Psychological Resilience: Governing the Brain, Mind & Behaviour (Day Seminar, Birmingham, 23 June 2014)

Psychological resilience. Governing the brain, mind and behaviour University of Birmingham, Michael Tippett Room, Staff House23rd June 2014, 9:00 – 4:30pmREGISTRATION OPEN Organisers: Jessica Pykett (Birmingham University), Rhys Jones, Mark Whitehead (Aberystywth University), Maria Fannin (Bristol University), Ben Anderson, Joe Painter (Durham University) This seminar highlights the range of psychological approaches which have influenced contemporary Read the full article…

Asking the Way – Directions and Misdirections in Arts in Health

Mike White’s new essay “Asking the Way – Directions and Misdirections in Arts in Health” was commissioned and published by ixia, the public art think tank. The introduction is below and full text is available here: “Arts in health is at a fork in the road. The hard-paved route, The Empirical Highway, leads to probable damnation Read the full article…

Philosophy Workshop on Time and Well-Being (Birmingham, 6 June 2014)

Royal Institute of Philosophy, Birmingham Branch Department of Philosophy, University of Birmingham Friday 6th of June 2014 Room G51, ERI Building, University of Birmingham Campus Workshop on Time and Well-Being 13.00-14.20 “The Passing of Momentary Well-Being” Ben Bramble (University of Vienna) 14.20-14.40 Tea and Coffee Break 14.40-16.00 “What Is Child Well-Being?” Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge) 16.00-16.20 Tea Read the full article…

“Wonder & Co.” – varieties of intensified experience (CMH Symposium, Durham, 19 March 2014)

Centre for Medical Humanities second symposium on Wonder: “Wonder & Co.” – varieties of intensified experience 19th March 2014 Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College Durham, 9.30 – 4.30 Contributors include: Jules Evans (Queen Mary College London, Dept of Philosophy) ‘Experiences of ecstasy’ Ian Kidd (Durham University, Dept of Philosophy) ‘Deep and shallow wonder’ Veronica Strang Read the full article…

Flourishing in Difficult Times (Think About Health Conference, Birmingham, 19-20 June 2014)

Flourishing in Difficult Times 19 – 20 June 2014 Think about health Summer Conference Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham What does it mean for a health service to flourish? How might a sense of flourishing underpin other goals, such as building a just and compassionate service? How can both patients and practitioners be helped to Read the full article…

Mike White: More Musings on Arts in Health from the Chemo Circus

Mike White’s diary entry reads: January 30th. I find my chemotherapy is acquiring a distinctive odour, an insinuating rather than overpowering one. As I enter now the fourth of my ten cycles of treatment in that day-room vestibule where I join ‘the souls of the Uncommitted’, some tongue-in-cheek allusion to the circles of Hell in Read the full article…

Academy Scholarship Competition 2014 (Undergraduates of all disciplines apply by March 31 2014)

For the third year, the Institute of Ideas will be running the Academy Scholarship Programme for full time students of ANY academic discipline. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the annual Academy weekend for only £60. Read on for details of how to apply. The Institute of Ideas Academy is an annual three day Read the full article…

International perspectives on the development of research-guided practice in community-based arts in health

  Mike White writes: Volume 3 Issue 3 of this international UNESCO e-journal is a special issue edited by Mike White and Sarah Atkinson of the Centre for Medical Humanities and Margret Meagher of Arts and Health Australia on international approaches to participatory and community-based arts in health.  The papers originate from UK, Ireland, Australia and New Read the full article…

In and ‘Out of Focus': IUAES Conference with Perspectives From 69 Nations (Conference Review)

Entering the foyer of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester last week was an immersion into a world of multiple realities, cheek to cheek: expressed in the contrasting colours and cuts of  clothing, and the colliding cross rhythms of numerous languages.  This was the enormous and inspirational International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences (IUAES) conference, which Read the full article…