Open Course “Medical Humanities”

September 3 – October 17

In recent years, medical schools have been more and more integrating humanity courses in their curricula. The reason: equip future physicians with skills and competencies useful to improve the doctor-patient relationship; provide a better understanding of delicate ethical questions; enable them to maintain their professional identity in the face of the increasing role of technology.

What can humanities teach us about health, illness and care? How can history, philosophy, literature, and the arts have an impact on medicine and vice-versa?

Through the analysis of a broad range topics related to human condition and a variety of different sources (literature, art-works, movies, archives), this course will examine how arts and humanities offer different ways of thinking about health, illness, healing, and care, which are complementary rather than opposed to the scientific ones.

The Plan

  • Lecture 1, September 3
    Introduction – Medical Humanities: What Are They and Why Do They Matter
  • Lecture 2, September 5
    Health and Illness: What Are They? – Defining the normal and the pathological
  • Lecture 3, September 10
    What is a Doctor? – Healers, therapists, and physicians through history
  • Lecture 4, September 12
    Writing the History of Medicine – From the 'greatest benefits to mankind' narrative to the 'patient's view.'
  • Lecture 5, September 17
    Hysteria and Madness – Discourses and representations of mental health
  • Lecture 6, September 19
    In Atrocious Suffering – How representations and the experience of pain have changed over time?
  • Lecture 7, September 24
    Sensing the Past – The Five Senses through the philosophical, historical and medical perspective
  • Lecture 8, September 26
    Medical Rights and Wrongs –Theorizations, historicization, and enforcement of Medical Ethics
  • Lecture 9, October 1
    Medical Narratives – How do we tell our stories about health and illness?
  • Lecture 10, October 3
    Mediatizing the Medicine – What happens when a medical issue becomes mainstream
  • Lecture 11, October 8
    Exhibiting the body – Anatomical and Medical Illustrations and the Display of Human Body Parts
  • Lecture 12, October 10
    Art and Medicine – Overlapping of medicine and visual arts
  • Lecture 13, October 15
    Medicine and Movies – Representation of Physicians and Patients in the 7th Art
  • Lecture 14, October 17
    Conclusion – What Future for Humanities in Medicine?

Corinne Doria is a historian specializing in the social history of medicine and disability. She received a doctoral degree in Modern History at Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the University of Milan in 2012. In 2013-2014, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Paris-4. She taught Modern History Paris 1 University and Disability Studies at Sciences-Po Paris from 2014 to 2018. In 2019 she was Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. She authored four books and more than twenty peer-reviewed articles.

Time: 7.10 p.m.

Place: School of Advanced Studies of the University of Tyumen, 2/1 8 Marta St.

The lectures will be given in English.