‘The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America’ reviewed by Caroline Pearce.

‘The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America’ by Ann Neumann (Beacon Press, 2016). Is it possible to have a ‘good’ death? And if so what might constitute a ‘good death’? In her book — The Good Death: An exploration of dying in America — writer and journalist Ann Neumann addresses questions familiar to Read the full article…

‘Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium’ reviewed by Dr Erica Borgstrom

Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium, edited by Veena Das and Clara Han (University of California Press, 2016). Living and Dying in the Contemporary World provides rich insights into and theoretical contributions about how people struggle and the everyday ways in which they make sense of, do, and even invert suffering in Read the full article…

‘Can you help me, doctor? How patient requests changed birth and death in the twentieth century’, a call for collaboration

Hieke Huistra, Alumni of the CMH New Generations programme, has recently been awarded a grant for the research project below. She is seeking possibilities for exchange/collaboration with researchers working on similar themes in different countries and/or fields. Please contact her direct if you are interested. A 78-year-old woman shuffles into the doctor’s practice and asks for Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America’ by Ann Neumann

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America’ by Ann Neumann (Beacon Press, 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Following the death of her father, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann sets out to examine what it means to die well in the Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Living and Dying in the Contemporary World’ edited by Veena Das and Clara Han

We are pleased to offer for review the edited collection ‘Living and Dying in the Contemporary World‘ by Veena Das and Clara Han (UCPress 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Taking a novel approach to the contradictory impulses of violence and care, illness and healing, this book radically shifts the Read the full article…

“Dying Well”: Enacting Medical Ethics (Symposium, Barts Pathology Museum, 25-26 September 2015)

This symposium adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to on-going debates on end-of-life care. Medical professionals, lawyers, ethicists, policy makers, humanities scholars, cultural practitioners and patient representatives will come together to consider what it might mean in today’s world to ‘die well’. The springboard for this event is Arthur Schnitzler’s medical drama Professor Bernhardi (1912), which will Read the full article…

Death and Identity in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern (CfP, University of Edinburgh, 29-31 January 2016)

This is the third in a series of conferences that aims to accelerate interest and research into Scottish death studies. The theme for 2016 is death and identity. Papers are invited to explore this subject within any period from the medieval into the modern day from any disciplinary perspective. Established research and work-in-progress welcomed. Plenary Read the full article…

‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ reviewed by Dr Christina Welch

‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ by Brandy Schillace (Elliott & Thompson Ltd, 2015). The jacket cover to Brandy Schillace’s Death’s Summer Coat tells us that the work ‘explores our past to examine what it might mean for our future. From Victorian Britain to contemporary Cambodia, Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ by Brandy Schillace

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Death’s Summer Coat: What the History of Death and Dying can tell us about Life and Living’ by Brandy Schillace (Elliott and Thompson, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Though death is the one subject that touches every life, we’ve grown used to denying its existence, and Read the full article…

On Death and Dying: Human Animal Encounters (Workshop, Leeds, 13th May 2014)

The Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities, the Environmental Humanities Research Grouping, and the Workshop Theatre at the University of Leeds 13 May 2014, 7pm-9.30pm Studio 1, Workshop Theatre, School of English In the context of Dying Awareness Week, this event will be an opportunity to reflect on human and animal death; on how we die Read the full article…