Review of Visualising Illness at Birkbeck, November 14th -15th 2014, by Jac Saorsa

What is distinctive about the visual image as a means of communicating the experience of illness? As an artist working within the field of Medical Humanities this is a question that is very close to my creative heart so naturally I was very pleased to be invited to present at the Visualising Illness event, which Read the full article…

A Spotted Hankie and the Open Road – and Arts in Health in Australia

Mike White writes: I have just taken early retirement on health grounds and am leaving the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities, though I shall still post blogs here from the cerebral Bowling Green as I cope with the new realities of beige clothing and those staples of later life – cream crackers and lemon curd. Read the full article…

Does Art Really Work As Therapy?

Mike White from the Centre for Medical Humanities – a “guru of the arts in health field” – is a keynote speaker at the 6th International Arts and Health Conference now on in Melbourne. He is the first speaker in a live ABC radio “Life Matters” broadcast on the topic “Does Art Really Work as Read the full article…

Visualising Illness (Free public lecture, Birkbeck University, 14 November 2014)

“Visualising Illness”, looks at first-person attempts to visualise illness and pain. On Friday 14th November Birkbeck will be hosting a free public lecture by Joanna Bourke (The Story of Pain, 2014),  and a panel discussion featuring artist Deborah Padfield, clinician Joanna Zakrzewska, and sociologist Alan Radley (Works of Illness, 2009). Drawing on the varied perspectives 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…

32nd International Conference on Psychology and the Arts (Conference, PsyArt Foundation and the University of Malta, June 24-28 2015)

We are pleased to announce that the 32nd International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held at the University of Malta, Valletta, Malta, June 24-28, 2015. The conference is sponsored by the PsyArt Foundation and the University of Malta. Our hosts are Dr Louis Laganà of the Art Department and Professor Carmel Cefai Read the full article…

Emergent authorities and the experience of power (Symposium, University of Brighton, 31 October 2014)

What is the relation between processes of (historical, political, technological) emergence and the material/spiritual investments that attach bodies to power? (How) is authority generated when the world is experienced as perpetual process and creative force? (Why) are we bound to a fate in which spectacular violence subsumes the space of collaborative reason, affective attachment and Read the full article…

French Autopathography: Conference on Disability, Disease and Disorders from First-Person Perspectives (CfP, Queen’s University Belfast, November 21-22 2014)

This interdisciplinary conference, funded by the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s and the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA), will explore a rich corpus of first-person French-language accounts of illness, disability and disorders. It interprets the term autopathography in its broadest sense, embracing not only literature and creative writing, but also first-person documentary, visual, digital Read the full article…

Arts and Health in the Contemporary Norwegian Context (Event at the Norwegian Embassy, 25 September 2014)

From Glacier Hiking to Hospital Clowns:  Arts and Health in the Contemporary Norwegian Context In Norway the arts in health scene has expanded quite dramatically in recent years with the result that new approaches to health care have become more accepted. The Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Health and Care Service in Norway Read the full article…

Comics and Mental Health (Call for Submissions, Asylum magazine, 31 September 2014)

A special themed edition of Asylum magazine We invite 500-1000 word contributions that explore the intersections between mental health and other forms of identification and identity in comics, graphic novels and sequential art. Submissions should be emailed by 31st September 2014 to the guest editors Meg John Barker, Caroline Walters, Joseph De Lappe. Please include a short Read the full article…