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…

Ted Schrecker ‘A tale of two controversies: Standards of proof in health policy’ (Seminar, Durham University, 29 Jan 2014)

A tale of two controversies: Standards of proof in health policy Professor Ted Schrecker 29th January 2014, 4-5pm Pennington Room, Grey College This Durham CELLS seminar will be given by Ted Schrecker who is Professor of Global Health Policy, Durham University. Professor Schrecker is also an adjunct professor of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University Read the full article…

New cartographies of health in a globalizing world – Ted Schrecker (Seminar, Durham University, 29 Nov 2013)

New cartographies of health in a globalizing world Prof. Ted Schrecker Anthropology Seminar Room, Dawson Building, Durham University Thursday 28 November – 13.00 – 15.00 All Welcome Anthropologists have been distinctively effective in tracing linkages between the macro-scale economic processes conveniently described as globalisation and local destruction of opportunities to lead a healthy life (the Read the full article…

International Health and the Limits of its Global Influences: Bhutan and the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme – Sanjoy Bhattacharya (Seminar, 21 November 2013, Durham University)

International Health and the Limits of its Global Influences: Bhutan and the Worldwide Smallpox Eradication Programme Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya Thursday 21 November 2013 Birley Room, Hatfield College, 5-7pm Histories of the global smallpox eradication programme have tended to concentrate on the larger national formations in Africa and Asia. This focus is generally justified by chroniclers Read the full article…

Jane Macnaughton – ‘Scaling Up’ (Podcast from the Asssociation of Medical Humanities conference, 2013)

In this audio recording you will hear Jane Macnaughton give her keynote address at the Annual Association of Medical Humanities conference, held at the University of Aberdeen. If you have not yet read Will Viney’s review of the conference, this can be found here; it will give you a wider sense of conference’s ambitions and Read the full article…

Critical Geographies of Urban Health & Well-being (CFP, Conference, Southampton, 21–22 November 2013)

CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF URBAN HEALTH AND WELL-BEING A two-day conference and open discussion organised by the RGS-IBG Urban Geography Research Group (UGRG). Dates: 21-22 November 2013 Location: University of Southampton, UK Preliminary Call for Contributions This year’s UGRG Conference will explore the relationship between urban space and health and well-being, of how theories of urban Read the full article…

Call For Participants: ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, Durham University (4 & 5 November 2013)

Organisers:  Felicity Callard, Will Viney, Angela Woods (Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University) To mark the conclusion of Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities’ Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, we are hosting an intense, future-orientated and interdisciplinary symposium. We invite 50 applicants to join us at Durham University for a special, two-day event, ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, a Read the full article…

Log off, power down, drop out: The public health politics of electrosensitivity

The question of whether the raised levels of electromagnetic radiation accompanying modern living are bad for our health may prove to be the health debate of our age. Nicholas Blincoe’s report Electrosensitivity: Is Technology Killing Us? in The Guardian Weekend (30 March 2013), nourishes appreciation of approaches dear to medical humanities in two interlocking ways. Read the full article…

International Society of Critical Health Psychology (CFP, Conference, Bradford, 22-24 July 2013)

Call for Submissions – 2013 Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) will be held at the University of Bradford in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, 22nd-24th July 2013. This conference is being organised by a consortium comprising the universities of Bradford, Read the full article…

Beyond ‘Them’ and ‘Us’? Enacting social science within the public health research agenda on chronic illness (Symposium, Cambridge, 18 September 2012)

Keynote Speakers: Professor David Armstrong, King’s College London; Professor Rose Barbour, Open University For social scientists employed in public health settings, the activities, institutions and practices marked by the term ‘public health research’ may be approached conceptually in at least three different ways: (a) as a ‘field of work’ within which they are located, for Read the full article…