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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: The Value of Suffering: An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Nature, Meaning, and Role of Affective Experience

The Value of Suffering:  An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Nature, Meaning, and Role of Affective Experience

Is suffering good? Encompassing both physical pain and emotions such as grief and disappointment, suffering is almost universally considered bad. But it also has value. Hence the Value of Suffering project aims to illuminate the complex and frequently neglected ways in which suffering is also good.

The project focuses on suffering’s role, its place in our rational lives, and its conscious phenomenology. It aims to illuminate the value not only of suffering, but of affective experiences generally—experiences, that is, which feel good or bad. We aim to enhance the profile and understanding of suffering and affective consciousness—this crucial, neglected dimension of human experience—within and beyond the academy, not only during the project but long after its completion.