The Athens Dialogues

Medical Humanities

26 February 2014
Upper Stage
Α colloquium about a new research field that has been established in the past few years in America and Great Britain as a distinguished scientific area.
Free admission
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The colloquium entitled “Medical Humanities” is organized in the context of the Athens Dialogues project. This new research field has been established in the past few years in America and Great Britain as a distinguished scientific area, which deals with the history of medicine and pharmacology as well as the role of disease in the society through narrations and perceptions especially in the geographical area of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, from where there are significant recordings. At the same time investigates and examines perceptions on the nature of illness and health, the identity of the doctor and the patient, the importance of the description of the disease ("history") and other related matters that illuminate this new field from different angles will be examined. The colloquium is will be coordinated by Professor Georgios Babiniotis.

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Thanassis Fokas: Professor, Nonlinear Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge
Eileen Gillooly: Associate Director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Society of Fellows, Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University
Neni Panourgia: Adjunct Associate Professor of Classics, Fellow, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Classics, Columbia University
Stefanos Geroulanos: Professor of Surgery, University of Zurich f. Professor of History of Medicine, University of Ioannina, President, International Hippocratic Foundation, Kos
Dionysios Stathakopoulos: Lecturer in Byzantine Studies, King’s College London
Helen Skaltsa Professor: University of Athens, School of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy & Chemistry of Natural Products
Maria Chroni: Byzantine Studies, University of Athens, National Hellenic Research Foundation

Roy Ascott: President of the Planetary Collegium and DeTao Master of Technoetic Art, DeTao Masters Academy Shanghai
Juan Carlos Toro Lecaros: Theater Director, Actor, Researcher and PhD Candidate, Theater Studies, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, (UAB), Spain
Anna Hatziyiannaki: History of Art, President of Artopos
Dionysis Goutsos: Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Philology, School of Philosophy University of Athens
James Whitehead: Lecturer in Medical Humanities and English, King’s College London
Ioanna Soufleri: Biology, Phd, Journalist Lambraki Press Group

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