Interdisciplinary Seminar 2019 Interdisciplinary Seminar 2019

Arts and Humanities Interdisciplinary Seminar 2019:
Exploring the Medical Humanities

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This interdisciplinary seminar series will critically interrogate the recent turn to the body in the humanities, and the orientation towards ‘medical humanities’. It is co-ordinated by Dr Harriet Cooper, who holds a PhD in medical humanities (critical disability studies) and is now working on an applied health research project with academics in the Medical School and the School of Health Sciences at UEA.  

The seminar is primarily aimed at PhD researchers at UEA, but is open to all. It will take place on Wednesday afternoons starting in January 2019.

23 January: Medical humanities: who is this interdisciplinary field ‘for’ and what does it do?

Introductory session led by the series convenor, Harriet Cooper, with a guest talk from Matthew Gerlach, a medic and UEA PhD researcher who teaches medical humanities to trainee doctors at UEA.

6 February: Using linguistic ethnography to evaluate the implementation of complex healthcare interventions: analysing context, texts and disruptions

Jamie Murdoch, Research Fellow in Process Evaluation Methodology, School of Health Sciences, UEA

13 February: Genre disorder: American literary taxonomies and the DSM-III

Sophie Jones, ISSF Wellcome Trust fellow in the Department of English and Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London

27 February: Contextualising mental health in an age of precarity: engagement, critique and the role of the arts

Laura Drysdale, Director, The Restoration Trust

Bryony Porter, PGR Mental Health Co-ordinator, uea(su)

Danilo Dondici, Associate Lecturer, UEA

6 March: Madness and the limits of social recognition

Mohammed Rashed, Wellcome Trust ISSF Research Fellow in philosophy and psychiatry, Birkbeck, University of London

13 March: How can a humanities perspective on emotions inform and improve medical research? The medicalisation of grief

Andrea Stockl, Lecturer in Medical Sociology, Norwich Medical School, UEA

20 March: Imaging the premodern womb: Medical humanities and the history of art

Jack Hartnell, Lecturer in Art History, School of Art, Media and American Studies, UEA

27 March: Ways of thinking, knowing and understanding in the medical humanities

Gabrina Pounds, Senior Lecturer, School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies, UEA

Georgia Walker Churchman, Lecturer in Humanities, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, UEA

1 May: Diagnosis, prognosis and a good bedside manner: Medical practitioners and their patients in medieval England

Joy Hawkins, Lecturer in Humanities, Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities, UEA

15 May: Working knowledge: Complexity and care in interdisciplinary medical humanities research collaborations

Angela Woods, Co-Director, Hearing the Voice, Durham University

Mary Robson, Creative Facilitator, Hearing the Voice, Durham University

All sessions run from 13:15 to 15:00 in Arts 01.06. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided.
For more information, please contact Harriet Cooper (

Twitter: #UEAMedHums

UEA postgraduate research students can enrol through e:Vision via the code HUMDR002.

Download the poster here (PDF, 399KB)

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