Critical Medical Humanities

The Critical Medical Humanities theme fosters interdisciplinary collaborative research which encompasses work in the humanities and social sciences concerned with the examination of health, illness, wellbeing and medicine and their practices, policies and politics.

The research theme promotes collaborations within, across and beyond institutional contexts and supports research collaboration, transformative praxis and methodological pluralism. A key objective is to open up alternative methods and approaches of engaging with health and medicine, policy making and the processes of knowledge production and its dissemination.

The theme creates a critical space for the embodied and lived experiences of illness, disability and wellbeing, engaging with, locating, and critiquing different pathways to, and ideas about, health and wellbeing.

Research topics in this theme include: health and environment relations, critical disability studies, chronic illness and inequalities, power and politics in the production of medical knowledge including decolonial approaches, creative methods and recovery, the body and pain, activism, and reproductive and abortion justice. Across these topics, our work advances historical and contemporary research and practice on power and medicine.

The work in this theme also reflects the city of Liverpool and the University's long history of radical politics to inform policy and practice by bringing alternative and activist voices to the fore, recognising that expertise comes in many forms.

Work in this theme draws on interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations in the social sciences, life sciences, arts and humanities working with partners such as Liverpool Biennial, International Slavery Museum, Chronic illness Inclusion, Healing Justice London and DaDaFest.

You can find out more about CHASE’s work in Critical Medical Humanities on our projects pages.

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