Medicine & Emotion Events

Medicine and Emotion: Empathy and Beyond
Monday, May 11, 1pm-5pm,
West Reading Room, Welch Medical Library, 1900 East Monument Street
Free event, open to all
Sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine

The last decade saw the blending of emotion theories and scientific inquiry. Once considered to belong outside of science and medicine in particular, emotions and affective expressions are currently present in research on medical education, training, and even diagnosis. This event brings together scholars from different disciplines in order to discuss the role of affect in medical education, and the future of a medical practice that uses affective expression as a possible resource.

For questions or to RSVP, contact afilipp6@jhmi.edu


Part I: Workshop for medical practitionersRSVP required, places limited (1pm-3pm)

In the first part of the event, an experiential workshop will be led by Christiana Giordano and Greg Pierotti who use theoretical and historical texts as a way to weave them into the empirical and blur the lines between the two. Through their Affect Theatre, Giordano and Pierotti provide an active thinking and acting space, addressing the question of how medical practitioners remain affected by worlds encountered after leaving the field of work and research.

Part II: Panel: Feeling and medical practiceopen to all (3:15-5pm)

In the second part of the event, Giordano and Pierotti will discuss the relationship between emotion, medicine, and methodology, and Kelly Underman will discuss the gynecological teaching programs of pelvic examination, showing how they embody the tension between scientific thought and human emotion in medical education.


Speakers and workshop leaders

Christiana Giordano is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Migrants in Translation: Caring and the Logics of Difference in Contemporary Italy (2014), won the Victor Turner Book Prize for ethnographic writing (2016), and the Boyer Prize in Psychoanalytic Anthropology (2017). Her current research investigates new ways of rendering ethnographic material into artistic forms.

Greg Pierotti is Assistant Professor in Experimental Dramaturgy at the University of Arizona. He coauthored The Laramie Project (2000), Laramie: 10 Years Later (2008), and The People’s Temple (2004), which have garnered Humanitas, Bay Area Theatre Critics awards, and an Emmy nomination. He has coauthored The Moment Work Book (2018) with members of Tectonic Theater Project. His research investigates dramaturgical practices that deal with problems of narrative and truth claims in theatre of the real.

Kelly Underman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Drexel University. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. Her first book, Feeling Medicine: How the Pelvic Exam Shapes Medical Training will be published with NYU Press in August 2020. Her work has also appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Gender & Society and Sociological Forum.