11 episodes

This is the podcast for the ERC-funded interdisciplinary project Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives, at the University of Oxford.

The project explores the medical, literary and cultural responses in the Victorian age to the perceived problems of stress and overwork, anticipating many of the preoccupations of our own era.

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This is the podcast for the ERC-funded interdisciplinary project Diseases of Modern Life: Nineteenth Century Perspectives, at the University of Oxford.

The project explores the medical, literary and cultural responses in the Victorian age to the perceived problems of stress and overwork, anticipating many of the preoccupations of our own era.

    Solitude and Modernity: Enforced Solitude with Gwen Adshead (West London Trust and Central North West London Trust) and researcher Shokoufeh Sakhi (Toronto)

    Solitude and Modernity: Enforced Solitude with Gwen Adshead (West London Trust and Central North West London Trust) and researcher Shokoufeh Sakhi (Toronto)

    The ‘Solitude and Modernity’ colloquium was co-sponsored by ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ (Oxford) and ‘Pathologies of Solitude’  (Queen Mary University of London). This collaboration resulted in a one-day programme which brought  together researchers working on solitude and loneliness, in literature  and society, from the nineteenth century to the present. Following  literary and historical sessions on the Victorian City and Modern  Britain, the event concluded with a discussion on enforced solitude,  from the perspectives of first-hand experience of incarceration and  forensic psychotherapy.

    This discussion Gwen Adshead (West London Trust and Central North West London Trust) and researcher Shokoufeh Sakhi (Toronto) made up the final portion of the day. This talk contains information and language that may trouble some listeners.

    • 50 min
    Solitude and Modernity: Sarah Green, JM Barrie and the Solitary Young Man

    Solitude and Modernity: Sarah Green, JM Barrie and the Solitary Young Man

    The ‘Solitude and Modernity’ colloquium was co-sponsored by ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ (Oxford) and ‘Pathologies of Solitude’  (Queen Mary University of London). This collaboration resulted in a one-day programme which brought  together researchers working on solitude and loneliness, in literature  and society, from the nineteenth century to the present. Following  literary and historical sessions on the Victorian City and Modern  Britain, the event concluded with a discussion on enforced solitude,  from the perspectives of first-hand experience of incarceration and  forensic psychotherapy.

    This talk by Dr Sarah Green, entitled 'JM Barrie and the Solitary Young Man' is from the first panel, Alone in the Victorian City.

    • 23 min
    Diseases in Dialogue: The Gut-Brain Connection

    Diseases in Dialogue: The Gut-Brain Connection

    In this episode, Dr Emilie Taylor-Brown and Dr Katerina Johnson explore the central role which has long been attributed to digestion in the promotion of physical and mental wellbeing, from the nineteenth century to the present day. How did Victorians perceive the connection between the brain and the stomach? What does science tell us now? Why is digestive health so central to our understanding of who we are?

    • 26 min
    Diseases in Dialogue: A Networked Age

    Diseases in Dialogue: A Networked Age

    In this episode, Dr Grant Blank and Dr Jean-Michel Johnston explore what it means to live in a networked age, an age that began with the emergence of the electric telegraph during the nineteenth century, and which has entered a new phase since the advent of the internet. Have the benefits of new means of communication been universal? To what extent is the internet built on the foundations of older technologies? Is the long-awaited ‘global village’ still on the horizon?

    • 36 min
    Diseases in Dialogue: Surgical Consent

    Diseases in Dialogue: Surgical Consent

    Surgical Consent: From the 'reasonable doctor' to the 'reasonable patient'?

    In this episode, Prof. Ashok Handa and Dr Sally Frampton consider how the relationship between doctor and patient has changed since the nineteenth century, in light of new medical knowledge and practices. Did Victorian surgeons take their patients’ wishes and expectations seriously? How have the regulations surrounding medical consent changed? How can we ensure that individuals are adequately informed when they choose whether to undergo potentially life-changing surgery? 

    • 28 min
    After the Show (Remastered for Speakers)

    After the Show (Remastered for Speakers)

    This is the same podcast, 'After the Show: Victorian Speed'. It has been edited for listening using computer speakers, rather than headphones. The recommended (headphones) version is here: https://anchor.fm/diseasesmodlife/episodes/After-the-Show-Victorian-Speed-e3jv0d

    • 16 min

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