Doctor, Doctor

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The TORCH Medical Humanities programme is supporting a one-day symposium on 'Doctor, Doctor: Global and Historical Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship'. This symposium will explore how the doctor-patient relationship has been conceptualised across different cultural contexts throughout history.

At present, medical humanities tends to be rooted in the schools of History, Philosophy and English Literature and to focus on practices and experiences in the Anglophone world. We hope to encourage an interdisciplinary and international perspective on medicine. The practitioner-patient relationship is integral to experiences of medicine across the globe and is therefore a theme that resonates across the broad spectrum of medical humanities. We wish to create a diverse network of scholars working in the field and promote new avenues of research.

We will use the doctor-patient relationship as a springboard for debates about a wide range of socio-cultural phenomena, such as professionalisation, identity politics, globalisation, and the nature of medicine itself.

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This one-day symposium is funded by The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) through a Medical Humanities Programme Grant and the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project Constructing Scientific Communities. It is sponsored by St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.



Delegates who wish to stay in Oxford for the event are encouraged to make their own arrangements. There is limited accommodation available at St Anne’s College. A list of nearby hotels will be posted on the symposium website.



The Standard Registration fee is £30 and the Student/Concession Registration fee is £20.

This includes refreshments and lunch, plus a drinks reception.

If you are presenting at the symposium, please ensure that you use the Speaker Registration link.



Click here to view the symposium programme


Humanities & Identities
Medical Humanities

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