Explorations in the Medical Humanities

Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Special Event

Tuesday, September 26, 2017  6:00pm Second Floor Common Room


Free and open to the public

No registration necessary

First come, first seated


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

    Anne-Lise François

    Associate Professor, Departments of English and Comparative Literature

    University of California at Berkeley


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