Workshop: Illness, Narrative and Phenomenology – 9 July 2013

Medical Humanities Cluster Workshop, 9 July 2013
University of Bristol
9.30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-11:00 Session 1
Anthony Lesser (University of Manchester), Can the progress of an illness be unconsciously controlled?
Karin Eli (University of Oxford), ‘The body remembers’: embodied reconciliations of disorder and recovery
11.00-12.00 Session 2
Victoria Bates (Exeter & Bristol), ‘This murderous maternal creature’: mothers and Münchausen Syndrome by proxy in American crime fiction
Michael Flexer (University of Leeds), Death of the memoirist: schizophrenia, semiotics and the illusion of illness narratives
12.00-1.00 Session 3 Ian James Kidd (University of Durham), Experiences of Illness and Narratives of Edification
Antonio Casado da Rocha (University of the Basque Country at San Sebastián), Narrative oncology and the modeling over time of clinical relationships in palliative care
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Session 4
Laura Salisbury (Birkbeck College, London), Aphasia: a language for illness from a confusion of tongues
John Foot (UCL & Bristol), Negated institutions? The anti-asylum movement in Italy, 1961-1972
3.00-3.30 Coffee
3.30-4.30 Session 5
Arianna Introna (University of Stirling) ‘Living in so comfortable a cell’: escaping the bare life of illness and disability in William Soutar’s Diaries of a Dying Man
Elizabeth Barry (University of Warwick), ‘I’ve been waiting for it all my life’: Samuel Beckett and the phenomenology of old age
5.00-6.15 Keynote Brian Hurwitz (King’s College, London), Sentiment and spectatorship in James Parkinson’s An Essay on the Shaking Palsy (1817)
6.15 Drinks & dinner
We thank the University of Bristol’s Faculty of Arts, Department of English and Institute for Advanced Studies for supporting the workshop.
Workshop venue: Verdon-Smith Room Institute for Advanced Studies Royal Fort House University of Bristol Bristol BS8 1UJ
The workshop is free but places are limited and registration is essential. Lunch and coffee will be provided. To register, please email both organisers, Dr Havi Carel ( and Dr Ulrika Maude (
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About Alex Broadbent

Professor of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg