Book Launch History of Psychiatry in Ireland

The Book-launch of Dr Brendan Kelly’s Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland (Irish Academic Press) is to take place on 23 November, 6 pm at O’Connell House, 58 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Please RSVP via info@iap.ie with subject line ‘Book Launch RSVP – Hearing Voices’

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CFP: 19th Century Ireland

The following may be of interest to Historians of STEM subjects. The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (SSNCI) fosters an inter-disciplinary approach to Nineteenth-Century Irish studies.

Figures of Authority in 19th-Century Ireland.

The 19th century is often seen as a period when age-old sources of social, political, spiritual and cultural authority were eroded by various crises, triggering searches for alternative forms of leadership. While such a diagnosis may certainly ring true for Victorian Britain and by extension for the neighbouring island, 19th-century Ireland also witnessed both the restoration of older forms of authority (e.g. the re-establishment of the Catholic hierarchy at a time when papal power was reinforced) and the rise of figures who defined new models of authority (e.g. Daniel O’Connell as a prototype for the charismatic politician in a democratic age). The struggle for the definition of the Irish nation empowered conflicting claims to public authority. New cultural and educational forces vied to assert authority on an increasingly literate population, while new media saw themselves as leaders of opinion and gradually helped fashion a cult of personality centered on public figures. Despite his notorious anti-Irish pronouncements, Thomas Carlyle’s views on hero-worship and on the nature of authority exerted an influence on generations of Irish intellectuals across sectarian and political divides. Romantic concepts of literary authorship prompted some to think of poets – both dead and living –as (un)acknowledged legislators, while in the scholarly sphere, new distinguished Societies emerged to enshrine intellectual authority. Social and economic changes entailed reconfigurations of  authority within age-old family structures. Various studies suggest that the waning of Ascendancy power did not automatically entail a corresponding decline in traditional deference, while others have shown how existing public offices could be reinvented and reinforced as well as contested.

The conference will bring those various strands together in a collective reflection on the forms that authority assumed in 19th-century Ireland, on the complex relations they bore to wider British and international redefinitions of authority, and on the specificity of Irish contributions to the reshaping of authority in the modern age.

The resulting publication of selected proceedings will be an interdisciplinary volume of interest to the various fields of Irish studies as well to 19th-century historians in general. If authority seems to be in crisis in early-21st-century Ireland, it is important to bear in mind that many contested forms of authority that look ‘traditional’ from our point of view emerged from 19th-century crises and developments.

Please contact the local organizer Raphaël Ingelbien (ssnci2017@gmail.com) with any questions. 200-word abstracts or panel descriptions and a brief CV should be sent to the same address  by 15 January  2017.

There will be no registration fee. Two postgraduate travel bursaries of up to 400 euros each will be available for students without full scholarships, eligible students should send an accompanying letter about their finances together with their abstract and CV to the organizer.

More details on the SSNCI Website.

Don’t forget to Register for the HSTM Conference!

With just over two weeks to go until the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland Annual Conference 2016 don’t forget to secure your place by registering in advance through this link on eventbrite

Don’t forget to check out our updated conference programme.

We are excited to see you there!

Updated HSTM Network Conference Programme

The conference will take place on the St Patrick’s Campus (formerly St Patrick’s College) of Dublin City University.  Registration will be at the entrance near reception.  If you wish to attend you are kindly requested to register in advance via Eventbrite. Continue reading “Updated HSTM Network Conference Programme”

Ears, Noses, Throats and Irish Independence | Lecture

Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, History of Medicine Section (jointly with the RCSI)

presents:

Ears, Noses, Throats and Irish Independence

Wednesday 26th October 2016 6.15pm
First Floor, Setanta House,
Setanta Place, Dublin 2.

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Sir Robert Woods, the first surgeon in Ireland to specialise solely in ENT, had an illustrious career which included presidency of the Royal College of Surgeons and receiving a knighthood. He became politicised during the Great War, being elected a Unionist Member of Parliament, and was involved in Anglo-Irish negotiations during secession. Woods’ protégé, Oliver St John Gogarty, not only established a successful ENT practice, but became a renowned author and poet, and was famous for his flamboyant theatrics in the operating room. He was a staunch Republican and Sinn Féiner who became a Senator in the fledgling Irish Free State.

All Welcome, particularly students.

One Month to the HSTM Network Conference 2016!

We are counting down the days until the 2016 HSTM Network Ireland annual conference on the 11th and 12th of November in Dublin City University.

Register now through Eventbrite to guarantee your place.

There are numerous talks to get excited about all detailed on our conference programme. We’re especially excited about our two key note addresses by Peter Bowler (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Maja Horst (University of Cophenhagen).

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

Walking Tour: The Irish ideas and inventions that changed the world

Ingenious Ireland walking tours start up again this Saturday 2nd May and run until the end of August. They are a lighthearted way to enjoy and learn about Ireland’s history of science, technology and medicine.

The tour “The Irish ideas and inventions that changed the world” is packed with fascinating stories and lots of “wow ” moments.  Dubliners love it, and so do visitors, and we have had everything from corporate outings to retired groups and even hen parties!

The tour is on every Saturday, from 11.30 at Science Gallery. We end back there in time for lunch, and you get 10% off in their lovely cafe if you show your tour ticket when you order.  And after, you can explore their latest exhibition.

A ticket costs €15 and can be booked here

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 www.rcpi.ie/heritagecentre.
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 (cunninjo@tcd.ie) by 6 March 2015.

For more information about the conference please see:
http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/history/research/centres/medicalhistory/newsandevents/events/medical_world_early_modern_ireland/