The Medical World of early Modern Ireland, 1500-1750

‘The Medical World of early Modern Ireland, 1500-1750’ will take place at the Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin 3-4 September.

Further details and online registration are available at the conference webpage. There is no charge to attend the conference sessions, but advance registration is required for catering purposes.

Please click on the links below for the programme and speakers’ abstracts

Programme The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland

Abstracts The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland



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.


Registration Open : The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland, 1500-1750.

The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland, 1500-1750

Registration is now open for this conference, which takes place at the Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin on 3-4 September 2015.

The conference programme and registration form can be accessed at:

And you can also view the The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland Conference Programme by clicking on this link

Food As Medicine conference: Registration Open

Registration for Food As Medicine Conference 9-10 October 2015 is open.

The conference is public and attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.

Please click on the following link for more details:

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.

FOOD AS MEDICINE: Historical Perspectives 9-10 October 2015, Dublin.

9 October 2015: The Edward Worth Library, Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8.

10 October 2015: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin


Keynote Lecture:

Professor Steven Shapin (Franklin L. Ford Research Professor of the History of Science, Harvard): ‘The Medical Making of Modernity: Knowing about Our Food, Our Bodies, and Ourselves over the past 2,000 years.’

Abstract submission:

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to no later than 31 March 2015.


The energy and output of the contemporary debate around food, diet and health might suggest that this was a new area of interest. In fact, our present concern is just the most recent version of a long running debate about the relationship between what we eat and our well being. This international conference provides a forum to discuss how these ideas have been expressed in the past and how they have changed. Our views on food and health have been affected by changes in society, economy, culture, medicine and science. This conference seeks papers that explore these changes around the central theme of food as medicine. We are interested in perspectives from the history of medicine and the history of science, but also from social and cultural history and in papers examining any period of history. Some potential areas of interest include early modern regimens, foods for healing, chemical approaches to food, the impact of medicine on cookery, health and homemaking, the use of medicinal plants, the role of food in maintaining and restoring health, changing dietary advice, the role of cooks and cooking books in medicine and the changing perceptions of the concept of a balanced diet.

The conference organisers:

Dr Juliana Adelman (St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University)

Dr Elizabethanne Boran (The Edward Worth Library, Dublin)

Dr Máire Kennedy (The Gilbert Library, Dublin)

Prof. Andrzej Kuropatnicki (Pedagogical University, Krakow)

Irish History of Mathematics Conference

After successful Irish History of Mathematics Conferences at Maynooth (2011) and St Patrick’s Drumcondra (2013), the 3rd Irish History of Mathematics Conference (IHOM3) will take place at Ulster University, Belfast on Friday 15th May 2015. The event will be organised by Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird (Maynooth) and Dr Mark McCartney (Ulster).

Abstracts for potential talks (of 30 minutes in length), should be sent to Mark McCartney ( by Monday 13th April. See the IHOM1 and IHOM2 websites for details of previous talks.

In keeping with the relaxed nature of previous conferences, formality and costs will be kept to a minimum, and as such there will only be a £10 registration fee (payable on the day) to cover the costs of lunch and coffee breaks. Requests to register for the event should also be sent to Mark McCartney, no later than 8th May.

William Wilde Bi-Centenary Symposium

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland History of Medicine Section will present a one day William Wilde Bi-Centenary Symposium.

William Wilde #histmed Irish physician
Sir William Wilde MD, FRCSI,(1815-1876)

Wednesday 6th May 2015 4pm

Winter Hall, Royal College Physicians Ireland, 6 Kildare St., Dublin.


William Wilde in the West of Ireland. Davis Coakley, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

‘By this disease people are rendered unable to earn their living’ William Wilde, Oculist to Her Majesty. Susan Mullaney, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

William Wilde and 1 Merrion Square. Rory Mc Entegart, Academic Dean, American College, Dublin.

Sir William Wilde’s Contribution to Otology. Michael Walsh, William Wilde Chair in E.N.T. Surgery, RCSI.

The Demographic Work of Sir William Wilde. Sir Peter Froggatt, Queens University, Belfast.

Sir William Wilde, an Enlightened Editor. Mary O’Doherty, RCSI Heritage Collections Librarian.

Sir William Wilde: Social Historian. Laurence Geary, University College Cork.

Wilde’s Worlds: Sir William Wilde in Victorian Ireland. James Mc Geachie, Ulster University.

Chair: Clive Lee, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Tours of Number 1 Merrion Square will be available on the day starting at 2pm, please meet at the front door of Number 1.

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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: