Medicine and the Senses (CfP, Symposium, Leeds, 01 June 2017)

The Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities is organising a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to inspire debate on the role and significance of the senses within medicine. Abstracts are welcome from a wide range of disciplines. The value of the senses as an aid to diagnosis is demonstrated throughout the history of medicine. However, advances in digital Read the full article…

Too Much Medicine: Exploring the Relevance of the Philosophy of Medicine to Medical Research and Practice (CfP, University of Oxford, 19-20 April 2017)

This cross-disciplinary conference will explore the emerging problem of ‘too much medicine’ (TMM) including overdiagnosis and overtreatment. TMM is likely to benefit from an interdisciplinary perspective for several reasons. One cause of TMM is arguably ‘disease mongering’ where for example risk factors are interpreted as diseases and treated as such. This is related to the Read the full article…

‘Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences’ reviewed by Dr Svetlana Sholokhova

Rethinking Interdisciplinarity across the Social Sciences and Neurosciences by Felicity Callard & Des Fitzgerald (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) Where to begin when you decide to pursue an interdisciplinary research project? How do you put together an interdisciplinary working group? What kinds of difficulties should you expect to encounter? Where does the desire to engage in interdisciplinary work come Read the full article…

Concepts of Disease – Dysfunction, Responsibility and Sin (Call for Posters, Oxford, 11 January 2017)

This conference, organised by the Healthcare Values Partnership at Oxford University, aims to explore the understanding of disease as an evolving concept of multi-disciplinary concern in medicine, the humanities, the social sciences, and law. In particular, the conference seeks to investigate the moral responsibilities or failures that are implied by present and emerging notions of Read the full article…

Istanbul Medical Humanities Workshop (CfP, Istanbul, 24-25 November 2016)

Medical humanities is a cutting-edge interdisciplinary field that aims at building bridges between biomedical health care and the subjectivity of the person. It is located at the intersection of a range of disciplines that focus on issues and debates on illness, health, and well-being. Its interdisciplinary nature situates illness and health in their cultural and Read the full article…

Beyond Dead Weight: Redefining my practice as Visual Artist and Carer (guest post, Rachael Allen)

I remember the exact moment when I became aware of the medical humanities, casually taking in a poster on the student notice board in Durham medical school whilst attended a meeting about a potential arts and anatomy collaboration. Having wrestled with the locality of my practice in the conventional art world for years, I felt Read the full article…

What’s critical about the critical medical humanities? (Lunchtime talk, Birkbeck University of London, 6 October 2016)

The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities is a collection of thirty-six essays outlining a compelling new vision for medical humanities scholarship. In this talk, general editors Anne Whitehead and Angela Woods will discuss the different meanings and configurations of a critical medical humanities and what these open up for the future of this fast-growing field. They will Read the full article…

Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies (CfP, Liverpool Hope University, 5-6 July 2017)

Interdisciplinarity is pivotal in the development of the academy for many reasons, some of which form the conceptual framework of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University. Although far from straightforward in practice, the thinking is that interdisciplinarity leads to curricular reform that itself leads to changes in social attitudes. More Read the full article…

Engagement, Co-production, and Collaborative Meaning-Making: Collaboration in Qualitative Health Research (CfA, London, 7 February 2017)

The third UCL Qualitative Health Research Network Symposium, supported by the Wellcome Trust, will bring together researchers from around the world. Discussion will focus on increasing calls for collaboration between academia and the wider healthcare community in health research. This is largely driven by efforts to engage the public in the “co-production” of evidence-based healthcare and Read the full article…

Food pleasure, altered eating and well-being (Seminar, Gala Theatre Durham, 14th September 2016)

Eating is undoubtedly one of life’s great pleasures. Yet it is denied many people living with long-term eating difficulties as a result of illness, treatment or life-course transitions. This seminar reports on new research on “altered eating”, and the ‘science of deliciousness’. The seminar will include audience participation to examine flavour and taste.  Via film and Read the full article…