CFP: Learning from Lister (conference)

Learning from Lister: Antisepsis, Safer Surgery, and Global Health (A three-day multidisciplinary conference to reassess his achievements and legacy), 22 – 24 March 2012, King’s College London, The Royal Society, The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The conference will take place across three venues: the Strand Campus of King’s College London, the Royal Society at Carlton Terrace, and the Royal College of Surgeons at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Exhibitions of Lister’s equipment, manuscripts and drawings will form a part of the conference, as will screenings of films about Lister, and London walks that visit the locales associated with Lister. Papers are requested for 15- or 20-minute parallel sessions which could take the form of talks, workshops or seminars, to be followed by 10 minutes of discussion, covering (but not limited to) topics such as:

  •  Discipleship
  •  19th and 20th C surgical craft
  •  Advances in surgical science
  •  Nursing pedagogy and practice
  •  Health care innovation
  •  ‘Translation of principle into health care practices
  •  Lister’s legacy and global health
  •  Controversy in surgical sciences
  •  Identification and control of hospital infections
  •  Hospital safety
  •  Sepsis / antisepsis / asepsis
  •  Dirt / cleanliness.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words, and proposals should state which of the four major strands they would be situated under (History; Surgical Practice; Infectious Disease; Health Policy) and sent to ben.chisnall@kcl.ac.uk . As well as historians, we welcome and encourage papers from scientific, clinical, and health service and policy backgrounds, which could cover modern-day bacteriology, asepsis, surgical techniques, and issues in healthcare. These papers should make reference to Lister’s legacy, and should be concerned with tracing the roots of this legacy into present-day practice. The deadline for receipt of papers is Friday 16th September 2011. For a full programme, please visit the Lister website at www.kcl.ac.uk/lister .

Contributions will be selected by peer review and collected in a scholarly volume that will offer a major reassessment of Lister’s legacy. For further information about this conference, please contact Ben Chisnall, Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London: ben.chisnall@kcl.ac.uk , 020 7848 1405

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