This podcast is part of the project 'Conversations about Arts, Humanities and Health', a series of free online events where scholars, health professionals, and the public discuss how arts and humanities can inform healthcare. Hosted by the University of Kent and with the support of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, these conversations seek to develop meaningful dialogue and connection between humanities and medicine. Each one of these events will form the basis of an episode of the podcast.
The project is a joint initiative by Prof Ian Sabroe (Sheffield) and Dr Dieter Declercq (Kent).
Episode 17 - In Conversation with Dr Chisomo Kalinga and Dr Carla Tsampiras
Ian and Dieter talk with Dr Chisomo Kalinga and Dr Carla Tsampiras about the growth of Medical and Health Humanities Africa (MHHA). Adopting an intersectional perspective, Chisomo and Carla discuss many exciting projects and initiatives focused on the south of the continent.
Dr Chisomo Kalinga is a Chancellor’s Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh. Her work approaches literary and medical narratives from a transdisciplinary approach using both aesthetic interpretation and ethnography. Her research interests are disease (specifically sexually transmitted infections), illness and wellbeing, biomedicine, traditional healing and witchcraft and their narrative representation in African oral and print literatures. She is currently supporting efforts to promote the Malawi Medical Humanities Network (MMHN), an interdisciplinary network for Malawiana researchers, and the Medical and Health Humanities Network Africa (South Africa) to share events, programmes, projects and exhibitions that explore the links between health and the humanities.
Dr Carla Tsampiras is a senior lecturer in Medical and Health Humanities (MHH) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is a social historian of health interested in the relationships between narratives and ideas about gender, ‘race’, class, sexuality, and health (individual and planetary). She has written on the early years of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa; gender violence and slavery in the Cape colony; MHH in health sciences education and the development of the field of MHH in the region. Her current research work is concerned with flesh foods (meat), gender, power, and violence. She is a member of the Southern African Historical Society (SAHS), sits on the Environmental Humanities South working group, is a board member of the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham, and is a founding member of the Medical and Health Humanities Africa network.
Episode 16 - In Conversation with Prof Miranda Fricker and Prof Havi Carel
Ian and Dieter talk with Prof Miranda Fricker and Prof Havi Carel about epistemic injustice, harms in health contexts, and the connections that philosophical thinking has with literature and art.
Miranda Fricker is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research is primarily in Ethics and Social Epistemology with a special interest in virtue and feminist perspectives. She is the author of Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing (2007); co-author and editor of Reading Ethics: Selected texts with interactive commentary (2009); and co-editor of a number of collections, the most recent of which is The Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology (2019). She was Director of the Mind Association from 2010-2015; Assistant Editor of the Journal of the APA from 2014-2020; and since 2015 has served as Moral Philosopher on the Spoliation Advisory Panel, a UK government-appointed body of expert advisers that considers claims concerning loss of cultural property during the Nazi era. She is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. This year she was elected President of the American Philosophical Association (Eastern Division) 2022-23.
Havi Carel is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bristol, where she also teaches medical students. In 2020 she completed a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award, leading a five-year project, the Life of Breath. She was awarded the Health Humanities’ Inspiration Award 2018 for her work on the project. Havi won the IJPS 2021 PERITIA Prize for her paper ‘When Institutional Opacity Meets Individual Vulnerability: Institutional Testimonial Injustice’ (co-authored with Ian Kidd), published in International Journal of Philosophical Studies. Her third monograph was published by Oxford University Press in 2016, entitled Phenomenology of Illness. Havi was voted by students as a ‘Best of Bristol’ lecturer in 2016. Havi is the author of Illness (2008, 2013, 2018), shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize, and of Life and Death in Freud and Heidegger (2006). She is the co-editor of Health, Illness and Disease (2012) and of What Philosophy Is (2004). She uses film in teaching and has co-edited a volume entitled New Takes in Film-Philosophy (2010). She also co-edited a special issue of Philosophy on ‘Human Experience and Nature’ (2013). She previously published on the embodied experience of illness, epistemic injustice in healthcare, vulnerability, wellbeing within illness, transformative experience, death, and on the experience of respiratory illness in the Lancet, BMJ, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of Applied Philosophy, and in edited collections.
Episode 15 - In Conversation with Dr Ian Williams and Dr Muna Al-Jawad
Ian and Dieter talk with Dr Ian Williams and Dr Muna Al-Jawad about graphic medicine and explore the intersection between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare.
Dr Ian Williams is a comics artist, writer and doctor who lives in Brighton. His graphic novel, The Bad Doctor, was published in 2014 and followed up in 2019 by The Lady Doctor. Both were critically acclaimed and he is working on his third, for the same publishers, provisionally entitled The Sick Doctor, which will be published in 2022.
Dr Muna Al-Jawad is a consultant geriatrician and senior lecturer in medical education in Brighton. In 2010 she started drawing comics as part of a masters in clinical education, and her superhero alter-ego “Old Person Whisperer” was born. She uses comics in her practice as a medical teacher and in her research. She does and supervises comics-based research into various areas of practitioner and student experience.
Click here to find out more about Graphic Medicine.
Click here to see some of Muna’s work.
Episode 14 - In Conversation with Prof Angela Woods
Ian and Dieter talk with Prof Angela Woods (Durham University) about moving from Australia to the UK to develop her research in medical humanities, and about how the field has grown and changed over the last 10 years. They also discuss some of the challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration and about what we can do to identify and address barriers to the further evolution of the medical and health humanities, especially for early career researchers.
Angela Woods is Director of the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University, and since 2012 has been Co-Director of Hearing the Voice, an ambitious interdisciplinary research project on the experience of hearing voices. Her research focuses on experiences and frameworks for understanding psychosis and voice-hearing, and on 'critical concepts’ within the medical humanities. Angela is the founding editor of The Polyphony and a series editor of Bloomsbury’s Critical Interventions in the Medical and Humanities series, as well as a former Associate Editor of the BMJ’s Medical Humanities Journal.
Episode 13 - In Conversation with Sue Foster and Dr Matt Jennings
Dieter and Ian talk with Sue Foster and Dr Matt Jennings about their work with Health Action Training, a project combining techniques drawn from actor training and applied drama to help improve person-centred communication and resilience for nurses and other health and social care professionals.
Sue Foster is a Lecturer in Nursing. As a nurse of more than 30 years standing, she has worked in a variety of settings. The early part of her career was firmly rooted in the clinical setting before moving into nurse education. She is passionate about person-centred Palliative and End of Life Care and has specialised in this field for 23 years, a practice that’s holds central the personhood of everyone involved in health and social care - staff, service users and care partners.
Dr Matt Jennings has been Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Drama at Edge Hill University, Northumbria University and Ulster University. Since the 1980s, Matt has worked as an actor, musician and arts facilitator in many countries and contexts. Originally from Sydney, he moved to Northern Ireland in 2001. In 2010, Matt completed a PhD on applied drama and conflict transformation in Northern Ireland. He is co-founder of Health Action Training.
Episode 12 - In Conversation with Dr Sayantani DasGupta
Dieter and Ian talk with Dr Sayantani DasGupta about her work in health humanities/narrative medicine, particularly her work at the intersection of narrative, health and social justice. Sayantani will discuss the importance of pedagogy in her scholarly work, and the impact of her identity as a children's and YA author to her scholarship, and vice versa.
Click here for the article by Maria Sachiko Cecire that Sayantani discusses at 22:30.
Dr. Sayantani DasGupta is Senior Lecturer in the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine, the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, all at Columbia University. Originally trained in pediatrics and public health, she is the author or co-author of several academic books including The Principles and Practices of Narrative Medicine. Her work has appeared in The Lancet, JAMA, Pediatrics, The Hastings Center Report, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, and the Journal of Medical Humanities, and other venues. Her current interests are in issues of abolition medicine, racial justice and health, diaspora studies, and science fiction/health futurities. She is also a New York Times bestselling children’s author, and you can learn more about her work at www.sayantanidasgupta.com.