The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group – 31 January 2019

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group will meet on 31st January 2019, 14:30-16:00 in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD to consider work on the topic of the politics of bodily comportment. This session will be led by Dr Harriet Cooper, Researcher in Rights-based Rehabilitation at the University of East Anglia, and the material to be discussed is as follows:

  • Iris Marion Young, ‘Throwing Like a Girl: A Phenomenology of Feminine Bodily Comportment, Motility and Spatiality’, Human Studies, 3, 137-156 (1980)

 

 

 

The readings for each session – including the Iris Marion Young essay not linked above – are held in a shared Dropbox folder. If you need access, email sophie.jones@bbk.ac.uk (include your Dropbox-linked email address, if you have one).

Everyone is welcome at the reading group. There is no need to book.

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group aims to create a space in which academics, clinicians and students can come together to explore key readings, ideas and materials in the field of medical humanities. Our endeavour is to find ways of talking across the different disciplines of the humanities and medicine, and we welcome participation from colleagues and students interested and engaged in these areas. For details of previous sessions, please click here.

 

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Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group – 29th November 2018 3pm: Schizophrenia

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group will meet on 29th November 2018, 15:00-16:30, in the Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD to consider work on the topic of schizophrenia. This session will be led by Dr Mohammed Rashed, ISSF Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow in Birkbeck’s Department of Philosophy, and the readings are as follows:

  • Colin King (2006) They diagnosed me a schizophrenic when I was just a Gemini. In ‘The other side of madness’. Reconceiving Schizophrenia. Edited by Man Cheung Chung, Bill Fulford, and George Graham (Oxford UP)
  • Angela Woods (2011) Schizophrenia, modernity, postmodernity. In Woods, The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory (Oxford UP)

The readings for each session are held in a shared Dropbox folder. If you need access, email sophie.jones@bbk.ac.uk (include your Dropbox-linked email address, if you have one).

Everyone is welcome at the reading group. There is no need to book.

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group aims to create a space in which academics, clinicians and students can come together to explore key readings, ideas and materials in the field of medical humanities. Our endeavour is to find ways of talking across the different disciplines of the humanities and medicine, and we welcome participation from colleagues and students interested and engaged in these areas. For details of previous sessions, please click here.

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Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group – Contested Conditions: 25 October 2018, 3.00-4.30 pm

Thursday 25th October 2018, 3.00-4.30 pm

Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group – Contested Conditions

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group will meet on 25th October 2018, 3.00-4.30 pm, in the Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD, to consider contested, chronic, and invisible health conditions.

Prior reading

Anna Mollow, ‘No Safe Place’, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 1/2, SAFE (Spring/Summer 2011), pp.188-199

Johanna Hedva, ‘Sick Woman Theory’, Mask Magazine (January 2016). Available at: http://www.maskmagazine.com/not-again/struggle/sick-woman-theory

Email sophie.jones@bbk.ac.uk for a copy of the Mollow article (include your Dropbox-linked email address if you have one).

Everyone is welcome at the reading group. There is no need to book.

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group aims to create a space in which academics, clinicians and students can come together to explore key readings, ideas and materials in the field of medical humanities. Our endeavour is to find ways of talking across the different disciplines of the humanities and medicine, and we welcome participation from colleagues and students interested and engaged in these areas.

For details of previous sessions, please click here.

Please get in touch with Sophie Jones (sophie.jones@bbk.ac.uk) if you have any queries.

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Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities Reading Group – Summer Term 2018

Please find below details of upcoming events linked to the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities.

Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group – Summer Term 2018

Tuesday 29th May, 2-3.30 pm, Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

Extracts from Jasbir Puar, The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability. Duke UP, 2017. We will read the Preface, Introduction, and (optionally) Chapter 2: Crip Nationalism: From Narrative Prosthesis to Disaster Capitalism

Tuesday 26th June, 4-5.30 pm, Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1H 0PD

Extracts from Eli Clare, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling With Cure. Duke UP, 2017. We will read Chapter 1: Ideology of Cure, Chapter 2: Violence of Cure, and (optionally) Chapter 3: In Tandem With Cure.

Email Sophie Jones (sophie.jones@bbk.ac.uk) for access to the reading (include your Dropbox-linked email address if you have one).

 

 

Please note that the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities website is currently under maintenance and will be updated with details of the above events as soon as possible.

Please visit the site for more information about our activities, and do forward this on to any interested parties.

 

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Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group – 7 December 2017

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group meets on 7th December to consider the topic of non-conception. The meeting is preceded by a guided tour of the Conceiving Histories exhibition for those that can make it. Full details of the prior reading are below.

On Non-Conception

The Reading Group will meet on 7th December 3-4.30, Room 321, 43 Gordon Square, London. WC1H 0PD.

Led by Dr Isabel Davis

This session of the Reading Group coincides with the  Conceiving Histories Exhibition in the Peltz Gallery, 8th November-13th December. Members attending the group might like to visit the exhibtion before the Reading Group meets. A guided tour will be starting at 2pm on 7th December if you would like to join. Meet in the gallery. No need to book.

Prior reading:
Is available by following the links below. To print it out you need to download the whole file and then select the correct page numbers on your print options.

  • William Harvey, On Conception. This is added on to On Generation. You can read an English translation in The Works of William Harvey, trans. R. Willis (London: Sydenham Society, 1847), pp. 575-86. Link: https://archive.org/details/worksofwilliamha01harv
  • Robert Lyall, The medical evidence relative to the duration of human pregnancy, as given in the Gardner peerage cause, before the Committee for Privileges of the House of lords in 1825-26 (London: Burgess and Hill, 1826), footnote plan for the Experimental Conception Hospital. The whole book is interesting, but the footnote in question is on page xvii. Link: https://archive.org/details/b21473742

Everyone is welcome. There is no need to book.

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group aims to create a space in which academics, clinicians and students can come together to explore key readings, ideas and materials in the field of medical humanities. Our endeavour is to find ways of talking across the different disciplines of the humanities and medicine, and we welcome participation from colleagues and students interested and engaged in these areas.

For details of previous sessions, please click here.

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Medical Humanities Reading Group 23 November 17 and digest of other events

23rd November 3-4.30 in Room B02, 43 Gordon Square, London.
For more information about travelling to Birkbeck School of Arts, click here.

Prior reading for Skin II:

Roger Willoughby, ‘Between the Basic Fault and Second Skin’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis 85 (2004): 179-96.

Claudia Benthien, Skin: On the Cultural Border between the Self and the World (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002). Chapter 2.

Reading is available as pdfs, please email  me (Isabel Davis – i.davis@bbk.ac.uk) to request a dropbox link.

Other events at Birkbeck:

The Reading Group will meet for the last session of term on 7th December 3-4.30pm (room 321, 43 Gordon Square). The topic will be non-conception and the reading will be made available shortly.

Before the reading group there will be a free tour of the Conceiving Histories Exhibition (meet on 7th December in the Peltz gallery at 2pm, 43 Gordon Square).

The Conceiving Histories exhibition is free and on at the Peltz Gallery until 13th December.

Conference. 29th-30th November: Putting theory into practice: exploring the role of practice-based medical humanities. This is a free event but you must book a place.

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Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities Reading Group – Autumn Term 2017

The Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities Reading Group will meet three times this term: on 19th October, the 23rd November and 7th December (topic and reading tbc). All meetings will be 3-4.30 in 43 Gordon Square (room to be confirmed).

The first two sessions will treat the topic of Skin.

Prior reading for Skin I (19th October):

Mechthild Fend, Fleshing Out Surfaces: Skin in French Art and Medicine, 1650-1850 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016). Introduction.

Roxann Wheeler, The Complexion of Race: Categories of Difference in Eighteenth-Century British Culture (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000). Introduction (available in the dropbox file from tomorrow).

Further reading: Jonathan Lamb, ‘Diagrams of Emotion: Hogarth’s Blush and Maori Tattoos’. Available here.

Prior reading for Skin II (23rd November):

Roger Willoughby, ‘Between the Basic Fault and Second Skin’, International Journal of Psychoanalysis 85 (2004): 179-96.

Claudia Benthien, Skin: On the Cultural Border between the Self and the World (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002). Chapter 2.

For more information about travelling to Birkbeck School of Arts, click here.

Prior reading:
This reading is available via the Reading Group’s shared Dropbox folder: for further details of how to access, please contact Isabel Davis.

Everyone is welcome. There is no need to book.

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group aims to create a space in which academics, clinicians and students can come together to explore key readings, ideas and materials in the field of medical humanities. Our endeavour is to find ways of talking across the different disciplines of the humanities and medicine, and we welcome participation from colleagues and students interested and engaged in these areas.

For details of previous sessions, please click here.

If you would like to be removed from this mailing list just reply and ask. If you think there’s someone else who would be interested in this message do forward it on and suggest that they get in touch with me and ask to be added.

 

All best wishes,

Isabel Davis.

Reader in Medieval Literature and Culture

Department of English and Humanities
Birkbeck College

43 Gordon Square

London WC1H 0PD

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Medical Humanities Reading Group: Thursday 23 March 3-4.30pm

Our next reading group will explore the relationship between portraiture and illness, and will be led by the artist Tim Wainwright.

We will meet on Thursday 23 March, 3-4.30pm in Room BO2, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

Set texts:

  • Transplant & Life digital guide: http://www.transplantandlife.uk/en/
  • Tamar Tembeck, ‘Selfies of Ill Health: Online Autopathographic Photography and the Dramaturgy of the Everyday’, Social Media + Society, 2:1 (2016) (available online or via the Reading Group’s shared Dropbox folder: for further details of how to access, please contact Heather Tilley).

More details can be found on our website.

Please do forward details on to interested colleagues and postgraduate students.

Kind regards

Heather

Dr Heather Tilley

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Medical Humanities Lunchtime Talk: 6th October

Lunchtime talk: Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods on “What’s critical about the critical medical humanities?”

The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities is a collection of thirty-six essays outlining a compelling new vision for medical humanities scholarship. In this talk, general editors Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods will discuss the different meanings and configurations of a critical medical humanities and what these open up for the future of this fast-growing field. Reflecting on contributors’ Des Fitzgerald and Felicity Callard’s notion of ‘experimental entanglement’ they will end by focusing specifically on the challenges raised by interdisciplinary and cross-sector working in the context of large collaborative research projects and in contemporary doctoral training programmes.

Please join us on Thursday 6 October in the Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD, at 1pm. The talk will last for approximately one hour, followed by  refreshments, after which attendees are welcome to stay on for discussion. A link to the chapter (along with selected other chapters from the Companion) by Des Fitzgerald and Felicity Callard can be found by clicking on this link. There is no need to register but seats will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Please see our website for further details. We will be reading further chapters from the Companion in the Birkbeck Medical Humanities Reading Group throughout Autumn term 2016 (more details to follow shortly).

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Birkbeck Medical Humanities reading group: Medicine and care – cultures of harm, 16 March 2016

Medicine and care: cultures of harm.

The next session of the Birkbeck Medical Humanities reading group, relating to the theme of medicine and care, will be held on Wednesday 16 March, between 3.30-5pm in room 112, 43 Gordon Square<http://www.bbk.ac.uk/arts/contact-us>.

The reading for this session has been selected by the organisers of the forthcoming conference Cultures of Harm in Institutions of Care: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, which will be held at Birkbeck on 15-16 April 2016.

The readings address undercover reporting to expose institutional abuse. One is by a young woman who got herself admitted to a New York asylum in 1877 to expose the cruelty that was taking place there; another has been written by Joe Plomin who was behind some of the recent Panorama programmes on institutional abuse.

Set texts for the reading group:

  • Nelly Bly, Ten Days in a Madhouse (1877). We suggest readers concentrate on the first seven or eight chapters, and the final one. Each is very short.
  • Joe Plomin, Hidden Cameras. Everything you need to know about covert recording, undercover cameras and secret filming (Jessica Kingsley, 2016), Introduction and Chapter 4
  • As an additional resource, you may also wish to read Jean Marie Lutes, ‘Into the Madhouse with Nellie Bly: Girl Stunt Reporting in Late Nineteenth-Century America’, American Quarterly, 54.2 (2002), 217-53.

Please contact Dr Heather Tilley if you need access to the readings. uble293@mail.bbk.ac.uk

More information on the reading group, including past events, is available on the website http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-research/research_seminars/mhrg

A special workshop relating to this reading will be held in the afternoon of Saturday 16 April as part of the conference, contact Louise Hide, l.hide@bbk.ac.uk, for further information.

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