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Cologne Lectures in New Medical Humanities



University of Cologne

Wednesdays from 18:00-19:30

WiSo-Building, 101

WiSe 2023/24

25.10.2023 — 14.02.2024

Hörsaal XXIII

The integrative approach of the Medical Humanities combines perspectives from the life sciences, social sciences and the humanities on issues of health, illness and well-being, laying special focus on the experiences of human beings. The innovative movement, already successfully established in the Anglo-American world, is also conquering academic discourses in Germany and Europe on the whole.

The Medical Humanities aim to further develop and enrich medicine as a science and as a practice in the face of current challenges such as demographic change and migration, globalization and pandemics, nursing emergencies and digitalization.

How do the Medical Humanities meet this challenge? This requires a fundamental examination of the following questions (among others): How can insights into the human condition gained in disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, and sociology contribute to medical discourse? Are the medical humanities in tension with the comprehensive naturalization of medicine? How do the Medical Humanities relate to the parallel development of Psychological Humanities? How can we better succeed in taking the framing conditions of medicine, such as legal, economic, social, cultural or political factors, into account?

Join the discussion! The event is open to all interested parties and is intended for students of all disciplines. A certificate of attendance can be obtained as part of the "Studium Integrale", participation as part of the extracurricular offer is also possible.


Organized by: Erik N. Dzwiza-Ohlsen, Ragna Winniewski, Thomas Dojan, Runa Ya & Hannes Wendler

KLIPS: Lehrveranstaltungen / Cologne Lectures in New Medical Humanities - KLIPS 2.0 - Universität zu Köln (



WiSo-Gebäude 101 - Hörsaal XIII und Hybrid, via Zoom

25.10.2023 - Podiumsdiskussion: Was sind die Medical Humanities?

     Prof. Maria Polidori
     Prof. Susanne Michl
     Prof. Susanne Zank
     Prof. Giovanni Maio

Moderation: Erik N. Dzwiza-Ohlsen, Ragna Winniewski


08.11.2023 - Die Deutungsnatur des Menschen

     Prof. Kai Vogeley


15.11.2023 - Phänomenologie und Psychoanalyze

     Prof. Jagna Brudzinska


29.11.2023 - Vulnerabilität und Schmerz aus anthropologisch-phänomenologischer Sicht

     Prof. Markus Dederich


13.12.2023 - Kurative und palliative Medizin

     Prof. Raymond Voltz


10.01.2024 - Cure und Care im Sozialraum: Würde und Demütigung

     Prof. Frank Schulz-Nieswandt


24.01.2024 - Behinderung/Disability als interdisziplinärer Forschungsgegenstand

     Prof. Anne Waldtschmidt


07.02.2024 - Grenzen der Veränderung in der Psychotherapie

     Jun. Prof. Johannes Ehrenthal


21.02.2024 - Podiumsdiskussion: Wie sieht die Zukunft der Medical Humanities aus?

     Prof. Mariacarla Gadebusch-Bondio
     Prof. Cornelius Borck
     Prof. Lisa Malich
     Prof. Rainer Weber

Moderation: Hannes Wendler, Runa Ya