Announcing launch of The Moccasin Bend Project: a place-based autoethnography of psychosis

Timothy Kelly writes: In 1997 I was an involuntary patient in Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute, a state psychiatric hospital in Chattanooga Tennessee. My mother had been a patient in the same hospital in the 1960’s. The Moccasin Bend project explores my experience in and of the hospital in the context of family and broader Read the full article…

Tackling the Mind-Body Problem When You Have a Mind-Body Problem

Tackling the Mind-Body Problem When You Have a Mind-Body Problem Dr Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, early career researcher and Knowledge Exchange Facilitator (Humanities) at the University of Oxford and founder of the Oxford Phenomenology Network, writes: The mind-body problem has fascinated me since school. In the sixth form I was introduced to Descartes, the father of dualism, Read the full article…

History of the Human Sciences Journal: New Incoming Editors & Book Review Editor

HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES aims to expand our understanding of the human world through a broad interdisciplinary approach. The journal publishes articles from a wide range of fields – including sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, literary theory and criticism, critical theory, art history, linguistics, geography and the law – that engage with the Read the full article…

“Roll Up, Roll Up, Art Is Therapy” or Some Post-it Interpretations at the Rijksmuseum

Mike White writes: Almost every word of The Guardian’s acerbic review of Art Is Therapy  at the newly renovated Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam rings true to me in my holiday excursion there. Not so much an exhibition as a ‘best of’ guide to the museum’s treasures, speciously curated by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong, Art Read the full article…

Review of “International Network Toward Alternatives & Recovery” conference (Liverpool, June 2014)

Roz Oates, a doctoral student in Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities and Department of Geography, who is also part of the Hearing the Voice research team, writes: International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery International Conference: Liverpool, UK 25 – 27 June 2014 Between 25 and 27 June, I attended a conference on ‘Power to Communities: Read the full article…

New research from advanced breast cancer campaign ‘Here & Now’ reveals significant support gaps for patients

Research uncovers stark realities of life with advanced breast cancer (ABC) and the lack of support experienced by women living with the disease1 71% of patients say more could be done to improve access to new treatments1 Leading UK experts call for greater action to improve the level of care and support available to patients Read the full article…

Going Dutch on Participation and Engagement in the Arts

Mike White writes: Utrecht, a city so flat it could be ‘sta-prest’, proved the appropriate setting for a bi-national conference attempting to iron out the wrinkles and nuances of meaning in research methodologies for participation and engagement in the arts. This event on 20-21 June was instigated by Leeds Met University as the culmination of Read the full article…

Waste: A Philosophy of Things

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to announce the publication of Leverhulme Research Fellow Dr Will Winey’s Waste: A Philosophy of Things (Bloomsbury 2014). Readers of the CMH blog are invited to read the Introduction here and to use the discount code – GLR D3D – to get 35% off the retail price. *** Why are Read the full article…

Angel Of The North promotes well-being – and cheaper bread

Mike White writes: I recently attended a presentation in Gateshead by Maeve Blackman, a Durham Ph. D student, on her completed thesis inquiring into whether Antony Gormley’s landmark sculpture the Angel of the North impacts on the well-being of local people. To fend off the inevitable controversy over public art, I detect an increasing requirement Read the full article…