Collaboration in the Critical Medical Humanities (Intensive workshop for ECRs, Durham, 11-13 September 2017)

This  intensive 3-day workshop for early career researchers will take place Monday 11 – Wednesday 13 September 2017 at Durham University, with the support of the British Academy and the Wellcome Trust. Work in the critical medical humanities brings together scholars from the arts, humanities, social and life sciences, health professionals, patient advocates, carers and Read the full article…

‘The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities’ reviewed by Dr Stella Bolaki

The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities, edited by Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods. Associate editors: Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton and Jennifer Richards (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities is an epic, much-awaited collection of essays that brings together an impressive list of established and emerging scholars from Read the full article…

What’s critical about the critical medical humanities? (Lunchtime talk, Birkbeck University of London, 6 October 2016)

The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities is a collection of thirty-six essays outlining a compelling new vision for medical humanities scholarship. In this talk, general editors Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods will discuss the different meanings and configurations of a critical medical humanities and what these open up for the future of this fast-growing field. They will Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities’ edited by Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities‘ edited by Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods with Sarah Atkinson, Jane Macnaughton, and Jennifer Richards (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. A field-defining collection of original critical engagements at Read the full article…

The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities (Book Launch, Newcastle University, 28 July 2016)

The launch event for The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities will take place on Thursday 28 July, 4-6pm, Percy Building, Newcastle University. The Companion will be launched by Deborah Bowman, Professor of Clinical and Mental Health Ethics at the Tavistock and Portman and Editor, BMJ Medical Humanities. The Companion is edited by Anne Whitehead and Read the full article…

Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn – Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy: Conditionality, Activation and the Role of Psychology in UK Government Workfare Programmes

William Viney writes – This is the fifth and final post introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. In the last contribution to this special issue, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn reflect the Read the full article…

Jan Slaby – Critical Neuroscience Meets Medical Humanities

William Viney writes – This is the second of five posts introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. Jan Slaby’s paper on the role of critique and collaboration in approaches to neuroscience seeks Read the full article…

Disability, Prostheses, and Patenting in Historical Perspective (Workshop, Leeds, 18-19 September 2014)

Disability, Prostheses, and Patenting in Historical Perspective An international and interdisciplinary workshop Leeds City Museum, Leeds, UK 18-19 September 2014 As part of the AHRC Research Network “Rethinking Patenting Cultures”, colleagues are invited to attend this two-day workshop on the history of patenting cultures with particular regard to disability and prostheses. This event will see 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…

Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

In this post, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn look at the role of  psychological coercion, notably through the imposition of positive affect,  in UK Government workfare programmes. There has been little or no debate about the recruitment of psychology/psychologists into monitoring,  modifying and/or punishing  people who claim social security benefits. This silence raises important ethical questions, Read the full article…