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Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th June 2017
University of Exeter 
Streatham Court

Keynote Speakers
Victoria Bates (Bristol)
Ina Linge (Cambridge)
Hannah Morgan (Lancaster)

Following on from the success of preceding Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conferences, the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter hosted an interdisciplinary medical humanities conference for postgraduate researchers on the 29th and 30th June 2017.  This interdisciplinary conference reflected the broad and vibrant research of the medical humanities by bringing together postgraduate researchers from across the field. The conference enablef postgraduates to exchange ideas and share their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment, and provided the students with an opportunity to discuss their research with scholars working from a range of perspectives. 

In addition to the academic programme of events, the conference featured a lively programme of engaged research. A public engagement event in the form of a theatre performance at the Barnfield Theatre, Exeter by the international theatre company Foreign Affairs took place on the first evening of the conference. The theatre troupe staged a production of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play Professor Bernhardi, and examined several pertinent socio-medical issues, such as medical ethics and end of life care, the conflict between medical and religious authority, women’s reproductive rights, and the intersection between medical practice and racism. 

On the Friday afternoon there was a screening of Like a Signal Falling, an experimental film by artist Dr Deborah Robinson, which touches on medical humanities themes. The film revolves around an unfinished sculpture of Virginia Woolf and explores the relationship between  modernist art and mental health. The screening was followed by a discussion between the filmmaker, an Associate Professor in Contemporary Art Practice at the University of Plymouth, and Professor Laura Salisbury, Associate Professor in Medicine and English Literature at the University of Exeter.

Conference Programme