The Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart is organising a conference on nursing history, 12-14 March, 2008.

As the history of professionalization of nursing is meanwhile rather well explored, we would like to focus on the history of everyday nursing. This includes nursing practice (transfer of knowledge, conflicts between nurses, labor conflicts), various milieus or environments (private homes, sanatoria of alternative medicine or for consumptives, prisons, military hospitals, colonies, etc.), relationship between nurses and patients, gender, race, religious and social aspects of nursing practice.

The objective of the conference is to bring together scholars of nursing history from English and German speaking countries, so the language will be English.

They want a one page abstract (max. 400 words) by October 1, 2007 (with the title of the paper at the top, and name, institutional affiliation, and contact information at the bottom). Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. There will be about 20 speakers. Applicants will be informed by November 1, 2008. Participants will get their travel expenses reimbursed (up to 600 Euro), and hotel reservation will be provided by the Institute.

For further info, contact Dr. Sylvelyn Hähner-Rombach, Institut für Geschichte der Medizin der Robert Bosch Stiftung Straußweg 17, DE-70184 Stuttgart, email: .

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