University College, 15 King’s College Circle, Room 161
  • October 4, 2017 from 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Speaker: Kevin Rodrigues, MTS, Bioethicist, University Health Network

This seminar will build on a concept that is explored in Cheryl Mattingly’s book, The Paradox of Hope, where she looks at hospital spaces (waiting rooms, quiet rooms, patient rooms, etc.) as “border zones.” The interactions within these zones – where significant medical decisions are pondered and made – are characterized by values conflict, differing worldviews and cultures, and power imbalances. This seminar will look at the patient’s body, not hospital space, as the more significant border zone, and locus for medical investigation and decision making. With this focus, one can better understand the invasive nature that health care discussions and decision making can sometimes take on, as clinicians assert jargon, and medical norms, on what is essentially foreign territory: the patient’s body. Ultimately, this seminar will explore how colonial and postcolonial experiences and insights can help us to work towards better models for shared decision making, based not on knowing, but respecting and validating what we may never understand.

This seminar is free and open to the public.