Dr Ian Miller

Lecturer in Medical History

Dr Ian Miller contact photo

Ian completed his PhD at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, in 2009. He has since taught medical and Irish history at University College Dublin (2009-10) and held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (UCD, 2010-13) and a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (UU, 2013-16). Ian is the author of various peer-reviewed journal articles, policy pieces and book reviews. In 2011, he published A Modern History of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society, 1800-1950 with Pickering and Chatto. A second monograph, Reforming Food in Post-Famine Ireland: Medicine, Science and Improvement, 1845-1922, was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. He is also the author of Water: A Global History (Reaktion Books, 2015) and co-editor (with David Durnin) of Medicine, Health and Irish Experiences of Conflict, 1914-45 (Manchester University Press, 2016).

Research Fields

Ian is currently developing his long-standing interests in prison medicine and force-feeding. Since the suffragettes first went on hunger strike in 1909, the force-feeding of prisoners against their will has caused considerable controversy. Ians current research explores the ethical complexities of force-feeding by examining the experiences of suffragettes, Irish republican prisoners (in the War of Independence and Civil War), First World War conscientious objectors, peace protestors, convict prisoners and IRA prisoners including Marion and Dolours Price in the 1970s. Ian is also exploring the ethical issues that have surrounded the use of feeding tubes on comatose, permanently vegetative, anorexic and elderly patients.

Professional Affiliations

an has held visiting fellowships at Max Planck Center for the History of Emotions (Berlin), INSERM (Paris) and Institute for General Practice and Community Medicine (Oslo). He is currently on the Ulster Society for Historical Studies Committee, HSTM Network Ireland committee and is a member of the Irish Modern Urban History Group. Recently, he has organised the History of Medicine in Ireland Essay Prize at CHOMI-UU. He regularly acts as consultant for production companies including the BBC and FinePoint Films. He has presented at universities in places including Zurich, Paris, Amsterdam, Oxford, Uppsala, Dublin, Cambridge, Barcelona and Manchester.

Books Authored

Number of items: 4.

Miller, Ian (2016) A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909-74. Palgrave Macmillan. London. 260 pp ISBN 978-3319311128

Ian, Miller (2015) Water: A Global History. Reaktion Books. 144 pp ISBN 9781780234566

Ian, Miller (2014) Reforming Food in Post-Famine Ireland: Medicine, Science and Improvement, 1845-1922. Manchester University Press. 256 pp ISBN 978-0719088865

Ian, Miller (2011) A Modern History of the Stomach: Gastric Illness, Medicine and British Society, 1800-1950. Pickering and Chatto. 208 pp ISBN 978-1848931817

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Books Edited

Number of items: 1.

David, Durnin and Ian, Miller, eds. (2016) Medicine, Health and Irish Experiences of Conflict, 1914-45. (Medicine, Health and Irish Experiences of Conflict, 1914-45). Manchester. 248 pp. Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719097850

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Number of items: 10.

Ian, Miller (2016) ‘Starving to Death in Medical Care: Ethics, Food, Emotions and Dying in Britain and America, c.1980-2015’. Biosocieties, 0. pp. 0-0.

Ian, Miller (2015) Nutritional Decline in Post-Famine Ireland, c.1845-1922. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 115C. pp. 1-17.

Ian, Miller (2014) A Prostitution of the Profession”? Forcible Feeding, Suffrage and Medical Ethics, 1909-14’. Social History of Medicine, 26:2. pp. 225-245.

Ian, Miller (2014) ‘“A Dangerous Revolutionary Force Amongst Us”: Conceptualising Working-Class Tea Drinking in the British Isles, c.1860-1900’. Cultural and Social History, 10:3. pp. 419-438.

Ian, Miller (2013) Feeding in the Workhouse: The Institutional and Ideological Functions of Food, c.1834-70. Journal of British Studies, 52.4. pp. 940-962.

Ian, Miller (2013) The Chemistry of Famine: Nutritional Controversies and the Irish Famine c.1845-7’. Medical History, 56:4. pp. 444-462.

Ian, Miller (2011) Evangelicalism and the Early Vegetarian Movement c.1847-1860’. Journal of Religious History, 35:2. pp. 199-210.

Ian, Miller (2010) Representations of Suicide in Urban North-West England c.1870-1910: The Formative Role of Respectability, Class, Gender and Morality’. Mortality, 15:3. pp. 191-213.

Ian, Miller (2010) The Mind and Stomach at War: Stress, British Society and the Second World War’. Medical History, 54:1. pp. 95-110.

Ian, Miller (2009) Necessary Torture? Digestive Physiology, Vivisection, the Suffragette Movement and Responses to New Forms of Clinical Practice in Britain c.1870-1920. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 64 (3). pp. 333-372.

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Book Sections

Number of items: 5.

Miller, Ian (2016) ‘No hanging here’: the persistence of the death penalty in twentieth-century ireland. In: Grave Matters: Death and Dying in Dublin, 1500 to the Present. Four Courts Press, Dublin, pp. 94-107. ISBN 978-1846826016

Ian, Miller (2015) Impact: Population, Mortality and Emigration. In: La Grande Famine en Irelande. Agrgation Anglais externe et interne. Atlande, pp. 137-154. ISBN 9782350302799

Miller, Ian (2015) Suffragette Hunger Strikes and Their Legacies. In: Suffragette Legacy: How Does the History of Feminism Inspire Current Thinking in Manchester. Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 73-91. ISBN 978-1443880336

Ian, Miller (2014) Constructing Moral Hospitals: Childhood Health in Irish Reformatories and Industrial Schools, c.1851-1890’. In: Growing Pains: Childhood Illness in Irish History, 1750-1950. (Eds: Anne, Mac Lellan), Irish Academic Press, pp. 105-122. ISBN 978-0716531739

Miller, Ian (2014) Food, Medicine and Institutional Life in the British Isles, c.1790-1900. In: Routledge History of Food. Routledge, pp. 200-219. ISBN 978-0415628471

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Contact Details

Office: C019A
Telephone: +44 (0)28 7012 4083
Email: i.miller@ulster.ac.uk