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8 June 2018, University of Huddersfield, Heritage Quay

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the University of Huddersfield’s Postgraduate conference 2018. The conference focuses on providing a space for interdisciplinary research across all fields, from early career researchers and post-graduate students, to share their work. We welcome submissions in a variety of formats, including but not exclusive to 15-20 minute papers, 10-minute poster presentations, video submissions, performance, media contributions and other public history outputs.

Proposals are invited from all time periods, all topics and all regions relating to gender perspectives.

Offers of papers should include a 250-word abstract and for other submission forms a 250-word description along with a short biography.

Deadline date: May 8th 2018

Please send submissions to: perspectives.conference@hud.ac.uk

There will be no registration fee and we hope to offer travel bursaries for speakers


Healthcare before Welfare States: 2nd International Workshop Charles University, Prague, 8-9 March 2018

Proposed Clinical Hospital, Central Prague, 1937

Workshop Programme

Thursday 8th March

11am Welcome and Coffee

11:30 George Weisz, McGill


12.30 Lunch

Session 1: Mental Health, 13:30-15:00

13:30 Alice Brumby A “great landmark in the history of legislation”? Reassessing the Mental Treatment Act 1930-1938
14:00 Cara Dobbing, University of Leicester The Transitory Nature of Mental Health Provision in the Late Nineteenth-Century: The Experience of the Garlands Asylum, 1862-1902
14:30 Rob Ellis, University of Huddersfield ‘A Serious and Difficult Duty’, London County Council and the Politics of Mental Health Care at the end of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.

Session 2: Hospitals, 13:30-15:00

13:30 Axel C. Hüntelmann, Institute for the History of Medicine Charité – University Medicine Berlin Bookkeeping, accounting and cost management in German hospitals between 1900 and 1930
14:00 Frank Grombir, University of Huddersfield ‘Mission Impossible? The hospital provision in Subcarpathian Ruthenia, Czechoslovakia’s easternmost province’, 1918 – 1938
14:30 Jerònia Pons-Pons & Margarita Vilar-Rodríguez, Universidade da Coruña The long shadow of charity in the Spanish hospital structure (1880- 1935)

Session 3 : Systems 15:30-17:15

15:30 Bethany Rowley, University of Leeds Disabled ex-servicemen of the First World War, Christian Charity, and Religious Health Care in inter-war Britain.
16:00 Yannis Gonatidis, University of Crete Healthcare in the port of Hermoupolis (Syros) during the period 1870-1914
16:30 Zoltán Cora, University of Szeged Public health care and social policy in Hungary in the 1930s and 1940s: continuities and discontinuities

Session 4: Staffing 15:30-17:15

15:30 Emilie Tesinska, Institute of Contemporary History AS CR, Prague Cooperation towards Professionalization in the Field of Medical Radiology
16:00 Marina Hilber, University of Innsbruck Specialised Medical Care: The case of Ludwig Kleinwächter’s private gynaecological and obstetric practice in Chernovtsy/Bukovina (1885-1906)
16:30 Pavla Jirková
Economics Institute of the CAS, Prague The Czechoslovak Red Cross (1919–1938): Healthcare, Charity, and Educational Activities during the Chairmanship of the President’s Daughter

Friday 9th March

9:30 – Arrival and Coffee

Session 5 – Systems 2 10:00 -11:30

10:00 Ceilidh Auger-Day, University of Saskatchewan Insuring Canada: How the insurance industry shaped Canadian health options, and Canadians’ sense of self
10:30 Helene Castenbrandt, SAXO-Instituttet, Københavns Universitet Sickness funds, private practitioners and health care in Sweden, 1900-1950
11:00 Roland Bertens,UMC Utrecht Private Initiative, Pillarization, and Paying for Care: Rhetoric and Reality in the Organization of Dutch Health Care 1900-1941

Session 6 – Tuberculosis 10:00 -11:30

10:00 Loh Kah Seng, Institute for East Asian Studies, Sogang University, South Korea. Prelude to the Public Housing State of Singapore: Tuberculosis, 1890-1941
10:30 Roberto Cea, State University of Milan, Italy Healthcare and tuberculosis in Italy: from social mobilization to compulsory insurance (1900-1930)
11:00 Yannis Stoyannidis Brave visionaries or naïve utopianists? Benefactors, doctors and tubercular patients (1903-1940)

Session 7 – Colonial Hospitals 11:45 – 13:15

11:45 Seán Lucey, University College Cork Understanding healthcare in small inter-war states: the case of the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland.
12:15 Erin Gallagher-Cohoon, University of Saskatchewan Caring for Mike and Elsie: The Role of Medical Missionary Hospitals in Saskatchewan, Canada, 1905-1942
12:45 Hannah-Louise Clark, University of Glasgow The ‘Islamic’ Origins of French Colonial Healthcare? Paying for Public Infirmaries in Twentieth-Century North Africa

Session 8 – Social Medicine 11:45 – 13:15

11:45 Anne Hanley, Birkbeck, University of London State provisions for the treatment of venereal diseases in interwar Britain
12:15 Cynthia Paces, The College of New Jersey Eugenics and Public Health in the First Czechoslovak Republic, 1918-1938
12:45 Steven J. Taylor, University of Leicester Planning for the Future: State Education as Healthcare in Early-Twentieth-Britain.

13:30 – Lunch

14:30 – Closing Keynote
Mick Worboys, CHSTM, Manchester
The non-patient’s view

15:30 – Round Table

For further details, contact r.e.piggott@hud.ac.uk or b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk

Huddersfield Medical Humanities Seminar Events 2018

We are pleased to announce the list of seminars and associated events for the 2018 University of Huddersfield Medical Humanities Research Seminar series. In addition to a varied list of speakers in our regular slot at 1.15 on Tuesdays we also have some interesting papers in other parts of the School including the History Research seminars by Barry Doyle on Central European health care and Mary Cox on war, nutrition and child health. There are also two exciting events in combination with the English Literature and Creative Writing Seminar organised by Ildiko Csengei on the theme of war, trauma and fiction from Matthew Green and Andy Owen. We look forward to seeing you at these talks.

All talks are at the University of Huddersfield Oastler Building

Tuesday 30 January, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
Beth Caldwell, “Depicting gender in children’s science books”.

Beth is an academic skills tutor and researcher in the School of Arts Design and Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. You can find out more about Beth’s research here https://research.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=1344

Tuesday 6 February, 5.15-6.15, OA5/11 [Note later time}
Barry Doyle, “Crisis, nation and healthcare: Creating hospital systems in inter war Central Europe”.

This paper will draw on research from the University of Huddersfield funded project Healthcare before Welfare States https://bmdoyleblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/european-healthcare-before-welfare-states/

Tuesday 13 February, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
Alexander Von Lunen, “Medicine with or without Hippocrates? Doctors in Nazi Germany”.

This showcases Alex’s most recent research exploring Nazi doctors, their experiments and the legacy. You can see more about Alex here https://research.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=1356 and his project to record Nazi aviation medicine here http://www.gaeromeddb.net

Tuesday 27 February, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
James Reid, “Thinking outside the box: A social view of the Finnish maternity package and baby boxes”.

Jim is a widely published researcher in childhood studies currently building a collaborative project on the social, cultural and health implications of the Finnish baby box. https://research.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=873

Wednesday 28 February, 17:30 onwards, OA7/31 [Note the different time and date]
Matthew Green, “Aftershock: what soldiers can teach us about transforming trauma”.

In partnership with the Literature and Creative Writing Seminar

For a full abstract for Matthew’s lecture please see below.


Tuesday 6 March, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
Mike Young, “Mental Health and Cultural Stresses in the British Raj, 1900-1947”.

Mike is just about to submit his doctoral thesis at the University of Huddersfield under the supervision of Dr Rob Ellis.

Tuesday 13 March, 13:15-14:15, OA6/10
Bridie Moore, ‘“Old People Can Have Ideas, Dreams and Can Move Gracefully”: Doing Age in Contemporary Theatre’.

Bridie is Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield and has recently been awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield on Age and Aging in Contemporary British Theatre. https://huddersfield.academia.edu/BridieMoore

Tuesday 17 April, 5.15-6.15, OA5/11
Mary Cox, University of Oxford, Title to be confirmed – On the theme of nutritional impacts of wartime on children, women and the elderly

Mary is soon to publish her first book ‘Hunger in War and Peace’ with Oxford University Press. Drawing especially on the experience of Germany in the First World War it examines the effects of blockades on the most vulnerable in society. https://www.history.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-mary-e-cox

Wednesday 25 April, 12.15-13.15, Venue: OA7/31
Andy Owen, Title to be confirmed, In partnership with the Literature and Creative Writing Seminar

Andy is a former soldier who has published novels about the experience of war that touch on the psychological and emotional challenges soldiers face. https://blog.yorksj.ac.uk/englishlit/andy-owen-east-of-coker/

Tuesday 1 May, 13:15-14:15, OA6/09
Rowan Bailey, “Where is the Brainbody in the Stories of Curation?”

Rowan is a senior Lecturer in the School of Art Design and Architecture who specialises in research methodologies and the philosophy of practice. She is currently working on the use of archives in practice and on the ‘brainbody’ in sculputral theory and practice. https://research.hud.ac.uk/ourstaff/profile/index.php?staffid=787

We look forward to seeing you at these stimulating events.

For more details please contact Rob Piggott, r.e.piggott@hud.ac.uk or Barry Doyle, b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk


Matthew Green (author and journalist)
 “Aftershock: what soldiers can teach us about transforming trauma”

In his acclaimed new book Aftershock: fighting war, surviving trauma and finding peace, Matthew Green documents the private battles fought by soldiers and their families as they struggle with the legacy of deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and previous conflicts the rest of Britain has long since forgotten. Now, Green is on a mission to show how British service personnel are leading the way in pioneering new approaches to healing psychological injury, whether they manifest as depression, anxiety and addictions–or the flashbacks, night terrors and emotional numbing of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Green has spent the past 14 years working as a correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters and has reported from more than 30 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He was embedded with US Marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. He later joined the Financial Times, working in Nigeria and then Pakistan and Afghanistan, where he spent time with US forces deployed to Helmand and Kandahar provinces in the Obama administration’s troop surge. 
A compelling and experienced public speaker, Green has moved and inspired audiences across the UK, whether addressing literary festivals, university students or senior military officers. He is a regular current affairs commentator on the BBC News Channel and BBC World Service radio and writes for Newsweek, the Guardian and Financial Times.

Healthy or Unhealthy Cities? Urban History Group Conference 2018 Keele University, 5th & 6th April

Healthy or Unhealthy Cities? Urban environments, cultures and economies of public and private health, 1600 to the present.

By their very nature towns and cities were and still are potentially unhealthy spaces, beset by problems of disease, pollution and inadequate housing. Yet cities have also been centres for reform and significantly improved ‘health’ provision: the great leaps forward in sanitation, environmental and industrial regulation, provision of hospitals and other medical services were themselves driven by the pressures of urbanisation. Although this ‘progress’ was neither linear nor without significant resistance, the impetus to promote change and to extend provision could and did bind city communities together. Indeed, as recent assessments have shown, cities became the increasingly healthy option as services and environments improved.

The health of urban populations and healthiness of urban environments and experience, therefore, remain central to our understanding of how towns and cities do or do not function.  The 2018 UHG conference will explore how we interpret and historicise the highs and lows of urban health and environment alongside the responses and experiences these produce.

In framing your paper or making a proposal for a panel you may wish to consider some of the following:

  • How healthy or unhealthy were cities compared to say rural environments; in what sense were problems localised or area specific, and did this impact on the city’s aggregated view of itself?
  • How has the (un)healthy city been represented to urban dwellers? How important were the perceptions of health and/or inequality over empirical knowledge in determining outcomes?
  • What drove forward health, pollution, environmental, housing and sanitary reform?  Was it largely pragmatic or idealistic; economic or research driven; led by locals or national agents?
  • What role did protest and radical action play in changing approaches to urban health?
  • What is the role of class, age, gender, sexuality, or ethnicity in determining access to a healthy urban life?
  • What was the correlation between economic activity and urban health?  How has regulation and planning impacted upon economic and industrial productivity; what tensions arise in creating cities that are both healthy and wealthy?
  • In terms of medical provision, who were the key actors, why were they involved and what did they achieve?
  • What were the limits and strengths of ‘voluntaryism’, how involved was the community in this and in what ways did the voluntary, religious and state systems inter-react?

The conference committee invites individual papers and panel proposals of up to three papers. Papers might be in the form of thematic or case studies, cutting across time and space to draw out the larger-scale historical process at work in relation to the conference theme. Contributions ranging from c.1600 to the present are welcome and can be drawn from any geographical area. Contributions from doctoral candidates (see below) are an important feature of the Urban History Group conferences and so these, too, are encouraged and can be financially supported with modest bursaries.


Abstracts of up to 300 words, including a paper or panel title, name, affiliation and contact details should be submitted to theurbanhistorygroup@gmail.com and should indicate clearly how the content of the paper addresses the conference themes outlined above. Those wishing to propose sessions should provide a brief statement that identifies the ways in which the session will address the conference theme, a list of speakers, and abstracts. The final deadline for proposals for sessions and papers is 7th October 2017.


The conference will again host its new researchers’ forum, which is composed of two strands. The first is aimed primarily at those who are at an early stage of a PhD or early career research project. New researchers’ papers should be the same length and follow the same submission rules as the main sessions, but need not be related to the main conference theme. The second strand provides an opportunity for first-year PhD students to present a 10 minute introduction to their topic, archival materials, and the specific urban historiography. This is an opportunity to obtain feedback from active researchers in the field of Urban History, but also to introduce your work to colleagues in the field. Please submit all proposals to theurbanhistorygroup@gmail.com marking them clearly ‘New Researchers’ or ‘First Year PhD’ in the subject field and on the abstract.


Bursaries. Students registered for postgraduate study can obtain a modest bursary on a first come, first served basis to offset expenses associated with conference registration and attendance. Please send an e-mail application to Dr Nick Hayes at nick.hayes@ntu.ac.uk and also ask your supervisor to confirm your status as a registered postgraduate student with an e-mail to the same address. Deadline 8th December 2017. The Urban History Group would like to acknowledge and thank the Economic History Society for its support for these bursaries.

For further details please contact

Conference Organisers


Dr James Greenhalgh

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 83 7729

Email: jgreenhalgh@lincoln.ac.uk


Dr Markian Prokopovych

University of Birmingham

Tel: 0121 414 3259

Email: m.prokopovych@bham.ac.uk

For New Researchers


Dr Tom Hulme,

Queen’s University, Belfast

Tel: 028 90973312

Email: t.hulme@qub.ac.uk



Website: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/urbanhistory/uhg

Fully Funded Research Training Masters in History and Heritage at the University of Huddersfield

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As part of the Heritage Consortium, an AHRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training, the History subject group at the University of Huddersfield welcomes applications for one Fully Funded Research Training Masters in History and Heritage to commence in September 2017. The Heritage Consortium is an innovative PhD programme which aims to develop a range of skills derived from a direct engagement with heritage and the heritage sector broadly defined.

The award includes a full fee waiver and a stipend  of £9,986 for one calendar year. The successful student will enrol on a Full Time MA by Research and work towards a dissertation which explicitly draws together history and heritage. We also offer the following MA by Research pathways MA by Research in Public History, Oral History and Community Heritage Masters by Research in the History of Childhood

All MA by Research students are expected to attend a weekly Graduate Seminar along with engagement with the departmental research seminar programme and involvement in activities like the Perspectives on the Past Postgraduate Conference. Opportunities will be created to work with heritage partners and to develop skills in public engagement and social media.

History staff offer a range of research interests from the Medieval to the contemporary with particular strengths in gender, health, labour, battlefield and childhood history. The successful student will also have the opportunity to work with one of our heritage partners to acquire the skills required to develop their dissertation project.

Applicants should have a minimum of a good 2:1 degree in History, Heritage or cognate discipline. To apply submit a cv with your qualifications, any relevant experience and a 300 word outline of your research interests and reasons for applying to undertake a Research Preparation Masters with a focus on History and Heritage. Your project outline should make explicit reference to the heritage focus of the project and how you would fit into a programme designed to prepare for a heritage PhD. Applications should be submitted to mhmpostgrad@hud.ac.uk and headed History and Heritage RPM by the closing date of 21 July 2017.

For further information contact Professor Barry Doyle b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk

Perspectives on the past: History, Heritage, Identity. Annual Postgraduate Conference University of Huddersfield 9 June 2017

We are pleased to announce the final programme for Perspectives on the past: History, Heritage, Identity the annual Postgraduate Conference of the University of Huddersfield History Department. The conference will be held in Heritage Quay, our multi-award winning archive and interpretation centre. There will be no registration fee and we hope to offer travel bursaries for speakers. To book a place email perspectives.conference@hud.ac.uk

0915-1000 Arrival, Coffee & Welcome


Session 1: Identity and related issues in the Medieval World


Mark McCabe Huddersfield University Should I stay or should I go’: the dilemma of going on Crusade in Gerald of Wales’Itinerarium Cambriae
Claire Hudson Huddersfield University Women and Chivalry in Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur
Dr. Philippa Byrne Oxford University East and West, Tolerant and Persecuting: Norman Sicily in the Eye of the Beholder.
1130-1145 Break

Session 2: Preserving the Past

Rob Piggott


Huddersfield University The Leaven of the Past: The Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, newspapers and archaeological practices of the nineteenth and early twentieth century


Mariel Rodriguez Cambridge University Memory, preservation, and identity: the preservation movement and the creation of culture in nineteenth-century England
1245-1345 Lunch

Session 3: Britishness in the Twentieth Century


Andy Cook Huddersfield University Britain’s other D-Day: Decimalisation of the Currency 15 February 1971
Rowan Thompson Northumbria University ‘An essential institution in British aviation’: The Air League of the British Empire, Empire Air Day and the Creation of ‘Airmindedness’ in the 1930s.
1445-1500 Break


Session 4: Aspects of the North

Taras Nakonecznyj Leeds Beckett University My City, My Way: investigating Narratives of the Self, Place and History in York.
Tracey Jones Teesside University ‘Colliery Amazons and Venuses’: The ‘Picturesque’ Pit Brow Women of Wigan.
Siobhan Maguire-Broad Leeds College of Art Once and Now – An Overview of St George’s Field
1630-1700 Conference Close

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History of Nursing Research Colloquium 2017



The 20th UK Association for the History of Nursing, Research Colloquium will be held from 9am to 5pm on the 28th June 2017 at the University of Huddersfield.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker as Teresa Doherty, library and archive manager, Royal College of Nursing, as well as a wide-ranging schedule of research papers.

The Colloquium will be hosted at the University of Huddersfield in partnership with History at Huddersfield and includes lunch in the award winning Heritage Quay Archive.

The fee for the Colloquium day is £20 (£10 for students and unwaged). All details for the day and how to book can be found by visiting the UKAHN website at http://ukahn.org/web/colloquium.html.