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Lectures and Seminars


2021


30 June 2021, 6pm (GMT)


Facets of the 

Health Humanities

with 

Cecilia Beecher Martins

Chair: Rossella M. Riccobono


'Film and the Health Humanities'

This fourth lecture of the Facets of the Health Humanities series, hosted by “Il Pietrisco” Prose, will see Cecilia Beecher Martins explores the fact that medical practices and dilemmas appear to have been represented in cinema since its inception. Thus surprisingly, or not, the centenary of Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) was celebrated by perhaps as many articles in medical journals as film reviews. One such medical article, Sacchi et al’s “‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’: The Scientific Debate on Hypnosis and Its Legal Implications between the 19th and the 20th Century” (2020), concludes that “movies might be a useful tool to understand how audience perceives science and medicine nowadays and in the pastimes” (95). Moreover, healthcare professionals seem at home working with film, both for training and expression. The film excerpts and suggested exercises offered by Alexander et al in Cinemaducation Vol 1 (2005) and Vol 2 (2012) speak to the former. Documentary films like Muffie Meyer’s Making Rounds (2015) and Dan Krauss’s Extremis (2016) as well as the WHO’s Health for All Film Festival speak to the latter. While these are all praiseworthy endeavours, one cannot help questioning, could narrative medicine practices extend the application of film in health care training and practice? 


With the participation of CECILIA BEECHER MARTINS

Chaired by ROSSELLA M. RICCOBONO

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Zoom ID:  827 9093 3309

For passcode email: prose@pietrisco.net

Deadline for enrolment: 1pm, 30th June 2021



Poster.pdf (3.29MB)
Poster.pdf (3.29MB)


26 May 2021, 6pm (GMT)


Facets of the 

Health Humanities

with 

Dr Chiara Battisti and Dr António Duarte

Chair: Cecilia Beecher Martins


'Comics/Graphic Novels and Health Humanities'

This third lecture of the Facets of the Health Humanities series, hosted by “Il Pietrisco” Prose, will see Chiara Battisti and António Duarte explore the coalescing of the medium of the comics/graphic novels and the practice of Health Humanities. What has been defined as “graphic medicine” emerges at the crossroads of health humanities and narrative medicine and combines “the principle so of narrative medicine with the exploration of the visual system of comic art, interrogating the representation of physical and emotional signs and symptoms within the medium” (Graphic Medicine Manifesto 1). In creating an intricate relationship among healthcare professionals, patients, families, and caregivers, graphic narrative enlightens difficult experience and enhances clinical and communicative capabilities. For scholars in literary and cultural studies, the genre articulates a multifaceted analysis of illness, medicine, and disability.
Chiara Battisti will explore the connection between illness writing and graphic novels in order to illustrate the unique, productive role this format can play in problematising the cultural representation of Alzheimer’s.
António Duarte will approach a rationale and use of comics/graphic novels for the development of a “patient centred care” in carers and an “adaptative psychological response to illness” in patients.

With the participation of CHIARA BATTISTI and ANTONIO DUARTE 

Chaired by CECILIA BEECHER MARTINS

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Zoom ID:  864 7924 6807

For passcode email: prose@pietrisco.net

Deadline for enrolment: 1pm, 26th May 2021




21 April 2021, 6pm (GMT)


Facets of the 

Health Humanities

with 

Dr Rossella M. Riccobono

Chair: Cecilia Beecher Martins


'Poetry, Voice and Storytelling in the Clinic'

This second lecture of the Facets of the Health Humanities series, hosted by Il Pietrisco Prose, will see Dr Rossella M. Riccobono explore the genre of the poetic text as a tool of reflection and education for healthcare professionals. She will look at the reasons why poetry, a genre which belongs to the oral tradition, can be an ideal instrument to elicit reflection and storytelling to foster connection with patients and peers and improve the experience of the ‘cure’ within the clinic. Dr Riccobono will also reflect on innovative interdisciplinary ways of studying the ill as a minority group from the philosophy of narration viewpoint and a diversity and inclusion perspective to educate medics and healthcare professionals. Finally, she will show an example of a poetic text written by an English poet and therapist/educator who lived through the experience of cancer and left her testimony in a poetic journal, out of which she also published a poetry collection.

With the participation of ROSSELLA M. RICCOBONO 

Chaired by CECILIA BEECHER MARTINS

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Zoom ID:  857 4807 5337 

For passcode email: prose@pietrisco.net

Deadline for enrolment: 1pm, 21st April 2021



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17 March 2021, 6pm (GMT)


Facets of the 

Health Humanities

with 

Chiara Battisti, Cecilia Beecher Martins,              Sidia Fiorato, Rossella Riccobono

Chair: Carmela Pierini


'An Introduction' to the Lecture Series

Because of its practical and interdisciplinary nature the field of the Health Humanities is
of great interest today. So much so that many healthcare education programs have
introduced study in the arts to their curricula. Moreover, one of the areas within that
field - narrative medicine - suggests that close reading of artistic objects, reflective
writing written in the shadow of the object analyses and close reading of that reflective
writing can enhance attention, and representation skills while building affiliations with
self, patients and institutions; characteristics that the current ongoing healthcare crisis
has shown are of tremendous relevance to healthcare professionals.
But is it the same to work with a poem, or a painting; a film or a novel? What are the
differences between for instance health humanities and narrative medicine? What perspectives can Health Humanities give to disability studies? Because, at Il Pietrisco, we consider these questions need to be raised and addressed, we have set out to create a lecture cycle where experts in specific areas from lyrical texts, visual
arts and the graphic novel, film, narrative prose, fairytale, with feedback from artists
will look at these questions. 
The 17th March session will introduce the subject areas and approach.


With the participation of CECILIA BEECHER MARTINS, CHIARA BATTISTI, SIDIA FIORATO,  ROSSELLA M. RICCOBONO 

Chaired by CARMELA PIERINI

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Zoom ID: 218 259 1759

For passcode email: prose@pietrisco.net

Deadline for enrolment: 1pm, 17th March 2021