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The Experience of Illness: Learning from the Arts

International Symposium
Hosted in partnership with the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre, UCC

30 November and 1 December 2012


Great achievements in modern medicine have enhanced our knowledge and treatment of many diseases, but understanding what it feels like to be sick requires more than technological advances and medical science. The facts of disease are objective and readily available, whereas illness is subjective, less accessible, difficult to teach, and sadly, often neglected.

In tandem with the Living/Loss exhibition, UCC’s Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre hosted an international symposium, The Experience of Illness: Learning from the Arts to consider how illness is expressed not only in the visual arts but also in fiction, poetry, history, narrative, dialogue and cinema. Participants included Áine Lawlor, Eleanor McEvoy, Mark Patrick Hederman, John F. Deane, Iarla O’Lionaird, Kay Jamison, David Alpers, and David Puttnam.

They symposium was recorded and a publication is planned to share the learning and presentations made on the day.

Download full programme here.

The Experience of Illness: Learning from the arts
Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December
Devere Hall, University College Cork


THe image above is a detail from Hughie O'Donoghue's Knocknalower (Hill of the Lepers), 2001, which is part of the UCC Art Collection and currently on public view in the Cavanagh Pharmacy Building, UCC.