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Performance and the Medical Humanities

Performance and the Medical Humanities


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Date and location: Monday 3rd June, 12 to 3pm, IAS Seminar Room

This salon will explore the intersections between performance and the medical humanities. Dr Alex Mermikides, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and editor of Performance and the Medical Body, will deliver a presentation, followed by a conversation with Dr Jonathan Heron (IATL Warwick).

Dr Mermikides’ edited books include Devising in Practice (Palgrave 2010) and Performance and the Medical Body (Methuen Bloomsbury 2016), and she is currently working on a monograph on theatre, medicine, and concepts of the human. Through the arts /research network Chimera, she creates performances on medical themes, often working in collaboration with medical specialists and patients. Recent projects include Bloodlines, about patient experience of stem cell transplant, and Careful, which explores themes of compassion, care and empathy through the perspective of nurses.

An informal networking lunch will be available at 12.00. Dr Mermikides’ presentation and conversation with Dr Heron will start at 12.30 and finish no later than 2pm; there will be further informal networking opportunities from 2-3pm. (It is not compulsory to attend all parts of the event.)

This salon offers the opportunity for medical humanities scholars across all disciplines at Warwick to connect with each other, with the hope of generating new interdisciplinary research collaborations.

A copy of the introduction to Performance and the Medical Body will be made available before the event. If you would like a copy of this text, please email