Medical images and illustrations are important in medical research, clinical practice, and public communication. This course employs the tools and insights of the humanities (e.g. history and philosophy of science, visual culture) to explore questions such as: What makes medical images so important? What roles do they play? How do images inform and provide evidence? How do images depict what they are about? How are images produced and why does it matter? Do image-makers follow pictorial traditions? How do medical images travel between research communities and the public?

Students will acquire knowledge about medical images and illustrations as well as relevant approaches and concepts of humanities disciplines.

There will also be sessions on research methods in philosophical and historical research.

Students will work individually on a research project of their choice, assisted by support workshops and feedback on a project plan.

Course coordinators  Dr Ulrich Stegmann and Dr Silvia Casini