Podcast – Jonathan M. Metzl, ‘The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia’

The Centre for Medical Humanities was delighted to host Jonathan Metzl earlier this month for a public lecture entitled, ‘The Protest Psychosis: Race, Stigma, and the Diagnosis of Schizophrenia’. Jonathan is a wonderful public speaker and he gave us a fascinating introduction to his work on the racial history of psychosis in North America. For Read the full article…

Asking the Way – Directions and Misdirections in Arts in Health

Mike White’s new essay “Asking the Way – Directions and Misdirections in Arts in Health” was commissioned and published by ixia, the public art think tank. The introduction is below and full text is available here: “Arts in health is at a fork in the road. The hard-paved route, The Empirical Highway, leads to probable damnation Read the full article…

Mikhail Epstein, “The Solution to the Humanities Crisis Must Come from Within”

Prof Mikhail Epstein, Professor of Russian and Cultural Theory, and Director of The Centre for Humanities Innovation (CHI) at Durham University has published today an article in The Conversation: “The Solution to the Humanities Crisis Must Come from Within“. Prof Epstein, in collaboration with his colleagues in The Centre for Humanities in Innovation, are calling for Read the full article…

The Cultural Value in What Goes Around Comes Around

Mike White of CMH writes: An Arts Council’s publication which appeared on 14 March 2014, The Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society, presents a rapid review of instrumental impacts of arts engagement, leading to a poorly founded and lugubrious conclusion that there is little evidence of causal links between arts engagement and Read the full article…

More money will not stop the cancer epidemic – reflections by Dr Grazia De Michele

More money will not stop the cancer epidemic Dr. Grazia De Michele is a social and cultural historian. In 2010, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and since founded an Italian cancer activism blog ‘Le Amazzoni Furiose’ (The Furious Amazons) and remains an international partner of the Breast Cancer Consortium. This is the second contribution Read the full article…

Cancer, Chronic Illness and Childhood: An Interview with the Chaplaincy Team at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

As part of our collection on cancer in the medical humanities, we are pleased to post an interview conducted with Rev. Kathryn Darby (Chaplaincy, Birmingham Children’s Hospital), Rev. Paul Nash (Senior Chaplain, Birmingham Children’s Hospital) and Dr Sally Nash (Director, Midlands Centre for Youth Ministry; St John’s College in Nottingham) who provide a rare and stimulating insight into Read the full article…

First Hub Residency at Wellcome Collection to be led by CMH staff member Felicity Callard with CMH Affiliate Charles Fernyhough in Core Team

The Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH) is delighted to announce that first two-year £1m residency of The Hub at Wellcome Collection will be led by Dr Felicity Callard (Senior Lecturer in CMH and the Department of Geography), with Prof Charles Fernyhough (CMH Affiliate) as one of the core team (along with Claudia Hammond, Dr Daniel Read the full article…

UK Medical Heritage Library project

Dr Simon Chaplin, Head of the Wellcome Library, writes: The Wellcome Library and Jisc, the charity that champions the use of digital technologies in UK education and research, have joined forces to digitise over 25,000 19th-century medical books. The books will be selected from the Wellcome Library’s collection and from the collections of other UK Read the full article…

Looking for Wonder – Caspar Henderson

At the beginning of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark, the explorers cross an ocean guided by a chart that is entirely blank.Wonder is probably less elusive than the Snark, whether Boojum or no. Virtually all of us report experiences of it.  But what is it, and where is it? Martyn Evans, author of Read the full article…

Pat Waugh on Jim Crace, Being Dead, and the Yale Windham Campbell Lifetime Literary Award

The British novelist Jim Crace wins prestigious Yale Windham Campbell lifetime literary award. Patricia Waugh, Professor in the Department of English Studies and affiliate of the Centre for Medical Humanities, writes: I was delighted by Yale University’s announcement last week that Jim Crace has been awarded the prestigious Windham Campbell Award for lifetime achievement in Read the full article…