‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’ reviewed by Emma Seaber.

‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’ edited by Jean Peter Garratt (Palgrave, 2016). The Cognitive Humanities is an edited collection of eleven essays from across the humanities, including literary studies, linguistics, theatre and performance studies, philosophy and history. Whilst the volume is not presented as a primer for readers entirely new to Read the full article…

‘Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature’ reviewed by Dr Michelle S. Hite.

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature (Columbia University Press, 2017: Twentieth Anniversary Edition). Extraordinary Bodies, the Medical Humanities, and Civic Inclusion   Rosemarie Garland Thomson begins the twentieth anniversary edition of Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature with a poignant Preface that reflects on the book’s cover Read the full article…

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Aske

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).    Ezra Pound’s observation — ‘beauty is genuinely difficult’ (p. 1) — reminds the reader that discussing the diverse concept of beauty is infamously problematic. This is because the construction of beauty relies on human interaction Read the full article…

Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Popular Culture (CfP, San Diego, April 12-15, 2017)

The “Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture” area for the 2017 Joint National Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association meeting in San Diego invites proposals related to the portrayal of health, illness, and health care in the discourses of popular and American culture.  Proposals representing perspectives in the humanities and the arts Read the full article…

‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ reviewed by Dr Sophie Fitzsimmons

‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ by Stella Bolaki (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Illness as many Narratives,’ Dr Sophie Fitzsimmons offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Drs Claire Hooker and Scott Fitzpatrick here.  A photograph of a woman, nude Read the full article…

‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ reviewed by Drs Claire Hooker and Scott Fitzpatrick

‘Illness as many Narratives: Arts, Medicine and Culture’ by Stella Bolaki (Edinburgh University Press, 2016). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Illness as many Narratives,’ Drs Claire Hooker and Scott Fitzpatrick offer their perspectives as researchers in the broader field of the medical humanities. You can see the accompanying review from a clinical perspective, offered by Dr Sophie Read the full article…

Culture, Health and Wellbeing (Conference, Bristol, June 19-21, 2017)

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Body of Art’ conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors

We are pleased to offer Phaidon‘s (2015) beautiful edited collection entitled ‘Body of Art‘. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Body of Art’ is the first book to focus exclusively on the body in art, providing not only a complete history of how the human form has been represented in visual culture over time, Read the full article…

Making the invisible visible, a review of the Life of Breath launch event.

Sarah McLusky – Project Manager for the Life of Breath project reports on the Life of Breath Launch event: Guests gathered at Durham University’s Joachim Room on 23 September to celebrate the launch of Life of Breath, a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring breathing and breathlessness. Invisibility is a powerful metaphor for breathing, breathlessness and Read the full article…

“Pasts, Presents and Futures of Medical Regeneration” Workshops (CfP, University of Leeds, January, April and June 2016)

What does it mean to ‘regenerate’, and what are the scientific, social, cultural and ethical implications of regeneration in its various forms? From biomedical engineering to stem cell therapy, the growth of regenerative medicine in the modern context has the potential to address challenges raised by stretched supplies of organ donors, chronic diseases and ageing Read the full article…