Conference: International Perspectives in the History of Nursing, 13-16.09.2010, Egham/UK

The event is hosted by the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University. St. George’s University of London, and is organised jointly by the American Association for the History of Nursing (AAHN) and the European Nursing History Group (ENHG)
Venue: Royal Holloway University of London, Egham
Time: 13 September, 14 to 16 September, 2010
To be held in the International Year of the Nurse, and timed to run alongside commemorative events to mark the centenary of the death of Florence Nightingale, the conference aims to showcase innovative and scholarly work by nurse-historians and academics from allied disciplines. The conference will appeal to historians of nursing and medicine, women’s historians, critical theorists and intellectual historians.
Scientific Programme
The conference scientific programme will take place over three days, from 14 to 16 September, 2010 and will comprise plenary sessions, concurrent sessions on pre-specified themes, and poster presentations. Guest speakers include Dr Afaf Meleis, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; and Mark Bostridge, author of Florence Nightingale: The Woman and her Legend. The scientific programme will be built around five broad conference themes as follows:

  • Profession, identity and ideology
  • Systems of care and ways of working
  • Biography and place
  • Military history, power and conflict, and
  • Technology and the patient

Preconference workshops on aspects of historical method will be held on 13 September.
The conference programme will also incorporate the annual awards ceremonies, the AAHN’s now legendary annual auction of books and memorabilia, and a number of book launches. The conference will be an opportunity for nurses, midwives and other health professionals to come together to celebrate the Year of the Nurse, to examine and review aspects of our shared history and to showcase the growing body of historical scholarship in the field by scholars from around the world. The conference will also be an opportunity for scholars new to the discipline of nursing history to learn something of the methods of historical inquiry.

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