Congress 2019

of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Date: 01 Jun 2019

Presented by: Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences | UBC

Room: Various UBC Point Grey sites

Icons, Trailblazers, and Symbols of Virtue:

Nurses in Public Memory

When:           Monday, June 3, 2019 @ 13:30 - 15:00

Where:          West Mall Swing Space Building – Rm. SWNG 222

Hosts:            Joint Conference: Canadian Association for the History of Nursing (CAHN) & Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (CSHM)

Brief presentations by five historians of medicine and nursing (Jill Campbell-Miller, Carleton University; Sioban Nelson, University of Toronto, Sarah Glassford, Provincial Archives of New Brunswick; Andrea McKenzie, York University; and Peter Twohig, St. Mary's University) will be followed by discussion with the audience.

This roundtable centers on the commemoration of nurses in public memory across a number of contexts. By critically examining representations of nurses as icons, trailblazers, war heroes, and symbols of virtue, discussants will unpack the power and meaning of the commemoration of nursing, and, more broadly, women’s caring work. In the context of current public debates on the nature – and political correctness – of historical plaques, monuments, and statues, and the broader symbolism of assigning place names, this roundtable explores the multiple uses of commemoration in and of nursing and health-related caring work.


Commemorating Nursing: 100-years of Academic Nursing at UBC, 1919 – 2019*

Commémoration du nursing : 100 années d’enseignement des soins infirmiers au palier universitaire à l’UCB, 1919 - 2019**

WEST MALL SWING SPACE - 2175 West Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

10:15 – 11:45         H3: The Emergence of Academic Nursing in Canada
RooM                    H3: L’émergence des sciences infirmières au Canada

Chair(e): Alison Phinney (University of British Columbia)

Unearthing New Sources in Canadian Nursing History: What the History of British Columbia’s Hospitals Can Teach Us about Nursing
Helen Vandenberg (University of Saskatchewan)

Nursing Education at UBC starting in 1919: Forging an Academic Degree for Nurses
Geertje Boschma (University of British Columbia)

Career Aspirations of B.C. Women Interested in Post-Secondary Education in the 1960s and 1970s
Margaret Scaia (University of Victoria)

** Special Program /Programme special - Commemorating 100-years of Nursing at UBC /Commémoration: 100 années du nursing à l’UCB

Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 88th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars. Congress brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build partnerships that will help shape the Canada of tomorrow.

Typically spanning seven days in late May and early June, and attracting over 8,000 attendees, Congress is organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and hosted by a different Canadian university each year. The Federation, host university, scholarly associations and partners develop a full week of presentations, workshops, panels, public lectures, cultural events and receptions. It also features Canada’s largest academic trade show. The result? Luminaries, researchers, practitioners, policy-makers and students from across Canada and abroad meet, share ideas and engage in discussions that have direct importance for Canada and the lives of Canadians.

For information on the joint CSHM-CAHN conference, visit the website of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing


Circles of Conversation

for the General Public

  • Complimentary events open to the public
  • Community Member Passes
  • Working or Volunteering opportunities


Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, Annual Conference


CSHM Annual Conference


Congress 2019 Registration