“Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention in Medical Humanities” by Anne Whitehead reviewed by Iro Filippaki

Anne Whitehead, Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical Intervention in Medical Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017). Empathy, power structures, and what we are capable of not doing In a 1988 interview with George Plimpton, Maya Angelou passionately argued for the importance of fiction by saying that novelists don’t lie: ‘The fact Read the full article…

Call for Review: ‘Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction: A Critical intervention in Medical Humanities’ by Anne Whitehead.

We are delighted to offer Medicine and Empathy in Contemporary British Fiction by Anne Whitehead (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. This book marks a critical intervention in the medical humanities that takes issue with its understanding of empathy as something that one has. Drawing on phenomenology and feminist affect Read the full article…

The History of Empathy (CFP)

Dr Juanita Ruys, Director of The University of Sydney node of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions in Australia is calling for papers for a prospective volume entitled The Contingent History of Empathy. The volume will focus on historical periods and historical and literary contexts in which empathy was Read the full article…

Life Writing and/as Empathy: A Symposium on Narrative Emotions (CFP, Conference, Navarra, 15-17 October 2015)

Life Writing and/as Empathy: A Symposium on Narrative Emotions October 15-17, 2015 Institute for Culture and Society, University of Navarra (Spain) Plenary Speakers: Professor Suzanne Keen, Washington and Lee University Professor Irene Kacandes, Dartmouth College Professor Arthur Frank, University of Alberta Proposals are sought for a symposium on the articulation or creation of empathy in Read the full article…

The Art of Compassion – Association for Medical Humanities (CfP, Conference, Southampton, 7-9 July 2014)

The University of Southampton Faculty of Medicine looks forward to hosting the Association for Medical Humanities Annual Conference from 7th – 9th July 2014. The Faculty uniquely offers medical humanities options for all its undergraduate students in year 1 as a vehicle for the exploration of patients’ perspectives and experiences through a creative process. This Read the full article…

G. Thomas Couser – ‘Narrating Disability Inside and Outside the Clinic: Or, Beyond Empathy’ (Seminar, Liverpool Hope, 12 March 2014)

Date: Wednesday 12 March, 2014 Time: 2.15pm–3.45pm Place: Eden 109, Liverpool Hope University, UK The persistent devaluing of the lives of disabled persons, as periodically manifested in news accounts of abuse and neglect, underscores the value of disability life writing. Outside the clinic, disability memoirs have become surprisingly popular; indeed, at least in the USA, Read the full article…

Literature & Human Rights: A Critical examination (Symposium, Newcastle, 25 May 2013)

A one-day symposium hosted by the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA), the Gender Research Group, the Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice, and the Postcolonial Research Group 25 May 2013 Percy Building, Newcastle University Organisers: Anne Whitehead, Carolyn Pedwell, and Neelam Srivastava There has recently been significant attention paid to human Read the full article…

Compassion Fatigue: Changing Culture in the NHS (Call for Workshops and Posters, Conference 26-28 June, Birmingham)

Compassion Fatigue: Changing Culture in the NHS Thinking about Health Annual Conference 26 – 28 June 2013,  Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmgingham In the light of the crisis in the Mid-Staffordshire Trust, the Francis Report and the Secretary of State for Health’s initial response, the language of compassion is becoming increasingly important as a focus Read the full article…

Compassion Fatigue: Changing Culture in the NHS (Thinking about Health Annual Conference, 26-28 June, Birmingham)

Compassion Fatigue: Changing Culture in the NHS Thinking about Health Annual Conference 26 – 28 June 2013,  Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmgingham Can the language of compassion capture the moral problems confronted by the NHS, or might it obfuscate and distract us from more subtle and demanding issues? Through a series of plenary addresses, workshops, Read the full article…

Empathy and Memory Studies (CFP, Conference, Birkbeck, June 2012)

Conference on Empathy and Memory Studies 23 June 2012, Birkbeck, University of London Birkbeck, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX (room B04) The concept of empathy has become central to the transdisciplinary field of memory studies with the rise of interest in witnessing and trauma. Trauma studies has raised the question of primary witnessing’s relations with Read the full article…