Notes from Galveston (Week 3): Jac Saorsa, Visiting scholar at the University of Texas

The air is cooler now in Galveston, there are clouds in the sky and the seabirds are not so bothered by swimmers and surfers in their territory. We even had rain the other day, hard, even torrential, somebody said we caught the tail end of a tropical storm. Plenty of  people  do still flock to the beaches however, Read the full article…

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

Each day I walk either along the shore, or past beautiful Victorian architecture in the nationally acclaimed ‘historic district’, to the office I have been assigned at the Institute of Medical Humanities. (To be fair, I actually have two offices… the unofficial one is somewhere between the downtown coffee house, where I am becoming a 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…

One Chapter at a Time

 James Allott’s latest post from Fremantle: Our Australian adventure is now in its  fifth week and we are avidly looking forward to our 3-day Drawing Camp ‘Down South’ next week. I feel like this week will take us into the next ‘chapter’ of our story here. The first chapter was a couple of really relaxed Read the full article…

Startspeak, Here and Now.

The latest from James Allott: This photo was taken by Patrick Carter, who, along with Tim Maley, is currently an artist in residence at Midland Junction Arts Centre. Both artists are part of the Startspeak project which I’ve written about in a previous blog post. The photo is of me imprisoned behind Pat’s jail bars. Read the full article…

A Dictionary of Feelings

James Allott’s latest post from Fremantle: While looking through my journal for blog content, I realised I’d written a lot about how I’ve felt throughout the exchange thus far. It’s good for both my professional and personal development. I then began to think about the Year 6 Self-Portrait Project back at Chickenley . The first Read the full article…

The Latest from Fremantle

James Allott, writing from Fremantle: And so the third week of our exchange begins. Each week has felt quite unique- with each week our experience becomes richer as we delve deeper into the arts and health work here at Dadaa . The first week we spent here, between bouts of jet lag and consulting a Read the full article…

Medical humanities & cognitive neuroscience: transdisciplinary openings & endeavours

Jonathan Smallwood’s, Daniel S Margulies’ and my article “Default positions: how neuroscience’s historical legacy has hampered investigation of the resting mind”, is just out in the Open Access journal Frontiers in Psychology.  It comprises a collaboration between a psychologist, a cognitive neuroscientist and a medical humanities scholar. In this perspective piece, the three of us interrogate the Read the full article…

Medical Humanities in Helsinki

Martyn Evans and Jane Macnaughton were part of an international group presenting a series of talks on aspects of the medical humanities to a group of clinicians and students in Helsinki on Friday 1st June.  On a cool but sunny day an audience of over 50 gathered at the House of Sciences in Kirkkokatu near Read the full article…

Arts Care21 conference: Rich in research, and a great Belfast Bash!

Back at base now, I can reflect with relish on three days of thought provoking, multi-disciplinary input at Belfast’s beautiful Lyric Theatre, which was our centre of gravity during Arts Care’s ‘International Arts in Health Conference: Sustainable Creativity in Healthcare’ this week. It was hugely stimulating exchanging perspectives with delegates from far and wide (including Read the full article…