‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Aske

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).    Ezra Pound’s observation — ‘beauty is genuinely difficult’ (p. 1) — reminds the reader that discussing the diverse concept of beauty is infamously problematic. This is because the construction of beauty relies on human interaction Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corrine Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture Medicine‘ edited by Professors Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller of the Centre for Medical Humanities (Palgrave, 2015).  The Recovery of Beauty comprises fourteen essays exploring what constitutes beauty across time in Western thought and art, its shaping and sustained cultural Read the full article…

The Recovery of Beauty – announcing a new CMH publication with free excerpt

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to announce the publication of The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Medicine, Culture, edited by Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller. It is a collection that developed from a public lecture series called The Recovery of Beauty, which was hosted by the Centre in collaboration with Durham University’s Read the full article…

Reflections on ‘Wonder & Co. – Varieties of Intensified Experiences’

Jan B. W. Pedersen reflects on the Wonder & Co. – varieties of intensified experiences symposium that took place on the 19th March 2014 at Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Durham: Being aware that ‘the beautiful’ can be a great source of wonder, it seemed as though St Mary’s College would be an ideal venue Read the full article…

“Wonder & Co.” – varieties of intensified experience (CMH Symposium, Durham, 19 March 2014)

Centre for Medical Humanities second symposium on Wonder: “Wonder & Co.” – varieties of intensified experience 19th March 2014 Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College Durham, 9.30 – 4.30 Contributors include: Jules Evans (Queen Mary College London, Dept of Philosophy) ‘Experiences of ecstasy’ Ian Kidd (Durham University, Dept of Philosophy) ‘Deep and shallow wonder’ Veronica Strang Read the full article…

An Interview with David Bintley, CBE – Durham University, Wednesday 13th March, 6.15pm

Professor David Fuller writes: Ballet has been one of the major forms of twentieth-century art. From the revolution of Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, ballet has attracted the talents of many of the most creative people in theatre, music, and visual art. Major composers (Debussy, Stravinsky, Ravel, Prokofiev, Bartok, Shostakovich, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Britten, Read the full article…

An Interview with David Bintley, CBE – Durham University, Wednesday 13th March, 6.15pm

As part of the public lecture series, ‘The Recovery of Beauty’, the Centre for Medical Humanities, the Department of English Studies, and the Institute of Advanced Studies of Durham University is hosting an interview with the Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and choreographer, David Bintley, CBE. This will take place on Wednesday 13th March, Read the full article…

Wonder Reading Group (Friday 30 November, Durham)

You are warmly invited to the third meeting of the Wonder Reading Group: Chapters Tearooms 16-17 Elvet Bridge, Durham Friday November 30 2012 15:30-17:30 We will explore chapter 2 of Philip Fishers’s Wonder, The Rainbow and the Aesthetics of Rare Experiences entitled “The Rainbow and Cartesian Wonder” For more information please download the Wonder Reading Group Read the full article…

Introducing ‘Frissure’ – New Work by Kathleen Jamie and Brigid Collins

Kathleen Jamie is a writer and poet and currently holds the Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling. In 2012 she was a visiting fellow at Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study as part of The Recovery of Beauty programme coordinated by CMH Directors Jane Macnaughton and Corinne Saunders. During her fellowship, Kathleen Read the full article…

A drink to transfigurings: the world, wonder and beauty symposium

Jan B.W. Pedersen reflects on the symposium: Transfigurings: the world, wonder and beauty that took place on the 14th June 2012 at the Durham Light Infantry Museum: Having no prior experience of the Durham Light Infantry Museum I initially thought it to be an ominous place for a symposium; however, upon entering the museum grounds Read the full article…