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2017-2018: Medical Humanities

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The Medical Humanities is an evolving field in which scholars, artists, and writers explore the relationship between culture and society, on the one hand, and medical science and institutional practices, on the other. A growing body of research in this area examines the experience of embodiment, health, illness, and medical treatment as a question rather than a given.

In this seminar, scholars from a wide range of disciplines—Art History, Communication Studies, Disability Studies, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s and Gender Studies—will explore what is possible when the realms currently governed by “the medical” and “the humanities” are allowed to intersect and overlap.

Topics will include health and illness of the mind and body; the visual representation of bodies in art and medical imaging; theories of care and disability; the contemporary anti-vaccination movement; race and biological citizenship; and global and local women’s health. Over the year, we will ask whether there are core questions at the heart of the medical humanities and consider, as well, the role of the field in the academy.


2017-2018: Medical Humanities Events

29 Nov 2017, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
Todd Carmody and Jeanette Samyn, Postdoctoral Associates
13 Dec 2017, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
Rachel Adams, Columbia University
17 Jan 2018, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
Kelly Joyce, Drexel University
31 Jan 2018, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
CCA Fellows Lisa Mikesell and Nick Allred
14 Feb 2018, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
Barbara Cooper and Johanna Schoen, Rutgers University
28 Feb 2018, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
CCA Fellows Louis Sass and James Walkup
21 Mar 2018, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
Mark Reinhardt, Williams College
04 Apr 2018, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
CCA Fellows Catherine Lee and Louise Tam
18 Apr 2018, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
CCA Fellows Carla Cevasco and Hilary Buxton
02 May 2018, 01:10PM - 04:10PM
Seminar Event TBD


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Postdoctoral Associates

Graduate Fellows


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