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About the Centre

The Centre for Medical History was established in 1997 to enhance the University's reputation for research within the field of medical history and humanities. The Centre brings together expertise across departments including Drama, History, English, Modern Languages, Sociology, Art History and Visual Culture, Psychology and Classics. We work closely with other centres, including the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, Centre for Genomics in Society (EGENIS), Centre for Knowledge in Culture in Antiquity and Beyond, The Medical School and the European Centre for Environment and Human Health.

The Centre aims to generate and support research which takes a global approach to medical humanities, situating medical knowledge and health practices within broader structures of power. We seek promote research that thinks critically about the complex and multiple forces of discrimination (such as colonialism, empire, racism, sexism, heteronormativity and ableism) that shape systems and experiences of health and illness. We encourage research that works to diversify the perspectives we use to explore medical knowledge, health care and related experiences.

We are especially committed to supporting a engaged research across medical humanities in ways that are public facing and focused on contemporary issues.

The centre is active on Twitter: @UoE_MedHist