Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula: art and medicine research

I am now in Tanzania based at CCBRT in Dar es Salaam. We are exploring the potential of   art and narrative, both verbal and visual, to raise awareness of the huge problem in Africa of obstetric fistula. My blogsite for more information is: http://drawingof.wordpress.com/artists-blog/ I hope that this work will be of interest and any Read the full article…

Review of Visualising Illness at Birkbeck, November 14th -15th 2014, by Jac Saorsa

What is distinctive about the visual image as a means of communicating the experience of illness? As an artist working within the field of Medical Humanities this is a question that is very close to my creative heart so naturally I was very pleased to be invited to present at the Visualising Illness event, which Read the full article…

New Generations: Using our inheritance wisely

New Generations: Using our inheritance wisely   The CMH New Generations programme is a pioneering initiative to gather emerging thinkers who are linked with the medical humanities – a discipline formed of a fluid but rapidly growing community of scholars, practitioners and activists. To be one of fourteen participants included in this novel series of training Read the full article…

“Towards Neuro-Social Science: The Politics and Pragmatics of Collaboration” (Symposium, 11 December 2014, London)

“Towards Neuro-Social Science: The Politics and Pragmatics of Collaboration”: Neuroscience & Society Network Symposium When: Thursday December 11th, 9 1m-5 pm Where: Room 1.71, Franklin Wilkins Building, Waterloo Campus, King’s College London The more we experiment on and with the human brain and nervous system, the more we realize that our neurobiological inheritances are bound up with cultural, Read the full article…

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…