Introducing ‘Fluid Physicalities’ (Events, Birkbeck University, 2016)

Blood; ejaculate; spit & phlegm; tears; mucus & pus; urine; diarrhea; milk; vomit; sweat. Sometimes the body seems to be a leaky collection of liquids, a porous and productive entity, a body that repeatedly transgresses its own boundaries through seeping and oozing. Fluid Physicalities is a new seminar series, convened by Anthony Bale and Esther Leslie Read the full article…

Body Talk: whose language? (Conference, University of Greenwich, 6 – 8 July, 2016)

Debates about a/the human body(s) are as central to medical and healthcare education and practices as they are to the humanities. “Body talk” is a means of creating identity through visual and verbal language, as much as a way of thinking about bodies. Different languages, perceptions or “body talk” offer ways of framing, creating and Read the full article…

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

Interdisciplinary Conference: ‘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 Read the full article…

‘Edith Nesbit’s Dreadful Researches’ (Research Group, Newcastle – Lit and Phil Library, 28 October, 2015)

Pseudo/Sciences of the Long Nineteenth Century The next meeting of the group will take place at the Lit and Phil Library, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 28 October between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm. Dr. Emily Alder, Edinburgh Napier University, will introduce a session entitled ‘Edith Nesbit’s Dreadful Researches’. Edith Nesbit is best Read the full article…

‘The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body’ reviewed by Dr Emily Cock

‘The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body’ by Luna Dolezal (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) In The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body, Luna Dolezal provides a clearly-written discussion of the key philosophical approaches to shame arising from the body. Dolezal considers body shame from the sometimes conflicting Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body’ by Luna Dolezal

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body‘ (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) by the Centre’s very own Dr Luna Dolezal. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism, and the Socially Shaped Body investigates the concept of body shame Read the full article…

‘Touch’ reviewed by Drs Clark Svrcek and Martina Kelly

‘Touch’ (second edition) by Tiffany Field (The MIT Press, 2014) ‘Like diet and exercise, we need a daily dose of touch’ (p. 143). Touch is simultaneously ‘the mother of the senses’, yet ‘the least researched of the senses’ (Montagu, 1986). This is surprising as skin, the organ of touch, comprises 18 per cent of our Read the full article…

Embodying Emotion: A Body and Being Network Event (St Hilda’s College, Oxford, 3 June 2015)

Where does emotion reside? How do we share it? To whom does it belong? Performing an original piece based on Ovid’s tale of Myrrha (developed as part of Avid for Ovid), choreographer and dance artist Marie-Louise Crawley and composer Malcolm Atkins will explore the embodied expression of emotion. The performance will be followed by facilitated Read the full article…

Theorizing the Body in Health and Medicine (CfP, Maastricht University, November 26-27, 2015)

An international and interdisciplinary workshop For most health and medical professionals “the body” functions as a taken for granted entry point for analyzing, imaging, screening, diagnosing, curing, caring, nursing, training, and feeding people. It is also often considered as different from, and even opposed to, “the psyche” which results in sharp distinctions between somatic and Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature’ by Abir Hamdar

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature‘ (Syracuse University Press, 2014) by Durham University’s very own Dr Abir Hamdar. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Although there is a history of rich, complex, and variegated representations of female illness in Read the full article…