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…

University of Surrey seeks medical humanities researchers working on critical psychology research on intersex

Professor Peter Hegarty (Head of the School of Psychology, University of Surrey) and Professor Katrina Roen (Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Norway) would like to support a researcher to apply for the following 5 year fully funded opportunity (Medical Humanities Award) at the University of Surrey. The ideal candidate will be willing to work Read the full article…

Pat Waugh on Jim Crace, Being Dead, and the Yale Windham Campbell Lifetime Literary Award

The British novelist Jim Crace wins prestigious Yale Windham Campbell lifetime literary award. Patricia Waugh, Professor in the Department of English Studies and affiliate of the Centre for Medical Humanities, writes: I was delighted by Yale University’s announcement last week that Jim Crace has been awarded the prestigious Windham Campbell Award for lifetime achievement in Read the full article…

The Future of the Body: Phenomenology, Medicine and the (Post)human (Conference, Dublin, 19-20 June 2014)

The Future of the Body: Phenomenology, Medicine and the (Post)human 19-20 June, 2014 Trinity College, Dublin This conference will bring together leading scholars working in Philosophy, Medical Humanities, Medicine, and related disciplines whose work critically engages with the status of the body. Central to this engagement is a phenomenological focus of the role lived experience Read the full article…

“Disability and Blood: Blood and the Crips” (CfP, Special Issue of Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies)

Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies – Call for Papers Special Issue: “Disability and Blood: Blood and the Crips” Guest Editors: Michael Davidson (UCSD) and Sören Fröhlich (UCSD) Since the HIV/AIDS blood feuds of the 1990s, scholarship into social and cultural definitions of blood has provided much-needed insights into statistical (Tukufu Zuberi), economical (Catherine Read the full article…

Trunk Volume Three: Breath (Call for Submissions, November 2014)

Call for work: art; fiction; photography; interviews; poetry; philosophy; essays; photo-essays; recipes, histories; memoirs,  and more. Breath is a thing and an action, it is atmosphere and oxygen, asthma, emphysema. Breath is sighing and choking, halitosis and singing, breath is suffocation and flatulence. Breath is what makes us float or sink. We take breathing for Read the full article…

The Birth Project: Now Recruiting Mothers, Midwives and Doulas

The Birth Project, led by Professor Susan Hogan, is part of an AHRC Research Consortium which is exploring the role of the arts and humanities for health, under the umbrella title Creative Practice for Mutual Recovery. Partners include Harvard University, Derby University, Nottingham University and the Royal College of Music. The birth project will be Read the full article…

Space and Place in the Health Humanities, plus a Masterclass on the Geography of a Dance Intervention – Prof Sarah Atkinson (Seminar, Edinburgh, 23 Jan 2014)

The sixth Scottish Health Humanities Seminar and Masterclass will be on Thursday 23 January 2014. Prof Sarah Atkinson, Deptartment of Geography, Durham University. Co-Director of Belief, Understanding and Wellbeing, Wolfson Research Institute, and Associate Director, Centre for Medical Humanities Public Seminar: Space and Place in the Health and Medical Humanities Thursday 23 January 2014, 3:30-5:00pm The Old Library, Read the full article…

Before and Since (the Wound) – Visualising the Experience of Pain

In painting the image of a child dying of hunger, my aim is not to make a re-presentation of a child dying of hunger, or to elicit or express what it feels like to watch a child dying of hunger. My aim is to paint hunger itself. The above comment is one that I made Read the full article…

New Book Available for Review: ‘The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity’ by Georges Vigarello

We have a new book from Columbia University Press available for review: The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity by Georges Vigarello. The publishers describe the book as follows: “Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the Read the full article…