Medical Horror Film Season

Four films exploring our darkest fears about objectification, fragmentation and intersection: Weds 11 May: Coma (Michael Crichton, 1978) Tues 24 May: Les Yeux Sans Visage [Eyes Without a Face] (Georges Franjou, 1960) Weds 1 June: Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1989) Mon 13 June: American Mary (Soska Sisters, 2013) All films start at 6pm, Birkbeck Cinema, […]

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Embarrassing Bodies: Feeling Self-Conscious in the Nineteenth Century

Friday 17 June 2016 09.30 – 17.30 Keynes Library, School of Arts Why were the Victorians so keenly aware of themselves? Why is the articulation of embarrassment such a preoccupation of nineteenth-century culture? This one-day symposium, funded by a Wellcome Trust ISSF Grant, will explore embarrassing moments in the nineteenth century, and consider the range […]

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Medical Objects: An interdisciplinary enquiry

Current cultural debates in the fields of object theory and affect theory offer valuable perspectives on how medical equipment complicates the physical and emotional intimacy of the doctor-patient relationship. The objective of this project is to examine how medical tools and technologies are felt and lived, and to develop new methodological approaches towards understanding medical […]

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CHASE Medical Humanities Network inaugural workshop: 13 May 2016

Across the CHASE Consortium institutions, radical and innovative research within the burgeoning field of Medical Humanities is being undertaken. The aim of the CHASE Medical Humanities Network inaugural workshop is to start to generate connections and conversations between colleagues. CHASE colleagues and students working in the field of Medical Humanities are invited to attend an […]

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Zoë Playdon, ‘Mind the Gap: Traditional Indigenous Knowledge, Heterotopias, and Apocalyptic Desire’

We are pleased to publish here a paper by Zoë Playdon, Emeritus Professor of Medical Humanities, University of London, which was presented at the conference Modernism’s Chronic Conditions: Temporality, Medicine, and Disorders of the Self, held at Exeter University on 17 April 2015. Abstract: This paper considers the gap between the approaches of Evidence Based […]

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