Arts of Breath – series of lecture-performances organised by Life of Breath project (Durham, Nov 2017 – March 2018)

The Life of Breath Project is pleased to announce ‘Arts of Breath’, a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art. All events will take place in Durham. For more information see individual event pages below, or contact Sarah McLusky. Wed 15 Nov 2017: Breath, Pulse and Measure in Read the full article…

Exposure: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Breath, Air and Atmospheres (Conference Panel, Durham University, 5 July 2016)

Durham team members Rebecca Oxley and Andrew Russell will be convening a panel exploring the cultural, historical and phenomenological significance of breath, air, and atmospheres at the Association for Social Anthropology’s 2016 conference on Tuesday July 5th from 9am – 4pm. Presentations include: Making breath visible – Jane Macnaughton (Durham University) Breath and rhythm in the experience of Read the full article…

Update – Fully-funded Life of Breath/medical humanities PhD (CfA, Durham University, 11 April 2016)

Previously CMH posted the call for applications for the PhD studentship. Below is an update of the original post including all the new details. Please contact Sarah Mclusky with any queries.   The Durham Life of Breath project team invites medical humanities PhD proposals which address either of the following topics Stigma and/or stereotypes in Read the full article…

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ reviewed by Dr Rebecca Oxley

‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi (The Bodley Head, 2016). A short and profound book, When Breath Becomes Air gets right to the heart of the matter; the prologue commences with a final-year neurosurgical resident analysing CT scan images. This is Paul Kalanithi at 36 years old, and he diagnoses his own terminal lung Read the full article…

Chemical Youth: understanding the chemical lives of young people through participatory action research methods (Public lecture, Durham University, 8 March, 2016)

What do chemical and pharmaceutical substances, legal and illicit, ‘do’ for youth? Drug use makes sense for young people in all sorts of ways as they go about their everyday lives and the Chemical Youth project aims at developing and strengthening bottom-up harm reduction strategies. Chemical Youth is a multi-site project, funded by a European Read the full article…

‘Breathing in context: historical and cross-cultural perspectives on breath’ (Symposium, Durham University, 8-9 March 2016)

Tue 8 March @ 11:00 am – Wed 9 March @ 4:00 pm Joachim Room, College of St Hild & St Bede, Durham Breath, a physiological universal, is uniquely both an automatic and controllable process at different times; it is also a subjective experience, an elaborated technique, and a fundamental part of knowledge systems and world Read the full article…

Breathless in Cambridge: the Breathlessness Research Interest Group (BRIG) Conference 2014

Jane Macnaughton, Professor of Medical Humanities and Joint Senior Investigator on  Life Of Breath, writes: Getting going with the Life of Breath project has been a real revelation for me as someone who is committed to critically engaged medical humanities. It has always been a bit of a struggle to get clinicians interested in what Read the full article…

The Life of Breath : a new project on breathlessness and COPD

Durham University Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a new project jointly with the University of Bristol from October 2014.  The project is called ‘The Life of Breath’ and it is the result of a successful joint Senior Investigator Award application to the Wellcome Trust by Jane Macnaughton (Durham) 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…