The Heyman Center (Second Floor Common Room), Columbia University, New York
Speaker:Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion, Harvard Divinity School
Discussant:Marwa Elshakry, Associate Professor of History, Columbia University
About the Series:
As a set of disciplines, the humanities face the challenge of how to write about embodied experiences that resist easy verbal categorization such as illness, pain, and healing. The recent emergence of interdisciplinary frameworks such as narrative medicine has offered a set of methodological approaches to address these challenges. Yet conceptualizing a field of medical humanities also offers a broader umbrella under which to study the influence of medico-scientific ideas and practices on society. Whether by incorporating material culture such as medical artefacts, performing symptomatic readings of poems and novels, or excavating the implicit medical assumptions underlying auditory cultures, the approaches that emerge from a historiographical or interpretive framework are different from those coming from the physician’s black bag.