Arts and Health Goes Up Down Under

Mike White writes: I recently attended Arts and Health Australia’s 3rd International Arts and Health Conference, The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing, in Canberra.  This event is rapidly becoming the global forum for research and practice in arts in health and I’m amazed by the productive dialogue and practical collaborations that have resulted for Read the full article…

Experiencing disability: the right to be impaired versus the legacy of eugenics – A Public Debate, Bristol, Wednesday 14 December

Experiencing disability: the right to be impaired versus the legacy of eugenics: A public debate Wednesday 14 December 2011, 18:30 – 20:00 The Watershed, Bristol Should governments and public health institutions endeavour to take the direction of human evolution into our own hands? If it became feasible would it be in humanity’s best interest to Read the full article…

CFP – Rethinking the Self: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Bioethical and Biopolitical Concerns, Helsinki, April 2012

Rethinking the Self: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Bioethical and Biopolitical Concerns An International Symposium hosted by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki Date: 10.–12.4.2012 Deadline: 1.12.2011 This international and interdisciplinary symposium addresses how cultural, medical and political understandings of the self are shifting and changing in contemporary societies. It explores how humanness is Read the full article…

CFP – Making Sense of: Chronicity: A Health, Illness and Disease Project, Conference in Oxford September 2012

2nd Global Conference Making Sense of: Chronicity: A Health, Illness and Disease Project Thursday 30th August – Saturday 1st September 2012 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom Call for Papers: This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary project aims to explore the processes by which we attempt to create meaning in chronic illness. The apparent increase in and diversity Read the full article…

CFP – Creating Space II: Taking narrative and reflection to the next level in health professional education, research and practice – Canada, April 14 2012

Creating Space II: Taking narrative and reflection to the next level in health professional education, research and practice  A special symposium organized in conjunction with the Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), sponsored by the Canadian Association for Medical Education’s “Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences in Medicine” (AHSSM) Educational Interest Group (EIG). Date: Saturday April Read the full article…

Literature and Science – Simon James reflects on Mechanical Diggers, Scalpels, Spades and the flow of ideas between ‘the two cultures’

“It is a curious paradox…that when writers in the Arts and Humanities incorporate science into their work, sometimes they fail to apply the same combination of rigour and scepticism that we bring to history, philosophy or aesthetic artefacts in our own disciplines. A scientific ‘fact’ can become an idée fixe that subjugates all the other Read the full article…

Finding Sustainability: University-community collaborations focused on arts in health – A new article by Mike White and Mary Robson

Mike White and Mary Robson, “Finding Sustainability: University-community collaborations focused on arts in health,” Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement Vol 4 (2011): 48–64 Abstract: This article describes a number of community-based arts in health projects in schools and disadvantaged communities in Northern England that connect with the interdisciplinary research interests of the Read the full article…

Effects of NHS reform on socio-economic equity in health – Richard Cookson – Wolfson Research Institute Lecture Friday 2 December 2011

The Wolfson Research Institute Presents: Effects of NHS reform on socio-economic equity in health Dr Richard Cookson, University of York Friday 2 December 2011 1pm (coffee available from 12.30pm) Theatre D004 Ebsworth Building Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees , TS17 6BH In his lecture, Dr Cookson will summarise and discuss the findings of three empirical studies Read the full article…

CFP – “And now, the end is near”: geographies of dying and death – Edinburgh, 3-5 July 2012

“And now, the end is near”: geographies of dying and death RGS –IBG Annual International Conference Edinburgh, 3-5 July 2012 Session convenors: Charlotte Kenten, King’s College London, Olivia Stevenson, University of Glasgow and Sarah Deedat, King’s College London One of life’s certainties is that everyone will die. When people die, beyond those who grieve, the Read the full article…

Sensualising Deformity: Communication and Construction of Monstrous Embodiment (CFP, Conference, Edinburgh, June, 2012)

Sensualising Deformity: Communication and Construction of Monstrous Embodiment The University of Edinburgh, June 15-16, 2012 Confirmed Plenary Speakers: Prof. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington University, Washington D.C; Dr. Peter Hutchings, Northumbria University, UK; Prof. Margrit Shildrick, Linköping University, Sweden; Prof. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. “Although he was already repellent enough, there arose from Read the full article…