A Brightly Coloured Bell-Jar: Part Three

Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, continues his earlier posts: For me, this idea of a space between ‘anxiety and boredom’ is deeply interesting and to round off my seminar, I wanted to take this a step further and propose, that instead of striving for this elusive and subjective happiness, Read the full article…

Mikhail Epstein Public Lecture – On the Future of the Humanities

On the Future of the Humanities Professor Mikhail Epstein (Emory University) Wednesday 2 March, 5.30pm – 6.30pm The Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College The reaction I often hear on the title of my work in progress is surprise: “Do you really believe that the humanities have a future?”  I do believe in the future of the Read the full article…

A Brightly Coloured Bell-Jar: Part Two

Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, continues: The pathologisation of unhappiness as disease has in turn spawned a counter-culture committed to the pursuit of self-improvement and happiness, which might just result in a generation of the worried-well, who aren’t going to achieve the Nirvana promised them in self help books. Read the full article…

Religious Melancholy – An Interdisciplinary Conference, 19-20 May 2011, King’s College

Religious Melancholy. An Interdisciplinary Conference 19-20 May 2011 King’s College London “Sickness and sorrows come and go, but a superstitious soul hath no rest” – Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy To date there has been no opportunity for scholars to contribute to an interdisciplinary dialogue on this important area of human suffering. The aim Read the full article…

A Brightly Coloured Bell-Jar: Part One

The first of a series of three posts by Clive Parkinson, Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University, based on his February 16 Seminar. Presenting my ideas to colleagues at Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities was always going to be a little daunting, because the work they’re undertaking and the journey of exploration Read the full article…

Medical Humanities as disruptive teenager – a response to Brody

In his recent article, Professor Brody eloquently outlines the story of the three ‘personalities’ of medical humanities: that of disciplinary list, programme of moral development and critical friend.  I think our field inhabits all of these personalities depending on where you find it and the purposes it is being put to.  Those purposes are very Read the full article…

Defining the Medical Humanities – Howard Brody in Vol 32.1 of the Journal of Medical Humanities

An extended version of the lecture given by Howard Brody to mark the launch of the King’s College Centre for the Humanities and Health has just been published in the Journal of Medical Humanities. The abstract for Defining the Medical Humanities: Three Conceptions and Three Narratives is reproduced below: The definition of ‘medical humanities’ may Read the full article…

On ‘Thinking Through Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility’

Anastasia Scrutton writes: It has been about a month since I submitted my book, Thinking through Feeling: God, Emotion and Passibility, to the publisher, which seems like a good time to reflect on why I wrote it, on my hopes for it, and on my sense of the kinds of conversations I would like it Read the full article…

Swansea University – Conference to Launch the Research Group for Health, History and Culture

SWANSEA UNIVERSITY College of Human and Health Sciences and College of Arts and Humanities HEALTH, HISTORY AND CULTURE: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE A Conference to Launch the Research Group for Health, History and Culture Wednesday 20 April 2011, Digital Technium, Room 104, Swansea University PROGRAMME 09.30              Registration 10.00              Welcome and Introduction: ‘Health, history and culture: Read the full article…

Birkbeck Pain Project – Nominations for Two Visiting Fellowships

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities & The Birkbeck Pain Project Two Visiting Fellowships 2011/12 The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and The Birkbeck Pain Project (funded by the Wellcome Trust and based in the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Birkbeck, University of London) are offering two Visiting Research Fellowships for researchers in Read the full article…