Medical (Post) Humanities?

Reassessing and Reimagining the Human

An interdisciplinary conference

27th April 2022

The Mowbray, Sheffield

Medical (Post)Humanities: Reassessing and Reimagining the Human was a critical response to the ways in which the medical humanities have centred human health. The interdisciplinary conference contained a range of papers on topics including (post) human communication, end of life care, addiction, and surveillance with the key note address given by Professor Dan Goodley, University of Sheffield. The aim was to give postgraduate and early career researchers the space to think carefully about what it would mean for the medical (post)humanities to decentre or reimagine 'the human' and how health and illness could be situated within a broader network of nonhuman relations and entanglements.

For more details of the day please have a look at the conference report in The Polyphony .

Following the success of the conference the organisers are preparing a Special Issue of Interconnections: Journal of Posthumanism. The deadline for abstracts is Monday 27th June 2022. For more information please click on the tab above.

The conference was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities

Conference Organisers

Rosie Crocker

I am a doctoral researcher in the School of English at the University of Sheffield, funded by the AHRC through WRoCAH. My thesis looks at depictions of the ‘medical man’ in neo-Victorian fiction, and his place in modern and historical narratives of clinical practice. My research is also concerned with autopathography, epidemics and contagion in literature of the Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. I am the co-organiser of Sheffield Gothic and a co-founder of the White Rose Medical Humanities Reading Group.

Eva Surawy Stepney

Eva is a second year PhD student at the University of Sheffield and funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. Her thesis looks at the history of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and its intersection with the development of post-war clinical psychology in Britain. She is co-founder of the White Rose Medical Humanities collective as well as the international OCD in Society research group.

Shauna Walker

Shauna Walker is a second-year PhD student at The University of Leeds and is fully funded by White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. In 2019, she graduated with an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from The University of Manchester. Shauna's PhD thesis explores representations of health in 1920’s and 1930’s literature and considers health’s relationship to British landscapes, environments, and geographies. She has also previously worked on modern Gothic fiction and has been recently published in the international Gothic Studies journal.

Mary Dawson

Mary is a PhD candidate at The University of Leeds. Her PhD project explores mid-century British fiction through theories of posthumanism and the work of Gilles Deleuze. Specifically, her focus is on works by Barbara Comyns, Muriel Spark, Angela Carter, Kamala Markandaya, and Barbara Pym. Mary holds a BA(Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool, an MSc in International Development from London, South Bank University and an MA in English Literature from the University of Leeds. Mary's PhD is funded by the AHRC WRoCAH consortium.