Bridges of Hope: Supporting Women and Youth Through Economic Empowerment

Dr Wessam El Beih in conversation with Dr Khalid Ali In this podcast, Dr El Beih, Egypt’s country director of the Drosos Foundation, talks about her journey from a hospital doctor to becoming a pioneer in the use of art and creativity in healing. She was behind the making of the Egyptian film ‘Asmaa’ which […]

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Death and Dying, Italian Style

Valeria Golino, Italian actress and director, talks about assisted suicide and end of life decisions in her films ‘Honey’ and ‘Euphoria’. In this podcast Valeria Golino talks about end of life issues; assisted suicide, the common practice of some Italian people withholding the true diagnosis of terminal illness from their affected relatives, and doctor-patient relationships […]

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What Society Do We Live In? Doctor Gavin Francis on Precarity, Vulnerability, and Narrative

In today’s podcast, EIC Brandy Schillace interviews Gavin Frances, Scottish physician and writer of both travel and medical works of nonfiction. His books include True North, about the artic, Adventures in Human Being, a cultural map of the body, and Shapeshifters, looking at changes in our bodies over time (a Sunday Times Book of the […]

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Prescribing Art: An interview with Victoria Hume, Director of the Culture, Health, and Well-being Alliance

EIC Brandy Schillace speaks with Victoria Hume, Director of the UK’s Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and a Research Associate in the medical humanities at WiSER. Hume serves as an arts manager in the NHS for 15 years, and spent four-and-a-half years at Wits initiating a series of arts and health collaborations, including a new […]

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Interview: Nolwazi Mkhwanazi and Emmanuel Babatunde Omobowale, 30th October 2018

Emmanuel Babatunde Omobowale is Nigeria’s first Professor of Literature and Medicine, a position he has held since 2010. From 2012 to 2017 he was also head of the Department of English at the University of Ibadan. Given that Medical Humanities is a nascent field in Africa, I am interested in the Nigerian experience of  developing […]

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Talk to Her: Deconstructing Taboos in Arab cinema

Egyptian pioneer film director Enas El-Dighade in conversation with Medical Humanities film and media correspondent, Khalid Ali 2017 was a significant year for women worldwide. The #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns caught international media attention by emphatically stating that injustice and discrimination against women can no longer be met with a blind eye. Women who publicly spoke about […]

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Breastless: Reflecting on Creativity in the Face of Surgery

Louise Kenward interviews Clare Best about her multimedia project Breastless, published online recently as part of ‘Life Writing Projects’, a joint project between The Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research and REFRAME at the University of Sussex. In Breastless, Best traces her experiences of risk-reducing bilateral mastectomy through prose, a sequence of poems […]

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Long Read: What Does it Mean to Listen, and How Can it Be Learned?

Anders Juhl Rasmussen interviews Dr Rishi Goyal, Director of Medicine, Literature and Society and Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Centre, and an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Columbia University. Goyal is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, and Rasmussen gives some observations from a recent teaching session […]

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