Explorations in the Medical Humanities

James Hogg (1770-1835) and Illness Narratives in a Scottish Context

Monday, December 11, 2017  6:00pm - 7:30pm The Heyman Center, 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

    Megan Coyer

    Lecturer of English Literature

    University of Glasgow

  • Respondent

    Cristobal Silva

    Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University


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