Workshop: Medical Humanities and Ageing, 29/06/2015

An initiative of the CHCI Medical Humanities Network Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)

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Date: Monday 29th June 2015

Location: Old Committee Room, King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

The Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London, would like to invite you to our second workshop on medical humanities and ageing. We are one of the six CHCI member centres and institutes working on a project to further the development of medical humanities as a subject of study: each partnering centre conducts specific research on ageing, undergirded by collaborative reflection on issues of evidence, value, and evaluation.


10:00 – 10.30: Welcome

10:30 – 11:30: Panel: Reflections on Old Age

Dr Claire Hilton, Sauerkraut and African Violets: the Art of Old Age Psychiatry

Dr Elizabeth Barry, ‘Narrower and Narrower would her Bed Be': Woolf, Beauvoir and the Change of Life

11:30 – 12:00: Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00: Panel: Stories from the End of Life

Dr Columba Quigley, How We Die: Palliative Care and an Ageing Society

Dr Maria Vaccarella, Narrating Decay

13:00 – 13:30: Concluding remarks

Seating is limited, so if you would like to attend, please contact Dr Maria Vaccarella ( by Monday 15th June 2015

Details and podcasts of our first workshop on Medical Humanities and Ageing can be found here

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NEW! Medical Humanities and Ageing: podcasts and 2nd workshop (29/06/2015)

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You can now listen to the four talks delivered at our first workshop on Medical Humanities and Ageing in December 2014 here:

  • Dr Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University), “The Violence of Care. Love in the Age of Alzheimer’s”
  • Dr Martina Zimmermann (KCL), “Body, Mind, Metaphor. Gender and Ageing in the Current Cultural Image of Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Professor Pat Thane (KCL), “Old Age and Community Networks”
  • Dr Hannah Zeilig (University of the Arts, London), “Arts Projects as Community Networks for People with Dementia”

And please mark your diary for our second workshop on Medical Humanities and Ageing:

Programme to be announced soon!

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Sex versus Survival: the Life & Ideas of Sabina Spielrein (07/05/15)


spielA lecture with John Launer, hosted by the Centre for Humanities & Health and the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s College London.

Who was Sabina Spielrein? Her dramatic life story is most famous for her notorious affair with Carl Jung, dramatised in the film A Dangerous Method starring Keira Knightley. Yet she was a woman who overcame family and psychiatric abuse to become an original thinker in the field of sexual psychology and psychotherapy.

Drawing on close readings of Spielrein’s diaries, professional papers and correspondence, Sex Versus Survival is the first biography to put her life and ideas at the centre of the story. John Launer examines Spielrein’s tumultuous affair with Jung and its influence on both of their lives and intellectual journeys, and her key role in the rift between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, and in the development of psychoanalysis.

A Russian Jew, who lost her life in the Holocaust in 1942, Spielrein’s innovative theories have chiefly been suppressed because of her gender. Sex Versus Survival is a significant stage in the rediscovery of the life and ideas of an extraordinary woman and an acknowledgment of her prominent role in the history of sexual psychology.

Location: Nash Lecture Theatre (K2.31), KCL, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

When: 07/05/2015 18:00-19:30

This event is open to all and free to attend.

Please direct enquiries to


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