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…

“The Cross-Disciplinary Invention of Sexuality: Sexual Science Beyond the Medical, 1890-1940”: a WT Joint Investigator Award

New Generations in Medical Humanities participant Dr Jana Funke (English, University of Exeter) has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Joint Investigator Award. As a New Investigator, Jana will co-direct with Senior Investigator Professor Kate Fisher (History, University of Exeter) a 5-year project on “The Cross-Disciplinary Invention of Sexuality: Sexual Science Beyond the Medical, 1890-1940”. The Read the full article…

Embodying Emotion: A Body and Being Network Event (St Hilda’s College, Oxford, 3 June 2015)

Where does emotion reside? How do we share it? To whom does it belong? Performing an original piece based on Ovid’s tale of Myrrha (developed as part of Avid for Ovid), choreographer and dance artist Marie-Louise Crawley and composer Malcolm Atkins will explore the embodied expression of emotion. The performance will be followed by facilitated Read the full article…

Disability and Disciplines (Conference, 1-2 July 2015)

Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies 1-2 July, 2015 Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University Keynote Speakers: Julie Allan (University of Birmingham, UK) Peter Beresford (Brunel University London, UK) David Mitchell (George Washington University, USA) Sharon Snyder (George Washington University, USA) When we Read the full article…

Birkbeck Medical Humanities reading group (Keynes Library, 27 May 2015)

The Birkbeck Medical Humanities reading group aims to create a space in which academics, clinicians and students can come together to explore key readings, ideas and materials in the field of medical humanities. Our endeavour is to find ways of talking across the different disciplines of the humanities and medicine, and we welcome participation from Read the full article…

NEPCA Annual Conference (CfP, Colby-Sawyer College, October 30-31, 2015)

The Northeast Popular/American Culture Association (NEPCA) is soliciting papers for topics in the area of Health, Disease, Illness and Culture for its annual meeting, which will be held October 30-31 at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire. SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  JUNE 15, 2015 Topics in Health, Disease and Culture may include such themes as below: Mass media Read the full article…

Palgrave Communications – a new open access journal committed to publishing research in the health and medical humanities

Palgrave Communications is a new high-quality, open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan, that covers all fields of research within the social sciences, humanities and (HSS) business, including health and medical humanities.  Palgrave Communications’ broad scope reflects Palgrave Macmillan’s international reputation and strengths in HSS publishing. As well as being a multi-disciplinary outlet, the journal welcomes interdisciplinary Read the full article…

Chair in the Philosophy of Mind: Durham University (Applications close 16 July 2015)

The Durham University Department of Philosophy is seeking to appoint an outstanding scholar working in any part of the philosophy of mind, broadly construed so as to include philosophy of psychology, psychiatry and/or cognitive science. We are a pluralistic and friendly department, which accommodates work in both ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ philosophical traditions. Our staff and Read the full article…

Affect: Pleasure, Pain and Emotions – an interdisciplinary workshop (University of Sheffield, 5-6 June 2015)

Affect: Pleasure, Pain and Emotions – an interdisciplinary workshop Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June 2015 University of Sheffield, UK This interdisciplinary workshop will bring together philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists to discuss the following topics amongst others: Pleasures, pains, and emotions are affective states. Why so? What makes a throbbing pain and a feeling of Read the full article…

‘Abnormality Research Network’ Launched

The Durham Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies is delighted to announce the launch of the ‘Abnormality Research Network’. The network (stemming from the ‘Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century conference) is a postgraduate-led initiative intended to broaden the impact of postgraduate research across disciplines and institutions, and beyond the academy. The network provides a Read the full article…

How Much Philosophy Does Measurement of Well-Being Really Need? Anna Alexandrova (Seminar, Durham, 27 May 2015)

How Much Philosophy Does Measurement of Well-Being Really Need? Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge University) CHESS Seminar in Science and Values May 27, 5-6:30PM Seminar Room, IAS, Palace Green. Abstract: If all theories of measurement agree on a single requirement it is that a measure of a phenomenon should be informed by our best theory of this phenomenon. Read the full article…