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…

King Lear in a Kelp Store: An Interdisciplinary Convivium on Papay Westray

Professor Jane Macnaughton writes: How was it that a group of ten philosophers, doctors, lawyers, a priest and an anthropologist, ended up playing Act 1 Scene 1 of King Lear in a renovated kelp (seaweed) store on the Island of Papa Westray, one of the most northerly of the Orkney Islands?  We were there by 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…

Second International Conference Exploring the Multi-Dimensions of Well-Being (24-25 July, Birmingham)

Second International Conference Exploring the Multi-Dimensions of Well-Being 24 – 25 July Birmingham City University Well-being 2013 has a particular focus on examining how professions, practitioners, communities and individuals are reacting to the well-being agenda. The pursuit of high levels of well-being is a key goal of society, yet well-being is a complex multi-dimensional issue, Read the full article…

Andy Burnham Headlines Shared Reading for The Reader Organisation’s Health Communities Conference 16 May 2013

Lizzie Cain, Communications Assistant for The Reader Organisation, writes: Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary, will be discussing ‘The Books that Built Me’ at The Reader Organisation’s fourth annual national conference, Shared Reading for Healthy Communities, taking place at the British Library on Thursday 16th May. A supporter of the organisation’s activities, Andy says: “I Read the full article…

Grimmer Up North? Health in An Age of Austerity (Debate, Durham University, 29 May 2013)

“Grimmer Up North? Health in An Age of Austerity,” an event jointly presented by the Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing and DEMOS. 5.30-8pm,Wednesday 29th May 2013. Lindisfarne Centre, St Aiden’s College, Windmill Hill, Durham University. DH1 3LJ This joint event is the curtain raiser for a larger programme of engagement between the Wolfson Read the full article…