WUHMO Seminar Monday 11 June on the Piano Plague

 A young woman plays the piano

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

Trinity Term 2012 Seminar Series

At: The Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford

Medicine, Leisure and the Arts
Convener: Dr Elise Smith

Week 8 – 11 June
James Kennaway, Durham University
The Piano Plague: The Nineteenth-century Medical Critique of Female Musical Education

About the speaker
Dr James Kennaway is a lecturer at Durham University’s Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease. He has previously studies at UCLA, King’s College (London), the Wellcome Institute (London) and the London School of Economics.  He is currently working on a project entitled ‘Pathological Sounds: The History of Music as a Threat to the Nerves‘.


Note: Oxford University members can access the full text of the above articles via Oxlip+.

Coffee is available from 2.00pm – Seminars begin at 2.15pm prompt
All are welcome to join the speaker for lunch beforehand.  Please contact Elise Smith (elise.smith@wuhmo.ox.ac.uk) for more details.

Please note there is no parking

The complete list of seminars for Trinity Term 2012 can be found at

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