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.

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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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