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‘.
- Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease (Ashgate, 2012) [Forthcoming]
- “Musical Hypnosis: Sound and Selfhood from Mesmer to Brainwashing,” Social History of Medicine
- “From Sensibility to Pathology: The Origins of the Idea of Nervous Music around 1800” in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (March 2010)
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 (email@example.com) for more details.
Please note there is no parking
The complete list of seminars for Trinity Term 2012 can be found at