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Medical Humanities

The humanities offer a primary means of knowing the body, its ailments, and its habits of healing, living and dying. This premise forms the foundation of the Medical Humanities seminar, and informs its two fundamental goals. First, seminar participants aim to advance knowledge of the body and its frailties across many fields of inquiry -- history, literature, art, theater, anthropology, and religion through a shared interest in the social and cultural significance of medicine, embodiment, sickness, modes of approaching healing, and mortality. Second, the seminar aims to critique the deleterious academic practice of holding scientific and humanist knowledge production distinct. Bifurcation of knowledge about the body and its frailties exacerbates national and global problems in contemporary healthcare practice. We hope to construct new public and scholarly discourses on medicine, health, and mortality and foster the integration of humanistic inquiry at the level of healthcare policy, practice, and individual decision-making.

 

Fall 2018

  • Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    Mary McAlpin (University of Tennessee- Knoxville)
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    Helen Sinnreich (University of Tennessee- Knoxville)
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018
    Shared Reading, João Biehl’s Vita 
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.
  • Monday, November 12, 2018
    Deirdre Cooper-Owens (CUNY) Public Lecture
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Edward Polanco (Virginia Tech)
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.

Spring 2019

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    Kira Robinson (University of Tennessee - Chattanooga)  
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    Claire Wendland (University of Wisconsin – Madison)
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    Nikki Eggers (University of Tennessee - Knoxville)
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    Charles Sanft (University of Tennessee - Knoxville)
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019
    Planning session
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Room E102 Melrose Hall
    4:00-5:00 P.M.

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