Explorations in the Medical Humanities

Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Silencing the Body: Hypnosis, Music, and Pain in the 19th C.

Monday, October 2, 2017  6:00pm - 7:30pm Second Floor Common Room


Arden Hegele

Carmel Raz

Heidi Hausse

Lan Li

As a set of disciplines, the humanities face the challenge of how to write about embodied experiences that resist easy verbal categorization such as illness, pain, and healing. The recent emergence of interdisciplinary frameworks such as narrative medicine goes some way to address these challenges. Yet conceptualizing a field of medical humanities also offers a broader umbrella under which to study the influence of medico-scientific ideas and practices on society.  Whether by incorporating material culture such as medical artefacts, performing symptomatic readings of poems and novels, or excavating the implicit medical assumptions underlying auditory cultures, the approaches that emerge from a historiographical or interpretive framework are different from those coming from the physician’s black bag.



  • Speaker

    Céline Frigau Manning

    Associate Professor

    University of Paris 8 - Institut Universitaire de France

  • Respondent

    Joelle M. Abi-Rached

    Lecturer in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)

    Columbia University


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