Discussing Professionalization, Gender, and Care: History of Soviet Healthcare in Comparative Perspective
UCD Humanities Institute, 29-30 May 2014
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This two-day workshop will evaluate Soviet nursing and healthcare history within a broader international context. It brings together Irish, UK, and North American based scholars from the history of medicine, the history of nursing, and those working on the history of medicine and gender in Russian studies. The workshop will provide a basis from which to assess Soviet nurses as healthcare workers and act as a springboard for critically examining issues such as professionalization, care, and gender. Soviet nursing did not follow the same professional trajectory as nursing in the West and the purpose of this workshop is to evaluate the problematic of Soviet nursing within the wider sphere of healthcare history. This workshop will therefore probe the complexities of Soviet nursing and healthcare history to yield greater insights into healthcare practices and attitudes in Russia and abroad.
- Should our understanding of Soviet nursing and healthcare conform to western notions of professional development?
- Will a close comparative examination of the Soviet case yield different insights (methodological, conceptual, etc.) into how we view western nursing and healthcare histories?
- Can we apply the same concepts and terminology used in the histories of western nursing to the Soviet case?
By exploring these issues the workshop aims to offer a dynamic and integrative framework for how we consider international nursing and healthcare history.