Visiting Scholar Announcements

Meet Dr. Minji LeeMinji Lee

Dr. Minji Lee recently received a PhD Degree in the Department of Religion at Rice University. Her PhD thesis, “Bodies of Medieval Women as Dangerous, Liminal, and Holy: Representations in the Writings of Late Medieval Religious Women” explored how this medieval German nun defended the woman’s sexual/reproductive body” as positive in the images of re-creation and salvation against misogynic medieval and religious culture of her age.

Granted that Dr. Lee is a medievalist interested in the interactions between mysticism and medicine in the Middle Ages, she now turns to the new research project to compare medieval European medical theories and modern Korean folk medicine in order to see how women have been striving to maintain their reproductive health and to bring positive meanings to their own bodies. She also participated in making a Korean independent documentary project “For Vagina’s Sake (2017)” to posit how Western pre-modern medicine “diabolized” women’s menstrual body.

Currently, she is also a volunteer at Reunion Institute to promote public awareness in religion.

UPREET DHALIWALMeet Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal

The UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Upreet Dhaliwal, MS as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Dhaliwal will be in residence from February 2019 through May 2019.

Dr. Upreet Dhaliwal, formerly Director-Professor of Ophthalmology at the University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, is one of the founding members of the Medical Humanities Group in the Institution.

She is editor of the journal “Research and Humanities in Medical Education (RHiME)” which is an online-only, peer-reviewed, open-access journal, the only journal in Asia that caters specifically to the medical humanities. RHiME can be accessed at

An occasional poet, and an avid promoter of medical student-led poetry sessions, Dr Dhaliwal is keen to deepen her involvement with the humanities through the visiting scholar program at the Institute for Medical Humanities. Her work here involves an exploration of the Provider-Patient relationship through the medium of poetry.

Meet Dr. Fionagh Thomson

Jun 1, 2016, 00:00 AM by Julia Essex

Fionagh Thomson, PhDThe UTMB Health Institute for the Medical Humanities is pleased to welcome Fionagh Thomson, PhD as a Visiting Scholar. Dr. Thomson will be in residence from June 1, 2016 through November 30, 2016.

Dr. Thomson is an ethnographer with an interest in how to create the space and time with participants to think through and describe their everyday lives: focusing on what people do rather than what they think they do. She works with video, camera, paper and conversation. She likes to work across, rather than within, disciplines and outside academia with medical professionals, lab scientists, design engineers and artists. 

Dr. Thomson's current research explores the conflict within the blood supply chain (donation to transfusion)—between ensuring a sufficient and a safe supply of blood components, at a time when donor numbers are dropping and blood manufacturing regulations are tightening. Her other interests include different representations of the ‘body’ in medical spaces (e.g. MRIs), the extension of health professionals’ senses through tools/technologies and philosophical hermeneutics (Gadamer, Ricoeur & Idhe). 

Dr. Thomson earned a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, and a Doctorate from the University College London Institute of Education. Her background includes environmental ethics, visual anthropology, philosophy, human geography and ecology. Dr. Thomson has completed fieldwork in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, the islands of the Scottish Hebrides and the consulting spaces of emergency departments, breast cancer outpatients, GP clinics and patients’ homes.