Life of Breath at the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice, University of Århus

PI on the Life of Breath project Jane Macnaughton writes about the SPSP conference: Like many port areas in major cities in the west, the docklands of the city of Århus in Denmark are undergoing renovation from their identity as container port to residential, commercial and educational area. Currently, as you wander around it, it seems rather Read the full article…

Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn – Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy: Conditionality, Activation and the Role of Psychology in UK Government Workfare Programmes

William Viney writes – This is the fifth and final post introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. In the last contribution to this special issue, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn reflect the Read the full article…

Bronwyn Parry – Narratives of Neoliberalism: Clinical Labour in Context

William Viney writes – This is the fourth of five posts introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. Recent research in the medical humanities has stressed the embodied nature of experience, and this Read the full article…

Mel Y. Chen – Unpacking Intoxication, Racializing Disability

William Viney writes – This is the third of five posts introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. In “Unpacking Intoxication, Racializing Disability” Mel Y. Chen shows how concepts such as ‘toxicity’ and Read the full article…

Jan Slaby – Critical Neuroscience Meets Medical Humanities

William Viney writes – This is the second of five posts introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. Jan Slaby’s paper on the role of critique and collaboration in approaches to neuroscience seeks Read the full article…

Why Medical Humanities by Brandy Schillace

I have worked in the medical humanities for a number of years, now, and probably the one question that I hear most often is: what is it? I’ve defined it a number a times, a number of ways, but at its most essential “medhum” operates at the intersection of medical practice, medical history, and the 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…

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…

Emotions in the body and world – Prof Giovanna Colombetti (History of Distributed Cognition Online Seminar)

A new seminar in the History of Distributed Cognition series (Professor Giovanna Colombetti on ‘Emotions in the Body and the World’) is now available here. Summary: In recent years the affective sciences, including the psychology and philosophy of emotion, have re-evaluated the role of the body in emotion; accordingly, I think it is fair to Read the full article…