Contested Conditions: A Screening & Discussion Series: Safe (Haynes, 1995)

Join us for a screening of Safe (Todd Haynes, 1995) and White [Mater]ial: A Video Essay on Todd Haynes’s Safe (Amber Jacobs and Catherine Grant, 2013) Birkbeck Cinema, Friday 19th October 2018, 18:00 – 21:00 Free entrance, book your tickets here. The screening will be followed by a session of the Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group on the theme […]

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Lunchtime research seminar: Silvia Casini – Stereoscopic Visions inside the Laboratory and in the Arts, 7 June

Thursday 7th June, 1.30-3 pm, Keynes Library, School of Arts, 43-46 Gordon Square Today, almost forty years after the development of the world’s first clinical full body Magnetic Resonance Image scanner in John R. Mallard’s Aberdeen physics laboratory, biomedical images help interpret the clinical significance of biodata for patients all around the world.  But what […]

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Lunchtime research seminar: Annemarie Jutel & Thierry Jutel – The Diagnostic Moment in Cinema, 21 June

Thursday 21st June, 1-2.30 pm, Room B06, School of Arts, 43-46 Gordon Square The moment a serious diagnosis is announced creates an important crisis for a patient, as it shifts their sense of self and of their future potential.  This presentation discusses the creative representation and use of the diagnostic moment in film narratives. It […]

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Putting Theory into Practice: Exploring the role of Practice-based Medical Humanities

Listen to a Backdoor Broadcasting Company podcast of this event. Day 1:  29th November 2017, 9.30am-5pm (BJA Library, Royal College of Anaesthetists, Churchill House, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4SG) Day 2:  30th November 2017, 10am-1pm (School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1E 0PD ) This event is free and […]

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Breath Catalogue: Monday 14 November, 2-5pm

Breath Catalogue is a collaborative work by artist-scholars Kate Elswit and Megan Nicely, and data scientist/interaction designer Ben Gimpert, together with composer Daniel Thomas Davis and violist Stephanie Griffin. The project combines choreographic methods with medical technology to externalize breath as experience. Dance artists link breathing and movement patterns in both creation and performance. Our goal […]

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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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