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Conference Cycle « Medical Cultures »

2015-2016 Edition
Around the brain: neuroscience, reveries, psychiatry…

Presentation :
At the Fondation des Etats Unis, we invite you to think about medicine, the body and health in a creative, collective and interdisciplinary way. We receive health researchers, artists, social scientists, journalists and patients to address issues that affect everyone’s experience (being sick, understanding how the body works, thinking about political and institutional choices related to medicine). These questions often remain addressed in the compartmentalization of scientific, medical, psychological, political, economic disciplines… The conferences proposed within the framework of Medical Cultures thus cross medicine and arts in the hope of reaching an audience of patients and carers.

Why this theme at the Fondation des États-Unis ?

In writing her bequest in 1928 for the creation of scholarships to the Fondation des Etats Unis, Harriet Hale Woolley wished to give one of the scholarships to a young psychiatry intern, expressing her admiration for the recent transformations in medicine. It was therefore appropriate to integrate the historical interests of the Medical Foundation into our cultural program.
The United States was a pioneer in Medical Humanities, seeking to develop, within the medical curriculum, teaching in philosophy, history, cinema or literature. At the same time, interdisciplinary studies of health issues were addressed by American researchers, who read and discussed the analytical stories of French medicine (Foucault, especially but more broadly what they call the French Theory) for application in their own fields. Susan Sontag’s book Illness as a Metaphor, published in 1978, bears witness to this. At the same time, books on the popularization and reappropriation of medical issues such as Our Bodies, Ourselves, as well as patient associations such as ACT UP, have spread the idea that health and medicine should be considered in an interactive dialogue between patients, health actors and political institutions.

Program :
Other dates, including a film conference and an exhibition, will soon be added to this calendar.
7 October : Music in Neuroscience Reading
5 November : The Art of Dreaming and Making Dreams in a Hospital Department
Professor David Cohen, head of child psychiatry department Paris Pitié Salpêtrière
18 February : New Parentalities
Professor Ouriel Rosenblum, Paris Pitié Salpêtrière, psychoanalyst
Date to be confirmed: The Place of Addictions in Art
Professor Amine Benyamina, CHU Paul Brousse Villejuif