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3rd Medical Humanities lecture series launches in August

3 Jul 2017 - 10:15

The School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, and the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), present a vibrant and diverse range of speakers as part of the third annual Medical Humanities lecture series, which runs from 23 August – 20 September 2017.

This free public lecture series comprises medical practitioners, theatre-makers, photographers and academics whose presentations engage with the growing interdisciplinary field of medical humanities, in pursuit of intellectual synergies and their application to medical pedagogy and practice, as well as the politics of the body and embodied life.

This year’s presentations introduce a performative element to the series, featuring: a musical performance by oncologist, composer and lyricist, Marc Hendricks who recently released his debut album Upright Citizen; a joint talk by director of the ICA Jay Pather and playwright Nadia Davids about their respective critically-acclaimed works Body of Evidence and What Remains; a performance lecture by sociologist Amrita Pande, entitled Made in India, which explores commercial surrogacy and egg donation in India; a joint presentation by mediator and theatre director Ruth Levin-Vorster and photographer Tracey Derrick exploring narratives of healing and interdisciplinary approaches to wellbeing; and a presentation by CEO of the Baxter Theatre Centre, and multi-award winning playwright, director and author, Lara Foot.

The lectures take place every Wednesday night at 6pm from 23 August – 20 September in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. Refreshments will be served from 5:30pm. All are welcome.

Lecture schedule:

  • 23 August: Ruth Levin-Vorster and Tracey Derrick
  • 30 August: Marc Hendricks
  • 6 September: Jay Pather and Nadia Davids
  • 13 September: Amrita Pande
  • 20 September: Lara Foot

For more information, contact the ICA office: +27 21 650 7156 or ica@uct.ac.za.

About Medical Humanities

The Medical Humanities lecture series grows out of Medicine and the Arts – a post graduate course jointly offered every second year by Associate Professor of Anthropology (housed in the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics) Susan Levine and Professor Steve Reid of the Primary Health Care Directorate. The course aims to facilitate exploration and engagement within a peer group that transcends the disciplinary borders that shape knowledge production in the health sciences, the social sciences, and the arts, and to instil in students an appreciation of the international literature pertaining to health and the medical humanities.

About the ICA

The Institute for Creative Arts is an interdisciplinary institute in UCT’s 

Humanities Faculty – formerly the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA). The ICA facilitates research projects in the creative and performing arts that disrupt boundaries, while underscoring creative education and practice across discipline and faculty. Interdisciplinarity, live art and public spheres are key themes of the Institute, and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and a dialogue with urbanism and community. The ICA was launched on 5 April 2016 as a result of a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.