Prof Kneebone

The Parallels of Surgery & Craft

Last night saw the second in the autumn series of Penny Lectures with Professor Roger Kneebone exploring the hidden world of the surgical theatre and the parallels and insight that can be gained by framing operative surgery as a performance and craft.

The lecture was completely sold out with Professor Kneebone leading an engaging and fascinating talk into the world of surgery, presenting photos and video of simulated surgeries. He continued by laying out the similarities between surgical stitching and tailored stitching, throwing a ceramic vase and handling body tissue, and the movements of doctors during surgery and a dance performance. This led to a lively Q&A with many guests sharing their own personal perspectives of medical treatments and the creative impact it had.

Roger Kneebone is Professor of Surgical Education at Imperial College London and Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow. Much of Professor Kneebone’s current research focuses on simulation. He leads an unorthodox and creative research group, bringing together experts from the visual and performing arts, clinicians, educationalists, computer scientists, psychologists, social scientists and design engineers to explore relationships between the biomedical sciences, the craft of surgery and the humanities and social sciences.

This lecture is the second Penny Lecture of the term. Last month saw Professor Jerry White discussing London during the First World War, highlights including the impact of conscription on the population, the effect on the immigrant community and the terror of the Zeppelin air raids. This lecture can now be viewed online.

Next month Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty will be discussing her new book On Liberty on Tuesday 25 November. Doors open at the earlier time of 17:30 with the lecture starting promptly at 18:00. We are expecting large demand for this lecture so we do advise guests to arrive early to secure their seat.

The Penny Lectures date back to the earliest history of Morley College with found Emma Cons hosting weekly lectures at the Royal Victoria Coffee and Music Hall, which is now the Old Vic theatre. The aim was to offer morally-decent entertainment at affordable prices for the community. The lectures would play host to eminent scientists of the day and address the public on a wide range of topics all for just one penny.

Continuing the tradition we are reviving the Penny Lectures during our 125 anniversary year, with more lectures scheduled to take place in the Spring and Summer terms.

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