Richard Bellis

Profile

I have recently been awarded a PhD iat the University of Leeds School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science. I received an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science from University College London in 2015, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Leeds in 2013. 

Research interests

Current Research Summary

My PhD project focuses on the work of Matthew Baillie and other practitioners that resulted in his most successful publication, The Morbid Anatomy of Some of the Most Important Parts of the Human Body (1793), its sister publication, A series of engravings […] to Illustrate the Morbid Anatomy (1799–1802), and their subsequent influence in pathology. The thesis takes seriously the material culture involved with the production of the medical knowledge, its representation, and production. As a result, dissection, the production of preparations, the processes of printing and engraving all form the basis of my investigation.

Academic Positions

Research Assistant, ‘Eating Yourself Young: Diet, Recipe, and Vitality before Nutrition Science’, PI: James Stark, University of Leeds, 2019. 

Honorary Research Associate, Department of History, University of Bristol, 2019. 

Sessional Instructor, Department of History, University of Bristol, 2018–2019.

Sessional Instructor,  School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science, University of Leeds, 2015–2018.

Book Reviews

Review of Visualizing Disease: The Art and History of Pathological Illustrations by Domenico Bertolini Meli (Chicago IL; London, UK: Chicago University Press, 2017), British Journal for the History of Science 2018, 51, 3:  522-524.

Other Publications

‘HPS in 20 Objects Lecture 17: The Printing Press.’ Museum for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Leeds Blog. 7 November 2017.

‘3 Societies Meeting: University of Alberta, 22–25 June 2016.’ Viewpoint, 111, October 2016.

Invited Presentations 

‘Eating Yourself Young: Diet, Recipe, and Vitality before Nutrition Science.’ Digital Research in the Humanities Workshop, British Academy, London 2019. 

‘Diseased Bodies and Works on Disease: Matthew Baillie’s Morbid Anatomy and the Epistemic Genre.’ Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar, University of Leeds 2018.

‘Hunter’s preparations, Clift’s illustrations, Baillie’s book: A case study of the coproduction of anatomical illustrations and anatomical knowledge in the eighteenth century.’ Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Lunchtime Seminar, Manchester 2017.

‘Pathology and Preparations at the Great Windmill Street School.’ Cabinet of Natural History, Cambridge 2017. 

Conference Presentations 

‘Collecting Anatomy and Making Knowledge About Disease at Great Windmill Street: Matthew Baillie’s Morbid Anatomy’ History of Science Society Conference, Utrecht 2019.

‘“As to the plan of this work … we think Dr. Baillie has done wrong”: Challenging normative medical practice through epistemic genre in Georgian Britain’ International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Edinburgh 2019.

‘Illustrating Morbid Anatomy: Drawing disease and defining morbid appearance’ Networks of Enlightenment, Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society Conference, Glasgow 2018.

‘Diseased Bodies and Works on Disease: Matthew Baillie’s Morbid Anatomy and the “Epistemic Genre.”’ Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference, Liverpool 2018.

‘Anatomy Through the Press: Printing Matthew Baillie’s Illustrations of Morbid Anatomy.’ British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Oxford 2018.

‘Making Anatomical and Obstetric Preparations at the Great Windmill Street School.’ HSTM Network Ireland Meeting, Dublin, Ireland 2016.

‘Cut to the Point: How the production of woodblocks for relief printing in the sixteenth century influenced the representations of anatomy in Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica.’ 3-Societies Meeting, Edmonton, Canada 2016. 

‘Cut to the Point: How the production of woodblocks for relief printing in the sixteenth century the influenced representations of anatomy in Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica.’ British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference, Cambridge 2016. 

‘Vesalius, Putti, and Courtly Ambition: the role of the historiated capitals in Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica.’ British Society for the History of Science, Swansea 2015. 

 

Poster Presentations

‘Scientific Knowledge Through the Print Matrix: Matthew Baillie’s Plates.’ Blocks, Plates, Stones Conference, School of Advanced Study, London 2017.

Internal Presentations 

‘Understanding the Kidney from William Hunter to Richard Bright’ (with John Turney). Work in Progress Seminar, Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Leeds 2017.

‘Pathology and Preparations at the Great Windmill Street School.’ Work in Progress Seminar, Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Leeds 2017. 

‘The (Eighteenth-Century) Anatomy Book Anatomis'd.' Work in Progress Seminar, Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Leeds 2016. 

Academic Roles

Assistant to the Book Reviews Editor, British Journal for the History of Science, 2017–2018.

Head of Committee for the History of Medicine 1700-1914 Reading Group, University of Leeds, 2017–2018.

Member of the Committee for the Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar, University of Leeds, 2016–2018.

Impact Intern, School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science, University of Leeds, 2016–2017.

Impact Fellow, School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science, University of Leeds, 2016.

Editorial Work

Ad-hoc referee, Science Museum Group Journal, 2019. 

Conference Organisation

 

‘The Use and Misuse of Eighteenth-Century Bodies.’ Postgraduate, Themed Evening, Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar, University of Leeds. 5 Februrary 2018. 

‘The Positioning of the Marginal’ Postgraduate, Themed Evening, Eighteenth-Century Studies Seminar, University of Leeds. 6 February 2017. 

Outreach

Public Lecture, ‘Matthew Baillie (1761–1723): Anatomist and Pathologist.’ For Yorkshire Medical and Dental History Society, Thackray Museum, Leeds. 14 June 2017. 

Public Lecture, supporting James Stark: ‘Anthrax Finger, Or “Death in 24 Hours”: The Making of Modern Anthrax.’ Part of the History and Philosophy of Science in 20 Objects series, Museum for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Leeds. 22 November 2016.

Demonstration of sixteenth-century printing techniques as part of ‘Medicine and Manuscripts’ exhibition. Be Curious Festival, University of Leeds. 19 March 2016.

Volunteer at the ‘Strange Creatures’ exhibition. UCL Grant Museum of Zoology, 2015

Teaching Qualifications 

Awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2018. 

Courses Taught

Third-year undergraduate and Masters Course, ‘Death, Doctors, and Disease’. University of Bristol, Department of History, 2018. 

Guest Lecturing

‘Medicine and anatomy in the late eighteenth century’ for Adrian Wilson’s course ‘History of the Body’. Third Year module. University of Leeds, 2018. 

‘Medical Science and Ethics: Dissection and Vivisection – A Tale in Two Acts’ for Adrian Wilson’s course ‘Introduction to the History of Science.’ First Year module. University of Leeds, 2017. 

 

‘Practically Engaging with Materials in Coursework’ a short presentation for Richard Checketts’s course ‘Unmaking Things: Materials and Ideas in the European Renaissance.’ Third year and Masters module, University of Leeds, 2015. 

Tutoring 

 

Tutor on ‘Rethinking History’. Mark Hailwood’s first year module, University of Bristol, 2018. 

Tutor on ‘History of the Body.’ Adrian Wilson’s third year and masters level module, University of Leeds, 2018. 

Tutor on ‘Introduction to the History of Science.’ Adrian Wilson’s first year module, University of Leeds, 2017. 

Tutor on ‘History of Modern Medicine.’ Adrian Wilson’s first year module, University of Leeds, 2016. 

Tutor on ‘Introduction to the History of Science.’ Adrian Wilson’s first year module, University of Leeds, 2015. 

Awards and Grants 

Travel Grant, International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Edinburgh, 2019. 

Travel Grant, History of Science Society Conference, Utrecht, 2019. 

Bursary, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference, Oxford, 2018. 

Travel Grant, 3-Societies Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 2016. 

Impact Fellow Funding, towards costs of outreach work for ‘Be Curious’ Festival. School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science, University of Leeds, 2016. 

PhD Funding. School of Philosophy, Religion, and the History of Science PhD, University of Leeds, 2015–2018. 

Butler-Eyles Grant. British Society for the History of Science Conference, Swansea, 2015. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for History and Philosophy of Science
  • Centre for the Comparative History of Print