Netherlands, Utrecht

The New Utrecht School

when 15 June 2019 - 8 July 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 200

Interdisciplinary Learning in Medicine, the Arts and Humanities.
Education and research in the health domain are rapidly changing. Technological advances and the democratization of knowledge i.a. challenge us to reconsider the balance between "hard science" and "soft skills" in the healthcare system. At the same time artists, artistic researchers and humanities scholars are increasingly turning to questions on well-being and care. Thus, the future of thinking about health and illness is bound to be profoundly interdisciplinary. Therefore, this course aims to encourage truly interdisciplinary collaboration between diverse student-groups interested in medicine, biomedical sciences, medical humanities and the arts.

It is clear that it is urgent to rethink the relations between - and dissolve some of the barriers that separate - the (bio)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 future professionals in the health domain, the arts and the humanities engage (once again) in an interdisciplinary dialogue about the future of healthcare and the conceptualization of health and 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 (bio)medical experts. Students engage in an intensive interdisciplinary learning process through lectures, discussions and workshops with internationally renowned scholars and performers during the two-day summer school.

Course leader

Dr. Stefan van Geelen

Target group

The target audience consists of interdisciplinary interested students of all levels and (scientific/ artistic) backgrounds. A strict selection of participants will be made on the basis of CV and letter of motivation.

Registration deadline is June the 22nd. Decisions will be communicated on June the 26st.

Fee info

EUR 200: Course fee

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