Dr Simon Chaplin is new Director of Culture & Society (under which sits Medical Humanities) at The Wellcome Trust

The Centre for Medical Humanities sends warm congratulations to Dr Simon Chaplin, who has been appointed as Director of Culture & Society. Dr Chaplin, who was previously the inspired Head of the Wellcome Library, succeeds Clare Matterson, who took on the new role of Director of Strategy earlier this month. Medical Humanities, alongside Engaging Science, Society and Read the full article…

Gartnavel Royal Hospital & the History of Scottish Psychiatry (Symposium, Glasgow, 15 November 2014)

Gartnavel Royal Hospital and the History of Scottish Psychiatry A Day Symposium to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the founding of Gartnavel Royal Hospital will be held on Saturday, 15th November, 2014, at Cancer Support Scotland, The Calman Centre, Gartnavel Campus Programme 9.30 – 10.00          Registration and Coffee 10.00 – 10.40        Professor Chris Philo (University of Glasgow) Historical Geographies of Read the full article…

“‘Recovery work’ and ‘magic’ among long-term mental health service-users” – Jenny Laws’ article shortlisted for The Sociological Review Prize

The CMH congratulates our Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Jennifer Laws who was shortlisted for The Sociological Review prize for outstanding scholarship for her article: Laws, J (2013) “‘Recovery work’ and ‘magic’ among long-term mental health service-users”, The Sociological Review 61(2): 344-362. The prize is awarded to the author/s judged to be the most outstanding published in Read the full article…

Medical Humanities in Africa – A Conference Review by Megan Wainwright

Megan Wainwright writes: ‘Medical Humanities in Africa…’ What are they? Who does them? What should they be? These were some of the overarching questions that framed a vibrant two-day conference at the idyllic Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek, South Africa (see photo!). Having only arrived in Cape Town five months ago it was a huge Read the full article…

Borders, Boundaries & Contexts: Defining Spaces in the History of Alcohol & Drugs (CFP, Conference, Bowling Green OH, 18-21 June 2015)

Call for Papers Borders, Boundaries & Contexts: Defining Spaces in the History of Alcohol & Drugs Alcohol and Drugs History Society Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drugs to be held at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, USA on June 18-21, 2015. Panel Read the full article…

International Perspectives on Science, Culture & Society (Book Series, Pickering & Chatto)

Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry University), Salman Hameed (Hampshire College) and Ignacio Silva (University of Oxford) are actively seeking proposals for innovative monographs and essay collections for their series: International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society. This series brings together insights from historians, philosophers and social scientists and seeks to build an understanding of the social and cultural context of Read the full article…

“Le Traumatisme”: Performance at Vane Gallery (26 July 2014, Newcastle)

You are invited to ‘Le Traumatisme’ performance at Vane Gallery, Newcastle, on Saturday 26 July 8-10pm. Doors open at 7:30pm. This Push Push Practice performance event combines newly developed contemporary dance theatre, contemporary music, and cinematography, all inspired by the theme of trauma. For more information, click here.    

Reviewer needed: ‘Mother’ by Elinor Carucci

Elinor Carucci’s intriguing and insightful book ‘Mother’ (Prestel, 2013) is available for review. It raises interesting questions regarding the boundaries and definitions of the  medical humanities, as the collection of photographs explore both physical and emotional development in motherhood and childhood. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities.  ‘Acclaimed photographer Elinor Carucci takes on her Read the full article…

DSM-5 & the Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Perspectives from the Medical Humanities (Workshop, Geneva, 7–8 July 2014)

DSM-5 & the Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Perspectives from the Medical Humanities Brocher foundation, Switzerland Organizer: Dr Matthew Smith, University of Strathclyde In May of 2013, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published. Often referred to as the ‘Psychiatric Bible’, the DSM, published by the American Psychiatric Read the full article…

Modern Language Association (MLA): Vote to ratify potential new forum on “Medical Humanities & Health Studies”

The Modern Language Association (MLA) has proposed the ratification of a new forum “Medical Humanities & Health Studies.” If you are currently an MLA member (or are interested in joining the MLA), please consider signing and spreading the news throughout your networks. The deadline for signatures is June 15th 2014 and more information is available Read the full article…