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Durham University

Institute for Medical Humanities

Events

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Medical Humanities Reading Group: A Biomedical Age

12:00pm to 1:00pm, CA201 Caedmon Building

The contemporary intersections between the biomedical sciences and globalization have been well theorised. Kaushik Sunder Rajan (2006: 3) has argued that biotechnology is now inextricable from the enterprises of contemporary capitalism, while Eugene Thacker has claimed that the relationship between technoscience and globalization is fundamentally redefining the circulation and distribution of biological information (2006: 7).

Contact natalie.riley@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 16 October 2019

Theatrical interventions in the history of psychiatry

5:00pm to 6:00pm, CA201 Caedmon Building, Celine Kaiser

Céline Kaiser explores the role that theatrical interventions have played in the history of psychotherapy and their potential therapeutic value. She will also explore the interplay of medical humanities research approaches with those of artistic investigations.

Contact imh.mail@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 24 October 2019

Confucianism and organ donation: Moral duties from xiao (filial piety) to ren (humanity)

5:00pm to 6:30pm, CA201 Caedmon Building, Professor Jing-Bao Nie

Does the influential Chinese tradition of Confucianism really discourage organ donation? Visiting fellow Jing-Bao Nie challenges this widely-held belief.

Contact imh.mail@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 7 November 2019

Did Alexander the Great die from Guillain-Barré Syndrome?

5:00pm to 6:30pm, CA201 Caedmon Building, Dr Katherine Hall

Great mystery surrounds the death of Alexander the Great in ancient Greece, 323BC. Dr Katherine Hall presents an alternative explanation for this intriguing case.

Contact imh.mail@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 10 December 2019

Medical Humanities Reading Group: How to Talk About the Body

12:00pm to 1:00pm, CA201 Caedmon Building

To speak of embodiment is to privilege the lived and experiencing body, to highlight the material conditions of life and death, and to situate the human subject within both nature and culture. Recent attention to the body as a socio-biological artefact has both increased awareness of how physiology can contribute to human experience as well as raising concerns about the categories of the ‘real’ and ‘authentic’.

Contact natalie.riley@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.