On Community: What new forms of community have emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic, and how have ideas of ‘community’ been tested?
What kinds of practice will help build stronger communities in the wake of crisis? How do we drive social change
within communities and beyond them? Our speakers will consider these questions from clinical, public health,
critical and creative perspectives.
Professor Ludmilla Jordanova, Emeritus Professor of History and Visual Culture, Durham University
in conversation with
Professor Trish Greenhalgh, OBE, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, Nuffield Dept of Primary Care Health Services, University of Oxford
Ludmilla Jordanova is Emeritus Professor of History and Visual Culture, Durham University and interim director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture there. She writes about cultural history, portraiture, e.g. in medical settings, the practice of history including its ethical dimensions, using visual, literary and aural sources when possible.
Professor Trish Greenhalgh OBE is a general practitioner who also trained in social sciences. At the University of Oxford, she leads a programme of research at the interface between the social sciences and medicine, working across primary and secondary care. Her work seeks to celebrate and retain the traditional and the humanistic aspects of medicine and healthcare while also embracing the unparalleled opportunities of contemporary science and technology to improve health outcomes and relieve suffering. She has brought this interdisciplinary perspective to bear on the research response to the Covid-19 pandemic, looking at diverse themes including clinical assessment of the deteriorating patient by phone and video, the science and cultural contexts of face coverings, and policy decision-making in conditions of uncertainty.
25th March 2021, 7.30pm
See below for a transcript of the zoom chat…
19:12:18 From AMH President to Everyone : Do please grab a cuppa and we will start promptly at 7.30pm
19:32:37 From Paula Keogh to Everyone : Website address https://amh.ac.uk/
19:50:46 From Jo Winning to Everyone : Please do feel free to post questions or comments in the Chat
19:58:02 From Khadie F to Everyone : Thank you Ludmilla that was really encouraging
19:59:06 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : Like the idea of #reciprocity, but what about the ethos of belonging in community?
19:59:31 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : Or not belonging as the case may be..
19:59:34 From Alex Mermikides to Everyone : thank you Ludmilla – especially struck that art, performance, music is figured here as the ’embryonic cluster from which community can grow’.
20:18:24 From Khadie F to Everyone : Thank you for sharing Trish
20:24:49 From Alex Mermikides to Everyone : re medical humanities offers different ways of thinking about community: there’s an etymological link between community and that other currently pervasive concept, immunity (as political philosopher Esposito points out).
20:25:24 From Khadie F to Everyone : Thank you for sharing Trish – What really stuck with me was your comment about the mask being a sign – a sign of community – a sign of looking out for each other. What are the ways we can encourage each other as a global community to put in that effort? How do we begin to bridge that gap within communities, and what do you think divides us most?
20:30:36 From Giskin Day to Everyone : Thank you both for such interesting talks. I wondered what your thoughts were on clap-for-carers. Did this happen in your hamlet, Ludmilla? Did it fuel solidarity or become divisive?
20:32:25 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : Thanks for addressing belonging Ludmilla,which I raised earlier ,I saw parallels with reciprocity .
20:33:53 From Leone Ridsdale to Everyone : I have done much more virt communication
20:35:04 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : I have to agree with Ludmilla there
20:39:04 From Leone Ridsdale to Everyone : I found my social community could have conflict. most of my friends went from anti brexit to irritation with gov management of covid. some pro brexit pro Boris family and friends polarized as they felt things were well managed. I have found it’s best to avoid discussion of Coviid with them. but it’s difficult
20:39:19 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : Agree again Ludmilla.Maybe we have more of an element of CHOICE “to be or not to be” with others/engaging with others/community now,given lockdown ,online life?
20:39:37 From AMH President to Everyone : Very interesting and deeply thoughtful and personal presentations – thank you Ludmilla and Trish. There was a lot of work in education about belonging and citizenship and of course this relates to identity (and identity construction) and care. But there are also the issues around deprivation and also (separately) minority ethnic communities that had some political (and medicopiliticised) problems in that these are hidden aspects of community that have still not been considered. What thoughts do you have about this sort of mobilisation of polarised and hidden aspects of community?
20:40:55 From Muna Al-Jawad to Everyone : First thing I did when I had my second jab was book 2 gigs, suddenly there was hope!
20:41:07 From Alex Mermikides to Everyone : thank you for response re music – we should acknowledge how the arts communities have been impacted
20:43:05 From AMH President to Everyone : Alzheimers singing groups have been very badly affected
20:43:12 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : He’s great,based in Galway(cellist)
20:46:23 From Valerie Kent to Everyone : I am hearing about new opportunities for connecting isolated (physically and mentally) older people using technology- to take part in music and dance community groups. This would not have been imagined a year ago
20:51:30 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : Exactly @Valerie there’s been greater potential for accessing arts activities online e.g. Those with disabilities,older adults of have access to IT of course (I run writing workshops online for public and HCPS too, more geographical reach to just my locality )
20:51:32 From Angela Hodgson-Teall to Everyone : Thank you for your stories, which touched me deeply. I have reconnection with music. I found a cello teacher – first lessons for ten years (and I didn’t start until I was 47) and started playing to my 92 year old mum in her care home. Played to her when she got Covid (the day after she was vaccinated). Ae fond kiss (Burns) Sloop John B (Beach Boys/Bahaman folk song) and Whiter Shade of Pale (Procol Harem). Luckily my mum pulled through, by the skin of her teeth.
20:52:03 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : Social prescribing,arts in health
20:52:32 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : That’s lovely @Angela!
20:52:36 From Linda Miller to Everyone : Thank you for interesting talks .Valerie the sofa singers have been connecting the isolated in an International community singing twice a week for a year now. A great community with show and tell of creativity.The choir with no name for the homeless has helped many people out of homeless by restoring self esteem .
20:53:07 From Khadie F to Everyone : Absolutely agree Jo
20:55:25 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : agree with Ludmilla,not come across the term social contract but it sounds dubious and a little like the “hidden curriculum”
20:56:18 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : I.e .how can there be a ‘contact’s which infers mutual understanding,the reciprocity perhaps LJ mentioned
20:56:27 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : *contract
20:56:58 From AMH President to Everyone : Another part of the jigsaw is the relationship of duties of citizenship versus citizenship rights – consumer ideologies.
21:00:23 From Angela Hodgson-Teall to Everyone : Thank you for a thoughtful and inspiring discussion.
21:00:32 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : Thanks all great discussion v. Thought provoking
21:05:02 From Neerali Soni to Everyone : Thank-you so much for a rich and interesting discussion!
21:05:07 From Alex Mermikides to Everyone : thank you so much for a fascinating, exciting, wide-ranging and inspiring event.
21:05:49 From Sally Butcher to Everyone : wonderful thank you!
21:05:50 From Roshni Beeharry to Everyone : Thanks all and AMH,Jo for hosting
21:06:07 From Dawn Wood to Everyone : thanks. where will this be online
21:06:51 From Paula Keogh to Everyone : It will be available on the AMH website
21:07:41 From Neerali Soni to Everyone : I just wanted to say a huge thank-you for creating these sessions – I am completely new to medical humanities and this has been fantastic