Conference: Learning from Lister: Antisepsis, Safer Surgery, and Global Health
This multidisciplinary, multidimensional conference will be held on the 22nd – 24th March 2012 at King’s College London, The Royal Society and The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Submissions are invited for a three-day conference commemorating the life, work and legacy of Joseph Lister, Professor of Clinical Surgery at King’s College London from 1877 – 1893, to be held in the centenary year of his death. 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:
• 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 conference’s four major strands they would be situated under (History; Surgical Practice; Infectious Disease; Health Policy) and sent to email@example.com. 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.
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 safety 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. More information on abstract submissions is available at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/cultural/lister2012/programme/abstractsubmissions.aspx .
The conference will provide an opportunity for historians, surgeons, nurses, infectious disease experts, health services researchers and those interested in the development of hospital health policy, translational practices, and hospital safety to discuss their respective approaches to understanding Lister’s contribution to improved surgical and health care practice both within its historical context and in the present day.
The conference is being organised by the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London, the Royal Society, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Events will take place across these three venues.
Funding from the Wellcome Trust subsidises registration fees for students and early career healthcare professionals and academics.