It is clear that it is urgent to rethink the relations between—and dissolve some of the barriers that separate—the medical sciences, the arts, and the humanities. ICT, e-health, robotics and big data are profoundly affecting the role of medical professionals, urging them to reflect on the role, value and requirements of human skills in the context of healthcare. At the same time, the humanities have proven to offer innovative and productive insights into issues such as the ideology of health, narratives of illness, the confrontation with mortality, the importance of professional ethics, and the value of ‘making sense’ of trauma and loss; hence the rise of narrative medicine, medical humanities, the philosophy of psychiatry, the phenomenology of health and illness, et cetera.
As a result, it is essential that the medical sciences and the humanities engage (once again) in a interdisciplinary dialogue about the future of healthcare and the conceptualization of illness. This summer school aims to meet that challenge, by taking its cue from The Utrecht School, a Dutch scientific-philosophical movement from the 1950s/1960s that aimed to address the question of what it means to be (a healthy) human being from an interdisciplinary perspective.
This unique and groundbreaking course aims to revisit and update this perspective by staging an open dialogue between students, artists, humanities scholars and medical experts. Students engage in an intensive interdisciplinary learning process through discussions with internationally renowned scholars and performers during the two-day summer school - e.g. Prof. John Lysaker (philosophy/literary studies, Emory University, USA), Prof. Menno Vriens (endocrinological surgery, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands), Prof. Paul Lysaker (psychology/psychiatry, Indiana University, USA), Prof. Sven Dupré (history of art, science and technology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands), and Freek de Jonge (performer, The Netherlands).
For more information see: www.umcutrecht.nl/nieuweutrechtseschool
The guest lecture on July the 3rd by Freek de Jonge (in Dutch, Blauwe collegezaal UMCU, starts at 17:30) is open to everyone, but registration is required at: www.umcutrecht.nl/nieuweutrechtseschool