TORCH Goes Digital! Medical Humanities

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Good morning, and welcome to the fourth week of #TORCHGoesDigital! We have been incredibly happy with the success of the first three weeks of this venture. Thank you to everyone who tuned in to watch our first Big Tent, Big Ideas! live-streamed event with JC Niala and Dr Elizabeth Ewart. 

This week, we are focusing on the theme "Medical Humanities", a theme that is particularly relevant to us all today, given the current global Covid-19 pandemic. We have carefully curated a brilliant programme of blog posts, podcasts, news articles, poems, performances and more.

Medical humanities uses ideas, tools and methods from disciplines such as history, art, philosophy, theology and literature to help create innovative strategies for understanding and improving health and healthcare. Drawing on sources that typically cut across and complement prevailing modes of health-related thinking, the field seeks to explore the social and cultural context surrounding the purposes and challenges of medicine and healthcare.

This week, we will be considering questions such as:

  • Is burnout exclusively a disease of modern life?
  • What are some tales of neurodivergence and mental difference in Oxford? 
  • How can reading affect eating disorders, for good or ill? 
  • What is the role of compassion in healthcare? 

We will also be releasing more details about the next Big Tent, Big Ideas! live-streamed event, so stay tuned! 

Remember, we are happy to feature any and all content submissions related to this theme, be it a poem, artwork, blog post, or book review!

Unleash your creativity, and send any and all suggestions and content to