Call for Review: ‘Metabolic Living: Food, Fat, and the Absorption of Illness in India’ by Harris Solomon

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘Metabolic Living: Food, Fat, and the Absorption of Illness in India‘ (Duke University Press, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. The popular narrative of “globesity” posits that the adoption of Western diets is intensifying obesity and diabetes in the Global South Read the full article…

‘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…

The Anatomy of the Image (CfP – updated, Conference, Monash University, 16-18 February 2017)

This international conference wishes to create a broader context for analysing cultural, literary, scientific and political constructions of the (bio)medical body. We therefore seek to generate interest in the topic from a wide range of disciplines from anthropology, history, media theory, literature, art history, film, political studies, socials sciences, criminology, law and medicine. We would like Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Plastic Bodies: Sex Hormones and Menstrual Suppression in Brazil’ by Emilia Sanabria

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘Plastic Bodies‘ by Emilia Sanabria (Duke University Press, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. In ‘Plastic Bodies’ Emilia Sanabria examines how sex hormones are enrolled to create, mold, and discipline social relations and subjectivities. She shows how hormones have become Read the full article…

‘Computable bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche’ reviewed by Dr Fenneke Sysling

‘Computable Bodies: Instrumented Life and the Human Somatic Niche’ by Josh Berson (Bloomsbury, 2015). Josh Berson, an anthropologist and design researcher, as he calls himself, has written one of the first books in a wave of publications that now start to reflect on recent technological developments: the fact that we can now track our sleep Read the full article…

The Anatomy of the Image (CfP – updated, Int’l Conference, Monash University, 16-18 February, 2017)

Perspectives on the (Bio)medical Body in Science, Literature, Culture and Politics by organizers Associate Professor A. Fliethmann, Associate Professor R. Kokanovic, Dr. C. Weller The conference wishes to create a broader context for analysing cultural, literary, scientific and political constructions of the (bio)medical body, and therefore seeks to generate interest in the topic from a Read the full article…

The Body and Pseudoscience in the Long Nineteenth Century (Conference, Newcastle University, 18 June 2016)

‘Sciences we now retrospectively regard as heterodox or marginal cannot be considered unambiguously to have held that status at a time when no clear orthodoxy existed that could confer that status upon them’ (Alison Winter, 1997). The nineteenth century witnessed the drive to consolidate discrete scientific disciplines, many of which were concerned with the body. Read the full article…

‘Adventures in Human Being’ reviewed by Annalisa Manca and Jonathan McFarland

‘Adventures in Human Being’ by Gavin Francis (Profile Books, 2015) Gavin Francis’ Adventures in Human Being is a compelling collection of essays that takes the reader on a metaphorical journey through the human body from the point of view of a practising doctor. It is a mesmerizing and fascinating journey through the intertwined landscapes of Read the full article…

‘Body of Art’ reviewed by Marilena Parlati

‘Body of Art’ conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors (Phaidon, 2015). A naked arm entices readers into it. The partial illustration chosen as a cover to Body of Art is a detail from one of Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portraits (dated 1975), in which an intriguing, probably naked young man unfailingly captures the attention of his viewers Read the full article…

Durham CMH / Wolfson PG & ECR Network: ‘Emotion, Affect and the Body’ (Durham University, 15th March 2016)

The Williams’ Library, St. Chad’s College, North Bailey, Durham Tea, Coffee and Cakes will be served! The next meeting of the CMH Postgraduate / Early Career Researcher Medical Humanities Network will take place on Tuesday 15th March, 4-6pm. This meeting of the postgraduate / ECR medical humanities discussion group will examine some of the various Read the full article…