Thinking Globally About Community-Based Arts In Health: Mike White reports

Mike White writes: What a remarkable event our international ‘critical mass’ meeting, held last month in Durham, turned out to be.  The opportunity to have almost all our favourite people from research and practice in the arts in health field – from the UK, USA , South Africa, Australia, Ireland and Mexico – all together Read the full article…

Durham University Anthropology Department 2011-12 Seminar Series

The Durham University Anthropology department has just announced its Seminar Series 2011-12. The following seminars may be of particular interest to a medical humanities audience: 12th October 2011: Prof Bob Simpson (Durham), “The Gift of the Gift of Life: Rhetorics of Potentiality in Gamete and Egg Donation” 26th October 2011 (Joint seminar with the IAS Read the full article…

UEL announces a new MA programme in Psychosocial Studies (by distance learning)

UEL’s new post-graduate programme is seeking to re-frame Psychosocial Studies for the 21st century; bringing together cutting edge perspectives about individuals and their social contexts. Questions about the nature of the relationship between the individual and our societies have become ever more pressing. Whilst the technological advancement and the spread of wealth have meant vastly Read the full article…

The Lost Generation Project: Simone Flavelle’s reflections on storytellers, film, intellectual disability and community

Simone Flavelle visited the Centre for Medical Humanities in March as our first international visitor on an ‘artist intensive’. She discussed her Lost Generation Project with members of the Centre and also gave a number of public talks.  What follows is an abridged transcript of one of her talks. Simone Flavelle, Executive Producer of The Read the full article…

All Heart Matters – James Borton introduces a blog of Heart Surgery Narratives

I am a triple bypass heart survivor. There is a heart on the side of the Columbia hospital. It is blood red and a big as a billboard. I am glad that it is not shaped like a valentine but is imperfect like mine. My world spun completely out of control on a routine Sunday Read the full article…

CFP: Representing the Contentious: A Symposium 14 October 2011

 Representing the Contentious: A Symposium 14 October, 2011 10 am – 4 pm Shoreditch Town Hall 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT Wellcome Trust Project: Mind Over Matter Representing the Contentious is a one-day interdisciplinary symposium that will examine the complexities of creating and representing work (whether academic or artistic) that, due to its ethical, Read the full article…

Inspired by the Children of Chickenley

Carnival 2011, a part of the Roots and Wings project, is now in its eighth year. It is a parade, a festival, a performance, and a celebration of the transition from primary school to high school centred on the metaphor of flying towards a new future. This year, the children have co-authored a blog documenting their experiences through images, Read the full article…

Contagionism and Contagious Diseases Conference 2011 – Registration Now Open

The Northern Centre for the History of Medicine (Newcastle) is delighted to announce that registration is now open for the conference: CONTAGIONISM AND CONTAGIOUS DISEASES IN MEDICINE AND LITERATURE BETWEEN 1880 and 1933 25 – 27 August 2011, Newcastle University A Wellcome funded international conference bringing together scholars working on the interface of medicine and Read the full article…

A Review of “Schizophrenia: 100 Years On” (Part 2)

Anthony Morgan, convenor of “Schizophrenia: 100 Years On,” continues his review of the series: Mark Cresswell from the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University is heavily involved in the politics of mental health. In his talk, ‘Between Sedgwick and Szasz: Schizophrenia as ‘Illness’ and ‘Myth’’, Mark addressed the apparent conflict between his endorsement Read the full article…

A Great Week for Medical Humanities Conferencing: 1 The International Medical Geography Symposium

This week the Centre for Medical Humanities is participating in two important conferences: the 14th International Medical Geography Symposium (Durham University) and the 8th Annual Association for Medical Humanities Conference (University of Leicester). Reviews and reflections will be posted on the blog over the coming days, but meanwhile here is a preview of the two Read the full article…