Call for Review: ‘Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery’ by Jonathan Lamb

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer Scurvy (Jonathan Lamb, 2016) for review, which explores the relations between disease and ‘discovery.’ Further information about the themes under study can be found at Princeton University Press. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Scurvy, a disease often associated with long stretches of maritime travel, generated sensations exceeding the Read the full article…

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ reviewed by Dr Alice McLachlan

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett in association with Wellcome Collection (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Crucial Interventions,’ Dr Alice McLachlan offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Laura Neff here.  Having reviewed its Read the full article…

Utilitarianism and Medicine: Past and Present Perspectives (Panel Discussion, Durham University, 11 May 2016)

9:30am  Arrival and tea/coffee  10am  Introduction 10:15am Panel 1 Commentator: TBA  David Knight (Durham) Laughing Gas, materialism, Blasphemy and Coleridge’s Theory of Life  Tom Rossetter (Durham) Paternalism, Utilitarianism and the Insanity Plea in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Britain 12pm  Break  12:30pm Panel 2 Commentator: Prof Nancy Cartwright  Cathy Gere (University of California, San Diego) The Monkey in the Panopticon: Utilitarianism and Neuroscience in Read the full article…

PhD Positions (5) – Department of Philosophy (CfA, Uppsala University, 8 April 2016)

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. The Department of Philosophy is internationally renowned, and with great diversity within philosophy. The following positions are currently open in the Department of Philosophy: PhD position in Aesthetics PhD position in Philosophy with specialisation in Theoretical Philosophy PhD position in Read the full article…

The Future of the History of the Human Sciences Conference (CfP, University of York, 7-8 April, 2016)

This two-day meeting, hosted jointly by Dr Chris Renwick and History of the Human Sciences, gathers together established scholars and early-career researchers to consider changes wrought in the broad interdisciplinary field of the history of the human sciences by new developments in the medical humanities, biological sciences, and literary/cultural theory. Marking the end of James Good’s Read the full article…

‘Body of Art’ reviewed by Marilena Parlati

‘Body of Art’ conceived and edited by Phaidon Editors (Phaidon, 2015). A naked arm entices readers into it. The partial illustration chosen as a cover to Body of Art is a detail from one of Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portraits (dated 1975), in which an intriguing, probably naked young man unfailingly captures the attention of his viewers Read the full article…

Three PhD studentships in Humanities and Social Science (CfA, Queen Mary University of London, January 31 2016)

The Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London invites applications from outstanding post-graduate students wishing to pursue doctoral research into aspects of the histories of emotions and health. The deadline for applications is 31 January 2016. These studentships are offered as a core element of a Collaborative Humanities and Social Science Read the full article…

The Evidence of Plasticity: A Workshop with Catherine Malabou (Durham University, January 26-27, 2016)

January 26th: The Evidence of Plasticity: A Workshop with Catherine Malabou Sponsored by Digital Studies, CHI and the IAS. Download Poster 14.00-16.30 – papers, plus responses from Catherine Malabou: Ian James (Cambridge), ‘The Place of the Void’ Sofia Ropek-Hewson (Cambridge), ‘Brains, Pills and Dildos: Activating Neuroplasticity through Pharmacology and Prosthetics’ Maria El-Turk (Durham) ‘Plastic Reading of Read the full article…

‘Pandemics: the Genealogy of a Concept’ (Public Lecture, Queen’s University Belfast, 12 November 2015)

Framing Epidemics Research Group Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities Queen’s University Belfast Public Lecture: Pandemics: the Genealogy of a Concept Download poster Professor Mark Harrison, (Director of the Wellcome Unit, University Of Oxford) Council Chamber 5.30pm, Thursday, 12 November 2015, Wine reception to follow. ICRH Framing Epidemics research group, led by Dr Fiona Read the full article…

‘Secret Science’ (Talk, Durham University, 30 October 2015)

A talk by Professor Ulf Schmidt (Kent) 5pm SR1, Department of History, North Bailey, Durham From the early 1990s, allegations that servicemen had been duped into taking part in trials with toxic agents at top-secret Allied research facilities throughout the twentieth century featured with ever greater frequency in the media. In Britain, a whole army Read the full article…