2019 Symposium (Past Event)

The 2019 Glasgow Medical Humanities Symposium was held on 15 May in the Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow. The event was oriented towards research showcasing and networking, and used a variety of formats include rapid-fire panels, lunchtime displays, brief provocations, and moderated discussion. Speakers/presenters came from UoG, Strathclyde, GCU, the Royal Conservatoire, Edinburgh College of Art, and Glasgow School of Art (as well as Liverpool University and Peter Lang). Disciplines represented by  presenters included English Literature, History, Public Health Sciences, History of Art, Performance, Design, Life Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and Creative Writing.

71 attended in total, adding further to the diversity of representation with representatives for University of Stirling, and University of the West of Scotland.


0930-1015 Arrival. Tea and coffee, with scones

1015-1030 Introduction from Network Director, Dr Gavin Miller

1030-1100 Panel ‘Reproductive Medicine’. Chair: Dr Anna McFarlane (English Lit, Glasgow)
Dr Janet Greenlees (History, GCU), Dr Laura Kelly (History, Strathclyde), Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn (History, Strathclyde)

1100-1145 Panel ‘Risk Representation in UK Media’. Chair Dr Elsa Richardson (History, Strathclyde)
Hilllary Collins, Lynne Rush, Dr Amy Nimegeer, Chris Patterson (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow)

1145-1200 Coffee Break

1200-1230 Provocations 1. Chair: Martin Murray (Health & Life Sciences, UWS)
Joe Wood (English Literature, Glasgow), ‘Problem of Narrative in End of Life Studies’
Dr Sarah Phelan (MHRC Glasgow), ‘Histories of Uncertainty and Critique in Post-War Psychiatry’

1230-1300 Provocations 2. Chair: Dr Sabine Wieber (History of Art, Glasgow)
Dr Lucy Weir (History of Art, Edinburgh College of Art), ‘Bodies in Crisis? Performance, Masculinity, and Self-Inflicted Violence’
Prof. Laura Gonzalez (Royal Conservatoire), ‘Hosting a ghost’

1300-1400 Buffet lunch and networking, with tables of materials from:
Gillian Shirreffs (Creative Writing, Glasgow), Subject-Object-Verb: exploring the relationship between object and illness.
Serian Carlyle, ‘Abortion in Russian and Soviet Film’
Dr Colin MacDuff (Design, Glasgow School of Art), ‘Poetry and nursing: a lunchtime platter’
Dr Beata Gubacsi (English, Liverpool), ‘Medical Humanities 2.0’
Dr Philip Dunshea (Peter Lang), Medical Humanities & Studies in the History of Healthcare

1400-1500 Provocations 3. Chair: Dr Cheryl McGeachan (Geography, Glasgow)
Dr Ourania Varsou (Life Sciences, Glasgow), ‘Art in Anatomy: Interdisciplinary Discussions’
Prof. Alastair Macdonald (Design, Glasgow School of Art), ‘Resistance Movements’
Dr Andrew Gardiner (Royal Dick Vet, Edinburgh), ‘Veterinary Medical Humanities’
Dr Beata Gubacsi (English, Liverpool) ‘Medical Humanities 2.0’

1500-1600 Discussions. Chair: Dr Hannah-Louise Clark (Economic & Social History, Glasgow)
Medical Humanities Masters at Glasgow
Prof. Hester Parr, Dr Cheryl McGeachan, Prof. Deborah Dixon (Geography, Glasgow)
Glasgow Medical Humanities Network activities and future direction
Dr Gavin Miller (Network Director / Director MHRC Glasgow), Moira Rankin (Archives, Glasgow), Dr Elsa Richardson (Network Diversity Officer, Strathclyde), Dr Janet Greenlees (Co-Director CSHHH, GCU)