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Past Events Related to the Medical Humanities

  • Medical Humanities & Health Initiative Seminar Series 2015-16

    The 2015-16 programme of seminars is available below. All seminars were at 6pm in the Neill Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub.

    • 11 November 2015  | Science, Medicine, Mystery and Social Consequences: A Reflection on a Painting of Schrodinger by Jim Malone, Robert Boyle Professor (Emeritus) of Medical Physics, TCD 
    • 9 December 2015 | Other Bodies: Late Medieval Tuscan Sanctity and the Body by Catherine Lawless, Trinity Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
    • 16 December 2015 | On the Emergence of the Vampire in the 18th Century by Clemens Ruthner, Dept. of Germanic Studies, TCD
    • 13 January 2016  | Open Window – Creating  and Curating a ‘Virtual Window’ to Reduce Hospital Anxiety, Depression & Isolation. by Denis Roche, Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing 
    • 10 February 2016  | Whither Medical Humanities by Shaun McCann, School of Medicine, TCD 
    • 9 March 2016  | Bildung and Spirit: An Important Counterpoint to Patient-Centredness by Geraldyn Hynes, School of Nursing, TCD
    • 6 April 2016  | Social Drama' as an Artistic Engagement for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Carmel O Sullivan, School of Education, TCD
    • 16 May 2016  | Unpacking our Anatomical Heritage by Siobhan Ward,  Dept. of Anatomy, TCD

    Podcasts of some of the speakers at the music and health seminar held at RUA RED are now available at: and go to 'News and Events'

    You can hear the presentations of Prof Des O'Neill, Hilary Moss, Caroline Peppard, Dee Gray, Paula Higgins, Sharon Murphy and Carolann Courtney.

  • Friday, 12 February 2016 | Smock Alley Theatre Dublin

dotMED, the Creative Medical Conference 

dotMED is a celebration of the future and the heart of medicine. It is in its third year and is curated by Dr Ronan Kavanagh and Dr Muiris Houston. dotMED’s mission is to expose healthcare professionals to ideas that take place at the interface of medicine, technology and the humanities. In doing so it intends to inspire and reinvigorate them, and reawaken in them a sense of fun and curiosity about medicine.

  • Friday, 23 October 2015 |10.00am - 4.00pm | RUA RED Arts Centre, Tallaght
    Music and Health: Promoting Excellence in Practice
    Speakers: Prof Desmond O’Neill (Professor of Gerontology, Trinity College Dublin), Rebecca O'Connor (Senior Music Therapist, National Rehabilitation Hospital), Dr Hilary Moss (Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health), Carolann Courtney (Arts and Wellbeing Specialist, KCC Arts Service), Mairead O’Donnell (Musician in Healthcare/Community settings), Caroline Peppard (Senior Health Promotion Officer, HSE), Amy Ryan (Singer, Choir Director, Trinity College Dublin).
    Sponsors: The National Centre for Arts and Health in association with South Dublin County Council, the Music Department of Trinity College Dublin, RUA RED Arts Centre and The Meath Foundation
    The event aims to bring together leading specialists in the field to present examples of both music therapy and music and health practice in Ireland, as well as to stimulate debate and discussion surrounding the role of music in healthcare settings. To book a place at this event please email

  • Friday, 16 October 2015 | Trinity Long Room Hub

Shame, Stigma and Medicine Workshop
The Shame, Stigma and Medicine Workshop brings together speakers from diverse disciplines including medicine, philosophy, sociology and law. The purpose of the event is to examine the role of shame in the arenas of health, disease and medical practice, through addressing themes such as: the use of stigma in public health policy, shame in professional enculturation, the shame and stigma of illness, body shame, shame and infectious disease and shame as spectacle on medical reality television programming. It is a one-day workshop open to all. It is supported by funding from a Wellcome Trust Small Grant Award. CPD for clinicians has been applied for.

  • Tuesday, 13 October 2015 | RCPI, Kildare St, 1100-1700

St Luke's Symposium Heritage Centre Lectures: Irish Medicine during World War I and The Kirkpatrick History of Medicine Award

  • Friday 18 September | 5-7pm | Tallaght Hospital,

Arts and Health at Culture Night
The National Centre for Arts and Health at Tallaght Hospital invites you to its contribution to Culture Night 2015 on September 18th, reflecting the broad range of Arts and Health activities under way in Tallaght Hospital . As well as a music event in the hospital atrium from 5-6 pm, you are invited to follow the Visual Art Trail and view the range of art works on display in the hospital.

  • Thursday 17 September | 7 – 9 pm | Dun Library Room, The Royal College of Physicians Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Launch of ‘The Healing Station’ 
The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital invites you to the launch of ‘The Healing Station’ by Michael McCarthy, a book of poems resulting from his residency working at Tallaght Hospital in 2012. Introduction by internationally acclaimed author Anne Enright, selected readings by Michael and guests who participated in the programme.
As space is limited, and demand significant, request your place through The National Centre for Arts and Health at 01-4142076 or email by 15th September

  • 3 - 4 September 2015 | Trinity Long Room Hub

Medicine in the Early Modern World

The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland, 1500-1750
This conference, hosted by the Centre for Early Modern History, in co-operation with The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland at University College Dublin and the University of Ulster will facilitate the presentation and discussion of key aspects of the latest research on medicine in early modern Ireland.

  • September 2014 - April 2015


Medical Humanities Research Seminar Series 2014 -15
The new Medical Humanities Research Seminar Series was the result of a collaborative effort between the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, and the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. The series consisted of one-hour public events taking place over the academic year.

  • 13 - 14 March 2015

Gender Medicine and the Body

Gender, Medicine and the Body Conference
A two day medical humanities symposium, organised by the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, TCD. Keynote speakers includes: Prof Scot Podolsky (Harvard University), 'From Metchnikoff to Microbiome: Probiotics, Antibiotics and Selfhood' and Dr Patricia Skinner (University of Winchester), 'Generating the Damaged Body'.

  • 24 October 2014 – 23 January 2015


Blood Exhibition
Twenty five provocative works that explore the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of blood. Curated by Jens Hauser, Shaun McCann, Luke O'Neill, Clemens Ruthner and Lynn Scarff.

  • 19 - 20 June 2014

Future of the Body

The Future of the Body: Phenomenology, Medicine and the (Post)Human
A conference bringing together leading scholars working in Philosophy, Medical Humanities, Medicine, and related disciplines whose work critically engages with the status of the body.




Last updated 11 May 2017 (Email).