International Summer School in Medical Anthropology (CfP, Summerschool, July 2013, Berlin)

This is the Call for Papers for an international summer school in medical anthropology, taking place at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, from July 22 – July 26, 2013. Full CFP can be downloaded here, on Freie Universität Berlin’s website: Deadline for abstract submission is July 15th, 2012. The summer school focuses on Well-being at Read the full article…

Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease – A New Book by James Kennaway

Can music make you ill? Can it make listeners hysterical or brainwash them? James Kennaway’s new book examines the history of medical fears about the potential effect of music on health. Music has been used as a cure for disease since as far back as King David’s lyre, but the notion that it might be Read the full article…

‘The Hardest Hit’: Disability research and welfare reform — an early career/postgraduate policy symposium (CfP, Conference, Leeds, 20 September 2012)

Final Call for Abstracts Thursday 20th September 2012, University of Leeds Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Gregg, University of Bath An event supported by the Social Policy Association Among the many groups affected by UK welfare reform and benefit cuts, sick and disabled people can arguably lay claim to being ‘the hardest hit’.  Specific policies (including Read the full article…

The Art of Caring: dwelling, affective relationality and the organization of hospital work (Colloquium, 12 July 2012, Swansea)

The Art of Caring: dwelling, affective relationality and the organization of hospital work   A colloquium Hosted by the People, Organizations and Work Research Group, Swansea University Business School Thursday 12th of July 2012 Swansea University Sponsored by the Older People & Ageing Research & Development Network & Swansea University Business School. This inter-disciplinary colloquium Read the full article…

Research Associate to work on ‘Men in Sheds’ project (Lancaster University, Closing Date July 2 2012)

Division of Health Research, Lancaster University The Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster Collaboration for Public Health Research (LiLaC) Research Associate Grade 6 Part Time 0.60 fte (3 x days per week) We are seeking a highly motivated individual to provide long term sickness cover on a multi-centre project assessing the feasibility of evaluating an intervention Read the full article…

Selling Sickness: People Before Profits (Conference Announcement, Washington DC, 20-22 February 2013)

Selling Sickness, 2013: People Before Profits Washington, D.C. Hyatt Capitol Hill February 20-22, 2013 www.sellingsickness.com The goal of this innovative international conference is to increase collaboration and dialog among consumer health advocates, academic and clinical reformers, and health journalists to examine and challenge the global tide of disease mongering. Previous disease-mongering congresses (Australia, 2006, Amsterdam, 2010) were hugely important Read the full article…

From the Classroom to the Clinic: Humanities and Education in Bioethics (CfP, Colloquium, 8 October, 2012, Windsor Great Park)

Call for Abstracts Abstract submissions are invited for oral presentations and posters for the upcoming colloquium “From the Classroom to the Clinic: Humanities and Education in Bioethics”, to be held at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, on 8 October, 2012. This colloquium will explore the contribution of the humanities and the social sciences to the Read the full article…

Beckett and Brain Science (Second Symposium, Birkbeck, June 22 2012)

Beckett and Brain Science A One day Symposium at Birkbeck, University of London Friday 22 June 2012 This AHRC-funded project brings together literary scholars, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, cognitive neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, and philosophers to explore the ways in which historical and contemporary models of the brain and mind can contribute to our understanding of Samuel Beckett’s work. Read the full article…

Our Encounters with Self-Harm (CfP, Deadline 30 Sept 2012, Book Commissioned with PCCS Books, eds Charley Baker, Fran Biley and Clare Shaw)

This book will form part of a series with PCCS books. The first of these books, ‘Our Encounters with Madness’, has been well reviewed. Fran Biley is now working ‘Our Encounters with Suicide’. Both of these are collections of individuals’ own testimonies and narratives – about the care they have received, about what works and Read the full article…

Do people diagnosed with schizophrenia deserve organs?

A breath-taking state of affairs Like most people working in the field of mental health, I am well aware of the stigma associated with schizophrenia as well as the appalling 15-20 year reduction in life expectancy that people with this diagnosis face (e.g., Laursen, 2011; Hennekens et al., 2005). However, I was still taken aback Read the full article…