Manon Parry appointed Professor of Medical History

As of the 1st of May 2018 Manon Parry is named professor by special appointment at the Faculty of Humanities

06/06/2018 | 1:47 PM

As of the 1st of May 2018, Dr. Manon S. Parry is named professor (by special appointment) at the Faculty of Humanities at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Parry, Senior Lecturer in American Studies and Public History at the University of Amsterdam, holds the chair initiated by Stichting Historia Medicinae for an initial period of five years. The aim of the chair is to support and further develop research and education in the history of health, illness, health care and medicine in their social, cultural and scientific contexts, in collaboration with the Metamedica group at the VU Medical Center (VUMC). The chair is embedded in the interdisciplinary research institute CLUE + at the university.

MA in Medical History
Parry will be responsible for redeveloping the existing MA program in Medical History, an interdisciplinary degree course that is jointly offered by the Faculties of Humanities of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam, and by the Faculties of Medicine of the Universities of Maastricht, Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The degree is currently open to students of History, Health Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Social Sciences at any of these universities as well as to international students. Parry: “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to expand the current curriculum and draw on exciting new scholarship across a range of relevant disciplines, including neuroscience studies, critical disability studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Students will benefit immensely from this training in understanding and integrating different ways of knowing from across the sciences and humanities.”

ManonParry_TextResearch in the Health Humanities
Parry will also work to establish a platform for Health Humanities research, coordinating collaborative research projects and funding bids to build a vibrant community of pre- and postdoctoral researchers. These activities will be organized around two main themes. Medical Heritage: Archival, Material, and Spatial Legacies, examines the preservation, interpretation, and reuse of medical heritage. Health Humanities: Evidence, Expertise, and Authority, brings interdisciplinary teams together to investigate the interplay of different disciplinary perspectives in the understanding of disease categories. Parry: “The fields of medical and health humanities are gaining new ground in the Netherlands while international recognition for the importance of humanities research on health and wellbeing is also rising. This is the ideal moment to demonstrate that the history of medicine has significant value in many fields of research and practice, as well as a broad audience across diverse social groups and cultural settings.”

Manon S. Parry completed her PhD at the University of Maryland in the USA, focusing on the use of mass media to promote birth control and the role of the family planning movement in the history of health communication. Previously, she was Curator at the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, where between 2002-2012 she developed gallery, online, and traveling exhibitions on a broad range of topics related to medicine and society.