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Welcome to the IPONS conference 2021 at the University of Gothenburg

June 16-18, 2021: The 24th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference IPONS. Personhood: philosophies, applications and critiques in healthcare. A three-day conference online and at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The 24th annual nursing philosophy conference will take place online and in Gothenburg the 16th, 17th and 18th of June in 2021.  We hope you can plan for coming to Gothenburg in June 2021 with safe travels or participate online. 

All abstracts accepted for the conference planned to be held in August 2020 have been invited for presentations at the conference in June 2021. A new call for abstracts will open at the end of 2020. Abstracts may be presented orally, as a poster or in a symposium/workshop at the conference.

Publish your conference contribution in Nursing Philosophy

The journal Nursing Philosophy will be launching a call for submissions for a 2021 IPoNS Conference Special Issue due to be published in early 2022. All authors presenting at the conference are welcome to submit a manuscript of their accepted abstracts. The theme for the special issue is based on the conference theme: personhood: philosophies, applications and critiques in healthcare. 

For more information, please visit the Nursing Philosophy website 

About the conference

Arguments for considering a notion of person-centeredness and performing person-centred care is increasingly being articulated internationally in nursing and across health care fields. However, while the notion of targeting the patient and family members as individuals is familiar to the nursing and most health care disciplines, there has been a lack of concrete strategies and actions for how to accomplish person-centred care that explicitly build upon, or could be related to, a philosophical foundation. Personhood and the idea of person-centeredness – and other thoughtful ideas from our predecessors – need to be reconsidered and re-examined in relation to current societal challenges and health care structures. Thus, philosophical perspectives on person-centeredness can be applied with potential to contribute to furthering the understanding, applications, explorations and inquiries as related to philosophy of nursing.

The 24th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference to be held at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, invites contributions that inquire notions of personhood and person-centeredness as related to nursing and healthcare, and links as well as conflicts between philosophy and person-centred practice.

The conference is hosted by the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, the department organizing research and educational programmes at all levels related to nursing at the University of Gothenburg, and hosting the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care (GPCC). The conference will be held in English.

Keynote speakers 

Elvis Imafidon, Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria.

Bengt Kristensson Uggla, Amos Anderson Professor of Philosophy, Culture and Management, Åbo Akademi University, Åbo, Finland.

Inger Ekman, Professor in Nursing, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Jonna Bornemark, Associate Professor in Philosophy, Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.

Rick Sawatzky, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Outcomes, School of Nursing, Trinity Western University, & Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, Providence Health Care Research Institute, Vancouver, Canada

Read more about the keynotes here 

Abstract submissions 

All abstracts accepted for the conference planned to be held in August 2020 have been invited for presentations at the conference in June 2021.  A new call for abstracts is open now. 

Abstracts may be presented orally, as a poster or in a symposium/workshop at the conference.

Please click on this link for instructions and how to submit your abstract. Note, the abstract submission system will be handled by an external company, see further details in the link please.