Depolarization in Theory and in Action: The Role of Medical Humanities

FBK-ISR International Seminar 2022

The separation that C.P. Snow famously described as “the two cultures” remains as entrenched today as it was in the mid-20th century. Medical students benefit from the integration of the arts and the humanities into medicine and medical education. Yet, despite great interest and activity around this integration, the evidence that directly links arts and humanities integration with medical education learning outcomes is limited.

As showed in the study protocol COMMUNI.CARE (COMMUNIcation and Patient Engagement at Diagnosis of PAncreatic CAncer – S. Raffaele Hospital), medical humanities may be helpful not only in educating the healthcare professionals of the future, but also in today’s clinical practice. In this study, the communication between physicians and patients at the time of a severe diagnosis such as pancreatic cancer is observed. The main goal is to improve doctor-patient interaction creating a dialogue between the philosophical insight and the clinical practice, overcoming the polarization of science vs. humanities.


Scientific coordination
Massimo Leone, Director FBK-ISR

Cycle of seminars: “De-Polarization in Religion and Ethics


The event will be held in English

The presentation will take place online

To connect to the event, registration is required by Monday 30 May 2022 at 8.30 a.m.

During the meeting, the webcam and microphone will be disabled to avoid network overloads



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  • Sara Agnelli - Speaker
    University of Florida
    Sara Agnelli received a Ph.D. in Classics in May 2016 from the University of Florida, with a dissertation on ancient medicine. She then had the opportunity to expand her personal scholarship, and began working on interdisciplinary research initiatives for the university and beyond. This collaborative focus led to an interest in bridging science and the humanities, from both comparative and international perspectives. Since 2017 she has been part of Ilaria Capua’s interdisciplinary team at the One Health Center of Excellence.
  • Monica Consolandi - Speaker
    Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele; FBK-ISRVita-Salute San Raffaele; FBK-ISR
    Monica Consolandi is a Ph.D. Student in ‘Philosophical Issues in an International Perspective’ at University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Department of Philosophy, Milan, where she is currently the Project Coordinator of the study protocol COMMUNI.CARE. Her thesis is titled “Science communication and health. Fostering trust in doctor-patient and doctor-public interaction”. She is affiliated to FBK Ph.D. Program at ISR and to One Health Center of Excellence as Philosophy & Linguistics Intern. Her research interests focus on doctor-patient interaction and scientific communication. She previously graduated in ‘Philosophy and Languages of Modernity’ at University of Trento with the thesis “The language of conscientious objection. Premises and implications of a concept to be defined”.


Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 30/05/2022.



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