Rhetorics of Pain: Historical Reflections

Event date: 21 May 2011
Room B33 Birkbeck
University of London
Malet Street, Bloomsbury
London WC1E 7HX

 

The Birkbeck Pain Project & Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities present:

Rhetorics of Pain: Historical Reflections

Pain is one of the most influential forces in history. An examination of its many transformations over time provides unique insights into everyday life. This workshop seeks to explore the complex phenomenon of pain from the eighteenth century to the 1960s. We are interested in exploring the biomedical, neurological, psychological, cognitive, and sensory aspects of pain as well as the relationship between bodily sensation and cultural understanding.

Programme:

Professor Joanna Bourke (Chair, Birkbeck College)
Rhetorics of Pain: Historical Reflections .

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Professor Sander Gilman (Emory University)
Seeing Pain
(AUDIO HERE)

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Dr Anna Carden-Coyne (University of Manchester) 
Cultures of Pain: The Political, Social and Sexual Provocations of War Wounds
(AUDIO HERE)

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Dr Lucy Bending (University of Reading)
Translating pain – overcoming the ineffability of pain
(AUDIO HERE)

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Dr Jeremy Davies (University of Cambridge) 
The Distinction between Mental and Physical Pain
(AUDIO HERE)

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Professor Javier Moscoso (Spanish National Research Council) 
The Topics of Pain and the Anthropology of Experience
(AUDIO HERE)

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