NEW! Medical Humanities and Ageing: podcasts and 2nd workshop (29/06/2015)

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You can now listen to the four talks delivered at our first workshop on Medical Humanities and Ageing in December 2014 here:

  • Dr Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan University), “The Violence of Care. Love in the Age of Alzheimer’s”
  • Dr Martina Zimmermann (KCL), “Body, Mind, Metaphor. Gender and Ageing in the Current Cultural Image of Alzheimer’s Disease”
  • Professor Pat Thane (KCL), “Old Age and Community Networks”
  • Dr Hannah Zeilig (University of the Arts, London), “Arts Projects as Community Networks for People with Dementia”

And please mark your diary for our second workshop on Medical Humanities and Ageing:

Programme to be announced soon!

Poetry Reading: Self-portrait without Breasts (24/02/15)

The Arts and Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) at King’s College London will host a poetry reading by Clare Best , who will present poems from her autobiographical cycle Self-portrait without Breasts alongside photographs by Laura Stevens.

On her website, Clare writes:best

‘As a teenager in the 1970s, when cancer was still taboo, I nursed my mother through the trauma of two radical mastectomies. My aunt and my first cousin developed breast cancer in the decades that followed.

When I reached my late 40s, the age at which my mother first had the disease, doctors told me I too had a high risk of breast cancer. I chose preventative bilateral mastectomy, without reconstruction. I also chose not to disguise my new flat chest.

Throughout the months of decision-making, surgery and recovery, I wrote a journal. I made plaster casts of my body. Laura Stevens took ‘before and after’ photos. Gradually, what had begun as my way of coping, evolved into a major creative project.’

Nash Lecture Theatre King’s Building Strand Campus
24/02/2015 (18:30-19:30)
This event is open to all and free to attend, but booking is required via our Eventbrite page. Please direct enquiries to

Registration URL

Workshop: Medical Humanities and Ageing, 10/12/2014

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An initiative of the CHCI Medical Humanities Network Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)

Date: Wednesday 10th December 2014

Location: K0.31 (Small Committee Room), King’s Building, King’s College London, Strand Campus, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

The Centre for the Humanities and Health, King’s College London, would like to invite you to our first workshop on medical humanities and ageing. We are one of the six CHCI member centres and institutes working on a project to further the development of medical humanities as a subject of study: each partnering centre conducts specific research on ageing, undergirded by collaborative reflection on issues of evidence, value, and evaluation.


10:00 – 10.30: Welcome

10:30 – 11:30: Panel: Fragile Persons

Dr Lucy Burke, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Martina Zimmerman, King’s College London

11:30 – 12:00: Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00: Panel: Old Age and Community Networks

Professor Pat Thane, King’s College London

Dr Hannah Zeilig, University of the Arts, London

13:00 – 13:30: Concluding remarks

Seating is limited, so if you would like to attend, please contact Dr Maria Vaccarella ( by Monday 1st December 2014