French Studies and the Medical Humanities

French Studies and the Medical Humanities
10 November 2017, 10.45am - 11 November 2017, 5.45pm
Room 243, Second Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


This two-day workshop features scholars at all career stages from varied areas of the French discipline working on medical themes. It explores the specific affinities between French Studies and the Medical Humanities, a broad area of interdisciplinary study concerned with the productive interaction between medicine, cultural expression and critical inquiry. It exploits the privileged access enjoyed by French Studies scholars to the wealth of archival material and cultural production charting France’s crucial role in the history of medicine, and to the French intellectual tradition’s distinctive critical engagement with medical discourse and practice as they affect, shape (and indeed produce) the human subject. The project, seeking common ground for the creation of research networks internationally, aims moreover to evaluate the status of the Medical Humanities in French-speaking academic contexts.

Keynote speakers: Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham) and Aude Fauvel (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois/Institut romand d’Histoire de la Médecine et de la Santé, Lausanne)


This workshop is kindly funded by: School of European Culture and Languages and Centre for Modern European Literature, University of Kent; Society for French Studies.

 Advanced registration required. Registration closes 1st November 2017 


Jane Lewin
020 7862 8966