Special Event! Commemorating Nursing: 100 years of Academic Nursing at UBC 1919 – 2019

Notice of Special Program Event at the 2019 CSHM-CAHN Conference!

Commemorating 100-years of Academic Nursing at the University of British Columbia, 1919-2019

Group photograph of Donelda Ellis and third year UBC Nursing students at Grace Hospital
c/o UBC Archives Photograph Collection (10.14288/1.0163551)

When: June 3, 2019

Where: UBC Campus

What: 1. Pre-lunch panel, 2. Celebratory luncheon with student awards, 3. Post-lunch joint roundtable with the Canadian Historical Association

Pre-Lunch Panel Session

In 1919 UBC established Canada’s first university degree program in nursing, a virtually unheard of step, especially in the Commonwealth at large. Perhaps the new university in BC, only established in 1915, “as the last provincial university founded in Canada,” might have been flexible and open to new (public health) endeavours in ways that its well established counterparts in the core of Empire were not. Hence UBC made history with opening its doors to nursing as its first women’s education program, a choice not favoured by the BC Clubwomen for example, who rather would have preferred a program in home economics, — perceptibly a more fashionable and uplifting avenue towards academic education deemed appropriate for women. Nursing’s first director, Ethel Johns, had a seminal role in the introduction of a degree program in nursing. Her participation in influential nursing projects and research abroad brought international prestige and critical expertise to the program.

How did nursing education fare in a male-dominated university, with cultural codes of gender and class imposed upon a program that seemed to be more “pragmatically conceived than philosophically inspired?” And what is the meaning of commemorating nursing in the larger public debate over commemoration, statues and naming? A pre-lunch panel explores the wider British Columbian and Canadian context of the fledgling academic nursing program and the evolution of academic nursing. Following lunch, a joint roundtable with Canadian Historical Association will reflect on the meaning of commemoration, with a focus on the recollection of nurses in public memory.

Nursing Education at UBC starting in 1919: Forging an Academic Degree for Nurses Geertje Boschma (University of British Columbia)

Career Aspirations of B.C. Women Interested in Post-Secondary Education in the 1960s and 1970s                                                                                                                 Margaret Scaia (University of Victoria)

Panel Chair(e): Alison Phinney (University of British Columbia

 

Post-Lunch Interdisciplinary Session

This roundtable centers on the commemoration of nurses in public memory across a number of contexts. By critically examining representations of nurses as icons, trailblazers, war heroes, and symbols of virtue, discussants will unpack the power and meaning of the commemoration of nursing, and, more broadly, women’s caring work. In the context of current public debates on the nature – and political correctness – of historical plaques, monuments, and statues, and the broader symbolism of assigning place names, this roundtable explores the multiple uses of commemoration in and of nursing and health-related caring work. Brief presentations by five historians of medicine and nursing will be followed by discussion with the audience.

Pictures, Plaques, and Statues: The Real and False Utilities of Commemoration                Jill Campbell-Miller (Carleton University)

Florence Nightingale: Defining Iconography and Monumental Challenges                    Sioban Nelson (University of Toronto)

Imagining and Remembering Wartime Nursing                                                            Sarah Glassford (Provincial Archives of New Brunswick)

After the Armistice: Documenting War, Commemorating Peace in Canadian Nurses’ War Memories                                                                                                                   Andrea McKenzie (York University)

Health Care Workers, Policy Makers, and Historical Memory                                            Peter Twohig (St. Mary’s University)

Chair(e): Whitney Wood (University of Calgary)

 

For information on the joint CSHM – CAHN conference at Congress, visit

Canadian Association for the History of Nursing: https://cahn-achn.ca/

Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, annual conference: https://cshm-schm.ca/

View the Program Here!

For general information on Congress, visit

 www.congress2019.ca

Register for Congress Here

Call for Papers! Joint CAHN-ACHN & CSHM Conference 2019

Call for Papers

Joint Conference: Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM) and Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN)

June 1-3, 2019

University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

 The 2019 joint meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing will take place June 1-3, 2019 at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, unceded  xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territory. In conjunction with the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Programme Committee calls for papers that address the theme of this year’s Congress: “Circles of Conversation.”

Scholars are invited to present research on the broadly-defined histories of medicine, healing, health, and disease that explores conversations, debates, and dialogues on these themes at the local, provincial, national, and global levels. The programme committee also welcomes papers that critically and creatively explore the relationships between historians of health and medicine and the communities they influence and are influenced by, with a particular interest in relationships between historians and Indigenous communities. Proposals on topics unrelated to the Congress theme are also welcome. Please submit an abstract of less than 350 words and one-page CV for consideration by November 30, 2018 by e-mail to Dr. Whitney Wood at whitney.wood@ucalgary.ca. The Programme Committee encourages proposals for organised panels of three (3) related papers; in this case, please submit a panel proposal of less than 350 words in addition to an abstract and one-page CV from each presenter. The Committee will notify applicants of its decision by January 30, 2019. Those who accept an invitation to present at the meeting agree to provide French and English versions of the accepted abstract for inclusion in the bilingual Programme Book.

Questions can be addressed to the Programme Committee Co-Chairs:

Dr. Margaret Scaia, University of Victoria (mrscaia@uvic.ca)

Dr. Whitney Wood, University of Calgary (whitney.wood@ucalgary.ca)

Please visit the official Website for Congress 2019 for more information

(including for accommodation options)

 

Appel de communications

Colloque conjoint de la Société canadienne d’histoire de la médecine (SCHM) et de l’Association canadienne pour l’histoire du nursing (ACHN)

Du 1erau 3 juin 2019

Université de la Colombie-Britannique

 

Le colloque conjoint 2019 de la Société canadienne d’histoire de la médecine et de l’Association canadienne pour l’histoire du nursing aura lieu du 1er au 3 juin 2019 à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, à Vancouver, en territoire xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) non cédé. Conjointement au Congrès 2019 des sciences humaines, le Comité du programme lance un appel de communications portant sur le thème du congrès de cette année, à savoir « Cercles de conversation ».

 

Les chercheurs sont invités à présenter des recherches sur l’histoire de la médecine, de la guérison, de la santé et de la maladie au sens large qui explorent les conversations, les débats et les dialogues sur ces thèmes à l’échelle locale, provinciale, nationale et mondiale. Le Comité du programme accueille également les communications qui explorent de façon critique et créative les relations entre les historiens de la santé et de la médecine et les communautés qu’ils influencent et qui les influencent, en prêtant un intérêt particulier aux relations entre les historiens et les communautés autochtones. Les propositions sur des sujets autres que le thème du Congrès sont également bienvenues. Veuillez soumettre un résumé de moins de 350 mots et un CV d’une page pour examen d’ici le 30 novembre 2018 par courriel à Whitney Wood, whitney.wood@ucalgary.ca. Le Comité du programme encourage également les propositions d’organisation de panels composés de trois (3) communications. Dans ce cas, veuillez soumettre une proposition de panel de moins de 350 mots, accompagnée d’un résumé et d’un CV d’une page pour chaque présentateur. Le Comité informera les candidats de sa décision d’ici le 30 janvier 2019. Ceux qui seront invités à donner une présentation s’engagent à fournir une version en anglais et en français de leur résumé accepté, qui figurera au document de programme bilingue.

 

Les questions peuvent être adressées aux coprésidentes du Comité du programme :

Margaret Scaia, Université de Victoria (mrscaia@uvic.ca)

Whitney Wood, Université de Calgary (whitney.wood@ucalgary.ca)

 

 

CAHN-ACHN 2018 Hannah Lecture

The Canadian Association for the History of Nursing/Association canadienne pour l’historie  du nursing had made the 2018 Hannah Lecture available online

Please visit the link below to listen to: “To develop the ‘habit’: Nurses and prenatal care for poor women in the United States and Great Britain, c. 1880-1939” by Dr. Janet Greenlees, Senior Lecturer Social Sciences, Media & Journalism (history); Senior Director Centre for the Social History of Health & Healthcare, Glasgow, Caledonian

This audio file also includes the opening address on the history of CAHN by CAHN founder Barbara Keddy, Professor Emerita of the Dalhousie School of Nursing

Available Here