Performance Research Forum is delighted to launch its Spring 2020 programme of talks and events. All events are followed by drinks and a discussion with the audience.
Performance, Medicine and the Human
Like medicine, theatre puts the human on display in order to understand and, perhaps, alleviate the suffering inherent to the human condition. Medical practice constitutes a sort of theatre in which doctors, nurses and patients perform. In her forthcoming book, Performance, Medicine and the Human, Alex Mermikides argues that contemporary medical performance can shed new light on what it means to be human – and what we mean by the human, the humane, humanism and the humanities – at a time when these notions are being fundamentally rethought.
Dr Alex Mermikides leads the doctoral programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, which has a distinctive focus on research in, through and for the performing arts. Her research also bridges scholarship and practice. She has published on contemporary theatre-making (Devising in Process) and the interface between theatre and medicine in the UK. Her edited books include Performance and the Medical Body and Performance, Medicine and the Human. She runs Chimera, an arts/research network founded in 2012 with an award from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Through this, she creates performances on medical themes, often working in collaboration with medical specialists and patients.
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