Medical Humanities: Emerging Interdisciplinary Perspectives Australia and the UK

Medical Humanities is an emergent and multi-disciplinary field of research, focusing on the social dimensions and impact of medical science and practice. It draws attention to the cultural aspects of research in health and medicine, examining its historical, philosophical, literary and aesthetic dimensions. In the UK, EU and US, medical humanities is rapidly emerging as an important new field of research, recognised as a site of productive engagement between research in the humanities and medical sciences.

In the Australian academy, however, medical humanities remains at a more formative stage. During the course of this event, we will discuss current directions in the medical humanities in the UK and collectively consider the opportunities this suggests for the emergence of a distinctively Australian medical humanities.

This event will showcase for current scholarship in medical humanities undertaken by researchers at the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland, who are involved in an ongoing QUEX-supported collaborative project on “Healthy Ageing.” It will also provide a networking opportunity for those interested in the emergence of medical humanities as a field of research and for those interested in exploring possibilities for multi-disciplinary collaboration.

This event is sponsored by the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry and co-hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the UQ Medical Humanities Research Network, based in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry.

Time: Tues July 23, 2-5pm

Venue: Level 4 Seminar Room, Forgan-Smith Tower, UQ St Lucia

Registration is free, but necessary for catering purposes. Please RSVP  here.