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…

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…