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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: Encountering R.D. Laing’s Archive: Mental Health, Care and Creativity

Encountering R.D. Laing’s Archive: Mental Health, Care and Creativity

Why would anyone wish to encounter a dead psychiatrist? This was a question pursued throughout this project which sought to use one of Scotland’s most famous psychiatrists, Ronald David Laing (1927-1989), as a pivot to open up a set of conversations about mental health care across different academic disciplines, professions and communities. By developing a set of interconnecting events – a creative writing workshop in the Laing archive, a conference at the University of Glasgow and a film-showing of rare footage – this project sought to explore the different ways in which Laing’s material legacy could be used creativity to initiate new discussions about mental health care in Scotland and beyond. (See blog: https://asylumspaces.wordpress.com/category/conferences/2014-conferences/)