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Science and Literature Seminars: Francis Galton, Karl Pearson and the Biographical Laboratory

This talk will explore Francis Galton's use of biography; it will account for his use of biographical dictionaries as the basis for his early work in eugenics, including his own attempts to institute a so-called 'Golden Book of Thriving Families' as foundational work for early British sociology. More...

Starts: Dec 2, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Medical (In)Humanities Workshops: Institutions, Languages & Social Practices

Publication date: Nov 26, 2013 12:06:18 PM

Start: Dec 4, 2013 2:30:00 PM
End: Dec 4, 2013 5:30:00 PM

Location: Room B02, Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF


Guest Speaker: Professor John Foot (Bristol University)

The project ‘Medical (In)humanities’ is a multidisciplinary exploration of the ways in which the practice and theory of medicine has undermined or consolidated notions of humane behaviour.

The title ‘Medical (in)humanities’ is a provocative response to the field of medical humanities and is designed to explore the assumptions underlying the very notion of ‘inhumanity’ in order to define what is humane.

The aim of the project is to open up what is already an inter-disciplinary venture to further  avenues, by bringing together researchers from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds: history, cultural criticism, political theory, socio-linguistics, psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychology.

Key areas of exploration will be political theory, history, discourses of sovereignty and subjectivity, human rights and security, trauma and empathy, ethics and medical ethics, and the interplay of medicine and culture.

The project is being supported by a grant from the UCL Grand Challenges: Human Wellbeing.