Interdisciplinarity – facilitated serendipity?

post provided by Jane Johnson, PhD student Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the workshop The Practice, Benefits and Challenges of Interdisciplinarity hosted by the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University was hugely thought provoking. Having read a literature review on the subject plus the recommended pre-course texts, I was somewhat relieved by Callard and Read the full article…

Architecture and nature as a cure for wellbeing

by Maria Giulia Marini, Epidemiologist and Counselor, Director of the Health Area of ISTUD Foundation (Italy) Ancient Greeks did not separate the concept of beautiful (kalos) from the concept of good (agathos): beauty implicates goodness, vice versa the individual virtue spreads charm. Ethics and aesthetics blended, and could not be separated in the so-called kalokagathia, Read the full article…

Resilience and the Child: Childhood as Archetypal Opportunity and Dilemma in George MacDonald’s Fantastical Fiction

The concept of resilience is as old as humanity itself. Found in as diverse places as the myth of the Phoenix and the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, this idea seems to be paradigmatic to human experience. But what exactly does the term describe? Is it useful? Resilience, as a psychological concept, is Read the full article…

Libraries: Past, Present and Future.

Following the New Generations workshop at the Wellcome Library on Febraury 11th 2015, New Generations Programme members Becky Brown and Sam Goodman write: In February, the New Generations cohort gathered at the Wellcome Trust building in London to discuss The Changing Landscape of Library Provision. On this second of four days in London, the focus was to be Read the full article…

Visual Culture in Medical Humanities workshop, Durham, 18th June 2015

Fiona Johnstone – ISSF Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow and New Generations Programme member reports on the Visual Culture in Medical Humanities workshop: Recent developments suggest that it might be possible to speak of a ‘visual turn’ within the medical humanities, a field which has, to date, been dominated by the written or spoken word; consider Read the full article…

The Social Life of an Archive – Dori Beeler on methodological encounters

Dori Beeler, CMH Affiliate, writes: As a medical anthropologist, my research focus has been on the subjective experiences, identity and construction of meaning for individuals and groups with respect to health and well-being. The product of that research has been ethnographic writing that is based upon what was heard in the field, rather than for instance, what Read the full article…

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…