Dr Rosemary Elliot
- Senior Lecturer (Economic and Social History)
- Associate (School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing)
19th and 20th century history of medicine, particularly addiction and public health (focusing on Britain and Germany)
My interest in addiction has developed out of my work on smoking in Britain and Germany. I am particularly interested in the question of youth culture in relation to smoking; the relationship between official policy and tobacco industry lobbying; and the role of international culture, international scientific developments and multinational tobacco companies in shaping the situation in Germany.
Aspects of childhood from the mid-19th century onwards (including parenting; social care and health education)
This has developed from my work with the AHRC funded project on working class marriage, where I have been looking at prescriptive literature on parenting; understandings of childhood; fostering and adoption; and issues around child neglect and abuse. I am also interested in what was understood at the turn of the 20th century as the protection of infant life (bringing together understandings of spontaneous and induced pregnancy loss as well as illegitimacy and infant life in various contexts). My work on childhood also explores questions around parental addiction.
I am a founding member of the Centre for Gender History. My interest in gender and the way in which this shapes attitudes and experience informs both areas of my research.
A History of Working Class Marriage, 1855-1976, Arts and Humanities Research Council, Co-Investigator
This is research project explores the history of marriage and the family from the onset of civil registration through to the reform of divorce laws in the 1970s. There are four main research themes:
- Love and courtship
- Experiences of marriage and cohabitation
- Marriage breakdown
- Families (multiple family forms, parenting and childhood)
The project also allows me to explore my interests in gender and oral history, and, increasingly, knowledge exchange. This has included the successful and enjoyable ‘Tell Us Your Story’ tour, which visited five locations in Scotland to publicise the project and collect experiences, images and ephemera related to marriage and family from people across Scotland, and beyond, as it turned out.
Smoking and Health in Germany from Occupation and Re-unification (1945-1995), Wellcome Trust University Award, 2004-10
This research explores the relatively liberal attitude of both former West German society and West German governments towards smoking, in the face of international research which caused attitudes to harden in other western countries. The project also explores, compares and contrasts the situation in former East Germany with the former West Germany, looking particularly at the impact of the occupation years, the attitude of the medical profession, the role of the tobacco industry, foreign and domestic cultural influences, and the relationship between national and local smoking policy during the years of partition and reunification.
- ESH 1A: Towards globalisation 1750-1919
- ESH 1B: Themes in globalisation since 1919
- Topics in the History of Medicine (Student Select Component for 2nd year medical students)
- Health and Society in Germany since c1900
- Addiction in the Modern World
- Research in Economic and Social History: Public health in 20th century Glasgow
- Honours convenor for Economic and Social History (Junior and Senior Honours)
- MSc in History with an emphasis on the history of medicine (Gender and public health)
- Gender, Power and Politics, within the MSc in History (various classes)
In addition, I represent Economic and Social History on the Learning and Teaching Committee, School of Social and Political Sciences and on the MA (Soc Sci) Board of Studies, College of Social Sciences.
Recent and Forthcoming Conference Papers
With Dr Annmarie Hughes, ‘Bad Girls’ or ‘Child Outrages’?: Exploring Female Adolescent Sexual Exploitation in Glasgow c.1900-1920’, Dialogues with Scotland’s History of Domestic Abuse, University of Glasgow, 20 June 2014
‘‘No suitable men’: official attitudes towards marrying and marriage in Scotland’, International Federation for Research in Women’s History, Sheffield Hallam University, 5-7 September 2014.
‘‘Abortion, Miscarriage or ‘Criminal Feticide’?: Discourses around early Pregnancy Loss in Britain, 1900 – 1960s’, European Social Science and History Conference, University of Glasgow, 11 – 14 April 2012.
‘Abortion, Miscarriage or ‘Criminal Feticide’?: Understandings of early pregnancy loss in Britain, 1900 – 1950’, presented at Transforming Pregnancy since 1900 international symposium, University of Cambridge, 29 – 30 March 2012.
‘'Abortion, Miscarriage or Criminal Foeticide?: Medical Understandings of Early Pregnancy Loss in Britain, 1900-1950’, seminar paper, University of Glasgow, 30 November 2010.
‘Miscarriage in 20th century Britain’, presented at Politics and Practices: the history of post-war women’s health conference, University of Manchester, 22 – 23 October 2010.
‘Inhaling democracy: cigarette advertising and health education debates in late 1960s and early 1970s West Germany’, Social History Society conference, University of Glasgow, 30 March – 1 April 2010.
‘Inhaling democracy: cigarette advertising and citizenship in West Germany, 1961 - ca.1975’, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, seminar, 18 March 2010.
"'Smoking was in no way seen as a symbol of emancipation': Women and smoking in post-war West Germany, 1945-1970s", European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, Heidelberg, 3-6 September 2009.
"'Der neue Trend - no smoking, please!': creating the non-smoker in post-war West Germany", Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, 3 February 2009.
"'Der neue Trend - no smoking please!': creating the non-smoker in West Germany, 1945-1975", Department of History and Philospohy of Science, University of Cambridge, 11 November 2008.
"'Smoking is a part of freedom': Philipp F. Reemstma and the reconstruction of post-war Germany", Department of Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow, 6 November 2008.
'Smoking in West Germany in the 1950s and 1960s: what about health?', Conference: Medizin und Gesellschaft in Westdeutschland, 1945-1970, University of Bonn, 10-11 July 2008.
'Death gives a party': anti-smoking campaigns in 1960s West Germany', University of Dublin, 23 April 2008.
'Smoking for taxes: the triumph of fiscal policy over health in post-war Germany', seminar paper, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 22 May 2007.
'Stunde Null?': a comparison of Anglo-American and German responses to the epidemiological case against smoking in the 1950s', Bergen Workshop 2007, Transferring Medico-Political Knowledge in 19th and 20th century Europe, University of Bergen, 8 - 10 March 2007.
'Smoking for taxes: the triumph of fiscal policy over health in post-war Germany', research seminar paper, Centre for the History of Medicine and Disease, University of Durham, 20 February 2007.
'The unborn live dangerously: a historical analysis of concerns over smoking and foetal health in Britain and Germany since 1900', presented at 'Foetal Fortunes' symposium, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 1 - 2 September 2006.
'From tobacco in the war to the war on tobacco: changing perceptions of smoking and citizenship in Britain and Germany', Anglo-Dutch-German workshop, History of Medicine: Health and Citizenship (Political Cultures of Health), Maastricht, 23 - 25 June 2005.
'A medical Registrar-general: Dr James Dunlop and the vital statistics of Scotland', seminar paper, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 23 February 2005.
'Crash the ash, big man: the changing face of smoking in Europe's 'sickest city', 1930 - 2000', Tenth Wellcome Trust Regional Forum for the History of Medicine, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 9 October 2004.
'Patriotism and Pragmatism: the response of the General Register Office in Scotland to the First World War', Birth Pains and Death Throes: the creation of vital statistics in Scotland and England, a symposium arising from the 'Scottish Way of Birth and Death Project, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Glasgow, 17 September 2004.