‘Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil’ reviewed by Ángela Lavilla Cañedo

Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil by Emilia Sanabria (Duke University Press, 2016). Emilia Sanabria’s Plastic Bodies is a captivating book and a much needed study on perceptions on menstruation and associated biomedical practices. In particular, it provides a different approach from the traditional Anglo or Anglo-American context because of the different Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Use of Bodies’ by Giorgio Agamben

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘The Use of Bodies‘ by Giorgio Agamben (Stanford University Press, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Giorgio Agamben’s ‘Homo Sacer’ was one of the seminal works of political philosophy in recent decades. It was also the beginning of a series of Read the full article…

‘What the Body Commands: The Imperative Theory of Pain’ reviewed by Emily Underwood-Lee

What the Body Commands: The Imperative Theory of Pain by Colin Klein (MIT, 2015) In this book Colin Klein presents us with a rigorously constructed, well written and witty argument where he proposes that imperativism is a cogent framework for refiguring pain. He sets out his stall as an imperativist and gives a chronicle of Read the full article…

‘Rethinking the Monstrous: Transgression, Vulnerability, and Difference in British Fiction since 1967’ reviewed by Dr Bonnie Millar

‘Rethinking the Monstrous: Transgression, Vulnerability, and Difference in British Fiction since 1967’ by Jim Byatt (Lexington Books, 2015). Significantly, this book probes the medicalisation of different bodies, with its concomitant management of impairments and medical conditions. The book explores the treatment of the non-normative. The interactions of carers and healthcare staff with their charges and Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Computable Bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche’ by Josh Berson

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Computable Bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche’ by Josh Berson (Bloomsbury, 2015).  Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Data. Suddenly it is everywhere, and more and more of it is about us. The computing revolution has transformed our understanding of nature. Now it is Read the full article…

Encountering Pain (Conference, University College London, 1-2 July, 2016)

Pain is notoriously difficult to communicate. Some academics have argued that pain resists description in language while others claim that it can generate language. By bringing into dialogue people who experience, witness, and treat pain, this conference seeks to explore alternative means of communicating, sharing and assessing suffering. How do we respond when we encounter Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Computable Bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche’ by Josh Berson

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Computable Bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche’ by Josh Berson (Bloomsbury, 2015).  Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Data. Suddenly it is everywhere, and more and more of it is about us. The computing revolution has transformed our understanding of nature. Now Read the full article…

‘When the sick rule the world’ reviewed by Dr Rebecca Oxley

‘When the sick rule the world’ by Dodi Bellamy (Semiotext(e), 2015) Blurring the edges of poetry, fiction and memoir, Dodi Bellamy’s text, When the sick rule the world, is wild. By this I do not mean unrestrained, or untamed (Bellamy’s prose is superbly and strategically free) rather, it is biting, fierce, and deep. While, as Read the full article…

Bodies of Care: Somaesthetics of Vulnerability (CfP, Conference, Florida, Jan 28-9 2016)

Bodies of Care: Somaesthetics of Vulnerability The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 2-day conference, January 28–29, 2016, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Bodies are obviously the targets of one’s daily care in terms of personal hygiene, grooming, exercise, and proper nourishment. They are also Read the full article…

Failures, Futures & the Queerness of Fat Sex: Francis Ray White (London Medical Sociology Group Meeting Wed 24 June 2015)

‘Failures, Futures and the Queerness of Fat Sex’ Francis Ray White (University of Westminster) London Medical Sociology Group meeting Wednesday 24th June 6-7pm Abstract: In the context of the obesity ‘epidemic’ fat people’s sex lives are cast as sterile, sexually dysfunctional or just plain non-existent. This paper analyzes medical discourses of obesity and sex in Read the full article…