Scottish Health Humanities Seminar and Masterclass Series

The Scottish Health Humanities Seminar and Masterclass Series consists of ten events, each involving a distinguished scholar/practitioner in the health humanities. It is supported by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Workshop Award.

The series addresses not only humanities’ study of medicine and health, but also, and with equal importance, newer health humanities work in arts-informed knowledge exchange and arts-informed research methods.

Each event consists of two activities led by the visiting scholar: an open seminar, which will be advertised to academics, health professionals, health service users, and the general public; and a masterclass, aimed primarily at postgraduate and early career researchers. The events alternate between Edinburgh and Glasgow universities, and a small fund is available to offset travel expenses of postgraduates and postdoctoral researchers outwith the central belt.

The organizers of the series are Dr Gavin Miller (Glasgow University), and Dr Alette Willis (University of Edinburgh).

A number of collaborators assist in identifying speakers, and promoting these events. The collaborators are:

Professor Jim Mills, Director of Centre for Social History of Health and Healthcare, University of Strathclyde / Glasgow Caledonian University
Professor Billy Lauder, Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, University of Stirling
Dr Colin Macduff, Institute of Health and Welfare, Robert Gordon University
Lee Knifton, Director, Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival
Jackie Sands, Coordinator, Glasgow Network for the Arts in Health


Events 2013-14


Seminar & Masterclass 10 [26 March 2014]

Catherine Hartley and Chris Lee, Mental Health Social Work Managers, Camden Local Authority

Masterclass: 2:00-3:30pm, Room G.11 Doorway 4, Old Medical School, Teviot Place.
"Staging the Stigma"

Public seminar: 6:00-7:30pm, the Conference Room (G.04) David Hume Tower
"Austerity Detox"

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Seminar & Masterclass 9 [6 March 2014]

Dr. Colin Macduff, Robert Gordon University

Masterclass: 2.00-4.00pm, Room 4.1 Doorway 6, Old Medical School Quad, Teviot Place (Edinburgh)
“Arts and design based methodologies to address healthcare associated infections: people, places and pathogens”

Public seminar: from 6.00pm, McEwan Hall Reception Room, Old Medical School Quad, Teviot Place (Edinburgh)
“Evidence of things not seen? Envisaging and visualisation in healthcare research”

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Seminar and Masterclass 8 [26 February 2014]

Dr Jac Saorsa, independent visual artist and writer

Masterclass: 3.00-4.30pm, The Creative Space, First Floor, G Block (Western Infirmary, Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6NT - see map here)

Seminar: 5.45-6.45pm, The Creative Space (see above)

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Seminar & Masterclass 7 [5 February 2014]

Dr Neil Vickers, King's College London

Masterclass: 3:00-4:30pm, Upper seminar room, no. 4 The Square, University of Glasgow [map]

Seminar: 5:00-6:30pm (doors open at 5:00), room no. 412 - Lecture Theatre B, Boyd Orr building, University of Glasgow [map]

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Seminar & Masterclass 6 [23 January 2014]

Prof Sarah Atkinson, Dept of Geography and Co-Director of Belief, Understanding and Wellbeing, Durham University

Public Seminar: 3:30-5:00pm, the Old Library, Drummond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9XP
"Space and Place in the Health and Medical Humanities"

Masterclass: 6:00-7:30pm, Room G.04 Doorway 6, Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG
"Moments of Transition: the Geography of a Dance Intervention"

Please note that registration is required for the evening masterclass. Do contact if you are planning to attend it.

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Seminar & Masterclass 5 [4 December 2013]

Prof Christine Hallett to Edinburgh University will share her work on Nursing during World War I. She will be offering a hands-on opportunity for graduate students and early career researchers to work with archival material in the afternoon and a public seminar in the evening.

Masterclass: Edinburgh University (room TBA) 2pm-3:30pm. Students and Early Career Researchers Welcome (registration required:

Public Seminar: Edinburgh University, Mcewan Hall Reception Room, doors open at 5:30 for a 6pm start.

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Seminar & Masterclass 4 [29 Novermber 2013]

Dr Alexandra Lamont, University of Keele

Masterclass: 29 November 2013, 3.00-5.00pm; University of Glasgow, Boyd Orr Building, room 302b.
"Music Making Across the Lifespan: Balanced Wellbeing"

Seminar: 5.30-7.00pm, Room 513, Boyd Orr Building
"Music Making Across the Lifespan: Balanced Wellbeing"

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Seminar & Masterclass 3 [16 October 2013]

Lisa Nicoll and Dr John Mcateer, Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research & Policy

Masterclass: 2.00-4.00pm, Alexander Stone 302B, 16 University Gardens, Glasgow. (Building D5 on the Gilmorehill campus map, see
"Promoting young people’s health and wellbeing through the arts"

Seminar: 6.00-7.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm), Boyd Orr 513 (Lecture Theatre D). University Avenue, Glasgow. (Building D1 on the downloadable Gilmorehill campus map)

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Seminar & Masterclass 2 [2 May 2013]

Dr Theo Stickley, University of Nottingham

Masterclass: 2.30-4.30pm
"Narrative Research for Arts and Health"

Seminar: 6.00-7.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm)., Boyd Orr 507 (Lecture Theatre C, 5th floor). University Avenue, Glasgow. (Building D1 on the downloadable Gilmorehill campus map)
"Arts & Health Research: Lessons from a Decade of Arts on Prescription Provision"

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Seminar & Masterclass 1 [26 March 2013]

Dr James Kennaway

Masterclass: 2.30-4.30pm, Room 1.9 in Doorway 6, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh
"Bad Vibrations: Music as a Cause of Hysteria, Sex, Madness and Death?"

Seminar: 6.00-7.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm), Room 1.9 in Doorway 6, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh
"Bad Vibrations: Music as a Cause of Hysteria, Sex, Madness and Death?"

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