Medical Humanities Discussion Group 2016/17

Medical Humanities Discussion Group 2016/17

Chair: Dr Cheryl McGeachan

All Sessions will take place between 1-2pm.

Wednesday 26th October

Session 1 – ‘Shakespeare and Madness: dramaturgies of mental illness in early modern England’

As part of my PhD research on madness in Shakespearean performance, this presentation examines dramaturgical approaches to representing insanity in Shakespeare’s plays. This involves an analysis of key trends in structure, style and character within both his comedic and tragic works. In doing so, I hope to explore how such patterns help construct meanings of madness by fitting into and/or challenging early modern psychological discourses.

Speaker: Molly Ziegler (PhD Candidate in Theatre Studies)

 Wednesday 16th November

Session 2 – Discovering Medical Humanities collections

How effectively are we promoting the University’s medical humanities collections? How easy are they to discover? Archives & Special Collections staff are keen to hear your thoughts as we review and revise online information about the University’s unique and distinctive research resources.

Speakers will be a selection of staff from Archives & Special Collections.

Wednesday 30th November

Session 3 – The Psychopolitics of Surplus Populations

In this talk I want to re-examine Karl Marx’s classic concept of “surplus population” in light of contemporary mental health insecurities. Doing so, I suggest, allows us to connect political economy with the very real psychological issues a growing number of people face on a daily basis. In this sense, the idea of alienation – critiques notwithstanding – might yet prove a (global) rallying concept at our dangerous conjecture.

Speaker: Dr Ian Shaw (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

The meetings will all take place in Room 414 in the East Quadrangle. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided.

east quad map

Please enter through the first turret and walk upstairs (a lift is available if required to the right of this picture) – keep going to the very top of the second staircase and turn left.




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