Conference Agenda

Lunch Session 1B: Roundtable Religious Healing Practices in the History of Nursing
Wednesday, 08/Sept/2021:
12:00pm - 12:45pm

Session Chair: Luc De Munck, KU Leuven


Religious Healing Practices in the History of Nursing

Chair(s): De Munck, Luc (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Presenter(s): Nelson, Sioban (University of Toronto), Wall, Barbra Mann (University of Virginia), Hallett, Chrstine (University of Huddersfield), La Torre, Anna (University of Milan)

In this panel, attention will be paid to religious healing practices in different countries over different periods of time, with a focus on the practices used in nursing.

Prof. Dr. Sioban NELSON is professor at the Faculty of Nursing of the University of Toronto (Canada). She is the author of Say Little, Do Much. Nurses, Nuns and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001). At the roundtable she will discuss the idea of nursing knowledge with particular reference to two seventeenth century texts for nurses: the Conference of Vincent de Paul to the Daughters of Charity (France) and Instrucciones de Enfermeros to the Brothers of the Congregation of Bernadino de Obregon (Spain).

Prof. Dr. Barbra Mann WALL is professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing (USA). She published three books on the intersection of religion, hospital establishments and nursing after 1865, including her acclaimed Unlikely Entrepreneurs. Catholic Sisters and the Hospital Marketplace 1865-1925 (Ohio State University Press, 2005). As in her book, in the roundtable she shall elaborate on the religious and nursing practices of nuns between 1865 and 1925.

Prof. Dr. Christine HALLETT is professor at the University of Huddersfield (UK). Much of her work focusses on the history of nursing practices. Her most recent books include Edith Cavell and her Legend (Palgrave, 2018), Nurses of Passchendaele (Pen & Sword, 2017), Nurse Writers of the Great War (Manchester University Press, 2016) and Veiled Warriors (Oxford University Press, 2014). At the roundtable, she shall focus on the spirituality of British nurses serving on the Eastern front during the First World War.

Anna LA TORRE earned an MS in Nursing (2008) and an MA in History (2015), with a specialisation in Christianity history. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in History at the University of Barcelona (Spain). She is a teaching assistant at the University of Milan (Italy), focusing on nursing history. In 2020 she became the president of the European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN). Her most recent publications are: “The RAF passed over Milan, the nurses’ response to the 1940-45 bombings”, “Grenade Syndrome and the Talking care. A care challenge during the First World War” and “Life at the Policlinic of Milan during the Spanish flu. A story of courses and recourses” (all published in 2020 in Historica Medica). At the roundtable, she shall look into the religious practices of Italian nurses in the 20th century.

Luc DE MUNCK shall moderate the session. He holds a master in History, and is currently pursuing a PhD in History at KU Leuven (Belgium), His PhD is about the professional identity of catholic nurses in Belgium between 1919 and 1974. In his research, he analyses the healing practices of religious nurses. He is the author of Altijd troosten. Belgische verpleegsters tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog [Always Comforting. Belgian Nurses during the First World War] (Amsterdam University Press, 2018).