Curating the Medical Humanities Workshop: Birkbeck, 13 September 2018

A one-day workshop at Birkbeck, University of London Thursday 13th September, 9.30am – 6pm Curating the Medical Humanities considers some of the key ethical, intellectual and practical challenges involved in curating medical humanities exhibitions, particularly in relation to questions of audience, accessibility, participation and public engagement. The workshop developed out of the organisers’ experiences curating the exhibition Mr […]

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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”, […]

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Creative Writing and Mental Health: A Seminar Series

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness? Richard Hamblyn, Toby Litt and Lily Dunn, from Birkbeck, University of London, have organized an exciting series of dialogues, culminating in an ambitious one day conference on ‘Creative Writing and Mental […]

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Reading Group: Portraiture and Illness, Thursday 23 March 2017

This reading group explored the relationship between portraiture and illness, and was led by the artist Tim Wainwright. It met on Thursday 23 March, 3-4.30pm in Room BO2, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD.   Set texts: Transplant & Life digital guide: http://www.transplantandlife.uk/en/ Tamar Tembeck, ‘Selfies of Ill Health: Online Autopathographic Photography […]

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Fluid Physicalities: day conference, 10th March 2017

Blood; ejaculate; spit & phlegm; tears; mucus & pus; urine; diarrhoea; milk; vomit; sweat. Sometimes the body seems to be a leaky collection of liquids, a porous and productive entity, a body that repeatedly transgresses its own boundaries through seeping and oozing, or even gushing. During 2016, Fluid Physicalities has been running as a seminar series, convened by Anthony Bale and Esther […]

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Theatres of Contagion: Infectious Performance, Birkbeck 11-12 May 2017

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, London Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM – Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM (BST) How have theatre and performance represented, examined or been implicated in the transmission and circulation of medical and psychological conditions? How has our understanding of these relationships and phenomena changed over time, across […]

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