Conference: The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Call for Papers – Deadline for submissions, 31st January 2022

The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland plans to run a two-day in-person conference at UCD, Friday 24th – Saturday 25th June 2022, on the theme of New Perspectives on Conflict and Ireland in the Nineteenth Century. 

The conference will be organised by Dr Paul Huddie (UCD Humanities Institute) with the assistance of Dr Niamh Howlin (UCD Sutherland School of Law), Dr Cathal Billings (UCD School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore), and Dr Arlene Crampsie (UCD School of Geography). 

Further information about the conference, including the Call for Papers (deadline: 31st January 2022) is available here: http://ssnci.org/annual-conference-2022/

Download a PDF copy of the Call for Papers.

Lecture: The Medical Students from London who went to help at Belsen during the war, 26th January 2022 at 7pm

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland’s History of Medicine Section hosts, Professor Stephen Challacombe, PhD, FDSRCS, FMedSci, DSc, FKCKings College, London who will present at this free lecture hosted via Zoom.

In early April 1945, 96 medical students from the London Schools volunteered to help at Belsen concentration camp. On arrival, they were assigned one of the 80 wooden huts to look after, each of which housed up to 450 starving, ill and emaciated inmates. War to the East continued. 45,000 starving people inside the camp had had no food for weeks and no water for the last week. Typhus and TB were rife. The British Army had buried the bodies but had few inroads into the individual huts. The students set about looking after and delivering food and water to all the surviving inmates. The death rate dropped from 800 a day to below 50 a day within two weeks. The students assisted the inmates to be cleaned and move into a hastily constructed hospital of 14,000 beds. At the end of four weeks the students flew back to Croydon airport, gave back their uniforms, returned to their medical schools, and never met as a group again.

The event is free but registration is required at: https://www.rami.ie/event/history-of-medicine-section-wednesday-26th-january-2022-at-7pm/

January 2022 Reading Group – HSTM Ireland Network

The HSTM Network Ireland reading group meet online once a month to engage in discussion about a topical article in the fields of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Our next meeting will take place on:

Friday, 21st January 2022, 1:00-2:00pm, Zoom

We will be reading:

Milam, E. L., & Nye, R. A. (2015). An introduction to scientific masculinities. Osiris30(1), 1-14.

More information on the reading group and the monthly readings can be found here.

If you would like to join the reading group, please email hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com. Details of readings and a link to the discussion group will then be forwarded to you.

Conference: The Irish History Student’s Association, Call for Papers – Deadline for submissions, 7th January 2022

The Irish History Students’ Association, in association with Trinity College Dublin, is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its 73rd Annual Conference. The event will run from 25 – 26 February 2022, as a hybrid conference due to ongoing public health restrictions.

Proposals are invited for papers (in English or Irish) on any historical theme or period, from undergraduate, postgraduate students and early-career researchers in Ireland, along with those researching Irish history abroad. Undergraduate proposals are encouraged.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words for a 20-minute research paper (approx. 2,500-3,000 words / 5 – 8 PowerPoint slides) should be submitted, along with a short personal biography of no more than 100 words via the Abstract Submission Form. Full-panel submissions are also encouraged, of 3-4 papers maximum, and applicants are invited to make use of our Twitter account to get in contact with other researchers in their field.

All proposals should be submitted via the link on the website and not by email no later than 7 January 2022. Please include your Name, Institutional affiliation, and biography via the Abstract Form and not by email.

Submissions can be made here.

For further information, please visit the website or contact the organisers at ihsaconference2022@gmail.com.

Gendering para-citizenship: an exploration of women, men and disability in modern Chinese history, CHOMI seminar, 18 Nov. 4.15 pm


Professor Sarah Dauncey (University of Nottingham)

How have disabled men and women been conceptualised in modern Chinese history? In this talk, Sarah Dauncey looks at the construction of gendered disabled identities specifically from the perspective of Chinese cultural epistemologies. Drawing on her new theory of para-citizenship – a compelling framework for understanding the complex and shifting power relationships between disabled individuals and/or groups, the state and broader non-disabled society – as well as sociological theories of gender and the body, her research reveals how traditionally accepted notions of personhood are often fundamentally challenged through encounters and interactions with understandings of disability and gender. She provides engaging examples of the ways in which representations and narratives of disability negotiate the gendered identities of their subjects in relation to dominant discourses, where collective social, political and cultural understandings of what it means to live a ‘productive’ disabled life as a women or man are both imbued and contested.

To register, please click here

Once you have registered, a link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the address you provide. Please note: you do not need to download Zoom to join the webinar. For more details please see the attached flyer.

For details of other seminars in the 2021/22 CHOMI series, see here

November 2021 Reading Group – HSTM Ireland

The HSTM Network Ireland reading group meet online once a month to engage in discussion about a topical article in the fields of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Our next meeting will take place on:

Friday, 19th November 2021, 1-2:00pm, Zoom

We will be reading:

Wynter, R. (2021). Ambition, ‘failure’ and the laboratory: Birmingham as a centre of twentieth-century British scientific Hardenberg, W. G. V., & Mahony, M. (2020). Introduction—Up, down, round and round: Verticalities in the history of science. Centaurus62(4), 595-611.

More information on the reading group and the monthly readings can be found here.

If you would like to join the reading group, please email hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com. Details of readings and a link to the discussion group will then be forwarded to you.

August 2021 Reading Group – HSTM Ireland Network

The HSTM Network Ireland reading group meet online once a month to engage in discussion about a topical article in the fields of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Our next meeting will take place on:

Friday, August 20th 2021, 1-2:30pm, Zoom

We will be reading:

Wynter, R. (2021). Ambition, ‘failure’ and the laboratory: Birmingham as a centre of twentieth-century British scientific psychiatry. The British Journal for the History of Science, 54(1), 19-40.

More information on the reading group and the monthly readings can be found here.

If you would like to join the reading group, please email hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com. Details of readings and a link to the discussion group will then be forwarded to you.

HSTM Magazine – Call For Contributions!

The History of Science, Technology & Medicine (HSTM) Network of Ireland was established in 2014 to foster research, teaching and public engagement in Ireland and beyond, while linking Irish researchers to the international community of scholars. Since then, the network has hosted annual conferences, promoted awareness of archival sources across the island, advocated HSTM as a subject at all levels of education and supported and developed public events with an HSTM element.

In 2021, the HSTM Network will launch an online magazine edited by members Ian Miller, Max Meulendijks, Elena Schaa and Shelby Zimmermann. The network is currently seeking original research articles (c.1500-2000 words) on any HSTM-related subject (Irish or non-Irish). Topics might include (but are not limited to) the history of:

· Disease and illness

· Mental health and emotions

· Healthcare provision

· Health experiences of marginalised communities

· The popular reception of science

· Networks and/or geographies of science

· Academic disciplines and institutions (relating to HSTM)

· Systematic knowledge production

· Technological innovation

We are also seeking reviews of new books, exhibitions, media and events relating to Irish HSTM research (or HSTM research being conducted in Ireland). We also wish to run articles that focus on a particular archive in Ireland or an interesting object/text from a collection.

Contributions will be published initially on the HSTM Network Ireland website, and then collated in a bi-annual printed magazine. We welcome contributions from all career stages.

To discuss ideas for a potential contributions, please email HSTMIrelandonline@gmail.com

Style guide can be found here.

HSTM Network Ireland Reading Group Begins!

The HSTM Network Ireland reading group will be meeting online once a month to engage in discussion about a topical article in the fields of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Our first meeting will take place on:

Friday, July 16th 2021, 1-2:30pm, Zoom

We will be reading:

Elshakry, Marwa. “When science became Western: Historiographical reflections.” Isis 101, no. 1 (2010): 98-109.

More information on the reading group and the monthly readings can be found here.

If you would like to join the reading group, please email hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com. Details of readings and a link to the discussion group will then be forwarded to you.

BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM Conference: People, Places, Practices, 12 July 2021 to 15 July 2021

The joint BSHM-CSHPM/SCHPM conference on the theme of People, Places, Practices will take place from Monday 12 July (starting 14:00) to Thursday 15 July.

The conference (originally scheduled to take place in St Andrews, summer 2020) will be online. Most presentations will be pre-recorded and made available the previous day. Plenaries will be pre-recorded and released, but will also be played live. The timetable allows participants to watch the relevant recordings immediately before the live session Q&A if they wish. Live Q&A sessions are all 40 minutes, allowing time for a break, and a bit of slippage, before the zoom channel is needed for the next live session.

Presentations of specific Irish interest are:

Wed 14th @14:00 Colm Mulcahy (Plenary) – Plenary 5: The Scottish Irish Mathematical Trail

Wed 14th @17:00 Maurice OReilly (Q&A with pre-recorded video available in advance) – Developing an online exhibition of selected mathematical works from Marsh’s Library, Dublin: an early modern library through the eyes of undergraduate mathematics students

Thu 15th @ 18:00 Anne Van Weerden (Q&A with pre-recorded video available in advance) – Sir William Rowan Hamilton: the influence of the 1880s temperance struggles on his posthumous reputation

Registration is free: https://www.bshm.ac.uk/events/people-places-practices-joint-bshm-cshpmschpm-conference