Medical Humanities at King’s College London: An Integrative Meeting

When: 30th June and 1st July 2014
Where: Royal College of Physicians of London

Since 2009 the Centre for the Humanities and Health (CHH) at King’s has conducted a multi-stranded research programme entitled ‘The Boundaries of Illness’ funded by the Wellcome Trust. The programme has consisted of six distinct yet overlapping strands of work grounded in a variety of disciplines:
• Distress and disorder (philosophy and psychiatry)
• Concepts of health (philosophy)
• Nursing and identity: Crossing borders (nursing, literature and film studies)
• Cultural and historical forces in psychiatric diagnoses (psychiatry, history of medicine)
• Illness narrative (literature)
• Case studies of medical portraiture (history of art).

The purpose of this meeting is to share our findings with the wider Medical Humanities community, explore intellectual exchange between strands and initiate further cross-disciplinary working in the field. The PIs on the award, PhD students and postdocs, will put their work into the wider context of the Medical Humanities to focus on the question of integration itself and why it seems an important issue within the field today.

Monday June 30th Council Room
08.50 – 09.15 Registration with tea & coffee

09.15 – 10.00 Welcome and introductions Brian Hurwitz

10.00 – 11.30 Distress and disorder
Speaker: Derek Bolton
Respondent: MM McCabe
Chair: Silvia Camporesi

11.30 – 11.45 Tea and coffee

11.45 – 13.15 Concepts of health
Speaker: MM McCabe
Respondent: Derek Bolton
Chair: Brian Hurwitz

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch
Tour of portraits and exhibition
Ludmilla Jordanova and Keren Hammerschlag

14.15 – 15.45 Nursing and identity: Crossing Borders
Speakers: Anne Marie Rafferty, Jessica Howell
& Elisabetta Babini
Respondent: Edgar Jones
Chair: James Whitehead

15.45 – 16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00 – 17.30 Cultural and historical influences on psychiatric diagnosis
Speakers: Edgar Jones, Bonnie Evans, Stefanie Linden
Respondent: Anne Marie Rafferty
Chair: Keren Hammerschlag

17.30 – 17.45 Refreshment Break

17.45 – 19.00 Keynote: Medical Humanities and the Idea of Democratic Criticism
Stuart Murray, Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film and Director of the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities followed by questions and discussion.
Chair: Brian Hurwitz

19.00 – 20.30 Drinks

Tuesday July 1st Dorchester Library

09.10 – 09.30 Arrival tea & coffee

09.30 – 10.30 PhD and Postdoctoral Session

Speakers: Emma Bullock, Silvia Camporesi, Monika Class,
Keren Hammerschlag, Jessica Howell, Elselijn Kingma, Maria Vaccarella, James Whitehead
Respondent: Ludmilla Jordanova
Chair: Ben Chisnall

10.30 – 11.30 Tour of portraits and exhibition
Ludmilla Jordanova and Keren Hammerschlag

11.30 – 11.45 Tea & coffee

11.45 – 13.15 Illness narratives
Speaker: Neil Vickers
Respondent: Ludmilla Jordanova
Chair: Jessica Howell

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.45 Case studies of medical portraiture
Speaker: Ludmilla Jordanova
Respondent: Neil Vickers
Chair: Elselijn Kingma

15.45 – 16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00 – 17.00 Cross strand synergies: the Medical Humanities today
Discussion led by Alan Cribb, Professor of Bioethics & Education, Co-director of the Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London

This event is by invitation only. For any inquiries please email Sabrina Beck:

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‘Parentalism and Trust’, Interdisciplinary workshop in the philosophy of medicine, Friday 13th June

When: Friday 13th June from 09:30 to 17:00

Where: King’s College London, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS


09.30 – 10.00 Registration
10.00 – 10.30 Welcome and Introductions

10.30 – 11.30 Session 1 – Capacity and Supported Decision Making
Gareth Owen (King’s College London)
Genevera Richardson (King’s College London)

11.30 – 12.00 Break

12.00 – 13.00 Session 2 – Epistemic Justice and Medical Parentalism
Anthony Fry (Consultant Psychiatrist)
Miranda Fricker (University of Sheffield)

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00 Session 3 – Trust and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
Sara Donetto (King’s College London)
Katherine Hawley (University of St Andrews)

15.00 – 15.30 Break

15.30 – 16.30 Session 4 – Public Health Policy and Parentalism
David Simpson (University of Oxford)
Tom Walker (Queen’s University Belfast)

16.30 – 17.00 Closing Remarks

The event is part of a series of workshops hosted by the concepts of health research strand at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London.

The workshop is free of charge but there are limited places available. To
, please contact the event organiser Dr Emma Bullock:

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Social Sciences and Art History: Methodological Connections?

Panel Discussion on “Social Sciences and Art History: Methodological Connections?”

17.30, Wednesday 4 June 2014
Research Forum South Room, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN London

This event is part of the Peripheral Visions lecture series.

Contemporary art extends beyond the visual and aesthetic and operates in multiple areas of human activity. In order to study contemporary art in its multifariousness, art historical research needs to reach beyond its disciplinary boundaries and make use of methodologies of other research traditions. Following the Peripheral Visions lecture series, this panel brings together teachers and researchers in the fields of arts and social sciences to discuss some of the questions raised.

With a cross-disciplinary discussion, we aim to address the question of what other disciplinary bodies of knowledge and the ‘expanding field’ of contemporary art mean for the research of art, and consequently, what research skills beyond aesthetic theories and methods of visual analysis are needed and should be taught. How do the research methods taught at the art institutions prepare students for cross-disciplinary approach? How do specific terms and concepts ‘translate’ between disciplines? What are the risks of misunderstanding, and what are the benefits of exploring art through concepts from other disciplines?

Speakers: Dr Marquard Smith (Royal College of Art), Dr Rebecca Arnold (The Courtauld Institute of Art), Dr Victoria D. Alexander (University of Surrey), Dr Anthony Gardner (The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford).

Organised by Kaija Kaitavuori and Liz Kim with Professor Julian Stallabrass (The Courtauld Institute of Art). Sponsored in part by the Sfumato Foundation.

Open to all, free admission

For further information see here.


Marquard Smith is Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies in the School of Humanities at the Royal College of Art, London, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief, journal of visual culture. His interest in the idea of research as praxis has led to a number of projects including What Is Research in the Visual Arts? Obsession, Archive, Encounter (edited with Michael Ann Holly), public programming at Tate, ICA, and Whitechapel, and exhibitions such as ‘How We Became Metadata’ (2010) and ‘The Global Archive’ (2012). His interest in the convergence of art, visual culture, the medical humanities, and the history of the philosophy of technology has led to publications such as The Prosthetic Impulse (The MIT Press), Stelarc: The Monograph (The MIT Press), The Erotic Doll: A Modern Fetish (Yale University Press), and a forthcoming exhibition at MK Gallery in 2015 entitled ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’.

Dr Rebecca Arnold is Oak Foundation Lecturer in History of Dress & Textiles at The Courtauld Institute of Art. She has lectured and published internationally on 20th and 21st century fashion, including, The American Look: Fashion, Sportswear and Images of Women in New York in the 1930s and 1940s (IB Tauris, 2009). She is currently working on another book entitled, Documenting Fashion: Modernity and Image in America, 1920-60.

Victoria D. Alexander (AB, Princeton; AM, PhD, Stanford) is Senior Lecturer, Sociology Department, University of Surrey. Her books include Sociology of the Arts; Museums and Money; and Art and the State. Research interests include sociology of art, creative industries, and visual sociology and current research involves everyday creativity, change in art worlds, and the culture of change in urban environments. She is Decana of the Research Network on the Sociology of the Arts, European Sociological Association, and with the Surrey Light Project, worked with a visual artist to create a light sculpture inspired by the science of light, which was exhibited in Guildford Castle.

Anthony Gardner is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Oxford, where he is also the Director of Graduate Studies at the Ruskin School of Art. He writes extensively on postcolonialism, postsocialism and curatorial histories, and is one of the editors of the MIT Press journal ARTMargins. Among his books are the anthology Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations (Melbourne, 2013), Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art against Democracy, a study of European installation art in relation to postsocialist political philosophy (MIT Press, 2015), and (with Charles Green) Mega-Exhibitions: Biennials, Triennials, Documentas(Wiley-Blackwell, 2015).

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