This House Believes that there is Nothing New Under the Sun (IAS Debate, Durham, 12 October 2014)

The IAS Debate: This House Believes that there is Nothing New Under the Sun Sunday 12th October 12.30pm, Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham Can truly new ideas and practices emerge? Or does history simply repeat itself in different forms? Are the evolutionary and physical processes we observe just the logical outcome of development and Read the full article…

Birth: personal stories to population policies (Conference, Leeds, 18-19 Sept 2014)

This two-day conference, organised by the School of History’s Health, Medicine and Society research group, brings together those interested in the history of birth, fertility, sexuality, demography and family life, from the medieval period to the present day, and in cultures across the world. The conference aims to situate birth in the contexts of family Read the full article…

“Psychosomatic” Illness in Popular Culture (CfP, Edited Collection)

Edited Collection: “Psychosomatic” Illness in Popular Culture (Abstracts due September 1) Medically unexplained symptoms, hysteria, neurasthenia, hypochondria, psychogenic illness, somatic symptoms, functional illness, malingering—there is ongoing debate amongst specialists in medicine, psychology, sociology, and the medical humanities about how to classify, diagnose, treat, and explain disorders affecting body and mind. Meanwhile, in popular culture, these terms are Read the full article…

Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, Theories, Histories (CfP, Conference, London, 15 September 2014)

University College London (UCL) Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, Theories, Histories. An Interdisciplinary Conference 15 September, 2014 This interdisciplinary conference takes up an important debate in a field of growing importance in the humanities, where animal studies, post-humanism, and eco-criticism have surged in recent Read the full article…

Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities (Conference, Durham, July 7-8 2014)

The Centre for Humanities Innovation is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for their inaugural conference: Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities (July 7-8 2014, Durham University, Palatine Centre), featuring the following keynote presentations: Prof. Thomas Docherty (Warwick): Living on, living together: the humanities, the secular, democracy Prof. Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway): Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (final post 2014): Dr Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

So, in a few days I will be taking my leave of Galveston once again. Of course I am sad to leave the island although I am looking forward to going home and excited about everything I have achieved during my ‘oh too short’ time here. I gave a colloquium and a drawing workshop and, Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (weeks 3-4): Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

Just one more week to go here in Galveston. I have been dividing my time between drawing the anatomy lab and studying in the Library here at the University of Texas Medical Branch. In the latter, while reading up on the historical context of everything that the Drawing Women’s Cancer project is, I came across Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (week 2) : Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

SEAWEED! The news here calls it a “relentless three-day onslaught of seaweed that piled up on beaches at a rate not seen in years, leaving mounds of Sargassum several feet high in places”. The Galveston Park Board executive director said  “This is probably the worst case of seaweed we’ve seen in at least the last Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston 2014: Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas Centre for Medical Humanities

Back in Galveston! Invited again by the wonderful folk at the University of Texas Centre for Medical Humanities to spend another month working here on the Drawing Women’s Cancer project (drawingcancer.wordpress.com), I am delighted to be back on the island and full of plans for how to use the month. It feels good to be Read the full article…

‘Order / Disorder’ (London Interdisciplinary Discussion Group event, 15 April 2014)

‘Order / Disorder’, 15th April 2014 Dana Centre Cafe, Science Museum (165 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington), London 6.30-8.30pm, followed by a drinks reception Where do we draw the line between order and disorder? What is the significance of this, and how might it differ from one area of knowledge to another? How do varying conceptions Read the full article…