collective health and what responses does this elicit?

How is healthcare provision, in the shape of drugs and pharmaceuticals and institutions such as hospitals, shaped by wider socio-economic factors?

What are the medical and cultural responses to issues surrounding specific points in the lifecycle?

What impact does geographical location – whether in the former colonies or in Scotland – have on health and healthcare?

Submissions (up to 500 words) should be sent to by Friday 24 April 2015.

The University At War, 1914-1925 Britain, France, and the United States.

book cover The University at War 1914-1925 by Tómas Irish
The University at War 1914-1925

We are delighted to announce the publication of HSTM Network committee member Dr. Tómas Irish’s book The University At War, 1914-1925 Britain, France, and the United States.

The role science and technology in wartime, and the work of scientists researching at universities in those troubled times cannot be underestimated. Dr. Irish’s book is a fascinating read for all interested in the history of science and technology.

How did universities come to be central players in the prosecution of the First World War? The war, defined for many by battlefield stalemate and trench warfare, brought ideas into the front line for the first time, as scholars and scholarship worked with national governments to provide answers to the many challenging questions it posed. Drawing on examples from Britain, France, and the United States, The University at War, 1914-25 examines how universities were mobilized in wartime and the ethical challenges which this in turn posed for educational institutions. The wartime experiences of academia helped shape many modern educational practices and systems of higher education and saw scholars emerge from their ‘ivory towers’ in the guise of experts.

For more details see the Palgrave Publisher Website