Keynote Speakers

Professor Christine Hallett

Keynote: Visions and Revisions: Florence Nightingale's Nursing Ideals

Christine Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the University of Huddersfield, Chair of the UK Association for the History of Nursing, and President of the European Association for the History of Nursing. She is a trained nurse and health visitor, and holds PhDs in both Nursing and History. Her main research focus for the last ten years has been on the work of nurses during the First World War. Among her publications are: Containing Trauma: Nursing Work in the First World War Second Edition (Manchester University Press, 2011); Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2014); Nurse Writers of the Great War (Manchester University Press, 2016); and Nurses of Passchendaele (Pen and Sword Books, 2017). Christine edited Routledge's Four-Volume Themes in Health and Social Care: The History of Nursing (London and New York, Routledge, 2015) and is currently one of the editors of the Manchester University Press Nursing History and Humanities monograph series. She was awarded the Lillian Sholtis Brunner Fellowship by the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and the Barbara Brodie Fellowship by the University of Virginia in 2010. Christine has undertaken extensive work as an expert consultant; she has acted as historical adviser to the BBC (2013-14), the Royal College of Nursing (2009-13), the Florence Nightingale Museum (2010) and the National Trust (2014). In 2018, she was historical consultant to Eldorado Films and Pennsylvania State University, supporting the development and production of a series of films on the First World War funded by the National Cemetery Administration, US Department of Veteran's Affairs. Christine holds Fellowships of the Royal Society of Medicine, UK, and the Royal Society for the Arts, UK.
Professor Paul De Raeve

Keynote: Nursing History strengthened by EU Legislation

Paul De Raeve has been a registered nurse since 1984. He obtained a master’s degree in nursing science at the Free University of Brussels, a Master’s degree in Statistics from the Catholic University of Brussels, and a PhD degree from the Kings College University of London. Paul holds an Adjunct Professorship at the John Hopkins University in Baltimore (US) since 2018. On Work experience, Paul was appointed as staff manager at the Free University hospital of Brussels, part-time delegated to the Belgium Ministry of Health and Environment. He was responsible for developing a national comparable data warehouse for nursing, introducing qualitative indicators within the hospital financing system and providing data for the political decision-making process. In 2002, Paul De Raeve was appointed as General Secretary of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) and in 2015 EFN members asked him to establish and develop the European Nursing Research Foundation (ENRF). EFN EU lobby activities relate to the promotion and protection of nurses and the nursing profession with particular reference to the EU political agenda, especially the European Social Pillar priorities, including the digitalisation of the health and social care ecosystem. Working towards this mission includes ensuring that nursing is central in the development, implementation and evaluation of the European Health and Social Policy in the field of education, workforce, and quality and safety.
Professor Karen Nolte

Keynote: Bed Linen, Cupping Glass and Hot-Water Bottle – Nursing Objects and Practices  in Nursing History

In February 2018 Dr. Karen Nolte has been appointed professor and director of the Institute for History and Ethics of Medicine at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Prior to this appointment she held a research appointment at the Institute of History of Medicine, University of Wuerzburg. She is a nurse by training and has studied history, cultural anthropology/European ethnology and sociology at the University of Goettingen in Germany. Her dissertation (2003) focused on the history of hysteria in asylums around 1900. Her current research centers on social history of ethics, especially the care for terminally ill patients (18th and 19th century). Other interests include nursing and psychiatric history, history of the body, nurse representations in film in the 20th century, history of the patient in the 19th and 20th century and material cultures in medicine and nursing. She is part of the editorial board of “NTM. Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine” and co-founder and editor of the “European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics.”
Alessandro Stievano

Keynote: Nursing History in Italy: future developments and collaborations

He is currently Associate Director for Nursing and Health Policy at the International Council of Nurses. He is also research coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship of OPI Rome - Italy. The Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship OPI Rome - Italy- is a novel project that represents a unique venture for Italy, and one of the first to be set up in Europe, in line with the positive experiences matured in this direction in advanced countries. He is an expert of learning processes and, in this logic, has received a master’s degree in Education (Rome Three University - Rome- Italy) and another in Sociology from Alma Mater University of Bologna - Italy. He is author of publications on a national and international level. His main interests are linked to ethics and transcultural issues in nursing and health professions. He is one of the promoters of a group on research in nursing history to be supported by the Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship OPI Rome – Italy in 2020.

Thursday 13th February

Salone Dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio

15:00-15:15IntroductionOrganising Committee
15:15-15:45Conference Welcome and Official OpeningProfessional, Academic and Civic Leaders from Florence
15:45-16:15Keynote: Visions and Revisions: Florence Nightingale’s Nursing IdealsProfessor Christine Hallett
16:15:16:45Keynote: Nursing History strengthened by EU LegislationProfessor Paul De Raeve
16:45-17:00End of the day administrationOrganising Committee
17:00Cocktails and Networking

Friday 14th February

Il Fuligno, Via Faenza 40

09:00-11:00Parallel Sessions 1 (fra cui una sessione parallela in lingua italiana)
11:15-13:15Parallel Sessions 2 (fra cui una sessione parallela in lingua italiana)
14:15:16:15 Parallel Sessions 3 (fra cui una sessione parallela in lingua italiana)
16:30-18:30 Parallel Sessions 4 (fra cui una sessione parallela in lingua italiana)

Saturday 15th February

Il Fuligno, Via Faenza 40

09:30-10:00Keynote: Bed Linen, Cupping Glass and Hot-Water Bottle – Nursing Objects and Practices in Nursing HistoryProfessor Karen Nolte
10:00-10:30Keynote: Nursing History in Italy: future developments and collaborations Alessandro Stievano
10:30-11:00Conference ClosureOrganising Committee

See Social Programme for organised activities after the conference closes.