Stories of Illness/Disability in Literature and Comics (CfP, Berlin, 27-28 October 2017)

The PathoGraphics research team at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany announces this two-day academic conference and call for papers: ‘Stories of Illness/Disability in Literature and Comics. Intersections of the Medical, the Personal, and the Cultural’. The keynote speaker will be Leigh Gilmore (Wellesley College), author of The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony and Tainted Witness: Read the full article…

‘Care in the Past: Archaeological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ reviewed by Dr Sophie Newman

Care in the Past: Archaeological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives edited By Lindsay Powell, William Southwell-Wright, and Rebecca Gowland (Oxbow Books, 2017). This volume showcases research that neatly synthesises not only how past communities may have provided care, but also why this caring impetus could have arisen. Born from a one-day conference held at Durham University (“Care Read the full article…

Habit, Addiction and Thought (CfP, London, 30 June & 1 July 2017)

The London Conference in Critical Thought 2017 is a multiple-stream interdisciplinary conference hosted by the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University. It will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns. It aims to provide opportunities for those who frequently Read the full article…

“Thinking in Cases” by John Forrester (CfP, Review Symposium, History of the Human Sciences)

“Thinking in Cases”: Review Symposium on John Forrester’s monograph and his research on “cases” Call for submissions to History of the Human Sciences journal As part of our celebration of the work of the incomparable John Forrester, the journal History of the Human Sciences (HHS) is hosting a review symposium around John’s final work: Thinking in Cases Read the full article…

Spirituality and Recovery Conference 2017 (CfP, Durham, 12-14 July 2017)

The Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Durham University in association with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce its third conference exploring good practice in spirituality and mental health care. As more and more mental health service providers embrace a recovery approach to care, this conference will provide opportunities Read the full article…

Disarming Dialogues in Humanities and Ethics (Workshop, University of Chicago Center in New Delhi, 2-4 November 2016)

The Medical Humanities Group of the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), University of Delhi, India and the University of Chicago Medicine, USA will be organising this three day collaborative workshop. The course faculty will be Matthew Sorrentino, David Meltzer, Vinay Kumar, Monica Peek from Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, Ranjana Srivastava from MacLean Center for Read the full article…

Hidden Persuaders Blog (call for contributors)

The Hidden Persuaders project is led by Professor Daniel Pick at Birkbeck, University of London. The project examines ‘brainwashing’ in the Cold War for the roles, real and imagined, played by psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts. The reputations of the ‘psy’ professions – and the status of their ideas – were altered by controversies, myths and testimonies about ‘brainwashing’ Read the full article…

Istanbul Medical Humanities Workshop (CfP, Istanbul, 24-25 November 2016)

Medical humanities is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary field that aims at building bridges between biomedical health care and the subjectivity of the person. It is located at the intersection of a range of disciplines that focus on issues and debates on illness, health, and well-being. Its interdisciplinary nature situates illness and health in their cultural and Read the full article…

Beyond Dead Weight: Redefining my practice as Visual Artist and Carer (guest post, Rachael Allen)

I remember the exact moment when I became aware of the medical humanities, casually taking in a poster on the student notice board in Durham medical school whilst attended a meeting about a potential arts and anatomy collaboration. Having wrestled with the locality of my practice in the conventional art world for years, I felt Read the full article…

R. D. Laing’s Version of Asylum and its Cultural Appeal (Dr Adrian Chapman, Visiting Fellow at the MHRC, University of Glasgow)

This blog was previously posted on the University of Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre blog. We have reposted here with permission. The Wellcome Collection’s fascinating new London exhibition, Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond, offers several versions of the asylum: a place of incarceration and therapy, an object of voyeuristic fascination, and a source of artistic Read the full article…