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Health Humanities

Medical (or health) humanities engages with questions about medicine and health from a variety of perspectives including anthropology, literature, language, psychology, sociology and the arts. The perspectives of these disciplines are increasingly informing medical education, ethics and practice.

The medical humanities network in the faculty collects researchers from various departments in the faculty of the arts and outside the faculty. We are all interested in the intersections of health and medicine with traditional humanities disciplines, such as literature, history, ethnology, language etc. We hold seminars and reading groups. This winter, we will hold a series of lunchtime lectures on recent books related to the health humanities at the university's Medical Library. 

Prescribed Reading: Föreläsningar om böcker, medicin och kultur
12.15-12.45 in the Medical Library
24 February: Swede Hollow, Immigration and Health in North America During the 19thand 20thCenturies (Virginia Langum)
9 March: Prostatan – det ständiga gisslet? Mannen och prostatan i kultur, medicin och historia (Christer Nordlund)
23 March: The Moral Weight of Disability in Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed/Och bergen svarade(Oana Maria Cojocaru)
6 April: Cutting Habits: a Smoker Turned Phone Junkie Reads Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism
(Jonathan Samuelsson) 
20 April: Dangerous Love in The Incurable Romantic by Frank Tallis(Elena Glotova)
4 May: “Det immunitära livet” – vad kan det betyda i Nik Browns Immunitary Life? (Britta Lundgren) 
Ta med lunchen/Bring your lunch!

Head of research

Virginia Langum
Associate professor