The 2012 Annual CAHN/ACHN Conference, to be held in Medicine Hat,
Alberta on June 15-17, marks the 25th anniversary of our association.
Founded in 1987, CAHN/ACHN has an ongoing commitment to stimulate and
promote historical scholarship of nursing and health. We are pleased to
invite you to this conference.
The conference theme is: Places and People’s Health: Exploring Nursing
in Diverse Contexts. We welcome papers that explore diversity and
contingency of nursing knowledge and practice. Aiming at a critical
understanding of connections between place and practice, the conference
seeks to examine the history of nursing and health care in diverse
geographic, social, and political contexts, including rural and remote
locations, specialty areas, and various communities. How did communities
engage with health politics or respond to professional claims? What
tensions arose as health services had to be established or transformed
and professional identities changed? How did nurses pioneer new practice
domains? How did local, regional, and global contexts of health care
shape nursing? Abstracts addressing other questions are also welcome.
The conference will bring together scholars, professionals, and students
from different fields and various areas of nursing and health care
history. Longstanding members are especially invited to attend.
The Hannah Lecturer at the conference will be Carol Helmstadter, Adjunct
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto.
She is an award winning nurse historian and expert on the history of
19th century nursing. She has published widely on Florence Nightingale
and nursing in Victorian Britain, including a recent chapter in Notes on
Nightingale (2010). Her new book, Nursing before Nightingale,
co-authored with Judith Godden, will be released in Nov. 2011 by
Please submit your one page abstract (350 words max.) and one page CV
for consideration by Jan 16, 2012 to [email protected].
Include information on student status in the CV. Submissions by e-mail
are strongly encouraged. If submitting by mail, please send one original
and 3 blind copies to Geertje Boschma, UBC School of Nursing, T201 2211
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver V6T 2B5, Canada. Notification of acceptance
will be sent out in Feb. 2012. All presenters must be members of
For information on local arrangements you may contact Florence Melchior
(f[email protected]) or visit our website at: http://cahn-achn.ca/