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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CMH Postgraduate and ECR Network discussion group: Everyday Possibilities (Durham, 14 March 2018)

CMH Seminar Series – Embodied Symptoms | Thinking, Feeling, Imagining | Neurosocial Explorations | Everyday Possibilities

The next meeting of the CMH PG and ECR Medical Humanities Network will take as its theme Everyday Possibilities within the medical humanities and related disciplines. The meeting will take place in The Williams Library at St Chad’s College, Durham on Weds 14th March, 5.30-6.30pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Intersecting with a broad range of critical inquiries, the theme speaks to topics including (but not limited to):

  • Scales, times, and landscapes in the clinical encounter
  • Tools, technologies, prostheses
  • Cultures of care
  • Material objects in healthcare
  • Everyday possibilities in literature, visual arts, and film
  • Interdisciplinary research methodologies

We will be meeting to discuss research related to these strands of inquiry, but we are also looking for one or two volunteers to provide an informal provocation or presentation on an aspect of their own research which speaks to the theme of this session (c. 5 minutes). Please reply to Natalie Riley, if you are interested in presenting or attending.

This seminar is the first of a series. In our second session, to be held on 22 May 2018 (Collier Room, Hild Bede College, Durham 5-7pm), Dr James Stark (University of Leeds) will be joining us to give a talk on Endless Possibilities of Rejuvenation. Please contact Natalie Riley if you would like to attend.