Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities

Title of project:

Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities


Name and institution of principle investigators:

Dr. Gavin Miller, University of Glasgow


Names and institutions of co-investigators/ collaborators:


Funding sources:

The Wellcome Trust (Seed Award)


Summary of research:

The project investigates the significance of science fiction for the medical humanities, and is intended to pathfind for a future, large-scale research project.
Science fiction isn’t confined to novels, short stories, and cinema; it also gives us a style and substance for our visions of medical progress. This project doesn’t investigate only the familiar genre elements of narrative fiction, cinema and TV. It also explores the so-called ‘technoscientific imaginary’, and its imagining of future possibilities enabled by biomedical progress.
The project’s activities include:
A series of themed workshops, and a concluding conference, consolidating a network of interested researchers, clinicians, and writers.
An online database of primary and secondary resources to aid future research.
A themed special issue of BMJ Medical Humanities on ‘Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities’
A creative writing competition, with successful entrants appearing in a competition anthology.

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Anticipated time frame of project:

September 2015 to August 2016


Anticipated audiences:

Those involved in the medical humanities, literary studies, bioethics, science studies and film studies.


Would be interested in hearing from…

Academics, clinicians, creative writers


Tagged as: 

science fiction, technoscience



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Posted on 16 Jul 2015, under Projects.