Reviewer needed: ‘The Seven Good Years’ by Etgar Keret

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Seven Good Years’ by Etgar Keret (Granta, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Over the last seven years Etgar Keret has had plenty of reasons to worry. His son, Lev, was born in the middle of a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv. His father became ill. Read the full article…

Post-Doctoral Fellowships (2) on Globalhealth, depression and schizophrenia (CfA, Villejuif/Paris, France, Jan 2016-June 2017)

The Cermes3 (Villejuif/Paris, France) announces two 18-month Post-Doctoral Fellowships (Jan 2016-June 2017), to be based at CERMES3 (UMR CNRS, Inserm, EHESS, UPD), Villejuif/Paris, France. The post-docs are funded through theEuropean Research Council project GLOBHEALTH “From international to global: Knowledge and diseases and the post-war government of health”. Both postdocs fall in the domain, Placing mental Read the full article…

Depression in the Elderly – reviewed by Kyle W. West

‘Depression in the Elderly’ by Patricia-Luciana Runcan (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) Depression in the Elderly by Patricia-Luciana Runcan addresses the growing problem of clinical depression and its impact upon the lives of elderly Romanians.  Romania is a nation that seems largely under-represented on the stage of global public health, and Runcan’s focus on her native Read the full article…

The Cultural History of Exhaustion – Review

This review of the Exhaustion conference appeared on the fantastic Sleep Cultures blog: “On 25 October 2013, the University of Kent hosted a one-day interdisciplinary conference on exhaustion, organized by Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, Kent) and funded by the Wellcome Trust, that brought together scholars from the arts, medicine, sociology, psychology, literary studies and Read the full article…

Exhaustion (One day workshop, University of Kent, Friday 25 October 2013)

Exhaustion Friday, 25 October, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury Funded by the Wellcome Trust Organised by Anna Katharina Schaffner This interdisciplinary conference explores different medical, psychological and socio-political narratives on the origins of and cures for exhaustion. Experts from diverse disciplines (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists, occupational health specialists, literary scholars and filmmakers) will talk about different Read the full article…

Madness Contested: Power and Practice (Review by Jonathan Gadsby)

Jonathan Gadsby, PhD candidate at Birmingham City University, reviews Steven Coles, Sarah Keenan and Bob Diamond, eds., Madness Contested: Power and Practice (Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 2013): It was impossible for me to read this new collection dispassionately and I will not be the only one. I found myself in turns punching the air and nervously Read the full article…

Towards a Cultural History of Exhaustion: Anna Katharina Schaffner (Public Lecture, Durham, 25 April 2013)

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures Literature, History, Theory Research Group presents Towards a Cultural History of Exhaustion Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, University of Kent) Thursday 25 April, 5.00-7.00 pm A56 Elvet Riverside, Durham University This paper explores how ‘exhaustion’ – understood both as a subjective physico-psychological experience and a broader phenomenon Read the full article…

New Podcast – Yoga and Mental Health

Image: Sarah Brumgart In recent years I have become surrounded by yoga fanatics. Many things impress me about their relationship with yoga but, above all, it’s their dedication to telling me (and anybody else that will appear interested) just how great yoga is for them. Their proselytising eventually put me in a  yoga class. What a Read the full article…

The Practical Art of Medicine: dissection, diagnosis and disease in the Early Modern Period (Exhibition and Events, Durham University, 2013)

The Practical Art of Medicine: dissection, diagnosis and disease in the Early Modern Period is a ‘Spotlight’ exhibition in the Wolfson Gallery, Palace Green Library, Durham. It looks at the period between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries and its many advances in the study of anatomy, chemistry and physiology. Inspired by the collections of physician, Read the full article…

The Anatomy of Melancholy: A User’s Guide (Conference, Warwick, 26 November 2012)

  10:00 – 16:00 Monday 26 November 2012 The National Grid Room, Warwick Arts Centre University of Warwick, CV1 7AL The Anatomy of Melancholy is nearly 400 years old and 1500 pages long. It is an attempt to identify all forms of Melancholy, their causes, symptoms and cures. It is bizarre, profound, consoling, riotous and one Read the full article…