"Entre art and science" : Un séminaire de recherche international en humanités médicales

*Cette activité (2021-2022) se tiendra en anglais sur la plateforme Zoom*

The past twenty years have witnessed the rise of a heterogeneous interdisciplinary field: medical humanities.

Bringing together philosophy, history of medicine, literature, arts, anthropology, law, disability studies, and sociology of health, the field of medical humanities purports to provide a critical outlook on medicine from both a historical and a contemporary viewpoint. Internationally, the development of medical humanities has proceeded in quite different ways. Some approaches, institutions, and methodologies have focused on innovative pedagogy within medical curricula whilst others have pioneered new forms of so-called “critical” medical humanities. The global pandemic we are experiencing has shown the importance of humanities broadly conceived to understand health and illness, the nature of ageing and death, as well as to place epidemics in historical perspective.

But what are the foundations of medical humanities? Where is the field heading and which directions are currently explored? What topics should scholars most urgently address? From which perspective? What can humanities and social sciences actually bring to medical studies and practice? How might medical humanities interface productively with other interdisciplinary fields such as environmental humanities and digital humanities? What might a “mature” field of medical humanities look like? And how to think about the relationship between humanities and medicine?

“Between Art and science” provides students and researchers with an opportunity to engage with cutting edge work at the interface of medicine, arts, and humanities.

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Pierre-Olivier Méthot, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Medical Humanities and History of Biological Thought, Université Laval.

James Stark, Professor of Medical Humanities and Director of Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute, University of Leeds.

A Zoom link will be sent before each meeting (3-4.30 pm, UK time): all are welcome!


Calendar (Spring 2021)

  • Dr. Dora Vargha, Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities, University of Exeter, 11 March.
  • Dr. Juliette Ferry-Danini, Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy of Medicine, University of Toronto, 22 April. CANCELLED!
  • Dr. Jaipreet Virdi, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware, 19 May.