Happy Talk

The Centre for Medical Humanities was delighted to partner with the Durham Book Festival in presenting Happy Talk on the afternoon of Saturday 23 October. The discussion, chaired by Caroline Beck, explored a range of provocative and varied issues around happiness, with a special focus on the relationship between happiness, health and illness. All three Read the full article…

CMH Researchers Visit to Galveston, Texas 2

Jane Macnaughton writes: We’ve arrived in Galveston and have been put up at the historic seafront Hotel Galvez, which is still undergoing repair and renovation after Hurricane Ike in 2008.  In fact the hurricane is very much a central talking point for everyone.  All over the city houses are undergoing repair and many are still Read the full article…

Spinoza and the Medical Humanities

Michael Mack on his new book Spinoza and the Specters of Modernity: The book discusses the contemporary relevance of Spinoza and the social, religious and political legacy of his writing and thought. His thought has posed a challenge-if not an outrage-to established ways of conceptualizing society, politics, medicine and religion. Central to this challenging and Read the full article…

Seminar: ‘Experiencing and Celebrating Fatness’. Part of the ESRC Seminar Series ‘Fat Studies and Health At Every Size: Bigness Beyond Obesity’

18th-19th November 2010 The Hopkins Room, Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, Stratford, London E15 1EL Organised by: Charlotte Cooper, Bethan Evans and Shirlene Badger Registration is now closed but further details of the seminar series (and presentations from previous seminars can be found at: http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/research/researchprojects/fat_studies_and_health_at_every_size/). Confirmed speakers and titles include: Keynote: Sondra Solovay, San Francisco Read the full article…

CMH Researchers Visit to Galveston, Texas 1

Jane Macnaughton, co-director of the Centre for Medical Humanities writes: Martyn Evans and I have long had the ambition to link up with the premier centre for medical humanities in the US, the Institute for Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in Texas, so here we with our associate director Read the full article…

Guest Lecture, Professor David Dunt: “Design and methodological challenges in evaluating complex social interventions aimed at improving community health”

Wednesday 27 October 2010, 12.30 – 2pm Theatre D010, Ebsworth Building, Durham University Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 6BH Professor David Dunt is the Founding Director of the Centre for Health Policy, Programs and Economics at the Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Australia. Abstract Complex social interventions aimed at improving community health pose particular Read the full article…

Concepts of Health and Illness

Over the summer I attended Concepts of Health and Illness, a multidisciplinary conference organised by philosophers Havi Carel and Rachel Cooper as the final event in their AHRC-funded network The Concepts of Health, Illness and Disease. Like most events organised as part of the network, it was a fascinating and genuinely multidisciplinary gathering of philosophers, Read the full article…

CFP: From the Cradle to the Grave: Reciprocity and Exchange in the Making of Medicine and the Modern Arts

14th April 2011, Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter ‘From the Cradle to the Grave’ is an interdisciplinary event designed to bring together postgraduate students and early career academics working throughout the humanities, including the fields of English, Modern Languages, Politics, Film, Classics, Medical History, Drama and Theology. The conference will focus on the Read the full article…