Centre for Medical Humanities

Centre for medical humanities

Dr Andrew Stanners and Dr Emily Lindsay give brief talks on their research into medical ethics.

The Centre for Medical Humanities brings together researchers who are specialists in a range of subjects from across the arts and humanities and builds connections with researchers in clinical and laboratory science, medical engineering, health sciences and primary care, and service users across the city.

Our approach is to utilise the critical thinking practices of the arts and humanities to ask questions rooted in experiences, practices, representations and histories of medicine, health and wellbeing. We use historical materials, fictions, cultural theory and the creative arts to develop innovative interdisciplinary approaches to exploring meanings of medicine and health, building collaborations with partners in Leeds and beyond. Across our work, we take inspiration from present-day societal challenges, including demographic change, developments in technology, and global health inequalities.

Leeds is a perfect location to coordinate research in medical humanites. The University boasts international research expertise in medicine and health, with active research-oriented clinical services in primary health care and public health, acute hospital care, and mental health care, as well as medical and associated engineering.

There is similar expertise in health-related topics in English, cultural studies, social history, the history of science, and philosophy, while the Brotherton Library is home to substantial medical humanities holdings, particularly in the history of medicine.

The NHS in Leeds covers a population of more than 700,000 in the city as well as providing specialist health services to a larger population in the Yorkshire and Humber region, while links to surrounding Health Trusts allow access to clinical services and patients from the culturally and ethnically diverse population of West Yorkshire.

Leeds is also home to Thackray Medical Museum, which is one of our Centre's major partners and holds collections of objects, books and archive materials that are among the richest of their kind. The Museum also has an international reputation for being a leader in providing innovative learning opportunities, with multiple public engagement programmes and special exhibitions.



Sadler Seminar Series 2016/17 - Augmenting the Body: Disability, Bodily Extensions and the Posthuman

Sadler Seminar Series 2016/17 - Religions and Public Health: bridges and barriers to improving global health outcomes

Sadler Seminar Series 2017/18 - Touch: Sensing, Feeling, Knowing


Dr Clare Barker Professor Stuart Murray
Dr Amelia DeFalco Dr James Stark



For further information about the Centre for Medical Humanities, please email Dr Amelia DeFalco or Dr James Stark.