Lunchtime talk 6 October: Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods on “What’s critical about the critical medical humanities?”

9781474400046_1The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities is a collection of thirty-six essays outlining a compelling new vision for medical humanities scholarship. In this talk, general editors Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods will discuss the different meanings and configurations of a critical medical humanities and what these open up for the future of this fast-growing field. Reflecting on contributors’ Des Fitzgerald and Felicity Callard’s notion of ‘experimental entanglement’ they will end by focusing specifically on the challenges raised by interdisciplinary and cross-sector working in the context of large collaborative research projects and in contemporary doctoral training programmes.

Please join us on Thursday 6 October in the Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD, at 1pm. The talk will last for approximately one hour, followed by  refreshments, after which attendees are welcome to stay on for discussion. A link to the chapter by Des Fitzgerald and Felicity Callard can be found below. There is no need to register but seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.



Anne Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Theory at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is the author of Trauma Fiction and Memory: New Critical Idiom, and co-editor, with Michael Rossington, of Theories of Memory and of Between the Psyche and the Polis: Refiguring History in Literature and Theory and, with Jonathan Long, of W. G. Sebald.

Angela Woods is Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities and Deputy Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University. She is Co-Director of Hearing the Voice, a large interdisciplinary research project on voice-hearing (or auditory verbal hallucination) supported by the Wellcome Trust (2012-2020).

More information on The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities can be found here.

Open access copies of selected chapters, including the contribution by Des Fitzgerald and Felicity Callard (chapter 1) can be found by clicking on this link. We will be reading further chapters from the Companion in the Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group throughout Autumn term 2016 (more details to follow shortly).


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