‘The Practice, Benefits and Challenges of Interdisciplinarity: for postgraduate researchers’ (CfA, Durham University, June 22-23 2016)

New extended deadline – June 8th, 2016

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You are invited to take part in a two day workshop on the experience of interdisciplinary team working.  The workshop will take place from lunchtime on Wednesday 22nd June to lunchtime on Thursday 23rd June at Durham University.  It will be hosted by staff from Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities in collaboration with six early career researchers from around the UK who spent last year as members of our AHRC and Wellcome funded New Generations in Medical Humanities Group learning together about interdisciplinary team working in medical humanities.

Medical humanities is a dynamic field that critically engages with ideas, practices, policies and evidence relating to health, wellbeing, illness and disease. As such it embraces a wide disciplinary range of influences including those from the humanities, social science and science.  The workshop will draw examples from medical humanities but will be open and relevant to postgraduates who are interested in interdisciplinary working from any field. Our approach will be about ‘how to do it’ and also give you insights about the benefits and challenges of developing a career that involves interdisciplinary work.

The workshop is supported by the Wellcome Trust and is fully funded, but availability, as well as residential places are limited. If places are oversubscribed we will make our choice of candidates based on the quality of your application but also our need to have a wide disciplinary mix of students. If you are interested in participating, please submit a 250-word statement that justifies why you should be selected to attend. This justification statement should include a brief description of your PhD research, your reasons for being interested in interdisciplinarity, and a confirmation that you are able to attend and have discussed this with your supervisors.

Please address your application to Professor Jane Macnaughton at the Centre for Medical Humanities, and submit it by the deadline of June 8th by email to Dori Beeler.  After carefully reviewing the candidates, we will notify by email those that are selected by June 9th. Any applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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