Medical Humanities at King’s College London: An Integrative Meeting

When: 30th June and 1st July 2014
Where: Royal College of Physicians of London

Since 2009 the Centre for the Humanities and Health (CHH) at King’s has conducted a multi-stranded research programme entitled ‘The Boundaries of Illness’ funded by the Wellcome Trust. The programme has consisted of six distinct yet overlapping strands of work grounded in a variety of disciplines:
• Distress and disorder (philosophy and psychiatry)
• Concepts of health (philosophy)
• Nursing and identity: Crossing borders (nursing, literature and film studies)
• Cultural and historical forces in psychiatric diagnoses (psychiatry, history of medicine)
• Illness narrative (literature)
• Case studies of medical portraiture (history of art).

The purpose of this meeting is to share our findings with the wider Medical Humanities community, explore intellectual exchange between strands and initiate further cross-disciplinary working in the field. The PIs on the award, PhD students and postdocs, will put their work into the wider context of the Medical Humanities to focus on the question of integration itself and why it seems an important issue within the field today.

Monday June 30th Council Room
08.50 – 09.15 Registration with tea & coffee

09.15 – 10.00 Welcome and introductions Brian Hurwitz

10.00 – 11.30 Distress and disorder
Speaker: Derek Bolton
Respondent: MM McCabe
Chair: Silvia Camporesi

11.30 – 11.45 Tea and coffee

11.45 – 13.15 Concepts of health
Speaker: MM McCabe
Respondent: Derek Bolton
Chair: Brian Hurwitz

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch
Tour of portraits and exhibition
Ludmilla Jordanova and Keren Hammerschlag

14.15 – 15.45 Nursing and identity: Crossing Borders
Speakers: Anne Marie Rafferty, Jessica Howell
& Elisabetta Babini
Respondent: Edgar Jones
Chair: James Whitehead

15.45 – 16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00 – 17.30 Cultural and historical influences on psychiatric diagnosis
Speakers: Edgar Jones, Bonnie Evans, Stefanie Linden
Respondent: Anne Marie Rafferty
Chair: Keren Hammerschlag

17.30 – 17.45 Refreshment Break

17.45 – 19.00 Keynote: Medical Humanities and the Idea of Democratic Criticism
Stuart Murray, Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film and Director of the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities followed by questions and discussion.
Chair: Brian Hurwitz

19.00 – 20.30 Drinks

Tuesday July 1st Dorchester Library

09.10 – 09.30 Arrival tea & coffee

09.30 – 10.30 PhD and Postdoctoral Session

Speakers: Emma Bullock, Silvia Camporesi, Monika Class,
Keren Hammerschlag, Jessica Howell, Elselijn Kingma, Maria Vaccarella, James Whitehead
Respondent: Ludmilla Jordanova
Chair: Ben Chisnall

10.30 – 11.30 Tour of portraits and exhibition
Ludmilla Jordanova and Keren Hammerschlag

11.30 – 11.45 Tea & coffee

11.45 – 13.15 Illness narratives
Speaker: Neil Vickers
Respondent: Ludmilla Jordanova
Chair: Jessica Howell

13.15 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 – 15.45 Case studies of medical portraiture
Speaker: Ludmilla Jordanova
Respondent: Neil Vickers
Chair: Elselijn Kingma

15.45 – 16.00 Tea and coffee

16.00 – 17.00 Cross strand synergies: the Medical Humanities today
Discussion led by Alan Cribb, Professor of Bioethics & Education, Co-director of the Centre for Public Policy Research, King’s College London

This event is by invitation only. For any inquiries please email Sabrina Beck:

Today: 1st JOINT MEETING Centre for the Humanities and Health and Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine

The Centre for the Humanities & Health is glad to announce the 1st joint meeting with the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, to take place today, October 24th, from 130 to 530 om in K0.18, Strand Campus.

Programme as follows:

1.30 – 1.45 Welcome and Introduction (Professor Brian Hurwitz and Professor Nikolas Rose)

Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine
Chair Professor Nikolas Rose 1.45 – 3.15
· Individual introductions
· Narratives of Depreshen: reflections on [Iranian] psychiatric subjectivities
Dr Orkideh Behrouzan
· Risk-benefit evaluations in biomedical research
Dr Annette Rid
· Making medicine molecular – the emergence of a socio-technical regime for personalised medicine
Dr Stuart Hogarth

Discussion (15 minutes)
3.15-3.45 – tea

Centre for Humanities and Health
Chair Professor Brian Hurwitz 3.45-5.15
· Introductions and Presentations
· Conceptualising the medical gaze: the contested role of “distress” in the definitions of mental disorder in the ICD, DSM and draft DSM-5
Prof Derek Bolton
· The impact of culture and war on the presentation and interpretation of psychiatric disorder in the UK, 1914-1960
Prof Edgar Jones
· What you can do with portraits
Prof Ludmilla Jordanova

Discussion (15 minutes)
5.15 Drinks

24th October 2012 1.30-5.30

‘Portraits of Patients’ Workshop

The research strand ‘Case Studies of Medical Portraiture’ in the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King’s College London will be holding its second workshop on Wednesday 23 May 2012 at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE. The workshop will engage with ways of understanding portraiture practices as they relate to the depiction of patients by others and themselves. Portraits of patients will be found in a variety of places and media, leading to an interrogation of the category of the patient and the nature and role of portraiture in its construction. A main priority of the workshop will be to encourage discussion of relevant objects in the Wellcome Iconographic Collections.
There will be no charge but spaces are limited. Book by emailing:
Full program:

Session One: Examining Portraits (Chair: Susan Sidlauskas)
10-10:30 Ludmilla Jordanova (King’s College London): Portraits and ‘Patients’
10:30-11 Douglas James (King’s College London): Drawings of John Hunter’s Patients
11-11:30: Keren Hammerschlag (King’s College London): From Patient Portrait to Picture of Health: George W. Lambert’s ‘Chesham Street’ and Other Self-Portraits
11:30-12: Discussion
12-1: Wellcome Collection
1-2: Lunch

Session Two: Diagnosing Portraits (Chair: Keren Hammerschlag)
2-2:30: Mechthild Fend (University College London): Portraits of Patients or Portraits of Diseases? Nineteenth-Century Dermatological Illustrations
2:30-3: Natasha Ruiz-Gomez (University of Essex): Sculptural Diagnostics: Paul Richer’s Pathological Portraits for the Musée Charcot
3-3:30: Discussion
3:30-4: Afternoon Tea

Session Three: Comparing Portraits (Chair: Ludmilla Jordanova)
4-4:30: Susan Sidlauskas (Rutgers University): Inventing the Medical Portrait: The First of Holloway Sanitorium’s Casebooks
4:30-5 Tania Woloshyn (McGill University): Patients Reborn: The Heliography and Heliotherapy of Dr Auguste Rollier, c.1903-1944
5-5:30 Ulrike Smalley (Imperial War Museum): Medical Portraits in the Imperial War Museum
5:30-6 Discussion