Medical Humanities: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Medicine and Society

This course will introduce students to the Medical Humanities, an interdisciplinary research field that acknowledges questions of health and illness as related in the first place to the experience of being human, and hence deserving to be studied beyond a mere biomedical viewpoint.

What can history, philosophy, art, or literature teach us about health, disease, practices, and policies of care? How can humanities have an impact on medical practice and vice-versa? 

Through the analysis of a wide variety of sources (novels, essays, art-works, graphic-novels, movies), we 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. 

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Corinne Doria:

Corinne Doria is a historian specialized in the history of medicine, science and technology, and in the histories of political ideas. She received her MA degree in Literature and Philosophy at the University of Milan in 2007 and a doctoral degree in Modern History at Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the University of Milan (1st grade honours) in 2012. In 2013-14 she was a Post-doctoral Fellow at Paris-4 University and co-director of the joint project Écrire Une Histoire Nouvelle de l’Europe (Writing A New History of Europe), with the Universities of Paris 1, Paris 4, and Nantes. Since 2014 she is being teaching Modern History at the Department of Administration, Labour and Social Studies at Paris 1 University and Disability Studies at Sciences-Po Paris since 2017. In 2018-9 she was Associate Research Fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University. Her book Un Philosophe Entre Deux Révolutions. Pierre-Paul–Royer-Collard (1763-1845)(Rennes: PUR, 2018) was awarded by the André-Germaine Lequeux Prize by the Académie Française.