Medical Humanities Workshop – Lancaster – 19th April 2018

North West Medical Humanities PG Network Interdisciplinary Workshop

Organized by Erin Bramwell and Natalie Mullen

Thu 19 April 2018

09:30 – 18:00

Lancaster University,  FASS Building, A010 Meeting Room 3

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This is a one-day workshop at Lancaster University supported by the ESRC NWDTC that focuses on the value of alternative methodologies in the medical humanities. Although our primary focus is North West based PGRs, we are also pleased to welcome ECRs and participants from other institutions working in the medical humanities. Papers will cover a range of topics within the medical humanities, focussing on how researchers use interdisiplinary methods to approach critical questions in the area. Speakers come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including English, History, Sociology, Social Policy and Law. This is the inaugral event of the North West Medical Humanities Postgraduate Network.

Workshop Programme

9.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome Address

10.10 Keynote Address:

‘Germs on Film: Historic Imagery and Hand Hygiene’

Dr James Stark, Associate Professor of Medical Humanities at Leeds University

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Panel One: Therapeutic Spaces

Chaired by Erin Bramwell, Lancaster University

Matilda Blackwell, University of Birmingham, ‘Queering the Water-Cure: Fluid Sexualities in the Therapeutic Bathroom Spaces of Emily Holmes Coleman, Antonia White and Katherine Mansfield’

Felix Goodbody, University of Liverpool, ‘‘Small, noisy, and awkwardly shaped.’ The 1942 Hospital Survey and early hopes for a National Health Service’

Marie Allitt, University of York, ‘Palimpsestic Aesthetics in First World War Medical Spaces’

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Panel Two: Personal Stories and Autobiographies

Chair TBC

Eleni Theodoropoulou, University of Liverpool, ‘The socio-cultural associations of drug use and recovery: empirical data from Athens’

Charlotte Orr, University of Glasgow, ‘‘What Science Has Done to Me’: Sir Ronald Ross’s Battle for Scientific Priority in Memoirs: with a full account of the great malaria problem and its solution’

Christine Stadler, Chemnitz University of Technology, ‘Je sont des autres – AIDS and the fragmented self in Hervé Guibert’s Le Paradis

15.30 Coffee Break

16.00 Panel Three: Power, Medical Authority, and Patient Agency

Chaired by Natalie Mullen, Lancaster University

Louise Tomkow, University of Manchester, ‘How does forced migration affect health in later life?’

Botsa Katara, Durham University, ‘The Prosthetic Body: Abled, Disabled or Posthuman?’

Beata Gubacsi, University of Liverpool, ‘Stigmatisation and Posthuman Care in Octavia Butler’s ‘The Evening and the Morning and the Night’’.

17.30 Closing Address

17.45 Conference Close

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