The Centre for Medical Humanities Postgraduate and Early Career Network exists for sharing ideas and promoting interdisciplinary connections between postgraduate researchers affiliated with the Durham Centre for Medical Humanities and the Wolfson Research Institute’s Belief, Understanding and Wellbeing strand. Research being undertaken by members of the group seeks to analyse our expectations of medicine, and the relationship between medicine and our broader ideas of health, well-being and flourishing. The Network offers an opportunity for postgraduates and early career researchers to meet each other in a supportive environment, to share expertise and develop skills in interdisciplinary research, and to discuss their work with affiliated academics at Durham University. Regular workshops and reading groups are held throughout the academic year. Previous themes include

Our meetings are open to all postgraduate students and early career researchers.

If you are interested in joining the CMH Postgraduate and Early Career Network, or for more information, please email convenor Fraser Riddell.

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Durham CMH / Wolfson PG & ECR Network: ‘Emotion, Affect and the Body’ (Durham University, 15th March 2016)

The Williams’ Library, St. Chad’s College, North Bailey, Durham
Tea, Coffee and Cakes will be served!

The next meeting of the CMH Postgraduate / Early Career Researcher Medical Humanities Network will take place on Tuesday 15th March, 4-6pm. This meeting of the postgraduate / ECR medical humanities discussion group will examine some of the various dimensions of emotion and affect within the medical humanities and related disciplines.

The session will begin with a number of short presentations from current researchers, before leading into an informal discussion. If you would like to deliver a presentation (anything between 5-15mins) please get in touch by 29th February. We are keen to encourage researchers to share their work-in-progress.

The CMH is able to provide a number of travel bursaries for postgraduates / ECRs attending from outside of Durham. Please let us know if you would like to benefit from this support when you register.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The place of optimism and pessimism in health
  • Affective labour in the clinical encounter
  • Shame, embarrassment, guilt and other negative emotions
  • Compassion, sympathy and empathy
  • The “happiness” agenda
  • The arts, emotion and well-being
  • The “affective turn” in cultural studies

If you are interested in attending, please email Fraser Riddell to register.
New members are always very welcome!