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No time for panic: British responses to influenza in peace and war, 1889-1919 29 Aug 2008

The 1918 influenza pandemic represents the worst outbreak of infectious disease in Britain in modern times. Although the virus swept the world in three waves between March 1918 and April 1919, in Britain the majority of the estimated 228,000 fatalities occurred in the autumn of 1918. In London alone deaths at the peak of the epidemic were 55.5 per 1,000- the highest since the 1849 cholera epidemic. Yet in the capital as in other great cities and towns throughout Britain, there was none of the panic that had accompanied earlier 19th century outbreaks of infectious disease at the heart of urban populations. Instead, the British response to the 'Spanish Lady' as the pandemic strain of flu was familiarly known was remarkably sanguine. As The Times commented at the height of the pandemic: 'Never since the Black Death has such a plague swept over the face of the world, [and] never, perhaps, has a plague been more stoically accepted.' The apparent absence of marked social responses to the 1918 influenza is a phenomenon much remarked on in the literature of the pandemic, as is the apparent paradox that despite the widespread morbidity and high mortality the pandemic had little apparent impact on public institutions and left few traces in public memory. However, to date no one has explored the deeper cultural 'narratives' that informed and conditioned these responses. Was Britain really a more stoical and robust nation in 1918, or was the absence of medical and other social responses a reflection of the particular social and political conditions that prevailed in Britain during the First World War and then medical nosologies and cultural perceptions of influenza? And if the 1918 pandemic was 'overshadowed,' as one writer puts it, by the war and the peace that followed the Armistice, what explains the similarly muted response to the Russian flu pandemic of the early 1890's, a disease outbreak that coincided with a long period of peace and stability in Britain? In this project I aim to show that, contrary to previous studies, both the 1918 and the 1889-92 Russian flu pandemic were the objects of much deeper public concern and anxiety than has previously been acknowledged and that the morbidity of prominent members of British society, coupled with the high mortality, occasioned widespread 'dread' and in some cases alarm. However, in 1918 at least, government departments and public institutions actively suppressed these concerns for the sake of the war effort and the maintenance of national morale.

Amount: £657
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University College London

"Gender and the history of nursing" to be held at Glasgow Caledonian University on 1 April 2011 21 Feb 2011

This colloquium brings together scholars working in the history of nursing, and as such is a successor to the symposia in the history of nursing previously sponsored solely by the UK Centre for the History of Nursing and Midwifery. The particular theme of this year's event is gender in nursing history, an area which has received surprisingly little systematic attention. As such, the intention is to open up the history of nursing to the sort of investigation and analysis commonly employed in other branches of historical study. In this respect it is also worth stressing the collaborative nature of this project which will, hopefully, provide a platform for future cross-institutional/centre events of this kind. The organisers are especially keen to encourage graduate students working in the field and part of the present bid is for small bursaries to cover travel and/or accommodation.

Amount: £900
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Glasgow Caledonian University

'The importance of medical history: Transnational and cross-cultural perspectives on a multi-faceted discipline' conference to be held in Mumbai, India from 15th to 17th November 2007. 17 Oct 2007

The importance of medical history: Trans-national and cross-cultural perspectives on a multi-faceted discipline The proposed meeting will be the first of its type in the South Asian sub-continent - dealing with the important questions of historical method and historiography, from trans-national and cross-disciplinary perspectives; it will allow the audience access to a plethora of perspectives on how to study HOM. The projected audience will be university and college teaching, research and administrative staff of all grades, we well as undergraduate and post-graduate students, doctors, print and TV journalists, and independent researchers. A number of well-known scholars have agreed to attend the meeting, as they acknowledge the usefulness of an event like this in popularising HOM in an important education centre in Asia. These academics, who are attached to a number of Wellcome Trust-funded units, will draw upon an important item of their research - dealing with Europe, North America, Asia and further afield - to develop trans-national perspectives of how to study HOM. This meeting will engender a lot of discussion, which is critically important for an endeavour that seeks to provide new insights to post-and under-graduate teachers about important international developments in the discipline, and the most effective ways of teaching and carrying out research. Themes to be covered: History of pharmacology; Anatomy; Global trade and medicine; Medical genetics and gender; Medicine in the early modern period; Public health in 19th and 20th centuries; Global health programmes and disease eradication; War and medicine; International perspectives on rabies; Scottish doctors and British empire; Obstetrics and surgery; Cross-disciplinary perspectives on leprosy and empire; Hospitals; Medicine and 'witchcraft' in the early modern period; Healthcare in colonial Mumbai/India; Health of industrial labour; Oral histories of contemporary medicine and biological science; History of medical practice and multiple meanings of health.

Amount: £600
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University College London

'Urban Health in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries' seminar series to be held in 2008 at Glasgow Caledonian University. 19 Dec 2007

This is the second 'themed' seminar series to be organized by the CSHHH; and the success of that held in autumn 2007 attests to the validity of this approach. For spring 2008 the broad theme is 'urban health in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries', an important issue which nonetheless has not been dealt with in any systematic way in recent Scottish conferences/seminar series. The notion of 'urban health' has been broadly construed and this has enabled us to bring to the series a group of historians with differing research and publication interests, but whose work nonetheless has much to tell us about health and social conditions, and the treatment of 'problems' in these areas, in the towns and cities of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Amount: £698
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Glasgow Caledonian University

The World Health Organization and the social determinants of health: assessing theory, policy and practice (an international conference). 29 Aug 2008

The World Health Oraganisation and the Social Determinants of Health: Assessing theory, policy and practice (An international conference).

Amount: £850
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University College London

Seminar Series:'Religion, Health and Welfare in Europe from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries' to be held at Glasgow Caldeonian University 2007-08. 18 Jul 2007

Seminar Series: 'Religion, Health and Welfare in Europe from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries', Glasgow Caledonian University, 4 meetings, Semester A, 2007-08 This is an application under the Symposia scheme from Professor John Stewart, CSHHH, School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, for £857 towards a seminar series to be held at Glasgow Caledonian University (Semester A, 2007-2008). The seminar series is entitled 'Religion, Health and Welfare in Europe from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries' and it will consist of four meetings. The general aim of the series is to have scholarly discussions - open to members of academic staff, postgraduate and postdoctoral students, and undergraduate students from the host universities (Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde) and throughout Central Scotland - led by invited speakers. The invited speakers are at different career stages which is a strength. It is also a strength that the seminar series will result in a publication. Finally, the series will help the CSHHH establish itself as a centre for the history of medicine (it will help 'capacity building'). An award of £857 is recommended.

Amount: £857
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Glasgow Caledonian University