The first-person point of view in medical humanities: An Invitation to join user-driven development of a freeware tool for diary-keeping

Danish psychologist Kresten Bjerg writes: What characterizes the frontier of medical humanities is shared attention to the individual, the conscious subjective experience, mind and self in the health-field. The first-person point of view comes into the foreground, whether the issue is memory, madness, depression, spirituality, creativity, trauma, smoking or empathy. We find efforts towards user-driven Read the full article…

The Invisible Minority: A Response to the Australian report on People Living with Psychotic Illness 2010, by Sandy Jeffs

Sandy Jeffs writes: In November 2011 the Australian Government released a report of the second national survey into people living with a psychotic illness which was conducted in 2010. This came after a first survey was conducted in 1997-98. The following is my response to the most recent report. Interestingly, my response was far more Read the full article…

Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications (Conference, UCLA, October 2012)

5th FPR-UCLA Interdisciplinary Conference Culture, Mind, and Brain: Emerging Concepts, Methods, Applications October 19–20, 2012 UCLA Many lines of research on culture, mind, and brain can no longer be neatly separated. Some questions run together, thanks to our growing understanding of the genome, the biological roots of human sociality, and the mutual constitution of cultures Read the full article…

Reconstructing power dynamics in health research: It’s research Jim, but not as we know it – Prof Alan Roulstone (QHR Seminar, 25 Jan 2012, Durham University)

Durham University’s Qualitative Health Research Group presents: Reconstructing power dynamics in health research: It’s research Jim, but not as we know it. Professor Alan Roulstone Wednesday 25th January, 12-2, Trevelyan College, Durham Health and disability research is increasingly questioning the positivist and objective claims of some large-scale and ‘authorised’ medical research (e.g RCTs)-its ability to Read the full article…

Losing an anchoring in the everyday: The role of trust in understanding delusions – Owen Earnshaw (SPIRE seminar, 9 February 2012, Durham University)

We take pleasure in inviting you to join us for the next SPIRE (Support and Partnership for Ideas, Research and Empowerment) seminar: Losing an anchoring in the everyday: The role of trust in understanding delusions Owen Earnshaw 9th February 2012, 12 – 2 with lunch provided D13, Seminar Room, Ebsworth Building Queens Campus, Durham University, Read the full article…

An Afternoon with Award-winning Feminist Activist Finn Mackay (GLAD Seminar, Durham University, 7 Feb 2012)

Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) supports, develops and enhances research and teaching in the broad field of Law & Gender, primarily in Durham Law School, but also across Durham University as a whole. “GLAD Conversations” are annual Q&A events, with significant figures across feminist and LGBT activism, politics and law. Previous speakers include Stephen Whittle OBE, Lord Lester QC, Vera Read the full article…

Interrogating Trauma in the Humanities (CFP, Interdisciplinary International Conference, Lincoln, August 2012)

Interrogating Trauma in the Humanities An International Interdisciplinary Conference, 20-23 August 2012 University of Lincoln, UK Since 9/11 and the so called ‘terror attacks’, questions surrounding the nature of traumatic experience and how that experience may be presented/represented have dominated the Humanities.  This has led to a range of critical works which have attempted to Read the full article…

If this is a post-schizophrenia world, then who the hell am I?

As the UK Schizophrenia Commission works towards its 2012 report on Schizophrenia in England, Australian poet, editor and community educator Sandy Jeffs, author of Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Madness, reflects on how attitudes to schizophrenia have changed during her lifetime: Schizophrenia, you have schizophrenia. Shit, schizophrenia, this sounds serious but what Read the full article…

The Recovery of Beauty – Prof Jane Macnaughton Public Lecture 30 Jan – ‘Elegant Surgery’: The Beauty of Clinical Expertise

Professor Jane Macnaughton ‘Elegant Surgery’: The Beauty of Clinical Expertise Monday 30 Jan 2012, 6.15 p.m. Lecture Room 201, Elvet Riverside, University of Durham This lecture will preview another major event in the IAS ‘Recovery of Beauty’ theme, an exhibition to be held in collaboration with the Durham Light Infantry Museum Art Gallery in the Read the full article…

Inaugural Symposium of the Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland (CFP, Conference, Glasgow, April 2012)

Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland (MHRNS) Symposium 2012 The RSE-funded MHRNS aims to enable greater and more sustained collaborative research within Scotland in the medical humanities. The first symposium of the MHRNS will be held in the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow, on Saturday 28 April 2012, addressing two of the network’s themes: Read the full article…