Reading Group: Attention and its Medicalization – 1st March and 22nd March 2018

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group will meet twice in the Spring Term 2018, on 1st March and 22nd March, to consider Attention and its Medicalization.

1. Reading Attention

1st March 2018, 2-3.30 pm, Malet Street Building, London, WC1E 7HX – Room 420

Katherine Hayles, “On Hyper and Deep Attention: The Generational Divide in Cognitive Modes”, Profession (2007): 187-199

Matthew Bevis, “In Search of Distraction”, Poetry Magazine (November 2017)

2. Medicalizing Attention

22nd March 2018, 2-3.30 pm, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD – Room 114 (Keynes Library)

Matthew Smith, “The First Hyperactive Children”, Hyperactive: The Controversial History of ADHD. Reaktion, 2012, pp. 46-74.

Ilina Singh, “A disorder of anger and aggression: Children’s perspectives on attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in the UK”, Social Science and Medicine 73 (2011): 889-896.

Further reading: Simon Bailey, “ADHD Mythology”, in Rethinking Disability Theory and Practice: Challenging Essentialism, ed. Karin Lesnik-Oberstein. Palgrave, 2015, pp. 98-117.

Led by Sophie A. Jones and Bozhena Zoritch. Email for a copy of the reading (include your Dropbox-linked email address if you have one). The sessions will speak to each other but it’s fine to attend just one. Everyone is welcome. There is no need to book.

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The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group aims to create a space in which academics, clinicians and students can come together to explore key readings, ideas and materials in the field of medical humanities. Our endeavour is to find ways of talking across the different disciplines of the humanities and medicine, and we welcome participation from colleagues and students interested and engaged in these areas.

For details of previous sessions, please click here.

Image: Heinrich Hoffmann, Der Struwwelpeter (1845)

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