Wondering about Wonder (…in medicine, health and flourishing…)

The idea of Wonder might seem too grand to be approachable, and too ambitious to be manageable. Nonetheless – like laughter, music, intimacy, high endeavour and so forth – it seems also to play a part in what makes lives go well, one of those things we’d rather not be without. Enquiring about Wonder could Read the full article…

Call for material – National Arts and Public Health Library

The National Arts and Public Health Library (NA&PHL) is a new development from the University of Salford. Supported by the Royal Society for Public Health, it is hoped that this will be a valuable contribution to furthering the work and the profile of arts and public health.  The NA&PHL is not a new network.   It Read the full article…

Seminar on Feminist and Disability Theories

Theoretical Topographies of Physical Disability: Feminist and Disability Theories Dr Minae Inahara, University of Hull Wednesday 8th December 2010, 2-4pm Room 010, Geography Department This seminar has unfortunately been postponed. Organisers are working on rescheduling this seminar in the new year, using videoconferencing installations. Further details will be posted here in Jaunary 2011. In this Read the full article…

Mike and Mary Down Under – The Final Episode

On Wednesday evening, we had dinner with Pam Martin and her partner Paul. Pam was the director of Children’s Fund Kirklees, the initial funders of Roots and Wings. They emigrated to Australia a couple of years ago. Pam is now a Programme Manager with Anglicare Victoria and Paul a social worker.  Paul was recruited as Read the full article…

CFP: Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine

Call for Proposals Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine May 18-21, 2011 Uppsala, Sweden Phenomenology and much feminist theory and philosophy investigate lived experiences and affirm the role of embodiment for human meaning-making. Furthermore, both unveil and scrutinize taken-for-granted and in this sense ‘hidden’ assumptions, beliefs and norms that we live by, that we strengthen by repeated Read the full article…

Mike and Mary Down Under 2

The story continues… After a lost weekend of local tourism and farewells to our conference chums, we headed south to Tasmania on Monday November 22nd. We arrived in Hobart accompanied by the strange sounds of unidentifiable birds. Our host, Jacquie Maginnis, of the charmingly named Department of Health and Human Services, took us to the Read the full article…

Mike and Mary Down Under

The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, Melbourne 2010 2nd Annual International Arts and Health Conference 16 – 19 November 2010 Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne, Victoria The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, presented best practice and innovative arts and health practice and programs, examples of effective healthcare promotion, methods of project Read the full article…

The Medicinal Power of Reading

The Warburg Institute Literature, Ideas and Society Seminar Series presents The Medicinal Power of Reading 9 February 2011, 5.15 at the Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London with Vivian Nutton (University College London, The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine) and Angus Gowland (University College London, History Department) The aim of this seminar series, Read the full article…

Beckett at the Bedside – Professor Marcia Childress

Professor Marcia Childress: Samuel Beckett’s Short Plays as Tutorials in Geriatrics and End of Life Care Wednesday 24 November 5:00pm to 7:00pm Birley Room, Hatfield College Modernist Irish author and Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett’s spare, compact, and provocative plays Footfalls (1976) and Rockaby (1981) are virtuoso studies in the loneliness of old age, physical and Read the full article…

Cancer Stories – Special Issue of Literature and Medicine

The journal Literature and Medicine has just made available online a special issue on ‘Cancer Stories’. The editors, Jane E Schultz and Martha Stoddard Holmes, introduce the issue as follows: “In the twentieth century, cancer exceeded its discursive boundaries as a biological entity and became the focus of intense cultural interest. Shifting relations between patients Read the full article…