The Medical Humanities Reading Group

The Medical Humanities Reading Group is a new fortnightly reading group that will meet to discuss questions and other ideas related to the growing interdisciplinary field of the medical humanities. Topics will include, but are not limited to, historical and current approaches to the medical humanities as an area of study, the contributions of different disciplines to understandings of health, illness and the role of medicine, the body, narrative, material culture and the arts, disability, affect, healthcare and health activism, ethics, pedagogy and global challenges.

The  reading group will take place on Mondays,  14:00 in GS4. In the spring term we will meet in weeks 14, 16, 19, 21 and 23.

The reading group is open to students and staff from across the Faculty of Humanities with an interest in medical humanities. Anyone who is interested should email so that they can be added to the medical humanities mailing list.

For the final Medical Humanities Reading Group this term on Monday the 25th of March, there will be a special session led by visiting researcher in the School of English Darian Goldin Stahl. Darian will work with participants to build meaning out of illness by creatively materializing symptoms through an engagement of the senses.  

Material Symptomatology: A Medical Humanities Research-Creation Workshop

Monday 25th March

2.00- 4.00 pm

Seminar Room GS4

Check out the Life of Breath website mentioned in the reading here:

Macnaughton, Jane and Carel, Havi. (2016). ‘Breathing and Breathlessness in Clinic and Culture: Using Critical Medical Humanities to Bridge an Epistemic Gap.’ In A. Whitehead, & A. Woods, The Edinburgh Companion to the Medical Humanities (pp. 294-309). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. To read online:

All welcome!