The symposium, Exploring links between physical illness, mental disorder and creativity will examine connections between the life and works of Robert Burns’s life and medicine. It will take place on 29 May 2014 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RJ

The intention of the day is to establish research trajectories in two main areas: a historico-cultural view of Burns and the Medical Profession; and an analysis of the contemporary significance of the relationship between mental disorder and creativity as presented in Burns and Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder). There has never previously been a conference on Burns and Medicine. It is a very timely topic given recent advances in the fields valium of Medical Humanities and the Burns scholarship (the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow is home to the new Oxford University Press edition of the Works of Robert Burns, and was awarded £1.1 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in 2011).

The goal will be to stimulate debate and identify areas for future research.  The cost for the day is £20.

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