Hidden Persuaders: New project website on ‘brainwashing’ in the Cold War

“Hidden Persuaders” is a project enabled by a Senior Investigator Award to Professor Daniel Pick from The Wellcome Trust. The project examines ‘brainwashing’ in the Cold War for the roles, real and imagined, played by psychologists, psychiatrists and psychoanalysts. The project asks how these disciplines pictured tyranny and freedom of mind, were drawn into ‘psy warfare’ and Read the full article…

Medical Humanities at Umeå University, Sweden – a Special Issue of Kulturella Perspektiv (Cultural Perspectives)

Britta Lundgren is professor of Ethnology at the Department of Culture and Media Studies at Umeå University in Sweden. She is currently working with the project “Epidemics, Vaccination, and the Power of Narratives”, financed by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation. She is also the coordinator of The Medical Humanities Network, which assembles around 30 Read the full article…

‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalising South India’ reviewed by Dr Tom Widger

‘In Pursuit of the Good Life: Aspiration and Suicide in Globalising South India’ by Jocelyn Lim Chua (University of California Press, 2014).  Towards the end of 2014, the New York Times ran an article highlighting India’s growing burden of mental health problems, citing its sky-high suicide rate and almost complete lack of psychiatric infrastructure as Read the full article…

Ethics of Biomedical Big Data (Call for Chap Abstracts, Ed Volume by Luciano Floridi & Brent Mittelstadt, deadline 30 March 2015)

Call for Chapters:  Ethics of Biomedical Big Data edited volume Peer-reviewed edited volume in Springer’s Philosophical Studies series Editors:   Prof. Luciano Floridi & Dr. Brent Mittelstadt Oxford Internet Institute University of Oxford Deadlines Extended Abstracts:  March 30, 2015 Chapters:  June 30, 2015 Description In biomedical research, the analysis of large datasets (Big Data) has become a major driver of Read the full article…

Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind (23rd Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph Call for papers

Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind 23rd Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph Call for papers Editors: Paul Higgs and Chris Gilleard The sociology of dementia is a relatively neglected but increasingly important topic in studies of health and illness. The 23rd Sociology of Health & Illness Monograph will bring together theoretical and empirical contributions Read the full article…

Emotions in/and Medical Anthropology (CfP, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, 11-12 June 2015)

We are proud to announce the 6th annual MAYS encounter among young medical anthropology scholars taking place at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). “Emotions in/and Medical Anthropology” This year we will explore the relation between medical anthropology and emotions. How do we conceptualize emotions as medical anthropologists? What counts as emotions? Emotions Read the full article…

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…