International Conference on the History of Nursing

FLORENCE 2020 is organised by the CNAI (Consociazione nazionale delle Associazioni infermiere/i) and EAHN (European Association for the History of Nursing) in Florence, Italy.

The purpose of the Florence 2020 conference is to present current empirical research on the history of nursing, history of medicine and the history of healthcare from an international perspective.

The Florence 2020 Conference, while being located in the city of Nightingale’s birth and clearly associating itself with her image and achievements, is intended to be broad-ranging and inclusive. Florence Nightingale is taken as an important reference-point in the history of modern nursing but the purpose of the conference is to highlight current research across a wide field of endeavour. Abstracts relating to empirical research in the history of nursing, the history of medicine and the history of healthcare have been selected. Contributions come from the following Countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and USA. The official language is English.

The opening will be on 13th February afternoon in the famous Sala dei Cinquecento located in Palazzo Vecchio with two Keynote lectures by Prof. Christine Hallet (Huddersfield University, UK) on Visions and Revisions: Florence Nightingale’s Nursing Ideals, and Prof. Paul De Raeve (EFN General Secretary) on Nursing History strengthened by EU Legislation. On 14th February, 20 parallel sessions will run at Materdomini Education Centre (morning and afternoon) with a total of 122 oral presentations and 11 posters. One session will be in Italian (n. 24 oral presentations). All presentations have been grouped in the following themes: Florence Nightingale’s contribution to the development of nursing: controversies and debates; global histories of nursing; internationalism in nursing; histories of leadership in nursing; histories of nursing practice; nursing before Nightingale; nurses and nursing in hospitals; nursing in wartime; nursing in Italy from medieval times to the present day; the development of nursing traditions and cultures in Europe; other nursing/healthcare related subjects.

The closing will be at Materdomini Centre on 15th February with two Keynote speakers: Prof. Karen Nolte (University of Heidelberg, Germany) on Bed Linen, Cupping Glass and Hot-Water Bottle – Nursing Objects and Practices in Nursing History, and Prof. Alessandro Stievano (CECRI, Rome and ICN, Geneve) on Nursing History in Italy: future developments and collaborations.

Visits will be offered to Florence Nightingale birthplace (Villa La Colombaia) and at Ospedale degli Innocenti, Florence.

For football lovers a 5-a-side soccer competition will be organised: www.nightingoal.com/florence2020.

For more information visit www.florence2020.org

Booking details: www.florence2020.org/registration/
Contact: secretariat@florence2020.org

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  • FLORENCE 2020

  • Dates & Times:
    13 February 2020, 2.00pm to
    15 February 2020, 12.00 noon

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