Reviewer needed: ‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Aging and Loss: Mourning and Maturity in Contemporary Japan’ by Jason Danely (Rutgers University Press, 2014). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities, but this book may be of particular interest to anthropologists and social scientists. ‘By 2030, over 30% of the Japanese population will Read the full article…

Diagnosing the ‘Cancer-Patient-In-Liverpool’: A Cultural Excavation of the Classificatory Moment (CfA PhD CASE Studentship, North West ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, 2015-2016)

North West ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, Social Anthropology Pathway PhD CASE Studentship  Diagnosing the ‘Cancer-Patient-In-Liverpool’: A Cultural Excavation of the Classificatory Moment Focus of the Studentship This project takes the diagnosis of cancer as a particular medical and cultural problem. It will study the ways in which specific places – i.e., Liverpool – have become Read the full article…

Beastly Anthropology: working in human-animal worlds – Professor Garry Marvin (Public Lecture, 3 Feb 2015, Durham)

IAS Fellow’s Public Lecture – Beastly Anthropology: working in human-animal worlds – Professor Garry Marvin (University of Roehampton) Tuesday 03 February 2015, 17:30 to 18:30, Ustinov Room, Van Mildert College, Durham University In keeping with the IAS theme of ‘emergence’, in this talk Professor Garry Marvin  will consider the emergence of the inter/multi or perhaps Read the full article…

New Immortalities: Reflections on Post-Mortem Value in the Human Body in the 21st Century – Bob Simpson (Lecture, York, 22 Jan 2015)

Please find below details of Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) public lectures in York in the coming weeks. Each one will be held in the Berrick Saul Building, Heslington West Campus, starting at 6.00pm. All are welcome, admission is free and no ticket required. Please do circulate to colleagues, students or friends you feel Read the full article…

Bernard Stiegler Lecture: What is the Anthropocene? (Durham University, 19 Jan 2015)

What is the Anthropocene? Or, neganthropology as a new critique of philosophical and scientific anthropology Bernard Stiegler Monday, 19 January, 18.00 for 18.15-20.00 Room ER 140, Elvet Riverside 1 Over the course of the 19th century, anthropology became scientific. Following the appearance of enquiries concerning the human, from Hume as well as Rousseau, and the Read the full article…

Time-Tricking: Human temporal engagements, devices and strategies (CfP, ASA Conference, University of Exeter 13-16 April 2015)

Paper proposals for a panel on time-tricking are invited as part of the ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth) 2015 conference, which will take place at the University of Exeter, 13th-16th April 2015. Please find below the panel abstract. The CfP closes at midnight on the 1st December 2014. Paper Read the full article…

History of the Human Sciences Journal: New Incoming Editors & Book Review Editor

HISTORY OF THE HUMAN SCIENCES aims to expand our understanding of the human world through a broad interdisciplinary approach. The journal publishes articles from a wide range of fields – including sociology, psychology, anthropology, political science, philosophy, literary theory and criticism, critical theory, art history, linguistics, geography and the law – that engage with the Read the full article…

Out of the reach of children? Adolescent health and medicine use in Africa – Kate Hampshire (Public Lecture, York, 1 October 2014)

You are warmly invited to a public lecture by Dr Kate Hampshire (Durham University): ‘Out of the reach of children? Adolescent health and medicine use in Africa’, which takes place Wednesday 1st October in the Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, starting at 6:00​pm​. “Adolescents across the world face a number of serious health challenges, particularly in the areas 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…

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…