2012 Wellcome Library Roy Porter Lecture on ‘Creative Disability and the Shaking Palsy’.

The Wellcome Library Roy Porter lecture series was established in 2003 in memory of Professor Roy Porter, eminent historian of medicine and the health sciences, and former professor of the social history of medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. Starting with the publishing of his doctoral thesis, as The Making of Geology in 1977, Porter wrote or edited over one hundred books on a wide range of subjects. Among these, a history of the Enlightment, several volumes on the history of madness and psychiatry, of medicine and a social history of London, the city where he was born.
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Roy Porter’s premature death in 2002, and this year specially important lecture will be given Dorothy Porter, Professor in the History of Health Sciences and former chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine (DAHSM) at University of California, San Francisco (also of interest for scholars in the medical humanities, history of medicine and medical anthropology is the DAHSM blog). Dorothy moved to UCSF in 2002, and before that was professor in the History of Science and Medicine, Birkbeck College, University of London, and Head of School of History, Classics and Archaeology also at Birkbeck College. Dorothy too is a very prolific writer, and has published extensively in a wide range of topics in the history of medicine and the health sciences, and is one of the world-known scholars in the history of social medicine. Her most recent book published in 2011 with University of California Press, Medical Humanities Serie, is titled ‘Health Citizenship: Essays in Social Medicine and Biomedical Politics‘. For a list of most important recent publications see here. On this occasion Dorothy will present her new, current research on ‘Creative Disabililty and the Shaking Palsy: Approaching a history of Parkinson’s Disease‘. The lecture will take place on Wednesday May 23rd at 1830 at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. A reception will follow in the Wellcome Library at 1930. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing Tracy Tillotson (t.tillotsonATwellcome.ac.uk) or by calling 020 7611 8486.

Coming soon at the CHH: Prof Stuart Murray’s talk on ‘Autism, Human, and Posthuman’, 28.05.2012

Stuart Murray, Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film in the School of English at the University of Leeds, and Director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities, will be guest speaker at the CHH on May 28th, 2012. On that occasion Murray will present a paper on his research on the cultural representations of disability, especially autism. Because of the various differences it embodies, autism offers a particular vantage point on the questions that surround the idea of what constitutes ‘the human’. This can take the form of prejudicial discrimination, but can also potentially offer a productive revision of ideas of self and agency. The paper presented by Murray will look at ideas of autism in relation to writing, critical/radical humanism, and the emergence of the category of the posthuman; and it will consider questions surrounding media, technology, clinical diagnosis and autism advocacy.

Murray is the author of “Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination” (Liverpool University Press, 2008) and “Autism” (Routledge, 2011 – the launch title in Routledge’s new ‘Integrating Science and Culture’ series).
The talk will start at 5pm in room K6.63, Strand Campus. For more information email julia.howseATkcl.ac.uk

‘Helping the Wounded: Disability and the Military’: special event at the Hunterian Museum, Royal College of Surgeons.

As wards fill up with injured servicemen and women requiring long-term help along the road to recovery, and newspapers highlight stories of the problems faced by the wounded, the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons (35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE) is hosting on December 1st at 7 pm a very timely event to discuss the nature of modern war injuries, the recovery processes for those wounded on operational duty, and what the future holds for the new generation of disabled ex-servicemen and women. Colonel David Richmond, the most senior serviceman to be wounded in Afghanistan to date, Army orthopaedic surgeon Major Arul Ramasamy and former Royal Navy Captain Stevan Jackson of the Royal British Legion which supports the recovery of the wounded and provides welfare support to veterans, will talk about their experiences and answer questions. Richard Hollingham will chair the discussion. The event is free of charge, but booking is required on 020 7869 6560.