Nursing History Forum on Oct. 24

October 24, 2023 at 12 p.m. (ET)
RESCHEDULED FOR NOV. 28, 2023 at 12 p.m. (ET)
"Narrating a Life of Care: Hindsight, Omission, and Ambiguities of Interpretation in the History of Religion and Health"
Angela Xia

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Meeting ID: 935 8512 6052; Passcode: 590924

Doctoral candidate Angela Xia will share findings from her dissertation research on religion, aging, and end of life care in the modern U.S., focusing on the lives of three women of color in the fields of elder and palliative health. In addition to their professional roles as health-care practitioners, what makes these three women — nurse Dr. Rita Kathleen Chow, palliative social worker Dr. Bernice Catherine Harper, and hospice oncologist Dr. Josefina Bautista Magno — distinct are the self-proclaimed connections between their religious identities and their philosophies of care, connections established in self-narrated sources such as memoir, autobiography, interviews, or reminiscences from colleagues and friends. What can such sources tell historians of religion and medicine about the relationship between a care practitioner’s religious subjectivity and their work? What effects do phenomena such as hindsight, omission, recalcitrance, devotion, or revision have on how such relationships are depicted? With such questions in hand, Angela's talk will explore what it means to narrate a life of care with care.

Angela Xia is a scholar of religion and health in the modern U.S. and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, “The Rest of Life: Care and Aging in American Churches, 1970-2000," offers the first historical account of how American religious leaders, educators, and care providers took up age as a matter of shared concern in the latter half of the 20th century. Her research has been supported by the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, and the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. 

We hope you can join us!

Maura Singleton
Center Manager
Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

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