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Durham University

Centre for Medical Humanities

Draft Programme


16th May

Time

Room 1

Room 2

9.30

Registration and coffee

10.00-10.30

Welcome

10.30-11.30

Keynote: Professor Stuart Murray - 'Medical Humanities, Disabled Difference, and Human Flourishing'

11.30-1.00

Panel 1

Agency in Mental Health

Anthony Morgan – Depression, Responsibility, and the Phenomenology of Agency

Louise E. Boyle – ‘Slapping a label on doesn’t mean anything’: Social Anxiety Disorder and the Embodied Spaces of Health Information and Resistance on the Internet

Georgia Burdett – Losing the Plot: Depression and the Restoration of Narrative in the Work of Gwyneth Lewis

Panel 2

Human Flourishing and Literature

Tom Mandall – Textually Encoding the Body in Jeffery Eugenides’ Middlesex: Reading The Neo-epic Intersex Compendium

Arianna Introna – ‘It made you laugh if you didn’t cry’: Narratives of Contested Passing in James Kelman’s Mo Said She Was Quirky and Violet Jacob’s ‘The Lum Hat’

Erin Lafford - ‘Eternal process moving on, from state to state’: Tennyson and ‘Rhythmized’ Health

1.00-2.00

Lunch

2.00-3.30

Panel 3

Human Flourishing and Philosophy

Jan Pederson – On the Merits of Human Flourishing

Ian Kidd – Can Experiences of Illness be Morally Improving?

Alistair Wardrope – Pathologisation, Physical Normality, and the Concept of Disease

 

Panel 4

Perspectives on the History of Health and Medicine

Catherine Racine – In the Flourishing of Wonder: Dehumanization reconsidered

Adam Stock - Ghastly paraphernalia’: Cultural Representations of the Hypodermic Syringe and Drug Taking

Chris Stone – Oral and Aural Transmissions of Epilepsy in the Plays of Shakespeare

3.30-4.00

Coffee

4.00-5.30

Panel 5

Creative Writing and the Representation of Illness

Sarah Shaw – Treating the Whole Person; Caring for the Family

Naomi Kruger – The Terrifying Question Mark: Fictional Dementia Narratives and the Possibilities of Representation

Alison Summers – Writing dementia: The Importance for Carers of Biographical Information About People with Dementia

Panel 6

Understanding social experiences of illness and suffering

Veronique Griffith – Online Illness Narratives of Endometriosis

Abigail McNiven – Feminism, Medical Humanities and Pregnancy Loss Experiences

Ben Kasstan – Flourishing Despite Catastrophe: Delivering Jewish Social and Therapeutic Programmes to Ageing Shoah Survivors and Refugees

7.30

Conference Dinner


17th May

Time

Room 1

Room 2

9.30-11.00

Publishing Panel

Martyn Evans

Brian Hurwitz

Deborah Kirklin

11.00-

11.30

Coffee

11.30-1.00

Panel 7

Understanding dementia

Kate Latham – First the Purse, then the Teeth: The Role of Dementia in Contemporary Fiction

Rebecca Bitenc – Dementia in Contemporary Autobiographies and Life-writing Projects

Kate Allan – Forgetting yourself: Flow and Persons with Dementia

 

Panel 8

Cultural representations of clinical encounters

Joanna Kellond – Are we flourishing yet? Psychoanalysis and the Politics of In Treatment

Jenny Cochrane – Sex and the Surgeon: Emotional Distance and Intimacy in Modern Medicine and the Medical Drama

Jacqueline Hopson – The Demonization of Fictional Psychiatrists (and Why Real Psychiatrists Might Want to Do Something About It)

1.00-

2.00

Lunch

2.00-

3.30

Panel 9

Human Flourishing and Creativity

Peter Swan – The Challenges of Measuring the Efficacy of the Creative Process

Anni Raw – A Creative ‘Workshop Ecology’ to Promote Flourishing: The Workings of an Emergent, Community Arts and Health Practice

Lindsay Ann Coyle and Abigail McNiven – Exploring Embodied Engagements with the Art of Frida Kahlo in Social Research Processes

Panel 10

Perspectives on Voice Hearing

Roz Oates - Narrative as a Therapeutic Strategy for Assisting Voice-Hearers

Susanne Adahl – The Subjective Experience of Voice Hearing

Michael Flexer - Death of the Memoirist: Schizophrenia, Semiotics and the Illusion of Illness Narratives

 

3.30-4.00

Coffee

4.00-5.00

Plenary/Round table discussion: The Future of the Medical Humanities

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