Northern Network for Medical Humanities Workshop, Glasgow

The Northern Network for Medical Humanities has finalised the programme for the Glasgow workshop on Friday 22nd January 2016.

Location: Seminar Room One (Yudowitz), Wolfson Medical School, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ.

Travel bursaries are available for any postgraduate students wishing to attend. If you would like to register for the workshop – and possibly also a bursary – please get in touch with Harriet Ryder at


10.00-10.45: Arrival, Coffee and Welcome (Atrium)

10.45-12.00: Session One: Posthuman Medical Humanities

Chair: Dr Sabine Wieber, History of Art, Glasgow University

  • Dr Sarah Cockram, History, Glasgow University: ‘Living with Companion Animals at the Renaissance Court’
  • Dr Anna McFarlane, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Posthuman Medicine’
  • Dr Douglas Small, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Cocaine and Cultural Mythology, c.1860-1919’
  • Ms Thora Hands, CSHHH/History, Strathclyde University: ‘Reframing Drink and the Victorians: The consumption of alcohol in Britain 1869-1914’

12.00-12.15: comfort break

12.15-13.30: Session Two: Mental Health

Chair: Dr Sheila Dickson, German, Glasgow University

  • Matt Smith, CSHHH/History, Strathclyde University: ‘The Magic Years: American Psychiatry’s Take on the History of Post-War American Psychiatry, 1945-1970’
  • Dr Cheryl McGeachan and Prof. Chris Philo, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Glasgow University: ‘Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces’
  • Dr Ross White, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Glasgow University: ‘Understanding the distress of Langi people living in Northern Uganda’
  • Ms Moira Hansen, Scottish Literature, Glasgow University: ‘“Melancholy and low spirits are half my disease”: Physical and mental health in the life and works of Robert Burns’

13.30-14.30: lunch (atrium)

14.30-15.30: Session Three: Textual Cultures

Chair: Dr Christine Ferguson, English Literature, Glasgow University

  • Ms Laura Stevens, Library, Glasgow University, ‘Digitisation of records of Gartnavel Royal Hospital and Crichton Royal Institution’
  • Dr Hannah Tweed, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Medical Paratexts’
  • Dr Megan Coyer, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Blackwood’s Magazine and Nineteenth-Century Medical Humanism’

15.30-16.00: coffee (atrium)

16.00-17.00: Session Four: Ethics and Care

Chair: Dr Cheryl McGeachan, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Glasgow University

  • Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas, Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Glasgow University (Crichton Campus), ‘Philosophy/theology and understanding spirituality at the end of life in India’
  • Dr Angus Ferguson, Centre for History of Medicine/Economic and Social History, Glasgow University, ‘Medical confidentiality’
  • Dr Lucy Pickering, School of Social and Political Sciences, Glasgow University, ‘Under the Influence: On the Ethics of Research with Active Drug Users’

17.00-18.30: Dr Megan Coyer & Dr Hannah Tweed: Launch of Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network Website.

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