After advocacy by a several MLA members and the endorsement of others, the organization formally adopted a Medical Humanities and Health Studies Forum in 2015, which presented its first session at the 2016 convention.
Many of us are working on representations of the body, sexuality, health, illness, disease, ethics, and the health professions. Admittedly, the terms “medicine” and “medical” humanities (a conventional name for this focus) are problematic (as many nursing colleagues will tell you because it connotes a focus on the authority and scope of practice of the physician). The uncritical “medicalizing” of human experience is also the frequent focus of our analysis.
This blog is designed for conversations, queries, and information shared among scholars whose work examines the discourses of the body. It also supports the work of the MLA’s Medical Humanities and Health Studies Forum.
The forum’s executive committee leadership for 2016:
Rebecca Garden, president
Thomas Lawrence Long, secretary
Andrea Charise, member
Erin Lamb, member
Catherine Belling, immediate past president
MLA members who wish to affiliate with the Medical Humanities and Health Studies forum should register on MLA Commons at the forum’s official site: https://mla.hcommons.org/groups/medical-humanities-and-health-studies/