Seminar Series

The CCH seminar series is part of the Centre’s commitment to building internal and external partnerships with both academic and non-academic communities in order to create and evaluate culturally-sensitive health policies at local, national and international levels.

These events will provide the opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders, including policymakers, public health professionals, academics and members of the public, to cultivate meaningful discussions on the ways in which culture influences health and well-being, and in turn, how these could facilitate more effective health policies. They will address broad themes across the humanities and social sciences, from speakers and perspectives across the European Region and will be presented in a variety of styles and formats.

It is hoped that the seminar series will provide the platform for continued discourse and knowledge exchange between research and practice, as well as with members of the public, informing and shaping the Centre’s future agenda and activities.

Future Events – Dates for your diary

We have a line up of seminars planned with some exciting speakers.  Please do pencil in the below dates in to your diary, details on speakers, venues and content will follow:

Thursday 5th October 2017
Pandemics, policy and Global health metrics – a conversation and Q&A, chaired by Professor Mark Jackson

Thursday 9th November 2017
Arts and Music within Healthcare – panel discussion

Thursday 7th December 2017
Biomedical Humanities: Place and Purpose – a round table discussion

Past Seminars

Making old drugs new again: On the Uses of History in Health Policy and Practice

Professor Greene’s talk addressed the problem of translating historical analysis to contemporary health policy and practice, using pharmaceuticals as an example. Although stakeholders in the fields of health-care tend to look towards the future, rather than the past, to validate their actions, forms of historical thinking permeate this realm all the same.

Telling It Like is It: Diagnostic Narratives and Power

In this presentation, and via numerous media, Professor Jutel will reveal the stories triggered by diagnosis, and consider the way they shape our social, and individual, thinking about a moment diagnosis and its transformative potential. She will expose the narrative nature of diagnosis and reveal how its discursive construction as “truth” instils it with various forms of power:  transformative, authoritative and clinical.

Pandemics, Policy and Global Health Metrics

For our third seminar we were delighted to introduce Professor Mark Harrison and Dr Claudia Stein.

Professor Harrison’s talk examined how a particular view of pandemic disease has come to dominate the world of global health. He discussed the ways in which this concept has been conditioned by political and economic considerations and its limitations in preventing and managing international health emergencies.

Dr Stein’s talk looked at ‘Measuring health and well-being: not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.