Podcasts from Bodies of Data: Intersecting Medical and Digital Humanities

Bodies of Data: Intersecting Medical and Digital Humanities took place in the Royal Irish Academy and in UCD Humanities Institute on 22-23 November 2018. This Irish Humanities Alliance conference was a collaboration with UCD and DIT.

The conference addressed the emerging discipline of the medical humanities at the intersection between arts and humanities and the biomedicine which explores the social, historical and cultural dimensions to Medicine. Medical and digital humanities have emerged as two of the most dynamic interdisciplinary forces in contemporary humanities scholarship. Both generate new perspectives and relationships at the intersection between interpretative, data driven, medical and technological methodologies and research practices.

Download the conference programme with full details on speakers, abstracts etc.

The conference was recorded for podcasting by Real Smart Media and the papers are available to podcast on soundcloud.


Introductory remarks by Professor Gerardine Meaney (Irish Humanities Alliance and UCD).

Keynote: Prof. Samuel K. Cohn (University of Glasgow) – Epidemics: Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS

Dr EL Putnam (DIT) – ‘Leaking Milk and Beating Hearts: Technological Immanence and the Maternal’.

Dr Hilary Moss (University of Limerick) – ‘Narratives of health and illness: Arts based research capturing the lived experience of dementia’

Dr Pádraig Ó Liatháin (DCU) – Bás Beo: TB in Seán Ó Ríordáin’s early diaries’

Dr Justin Tonra (NUIG) – ‘Poetry in Motion: quantified self data and automated poetry’

Dr Marion McGarry (GMIT) – ‘Dracula = Cholera’

Dr Ailise Bulfin (TCD) – ‘The myth of the paedophile as a monstrous stranger in Victorian discourse on child sexual abuse’

Dr Susanne Michl, (Charité-Berlin) with Dr Anita Wohlmann (SDU-Denmark) – ‘Data, stories and the clinical encounter’

Dr Conor McGarrigle (DIT) – ‘How do you feel? Detecting Urban Ambiances with artistic data devices’

Andrew Allen (Maynooth) – ‘Reminiscence in older adults: digital archiving and the functions of autobiographical narrative’

Ellen Finn (TCD) – ‘Body Building: Constructing Virtual Human Physiques in Archaeological Visualisations’

Daniel Webster (QUB) – ‘The [Data] Double’