The Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland is an initiative supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The MHRNS aims to enable greater and more sustained collaborative research within Scotland in the medical humanities.
The first research workshop in the series organised by the MHRNS took place on Saturday 18 June at the University of Glasgow. The organisers, Dr David Shuttleton, and Dr Gavin Miller, and the Project Assistant, Dr Megan Coyer, thanked all who had managed to attend at what was a difficult time of year, given the competing demands of well-earned leave, and conference attendance. A guest participant also took part in the workshop: Dr Claire McKechnie, who has recently been involved in teaching English Literature within the medical curriculum at Edinburgh University.
Discussion for the day was on the theme, “Why Historicise?”, and centred on two articles: “Medical records as catalogues of experience”, by Anne Borsay; and “Medicine, history and the present” by Nikolas Rose.
Future events (workshops, lectures, seminars) will centre on the network’s four themes: “Why Historicise?”, “Theory into Practice”, “Mental Health”, and “Dependency”. Please check the Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland for details.