‘The divided subject of chronic pain: I don’t want pain/am in danger’ a second contribution by Seamus Barker

‘The divided subject of chronic pain: I don’t want pain/am in danger’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Seamus Barker Chronic pain is typically defined as pain that persists for longer than three months. In the previous post, ‘What is Pain?’, I suggested that pain corresponds to Read the full article…

‘What is pain? (Danger is painful)’ a contribution by Seamus Barker

‘What is pain? (Danger is painful)’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Seamus Barker The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as, ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage’, but advances in Read the full article…

‘”How shall we heal this evil wound?” Thinking about bodily pain in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’ a contribution by Fraser Riddell

‘”How shall we heal this evil wound?” Thinking about bodily pain in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Fraser Riddell Painful bodies abound in the operas of Richard Wagner. The penitent Tannhäuser purposefully endures stones and thorns under his bare feet on his Read the full article…

‘What Type of Pain is It? Dualisms and Thinking about Pain’ by Véronique Griffith

‘What Type of Pain is It? Dualisms and Thinking about Pain’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Dr Véronique Griffith A woman breaks her arm slipping on the ice while going to get the post outside her house.  When she goes to Accident and Emergency, an X-Ray of Read the full article…

‘An image with the power to heal?’ by Leigh Rooney

‘An image with the power to heal?’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Leigh Rooney. The representation of pain is interesting not only from a theoretical, semiotic perspective, but also in how representation, and the issues involved in representing, come to constitute the experience of pain. The Wellcome Read the full article…

‘”Relax!” Historical reflections on pain management’ by Ayesha Nathoo

‘”Relax!” Historical reflections on pain management’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Ayesha Nathoo.  Through my current project studying therapeutic forms of relaxation in twentieth-century Britain I hope to provide a new perspective on the history of pain and its management. Relaxation practices are now routinely and specifically Read the full article…

‘On Truth, Doubts, and Pain: The Significance of Ideas of Objectivity’ a contribution by Daniel Goldberg

‘On Truth, Doubts, and Pain: The Significance of Ideas of Objectivity’ – a contribution to our special edition collection of pain in the medical humanities, by Daniel Goldberg One of Elaine Scarry’s significant insights into the nature of pain is one of its basic paradoxes: pain is simultaneously one of the most privately certain and 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…

Pain: A call for contributions

Over the course of March 2015 we will be publishing a collection of insights that situate pain as an element of study and lived experience in the medical humanities. The special edition of pain will be featured here on our site, and we very much hope that it will attract commentary and responses from our diverse and peer-led 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…