Material Medicine: Objects and Bodies
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What is the force of clinical objects? What of the objects of care? How are they held? How have they been held through time? Clinicians, how do you warm your objects? How do patients see/imagine/experience clinical objects? What are the ethics of objects? 

In terms of critical anthropocentrism, in both medical narratives and the humanities, how are objects thought of, held in the hands, received, depicted through word and image, given ‘life’, become obsolete? And we are also interested in the other meanings of object: ‘to object’ to disagree and to ‘objectify’, and the tensions that might lie here.


Angela McShane, Head of Research Development, Wellcome Collection | ‘Curtain Lectures’: Investigating Health and Materiality through Wellcome’s Collections

Alan Bleakley | Object and abject: how the medical humanities can resist the compulsory miseducation of insensibility in undergraduate medical education

Jane Bacon, Analyst with Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists and registered Jungian Analyst with the UK Council for Psychotherapy & Professor Emeritus of Dance | Objects of care and end of life: a symbolic approach

James Bradley, Researcher in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne | A Tale of Two Objects: Electro-Convulsive Therapy, bodies, technology and emotions

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