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…

Ben Kasstan wins the Margaret Clark Award sponsored by the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology

Ben Kasstan, our blog reviews editor and PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Durham has won the 2014 Margaret Clark award competition sponsored by the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology.  This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology Read the full article…

Infant Feeding: Nurture and Nourishment (CfP, Seminar Series, Oxford University, Autumn 2014)

Infant Feeding: Nurture and Nourishment Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group Seminars Oxford University Michaelmas/Autumn Term 2014 Infant feeding has become an increasingly important area for research, with public health discourses underscoring declining breastfeeding rates, the dangers of colostrum avoidance early supplementary feeding and commerciogenic malnutrition. This seminar series will bring together ethnographic and historical case Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health’ (Biehl and Petryna)

An outstanding opportunity to review ‘When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health’ by João Biehl & Adriana Petryna (Princeton University Press, 2013) has arisen. As always, we welcome expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities but this book might be particularly well suited to reviewers with an interest or background Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present’ (2012) by Didier Fassin

 With a view to broadening the scope of medical humanities and established ideas of what this field entails, we are pleased to offer ‘Humanitarian Reason’ by Didier Fassin (UCPress) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from students, academics and professionals, as well as creative thinkers and writers from the wider online community.  Snapped up! Stay tuned for more Read the full article…

Justice, Genes and Welfare: Are Intergenerational relationships toxic?

Francis Thirlway reports on the BSA Family Studies Group and Youth Studies Group Seminar “Justice, Genes and Welfare: Are Intergenerational relationships toxic?” (28 Nov 2013): Intergenerational relations increasingly seem to be called into question in contemporary society, highlighted as centrally implicated in some of its key ills. For example, the topic of intergenerational justice has Read the full article…

New cartographies of health in a globalizing world – Ted Schrecker (Seminar, Durham University, 29 Nov 2013)

New cartographies of health in a globalizing world Prof. Ted Schrecker Anthropology Seminar Room, Dawson Building, Durham University Thursday 28 November – 13.00 – 15.00 All Welcome Anthropologists have been distinctively effective in tracing linkages between the macro-scale economic processes conveniently described as globalisation and local destruction of opportunities to lead a healthy life (the Read the full article…

Introducing ‘Commonplaces’ – Somatosphere’s New Archive of Classical & Contemporary Sites in Medicine and Science

Somatosphere and the Science, Technology, and Medicine Interest Group of the SMA are pleased to present a new online project — “Commonplaces,” developed and curated by Tomas Matza and Harris Solomon. “Commonplaces” will draw together a series of short entries (approximately 500-1000 words) from scholars on the classical and contemporary sites in medicine and science. Think: the needle, the patent, the Read the full article…

New Explorations of Inner Experience – Andrew Irving and Janis H Jenkins (Seminars Wednesday 18 September 2013, Durham University)

The Hearing the Voice project is hosting talks by two visiting anthropologists this Wednesday 18 September: Andrew Irving (University of Manchester), will be speaking on ‘Everyday (Ad)ventures in Ekphrastic Ethnography’ in the Henry Dyson Room (Hild-Bede) from 3.30 to 5pm. This will be followed by the Joint Special Interest Group in Psychosis, featuring a presentation Read the full article…