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CFP: Learning From Lister: Antisepsis, Safer Surgery, and Global Health (9/16/2011; 3/22-24/2012)

Learning From Lister: Antisepsis, Safer Surgery, and Global Health
A multidisciplinary, multidimensional conference
22nd - 24th March 2012
King's College London
The Royal Society
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 on the centenary 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:

  • 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 conference's four major strands they would be situated under (History; Surgical Practice; Infectious Disease; Health Policy) and sent to ben.chisnall@kcl.ac.uk. The deadline for receipt of abstracts 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<http://www.kcl.ac.uk/research/groups/chh> at King's College London<http://www.kcl.ac.uk/index.aspx>, the Royal Society<http://royalsociety.org/>, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England<http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/>. Events will take place across these three venues.

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