'Sutures and Stitches' workshop at the Festival of Ideas

Published: 12 November 2014 at 08:54

Participants at the

Performing Arts academics put on medical history workshop

On Saturday 1 November 2014, Dr Gianna Bouchard and Dr Sarah Whitfield from the Department of Music and Performing Arts ran an interactive workshop titled 'Sutures and Stitches' as part of this year's Cambridge Festival of Ideas.

The session explored the overlaps between medical histories and practices of suturing and mending cultures. Participants were given instruction in darning and mending, whilst also hearing about the history of medical suturing from the ancient Egyptians to current advances in suturing technologies.

Thanks to Sarah's extensive mending paraphernalia and some loans from Helen Harlow in the Faculty of Health, the rehearsal space of LAB 028 was transformed into an interactive room, combining medical history and mending praxis.

Lots of the workshop participants engaged in mending their own clothes in an atmosphere of sociality and sharing. Sarah and Gianna hope to develop the work as part of a larger medical humanities project on ideas of praxis in medical contexts.