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…

International perspectives on the development of research-guided practice in community-based arts in health

  Mike White writes: Volume 3 Issue 3 of this international UNESCO e-journal is a special issue edited by Mike White and Sarah Atkinson of the Centre for Medical Humanities and Margret Meagher of Arts and Health Australia on international approaches to participatory and community-based arts in health.  The papers originate from UK, Ireland, Australia and New Read the full article…

Stephen Pattison introduces his new book ‘Saving Face: Enfacement, Shame, Theology’

Stephen Pattison, Professor of Religion, Ethics and Practice at the University of Birmingham, writes: We live in what might be called a ‘facist’ era!  Faces are all around us, and form an important part of our everyday and clinical encounters.  However, strangely, it seems that they are so obvious that we tend not to think Read the full article…

Launch of “Frissure”: a collaboration between Kathleen Jamie, Brigid Collins and CMH

On 6th August 2013, on a bright, August evening, I took part in the launch of Frissure, a book collaboration between the writer Kathleen Jamie and the artist Brigid Collins.  CMH had been involved from the very early stages in this project as Kathleen spent some weeks with us as a Fellow of the Institute Read the full article…

Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (New Book edited by Prof Chris Cook

Spirituality, Theology and Mental Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives edited by Professor Chris Cook is now available for pre-order (£45.00). In 2010 a Durham conference on Spirituality, Theology & Mental Health was made possible by support from the Guild of Health. The conference was attended by more than one hundred delegates, from a variety of different professional and academic backgrounds including those working in Read the full article…

“Reimagining Birth”: An International Research Symposium on the Visual Culture/Art/History/Design of Childbirth in the 21st Century (CFP, Conference, Dublin, 2–3 July 2013)

Call for Papers  ‘Reimagining Birth’: An International Research Symposium on the Visual Culture/Art/History/Design of Childbirth in the 21st century  University College Dublin  2nd-3rd July 2013  Developed and hosted by UCD PhD Candidates Doreen Balabanoff and Martina Hynan  How has childbirth been portrayed/represented/imagined in the worlds of art and medicine?  What do these images tell us about our Read the full article…

Medical Humanities in Europe (Special Issue, Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology on Medical Humanities, 2012))

Medical Humanities in Europe In March last year (2012), Professor Roberto Malacrida secured funding to invite scholars from a number of European countries and aligned with the medical humanities to meet to collaborate on a writing project. Roberto has been a long-time advocate of the medical humanities and particularly within clinical practice, and is a Read the full article…

Health Illness and Disease: Announcing a new collection of philosophical essays

 Health, Illness and Disease: Philosophical Essays Edited by Havi Carel and Rachel Cooper Published by Acumen in 2012 What counts as health or ill health? How do we deal with the fallibility of our own bodies? Should illness and disease be considered simply in biological terms, or should considerations of its emotional impact dictate our Read the full article…

Neurocritiques? Neuroentanglements? Thinking through collaboration with cognitive neuro-sciences/scientists

On November 29, a group of us gathered at the Culture and Mental Health Research Unit at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal – on a day that felt very cold to me (-15 degrees C), but probably far from cold to Montreal’s hardy residents (who are accustomed to enduring temperatures that can drop to -40). Read the full article…