Online Meeting of the Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group: Politics of Proximity in COVID-19 Times

Friday 26 June 2020, 2p.m. to 3.15p.m.

The next session of the Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group will be led by Dr. Harriet Cooper, Senior Research Associate in Health and Medical Humanities at the University of East Anglia.

We will consider the following material:

  • OPTIONAL: Five Feet Apart (2019, a film about two teenagers with cystic fibrosis, who fall in love but have to maintain social distancing). Here is the trailer. [The film is available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube.]

Additional reading:

The choice of theme and texts for this group was inspired by a talk given by Professor Nik Brown (University of York), as part of a fantastic online event on the sociology of Covid-19 organised by the British Sociological Association on 24th April. This event can be watched here:

Everyone is welcome at the reading group. There is no need to book.

The meeting will be held on Zoom. The meeting I.D. will be sent to the mailing list a week before the event. Please email if you’d like to be added to the mailing list.

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.


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