Medical Humanities

Through our Summer School and Oxford-Globe Forum, Medical Humanities explores the interface between clinical medicine and the humanities.

Medical Humanities Summer School

Summer School 2021

This year’s summer school in medical humanities will take place online from 12 July to 16 July (inclusive). The course will run every afternoon from 14:00 to 18:00 BST. As usual, we have a line-up of distinguished teaching staff – which this year includes Professor Dame Hermione Lee (biographer of Virginia Woolf, Tom Stoppard and many others), Professor Neil Mortensen (President of the Royal College of Surgeons) and Sridhar Venkatapuram (Professor of Global Health at KCL).

Each session will be dedicated to aspects of a broad topic: interpretation, professionalism, ethics, global health, decolonising medical humanities, communication, mind and body. Further information about the Medical Humanities Summer School 2021.

The call for applications has now closed.

Previous Summer Schools

The inaugural Medical Humanities Summer School in July 2018 introduced 22 students to the connection between the art and the science of medicine: e.g. observation; illness narratives; language and communication; body language; medical ethics; ageing; cultures of normality; diversity, gender, and (anti-)heroes. Teaching was delivered through a mixture of lecture-discussion and interactive workshops.

The Medical Humanities Summer School 2019 took place at Green Templeton from 14 to 20 July 2019.

The Medical Humanities Summer School 2020 had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Further reading

For those interested in a general introduction to the expanding field of Medical Humanities, we have produced an introductory bibliography to Medical Humanities.

Oxford-Globe Forum on Medicine and Theatre in Practice

The Oxford-Globe Forum on Medicine and Theatre in Practice meets once or twice a year, alternating between Shakespeare’s Globe and the University of Oxford. It brings together researchers and practitioners in medicine, theatre and academia to explore a designated theme.

The theme for the last event, held at Green Templeton College in 2017, was Altered States. Papers included topics such as: consciousness and unconsciousness, hallucinations, possession, sleep and dreaming, melancholy and anxiety, madness, anger, passion and passions, trances, voices, echoes, the senses, obsession, contagion, grief and mourning.

Contact

For more information please contact: gtcmdlit@gtc.ox.ac.uk.

Participants and speakers at the Medical Humanities Summer School 2019
Medical Humanities Summer School 2018