Resilience and the Child: Childhood as Archetypal Opportunity and Dilemma in George MacDonald’s Fantastical Fiction

The concept of resilience is as old as humanity itself. Found in as diverse places as the myth of the Phoenix and the story of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, this idea seems to be paradigmatic to human experience. But what exactly does the term describe? Is it useful? Resilience, as a psychological concept, is Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘All in Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain’ by Mara Buchbinder

We are pleased to offer for review ‘All in Your Head: Making Sense of Paediatric Pain’ by Mara Buchbinder (University of California Press, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Although pain is a universal human experience, many view the pain of others as private, resistant to language, and, therefore, essentially unknowable. Read the full article…

‘Cutting for Stone’ reviewed by Vivek Santayana

‘Cutting for Stone‘ by Abraham Verghese (Vintage Books, 2009) Abraham Verghese’s 2009 novel, Cutting for Stone, is a compelling story of a surgeon in Ethiopia who, during his childhood, medical training and early career, tries to reconcile his ideals about medical practice with the tumultuous historical moment in which he lives. It is set entirely Read the full article…

Childhood and Medical Humanities (Research Group, Durham University, 4 June 2015)

Durham Centre for Medical Humanities / Wolfson Post-Graduate & Early Career Research Network 2 pm – 3:30 pm | Horsfall Room, St. Chad’s College The next meeting of the CMH postgraduate / early career medical humanities Network will take place on 4th June 2015. The meeting is a discussion/reading group and will explore the theme Read the full article…

Fragile Subjects: Childhood in Literature, Arts and Medicine (CfP, Conference, Finland 19-20 August 2015)

Fragile Subjects: Childhood in Literature, Arts and Medicine August, 19-20, 2015, University of Turku, Finland Keynote speakers: Maria Nikolajeva, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; Sally Shuttleworth, Professor, Faculty of English Language and Literature and St Anne’s College University of Oxford; Valerie Walkerdine, Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University. Organizers: Research project “Fragile Subjects: Childhood Read the full article…

Fragile Subjects: Childhood in Literature, Arts and Medicine (CfP, Conference, Finland, August 2015)

Fragile Subjects: Childhood in Literature, Arts and Medicine August, 19-20, 2015, University of Turku, Finland Keynote speakers: Maria Nikolajeva, Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge; Sally Shuttleworth, Professor, Faculty of English Language and Literature and St Anne’s College University of Oxford; Valerie Walkerdine, Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University Organizers: Research project “Fragile Subjects: Childhood Read the full article…

Mother reviewed by Dr Francesca Moore

‘Mother’ by Elinor Carucci (Prestel, 2013).  Elinor Carucci is an acclaimed photographer whose previous subjects have included documenting the realities of married life Closer (2002) and her work as a dancer, Diary of a Dancer (2005). In Mother (2013), she showcases a collection of images which are her attempt to photograph ‘the complexity of motherhood Read the full article…

Healing the Wounds of Childhood: The Medical & Psychological Care of Children (Conference, Exeter, 3 October 2014)

“HEALING THE WOUNDS OF CHILDHOODThe Medical and Psychological Care of Children: Historical and Current Perspectives”Supported by:The Centre for Medical History, University of ExeterThe Wellcome TrustOctober 3, 20149.00-17.00, at the Buckerell Lodge Hotel, ExeterKeynote Address: Professor John Stewart (Glasgow Caledonian University): ‘Child Guidance in Scotland and England’ FULL CONFERENCE FEE:CCHN Members £45 Non-Members £65 Conference fee Read the full article…

Healing the Wounds of Childhood: The Medical & Psychological Care of Children (Conference, Exeter, 3 October 2014)

“HEALING THE WOUNDS OF CHILDHOODThe Medical and Psychological Care of Children: Historical and Current Perspectives”Supported by:The Centre for Medical History, University of ExeterThe Wellcome TrustOctober 3, 20149.00-17.00, at the Buckerell Lodge Hotel, ExeterKeynote Address: Professor John Stewart (Glasgow Caledonian University): ‘Child Guidance in Scotland and England’ FULL CONFERENCE FEE:CCHN Members £45 Non-Members £65 Conference fee Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Mother’ by Elinor Carucci

Elinor Carucci’s intriguing and insightful book ‘Mother’ (Prestel, 2013) is available for review. It raises interesting questions regarding the boundaries and definitions of the  medical humanities, as the collection of photographs explore both physical and emotional development in motherhood and childhood. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities.  ‘Acclaimed photographer Elinor Carucci takes on her Read the full article…