Medical Humanities and the Arts: Self-Portrait without Breasts – University of Exeter – November 27

Writers will be especially interested in The College of Humanities and the University’s Arts and Culture Team’s collaborative event which brings together a poet, a photographer, a medical practitioner, a writer and psychologist, a cultural historian and a literary critic to explore the issue of preventative medicine, cancer and our perceptions about the body. 

Host for the event Dr Andy Brown, Director of Creative Writing at the University of Exeter explains: “The evening will open a dialogue about the relationship between arts and medicine, addressing issues surrounding cancer and preventative surgery and exploring perceptions about our bodies and their purposes.”

Visiting poet Clare Best will recite from her publication Excisions, which was nominated for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Poetry for 2012. The central sequence of the collection, Self-portrait without Breasts, is inspired by her own journey through preventative double mastectomy.

A panel will follow with Dr Corinna Wagner, Department of English, (author of Pathological Bodies: Medicine and Politics), writer and psychologist Professor Janet Reibstein, Department of Psychology, (author of Staying Alive: A Family Memoir) and, Dr James Mackay from University College London (who is the only accredited UK Consultant Medical Oncologist specialising in clinical cancer genetics).

This will be followed by a lively audience discussion and question and answer period, a wine reception and an exhibition of stunning photographs of Clare Best’s project, taken by Laura Stevens. More information:

Event Details:

Date:  Tuesday 27 November 2012  

Time: 18:30  

Where: Lecture Theatre 1, Queen’s Building, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter – followed by an exhibition and wine reception at 20:00 in The Forum.

The event is free and open to all (no need to register). Should you wish to find out more information about the event please contact Dr Corinna Wagner,

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