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Centre for Medical Humanities

Programme of Research

Research Clusters 

A sculpture called “Industry”, near the Botanic Gardens, now replaced by J3372 : Sculpture, Queen's University Belfast.© Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Health, Imagination and Creativity

We want to assess the contribution of creative imagination to medicine, healthcare and public health within a shared reflective practice that establishes effective arts in health as a hybrid rather than specialist activity.

Virtual Environmental Doctor by Wonderlane, Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/71401718@N00/3009109276

Policy, Practice and Practitioners

Taking perspectives from outside the context of medical practice, we are able to take a critical view of the way in which that practice has evolved, to question the assumptions that underlie it, and to work with practitioners who are interested in developing new therapeutic approaches.

Mind, Body and Affect

The Centre is investigating the interdependence of mind, body and affect, exploring the history of these ideas and their relationship to the pre- and post-Cartesian views of the self and the implications of challenging these divides for distinctions between the ‘normal’ and ‘pathological’ subjecthood.

Critical Medical Humanities

This last cluster cuts across our other research endeavours to assert our commitment to research that takes the time to stand back, reflect and embed our specific enquiries within the broader implications of and for medicine and health.