Medical Humanities Discussion Group

The University of Glasgow organizes a Medical Humanities Discussion Group which meets regularly throughout the year. The group brings together students, staff, and practitioners for interdisciplinary exchange and convivial discussion around works in-progress and current issues in the Medical Humanities.

The Medical Humanities Discussion Group is currently organised and convened by Dr Megan Coyer, Senior Lecturer in English Literature. Any enquiries can be addressed to her at

The 2023/24 programme:

Dr Alessia Zinnari (Lecturer in Italian): ‘Reclaiming Agency Through the Body: Leonora Carrington’s and Alda Merini’s Illness Writing’ (1st February, 1-2pm; 3 The Square, room 303)

Dr Nyree Finlay (Senior Lecturer in Archaeology): ‘An Archaeology of Dementia’ (7th March, 1-2pm; 3 The Square, room 303, University of Glasgow) [HYBRID SESSION]

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Meeting ID: 815 0051 6175
Passcode: 647318

Dr Hilda Reilly in conversation with Professor Sheila Dickson,HOW I DISCOVERED THE ‘DEAD SEA SCROLLS OF PSYCHOANALYSIS’ … AND WHAT I DID WITH THEM’, (14th March, 1-2pm; 3 The Square, room 303, University of Glasgow) [HYBRID SESSION]

A quest which took Hilda Reilly on an archival journey from London to America, to Vienna and finally to the Negev Desert in Israel in search of the real story behind Freud’s patient and ‘teacher’, Anna von Lieben.

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Meeting ID: 824 4033 4182
Passcode: 663139


The 2022/2023 programme was:

Dr Mila Daskalova (SGSAH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Glasgow), ‘The Role of Medical Networks in the Spread of Asylum Periodicals in the Nineteenth Century’ [5th April 1-2pm; 4 University Gardens, room 203]

Dr Gillean McDougall (Independent Researcher), ‘Writing the Asylum: Creative Initiatives Inspired by the Medical Humanities’ [26th April 1-2pm; 4 University Gardens, room 203]

Dr Manon Mathias (Lecturer in French, University of Glasgow) and Professor Alison Moore (Western Sydney University), with response by Dr Hannah-Louise Clark (Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow), ‘French Hygiene in Nineteenth-Century History and Culture’ [21st June, 1-2pm, 4 University Gardens, room 203]

Past presentations include:

Professor Jane Desmond (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Medical Humanities across the Species Line: When the Patient is a Dog, or Cow, or Parrot”.

Dr. Dahlia Porter (University of Glasgow) “Catalogues and the Organization of Life in the Hunterian Museum, London”

Moira Hansen (University of Glasgow) “’O’er all the ills of life victorious’: aspects of disordered mood in the poetry of Robert Burns”

Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (University of Strathclyde), ‘Intimate narratives of pregnancy testing’

Joe Bouch (University of Glasgow), ‘Engaging reflexively with Janice Galloway’s The Trick is to Keep Breathing

Sarah Spence (University of Glasgow), ‘Postnatal depression vs anorexia in Sarah Moss’s Night Waking (2011)’

Charlotte Orr (University of Glasgow), ‘The self-construction of the scientist in Sir Ronald Ross’s Memoirs: with a full account of the great malaria problem’

Dr Petya Eckler (University of Strathclyde), ‘Body Image, Disordered Eating and Social Media: A Research Agenda on Future Directions’

Dr Zaman Shahaduz (University of Glasgow) ‘Common or multiple futures for end of life care interventions around the world? Ideas from ‘Waiting room of History’

Dr Douglas Small (University of Glasgow), “Cocaine, Edward Weston, and Victorian Sports Doping”

Sarah Phelan (University of Glasgow), “The ‘Dream Books’ and 1930s Glasgow Psychiatry: Untangling Psychoanalytic and ‘Common Sense’ Patient Narratives”

Louise Boyle (University of Glasgow), “‘I’ve just got to keep myself together …’: The psycho-social geographies of living and coping with Social Anxiety Disorder”

Dr Matthew Smith (University of Strathclyde), “History in Action: Social Psychiatry in Contemporary, Political Perspective”

Dr Jane Draycott (University of Glasgow), “Prostheses in Ancient Greece and Rome”

Molly Ziegler (University of Glasgow), “Shakespeare and Madness: dramaturgies of mental illness in early modern England”

Staff from Archives and Special Collections (University of Glasgow), “Discovering Medical Humanities Collections”

Dr Ian Shaw (University of Glasgow), “The Psychopolitics of Surplus Populations”

Megan Donald (University of Glasgow), “From animal companionship to animal husbandry: exploring a more-than-human ethics for veterinary medical humanities”

Prof. Alexander Kosenina (Leibniz-University Hanover), “Bedlam and Beyond: Madhouse Tourism in the 18th Century”

Dr Anna Mcfarlane (University of Glasgow), “Inequality in Medical Science Fiction”

Arden Hegele (University of Columbia), “University of Pathography and Romanticism”

Dr Mia Spiro (University of Glasgow), “Between two Worlds: The Possessing Spirit of The Dybbuk in Interwar Jewish Theatre”

Dr Emma Laurie (University of Glasgow), “Health and Human Rights: Easier in theory than in practice”

Prof. Stephen Burn (University of Glasgow), “Contemporary American Fiction and Neuroscience”

Dr Jenny Eklof (Umeå universitet), “A New Panacea: The Emergence of Mindfulness Science”

Dr Donna McCormack (University of Leeds), “A Haunting Imaginary of Organ Transplantation”

Jac Saorsa (, “The Power of the Visual: The Artist in Medicine”

Dr Cheryl McGeachan (University of Glasgow), “A Tapestry of Tales: Investigating the Historical Geographies of Art Therapy and the ‘Art Extraordinary’ in Scotland (1950-1980)”

Dr Megan Coyer (University of Glasgow), “The Medical Blackwoodians: Literature and Medicine in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press”

Dr Claire McKechnie (Glasgow Centre for Population Health), “Narrative, Community Health, and Medical Humanities”

Dr Hannah Tweed (University of Glasgow), “Poor Things: Diagnosis and Paratext’