New Generations in Medical Humanities – Final Event (Showcase, Durham University, 9 September 2015)

As we celebrate the year end of the CMH New Generations Workshops we reflect on our accomplishments in an open showcase. The New Generations programme, funded by the AHRC and Wellcome Trust, was aimed at delivering an exciting and innovative skills development programme to a group of doctoral students and early career researchers in the medical Read the full article…

‘Hearing the Voice’ (HtV 2) another five years – congratulations!

The Wellcome Trust has awarded ‘Hearing the Voice’ another five-years of research as one of two projects to be the first of its Humanities and Social Science Collaborative Awards. ‘Hearing the Voice’ will continue with its innovative work in exploring the experience of voice hearing through unique insights from the humanities and social sciences. The Wellcome Trust had Read the full article…

Hubbub – Friday Late Spectacular (Wellcome Collection, 19.00-23.00 Friday 4 September 2015)

On Friday 4th September Hubbub, a Durham University–led research project funded by The Wellcome Trust, will take over the Wellcome Collection building in London for a Friday Late Spectacular of talks, installations, workshops and performances exploring rest, noise, tumult, activity and work. We warmly welcome any of our colleagues who are in London on the Read the full article…

Making the Invisible Visible – launch of the Life of Breath project (Durham University, 23 September 2015)

Making the Invisible Visible Join us to celebrate the Durham launch of the Life of Breath research project. Diverse project collaborators, ranging from an artist to an archaeologist, will discuss what breath means to them. These perspectives will be framed by encounters with breath made visible through music, sound and speech. Life of Breath is Read the full article…

New Starter Grant for researchers in the Medical Humanities and Medically-related Social Sciences – Survey

Building on the success of the Starter Grants Scheme for Clinical Lecturers, the Academy of Medical Sciences aims to develop a new grant scheme that provides funding for early career lecturers / researchers working within the medical humanities and medically-related social sciences. To get a better understanding about funding and career support needs, we would like to invite Read the full article…

Therapeutic landscapes and anthropological perspectives on health and place (CfP, Medicine Anthropology Theory, 1 August 2015)

Guest editor Margaret Winchester, Penn State University This special issue of Medicine Anthropology Theory will consider place in relation to anthropological and ethnographic research on health. The collected papers and commentary will examine the strengths and limitations of using the notion of ‘therapeutic landscapes’ within medical anthropology, thereby developing a theoretical foundation and possible applications. Some questions to Read the full article…

Feminist Phenomenology, Medicine, Bioethics, and Health (CfPapers, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 1 February, 2017)

Although by no means mainstream, phenomenological approaches to bioethics and philosophy of medicine are no longer novel. Such approaches take the lived body – as opposed the body understood as a material, biological object – as a point of departure. Such approaches are also invested in a detailed examination and articulation of a plurality of Read the full article…

Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities (CfP, Journal Issue – BMJ Medical Humanities, 1 March 2016)

As part of the Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities’, the BMJ Group journal Medical Humanities will be publishing a special issue guest-edited by Dr Gavin Miller, University of Glasgow. We invite papers of broad interest to an international readership of medical humanities scholars and practising clinicians on the topic ‘Science Read the full article…

Life of Breath postdoctoral fellow positions (CfA, Durham University, July 8 2015)

The Centre for Medical Humanities and Department of English Studies, Department of Anthropology, and School of Medicine Pharmacy and Health,  seek to appoint two three year, full-time Postdoctoral Fellows to the Life of Breath project from September 2015 or as soon as possible afterwards.  The Life of Breath is a five-year interdisciplinary research programme supported by a Wellcome Trust Senior Read the full article…

Published Today: ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, a special issue of BMJ’s Medical Humanities

It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of a special issue of Medical Humanities journal, edited by Centre for Medical Humanities researchers William Viney, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. Exploring the many valences of the word ‘critical’ across and beyond the medical humanities, the special collection champions a ‘critical medical humanities’ characterised Read the full article…

Announcing the death of Mike White, our friend, colleague and arts-in-health visionary

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend, long-time colleague, and arts-in-health visionary Mike White. Mike has been an integral part of the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities since its earliest days as the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine, and was a research fellow of St Chad’s Read the full article…

HtV Research Seminar: ‘Voices Becoming Characters: Insights from the Experimental Novel’ (Durham, 7 May 2015)

The next seminar in the 2015  Hearing the Voice Research Seminar series, featuring a presentation by Professor Patricia Waugh (Department of English Studies, Durham University) on ‘Voices Becoming Characters: Insights from the Experimental Novel’,  will take place in the Joachim Room in the College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham University (number 30 on this map) on Read the full article…

Visual Culture in Medical Humanities (Workshop, Durham University, 18th June)

This one-day workshop is designed to explore the intricate connections between two dynamic fields and the ways in which fruitful collaborations could be set up between them. It will also invite participants to consider the question ‘where next?’ What research projects might we be able to nurture by paying attention to visual culture in medical Read the full article…

The Life of Breath Project in the Lancet Respiratory

CMH is pleased to annouce the latest article published from the Life of Breath Project in the Lancet Respiratory: Invisible suff ering: breathlessness in and beyond the clinic written by Havi Carel, Jane Macnaughton and James Dodd. This article highlights, among other things, the importance for a research focus on breathlessness and how this research can impact Read the full article…

Pain in the medical humanities: A special edition collection

Pain in the medical humanities: A special edition collection. Edited by Ben Kasstan with Angela Woods; Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University. Following our call for contributions, we are pleased to present a special edition collection on pain as a field of enquiry in the medical humanities. Our international and interdisciplinary contributors have generously shared Read the full article…

AMH 2015 ‘Dangerous Currents’ (Annual Conference, Dartington Hall, 23-25 June 2015)

In collaboration with Falmouth University and Creating Space Canada THE ASSOCIATION FOR MEDICAL HUMANITIES (AMH) ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015 Dartington Hall Tues 23rd/ Wed 24th/ Thurs 25th June 2015 Dangerous Currents: risk & regulation at the interface of medicine & the arts Call for presentation proposals | Opening Keynote | Draft Programme Keynote conversations: Alphonso Lingis & Adrian Read the full article…

Announcing Working Knowledge: Practical Resources for Interdisciplinary Research

Interdisciplinary research: intermittently theorised, frequently funded, increasingly valorised. But how is it actually done? In order to explore answers to this question, and in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust and Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities, Hearing the Voice has created Working Knowledge. Working Knowledge is a collection of Project Shorts: short, accessible introductions to the practical ins and outs of interdisciplinary research. Covering everything from Read the full article…

Introducing Chalkie’s Demon Diary: Mike White’s occasional rants & reflections during the progress of his illness

On 3/2/15 it gets written that ‘Chalkie’ is Mike White, erstwhile arts and health agent for the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University and abiding research fellow of St. Chad’s College. He has also been to some degree responsible for delivering the Angel of the North to Tyneside and for steering the development of Read the full article…

‘The Life of Breath’ and what it means to breath

The recently published ‘2014 Annual Review of the Wellcome Trust’ highlights the ‘The Life of Breath’, a recent Medical Humanities Joint Investigator Award. Joint Investigators Professor Jane McNaughton at Durham University and Professor Havi Carel at the University of Bristol were awarded funds made available by the Wellcome’s expanded remit within the health-related humanities and social science. As outlined on page Read the full article…

Durham University’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture

Readers of the CMH blog will be interested to note the launch of Durham University’s Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture. This new Leverhulme-funded training scheme, headed by the Centre for Visual Art and Culture (CVAC), will run for five years, with intakes in 2015, 16 and 17. Applications may now be made for the first Read the full article…

Beatings with a Carrot – Mike White on Arts and Diversity

Mike White, CMH Arts in Health Correspondent, writes: It has been the Arts Council’s misfortune that in the past it has interpreted ‘diversity’ as culture’s prerogative to go off in all directions, leaving it to mediate successive governments’ melting pot metaphors of an inclusive multi-racial Britain. But recently in a sharp policy announcement that is Read the full article…

Think-Tanks and the Governance of Science: Guest Post by Martyn Pickersgill & Emilie Cloatre

Think-tanks play a key role in policy today. Yet, for scholars who are concerned with the dynamics within and between law and science, the place and impact of such organisations are often over-looked. To begin to remedy this, we held an event titled ‘Regulating Bioscience: Between the Ivory Tower and the Policy Room’ on the Read the full article…

Breathless in Cambridge: the Breathlessness Research Interest Group (BRIG) Conference 2014

Jane Macnaughton, Professor of Medical Humanities and Joint Senior Investigator on  Life Of Breath, writes: Getting going with the Life of Breath project has been a real revelation for me as someone who is committed to critically engaged medical humanities. It has always been a bit of a struggle to get clinicians interested in what Read the full article…

The Pathology of BODY WORLDS Vital

Fusing art and science engagement to explore the pathology of Von Hagens plastinates. By Rachael Allen Blog address BODY WORLDS Vital made its UK debut at Newcastle’s Centre For Life this year, displaying Dr Gunther Von Hagen’s plastinated human bodies exploring the physiology of human health and wellness. As a visual artist and researcher of Read the full article…

What is the New Generations Programme?

Emerging humanities researchers are increasingly engaging with interdisciplinary research but lack contexts in which to learn and experience how it is done. Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities, funded by the AHRC in collaboration with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and Wellcome Trust introduces the New Generations Programme. This unique programme aims to Read the full article…

Medical Humanities in Africa – A Conference Review by Megan Wainwright

Megan Wainwright writes: ‘Medical Humanities in Africa…’ What are they? Who does them? What should they be? These were some of the overarching questions that framed a vibrant two-day conference at the idyllic Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek, South Africa (see photo!). Having only arrived in Cape Town five months ago it was a huge Read the full article…

Painting Portraits: A Review

William Viney writes: There’s an old West Country joke of which I’ve grown fond: a Booker Prize winning novelist and a professor of clinical neurophysiology walk into a museum. There, they speak about faces, trauma, compassion, art, writing, experiment, and the First World War and, at the end, they agree they’re onto a good thing.As Read the full article…

Neuroscience and Social Science: Experimental Imaginations

This podcast was developed through Pod Academy – an open access podcasting initiative based in London. It features CMH’s Felicity Callard, the KCL-based sociologist Des Fitzgerald, and William Viney. This podcast is about the relations between the social sciences and the neurosciences, and what it might mean to do interdisciplinary work between these areas. Des Read the full article…

‘Sleep / Agency / Activity’ Roundtable Discussion, Durham University, 8th May 2014 – Review

Patrick Levy, Philosophy PhD Candidate at Sussex University, writes: There is a certain degree of irony in a student of the philosophy of sleep sacrificing a substantial slice of sleep in order to attend a workshop on, amongst other things, sleep. With varying degrees of sleep deprivation (confessions of such abounded throughout the day) those Read the full article…

Fiction as Therapy: Towards a Neo-Phenomenological Theory of the Novel

Re-blogged from Research English at Durham:In the first lecture of a new British Academy series on The Novel in English, Professor Patricia Waugh reflects upon the recent rise of institutions such as the Reader Organisation, which encourages shared reading in therapeutic contexts such as hospitals and prisons. Taking this observation as a starting point, Waugh suggests that in recent years the Read the full article…

2014 UK Blog Awards: Centre for Medical Humanities Blog ‘highly commended’ in Health (Organisation) category

Felicity Callard writes:   We are delighted to have heard that our Centre for Medical Humanities blog has been ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2014 UK Blog Awards in the Health (Organisation) category.   This means that the CMH blog is one of the top three organisational health blogs in the UK (no mean feat, given that we are Read the full article…

Bodies in Formation: An Ethnography of Anatomy and Surgical Education – reviewed by Chris Howe

‘Bodies in Formation: An Ethnography of Anatomy and Surgical Education’ by Rachel Prentice (Duke University Press, 2012). So why has Rachel Prentice chosen to write about surgery – what is essentially described as a ‘body-contact sport’ (p.6)?  It is precisely the physical nature of surgery that lends itself so well to the analysis of embodied Read the full article…

First Hub Residency at Wellcome Collection to be led by CMH staff member Felicity Callard with CMH Affiliate Charles Fernyhough in Core Team

The Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH) is delighted to announce that first two-year £1m residency of The Hub at Wellcome Collection will be led by Dr Felicity Callard (Senior Lecturer in CMH and the Department of Geography), with Prof Charles Fernyhough (CMH Affiliate) as one of the core team (along with Claudia Hammond, Dr Daniel Read the full article…

Looking for Wonder – Caspar Henderson

At the beginning of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, the explorers cross an ocean guided by a chart that is entirely blank.Wonder is probably less elusive than the Snark, whether Boojum or no. Virtually all of us report experiences of it.  But what is it, and where is it? Martyn Evans, author of Read the full article…

The Life of Breath : a new project on breathlessness and COPD

Durham University Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a new project jointly with the University of Bristol from October 2014.  The project is called ‘The Life of Breath’ and it is the result of a successful joint Senior Investigator Award application to the Wellcome Trust by Jane Macnaughton (Durham) Read the full article…

Jane Macnaughton – End Game Scenarios for Smoking in New Zealand

Jane Macnaughton writes: New Zealand’s South Island is a beautiful and unexpected place.  You can find yourself in a tiny village hall listening to a rather good folk duo and sitting right next to a Booker prize winning writer. Andrew Russell, co-convenor of the WRI Smoking Special Interest Group, and I are in New Zealand Read the full article…

Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

In this post, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn look at the role of  psychological coercion, notably through the imposition of positive affect,  in UK Government workfare programmes. There has been little or no debate about the recruitment of psychology/psychologists into monitoring,  modifying and/or punishing  people who claim social security benefits. This silence raises important ethical questions, Read the full article…

‘Organ Donation in Japan: A Medical Anthropological Study’ reviewed by Dr Ana Manzano

‘Organ Donation in Japan’ by Maria-Keiko Yasuoka (Lexington Books, 2015) Organ Donation in Japan: A Medical Anthropological Study broadens current debates on organ transplantation in Japan through personal narratives of transplant surgeons and coordinators, recipients, donor families, as well as the author herself, Maria-Keiko Yasuoka, an anthropologist who has been investigating organ donation for more Read the full article…

Wellbeing and the Life Course: Intercultural and Intergenerational Perspectives (Symposium, University of Sussex, 24/25 September 2015)

A symposium to launch the new Centre for Innovation and Research in Wellbeing Conference Centre, Bramber House, University of Sussex Co-hosted with Young Lives at the University of Oxford, this two-day event seeks to foster intercultural perspectives on wellbeing and the life course by bringing together researchers working in a variety of contexts from multiple Read the full article…

Resilience and the Child: Childhood as Archetypal Opportunity and Dilemma in George MacDonald’s Fantastical Fiction

The concept of resilience is as old as humanity itself. Found in as diverse places as the myth of the Phoenix and the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, this idea seems to be paradigmatic to human experience. But what exactly does the term describe? Is it useful? Resilience, as a psychological concept, is Read the full article…

Connecting Minds – Arts and Dementia (Symposium, Liverpool John Moores University, 4th September 2015)

Liverpool John Moores University is delighted to announce a symposium on ‘Connecting Minds – Arts and Dementia’. This symposium will be held on Friday 4th September 2015, 9.00-17.00, at Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, 4th Floor Events Suite. The ‘Connecting Minds’ symposium is intended to encourage dialogue and collaboration between academics, arts and healthcare professionals, service Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘All in Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain’ by Mara Buchbinder

We are pleased to offer for review ‘All in Your Head: Making Sense of Paediatric Pain’ by Mara Buchbinder (University of California Press, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Although pain is a universal human experience, many view the pain of others as private, resistant to language, and, therefore, essentially unknowable. Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Seven Good Years’ by Etgar Keret

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Seven Good Years’ by Etgar Keret (Granta, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Over the last seven years Etgar Keret has had plenty of reasons to worry. His son, Lev, was born in the middle of a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. His father became ill. Read the full article…

‘Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life’ reviewed by Ezelle Sanford III

Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life By Cheryl Mattingly (University of California Press, 2014).   Exploring the ethics of care, Cheryl Mattingly’s Moral Laboratories: Family Peril and the Struggle for a Good Life demonstrates that moral systems particularly in ordinary clinical settings is never universal. Mattingly demonstrates how anthropology, philosophy, Read the full article…

The Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) (Public lecture series, University of York, 2015)

The Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) is running a number of public lectures at the University of York in the coming months. Each one will be held in the Berrick Saul Building, University of York, Heslington West Campus, starting at 6.00pm. All are welcome to attend these events and admission is free. Tuesday 22 September – Read the full article…