Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland (MHRNS) Symposium 2012

The first symposium of the MHRNS will be held in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, on Saturday 28 April 2012.

The RSE/Scottish Government-funded MHRNS aims to enable greater and more sustained collaborative research within Scotland in the medical humanities. The network’s website is available at:

The symposium addresses two of the network’s themes: “Why Historicise?” and “Theory into Practice”.

Abstracts of up to 250 words for 20-minute papers on topics such as those indicated below are invited for submission by 18 February 2012. We welcome submissions from clinical practitioners as well as from academics in medicine and the humanities.

“Why Historicise?”

Medical progress and/or regress.

  • How can medical history work with the other medical humanities?
  • How can history inform clinical practice?

“Theory into Practice”

What is the value of theorising medical practice with the humanities?

  • The theorisation of medical practices and roles other than the physician’s (e.g., the “health professions” as defined by HPC, complementary medicine, nursing, animal medicine, portering, administration, etc.)
  • The utility, or otherwise, of the medical humanities.
  • How are the humanities (mis)understood by clinicians? And vice-versa.

The Keynote Speakers will be:

Dr Thomas Rutten, Newcastle University, on ‘Why historicize when shaping medicine’s future?’

Dr Maria Vaccarella, King’s College London, on ‘Narrative Epileptology’

Please send abstract as an email attachment (.docx, .doc, .rtf, .pdf) to

Deadline for abstracts: 18 February 2012

Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by 1 March 2012



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