Critical Medical Humanities

The Critical Medical Humanities is an emerging area in Medical Humanities research. It encompasses scholarly work in the humanities and social sciences that is concerned with the critical examination of how issues around, and knowledges of, health, illness, wellbeing and medicine are constituted, represented and governed at various levels (historical, political, economic, socio-cultural).

To do this, the Critical Medical Humanities engages with critical theory and radical social movements to explore new methods and ways of knowing which decentre medical expertise, as well as open up opportunities for critical collaborations with the medical and life sciences. In Liverpool this theme capitalises on the city and the University's long history of radical politics. Work in this theme covers the following areas incorporating historical and contemporary research:

  • The Political Economy of Health: the impact of economic and political change on human and environmental health
  • Critical Public Health: the relationship between individual health and broader socio-cultural and political structures
  • A Radical Politics of Health: bioethics, biopolitics, contested health and activism, violence, trauma and slavery, and the role of the arts and humanities in exploring these questions (connecting to work in the Art, Well-being and Therapy theme)