Crowdfunding Project Cityscapes & Earth Debates

As part of a Cartography and Mapping Grants Challenge, HSTM Network Ireland member Tanya O’Sullivan has launched a crowdfunding project to raise 500 dollars in 30 days to help start a research project on:

Cityscapes and Earth Debates: Fashioning the Geosphere in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.

This project maps the course of scientific ideas as they navigate the cultural landscape of nineteenth-century Ireland. It is primarily concerned with the relationship between scientific knowledge and urban space and takes as its theme the mid nineteenth-century discourse on earth sciences in Ireland. It assesses the crucial significance of city-lives, space and place on contemporary discussions around the age, structure and evolution of the earth.

We hope that this exposure as part of the Cartography and Mapping Grant Challenge on experiment.com will help to promote the history of science  within science and bring Irish HSTM research to a wider audience. There is a facility to provide ‘lab notes’ or updates on the project as the work progresses, and backers can discuss and become involved in the research as well as being acknowledged in the final article.

Please share this link to the project page with HSTM people or anyone who might be interested, and feel free to donate, even $5 will help!

Click on this link for more information and to donate! https://experiment.com/projects/cityscapes-and-earth-debates-fashioning-the-geosphere-in-nineteenth-century-ireland

 

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.

‘The cost of insanity’

The next seminar in the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Seminar Series takes place on Thursday, 4 February:
Dr Alice Mauger (University College Dublin)
‘The cost of insanity: public, voluntary and private asylum care in nineteenth-century Ireland’
5 pm, K114, UCD School of History.

Call for Papers: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century

Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century St Anne’s College, Oxford

10th – 11th September 2016

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: CHRISTOPHER HAMLIN AND LAURA OTIS

In our current ‘Information Age’ we suffer as never before, it is claimed, from the stresses of an overload of information, and the speed of global networks. The Victorians diagnosed similar problems in the nineteenth century. The medic James Crichton Browne spoke in 1860 of the ‘velocity of thought and action’ now required, and of the stresses imposed on the brain forced to process in a month more information ‘than was required of our grandfathers in the course of a lifetime’. Through this two day interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the ERC funded Diseases of Modern Life project based at Oxford, we will explore the phenomena of stress and overload, and other disorders associated with the problems of modernity in the long nineteenth century, as expressed in the literature, science, and medicine of the period. We seek to return to the holistic, integrative vision of the Victorians as it was expressed in the science and literature of the period, exploring the connections drawn between physiological, psychological and social health, or disease, and offering new ways of contextualising the problems of modernity facing us in the twenty-first century. We are particularly interested in comparative perspectives on these issues from international viewpoints. Topics might include, but are not limited to: · Representations of ‘modern’ disorders and neuroses in literature and the medical press · Defining modernity and its problems in the nineteenth century · Medical and psychiatric constructions of modern life · Social and mental health and welfare · Diseases from pollution and changing nineteenth-century environments · Diseases from worry, overwork, and mental or physical strain · Diseases from excess, self-abuse, stimulants, and narcotics · The role of machinery and technology in causing or curing disease · Changing relationships between doctors and patients · Emerging medical specialisms · Global modernities We welcome proposals from researchers across a range of disciplines and stages of career. We plan to publish a selection of papers from the event in the form of an edited volume.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words accompanied by a short bio, to medicineandmodernity@ell.ox.ac.uk by Friday, 4th December 2015.