Boletín de Hª de la Ciencia, la Medicina y la Tecnología.
CfA Workshop: “Nursing care in times of epidemics and pandemics – historical and ethical issues”
Deadline for abstracts: November 30th, 2020
Deadline for manuscripts: July 31st, 2021
"European Association for the History of Nursing" and the “European
Journal for Nursing History and Ethics” invites to submit contributions to an
international workshop on this topic, where precirculated papers will be
discussed. Depending on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exchange
can thus take place in person or online. It is desirable that the original
papers will be published in the European Journal for Nursing History and
Ethics, 4th issue 2022 (see: https://www.enhe.eu/).
About the topic
COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge of historical significance. For the first time
since the 1950s and 1960s, the persuasion of being an immunized society was
shaken. Diseases and pandemics were long portrayed in public history as
historical events that modern scientific medicine was able to happily overcome
thanks to the invention of antibiotics and vaccination programmes. The COVID-19
pandemic has changed the perspective on the history of epidemics; currently the
question arises how we can learn from past pandemics today. At the same time,
the recent discussion shows that in the context of pandemics, ethical
challenges to the health care system – such as questions of distributive
justice – are becoming particularly acute. Last but not least, against the
background of the COVID-19 crisis, society is becoming increasingly aware of
the crucial importance of nurses in the health care system.
workshop aims on the one hand to make nurses visible as actors in the history
of pandemics in the various European countries, and on the other hand to
discuss ethical challenges for nurses in both historical and current contexts.
historical topics are:
during the cholera epidemics in the 19th century
of nurses and nursing practices during the influenza pandemics of 1889-1895
("Russian Flu"); 1918-1920 ("Spanish Flu"), 1957
("Asian Flu") and 1968-1970 ("Hong Kong Flu")
·Care of endemically occurring infectious
diseases: tuberculosis, poliomyelitis, typhoid, dysentery
with sexually transmitted diseases in nursing care: syphilis, HIV and AIDS, etc.
of nurses in vaccination programmes
knowledge as nursing knowledge
ethical topics could refer to the current ethical challenges for nurses in the
context of the COVID-19 pandemic, but could also address the dealing with other
infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, syphilis:
and intensive nursing care
against infection and restrictions on freedom
and distribution of resources
with stigmatised diseases
care of older people and people in vulnerable life situations in a pandemic:
the health system response
The aim of the workshop is to bring historical
and ethical research on nursing in times of epidemics and pandemics into
dialogue with each other.
Please submit your abstract (max 500 words) in
English and separately a short CV by November 30th 2020
to Prof. Dr. Susanne Kreutzer and Prof. Dr. Karen Nolte.