Colonial/Postcolonial Health (University of Leeds, Centre for Medical Humanities and Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Research Salon, 26 March 2012)

University of Leeds, Centre for Medical Humanities and Institute of Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Research Salon: Colonial/Postcolonial Health 26 March 2012 Programme 12.30 – Lunch 1.15 – Introduction and welcome – Stuart Murray and Graham Huggan 1.45 – Session 1 Dr Clare Barker, University of Birmingham, ‘Indigenous Health, Activist Literature and the Human Genome Diversity Read the full article…

‘Literature and Medicine’ – Medicine, Health and the Arts in Post-War Britain (Seminar, Bristol, 16 March 2012)

The organisers are pleased to announce the second seminar in the ‘Medicine, Health and the Arts in Post-War Britain’ seminar series. This seminar examines the relationship between medicine, health and literature and is being hosted by Bristol University on the 16th March from 2.30-5.45pm. This time includes three papers, Q&A and a reception. The seminar Read the full article…

All Divided Selves, Review of Luke Fowler’s R D Laing Documentary

Cheryl McGeachan writes: Inside The Glasgow Film Theatre on Thursday evening a diverse mix of individuals crowded together for the sold-out UK premier of Luke Fowler’s new film All Divided Selves. Fowler’s piece, once again, takes Scottish born psychiatrist Ronald David Laing as its centrepiece, and yet this is a film about much more than Read the full article…

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

Medical Humanities Research Network Scotland (MHRNS) Symposium 2012 * * Please note the deadline has been extended to March 1 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 Read the full article…

Society and policy without boundaries: Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities at Durham University, Public Meeting Wed 29 Feb 2012

The Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities invites all university staff and students and members of the community to participate in an ‘open forum’ for discussing the future activities of the centre. Wednesday 29th February 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Room 147, Elvet Riverside 1, 83 New Elvet, Durham, County Durham DH1 3JT Tea Read the full article…

Cold hands, warm hearts in Canada

Mike White writes: Edmonton is a blue-collar prairie city.  Its suburbs are strewn with oilrigs and its CBD is mostly composed of underground shopping malls and corporate buildings whose smoked-glass facades reflect an immense sky.  At this time of year there are ice-bound ships in the frozen river, and the locals talk cheerily of a Read the full article…

Charles Fernyhough Asks Does Neuroscience Change The Way We Understand Ourselves?

As his new novel A Box of Birds launches on Unbound, novelist and psychologist Charles Fernyhough argues that fiction is an ideal medium through which to explore how neuroscience is changing the way we understand ourselves: “I am not being critical of cognitive neuroscience research, much of which is ingenious, elegant and deeply valuable. Rather, Read the full article…

A Box of Birds – Charles Fernyhough’s New Novel Launches on Unbound

A Box of Birds is the new novel by celebrated novelist, psychologist, and CMH affiliate Charles Fernyhough. A literary thriller set in the world of neuroscience, the novel is a clash between two of the predominant philosophical positions of our age. One is the materialist view that science has (or will have) all the answers Read the full article…

Can illness make me a better person?

Ian Kidd writes: There is a long and venerable precedent for the claim that certain experiences of illness can be morally improving. A diversity of religious and philosophical figures, ranging from the Cynics and Stoics of ancient Greece through Augustine and Boethius to contemporary writers like Arthur Kleinman and Oliver Sacks, have maintained that illness Read the full article…

Post Doctoral Research Assistant Wanted: Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University – Closing March 23

Post Doctoral Research Assistant Reference Number 1453 Location Durham City Faculty/Division Social Sciences and Health Department School of Medicine and Health Grade Grade 7 Position Type Full Time Contract Type Fixed Term Salary (£) 30122 – 35938 Closing Date 23 March 2012 Job Description Responsible to: CMH Directors Responsible for: Development and administrative work relating Read the full article…