Arts of Breath – series of lecture-performances organised by Life of Breath project (Durham, Nov 2017 – March 2018)

The Life of Breath Project is pleased to announce ‘Arts of Breath’, a series of lecture-performances exploring the role of breath in poetry, fiction, singing, dance and visual art. All events will take place in Durham. For more information see individual event pages below, or contact Sarah McLusky. Wed 15 Nov 2017: Breath, Pulse and Measure in Read the full article…

Life of Breath at the Edinburgh Festival (Events, Edinburgh, 13-25 August 2017)

Durham University’s Life of Breath project is delighted to announce a series of breath and air-themed events in collaboration with the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Taking the Air, supported by The Wellcome Trust, will investigate ideas around breath. 1 in 5 people in the UK have a long-term lung-related illness and 115,000 die from lung Read the full article…

Life of Breath: History of Medicine Postdoc Vacancy (Job opportunity, Bristol)

The Life of Breath team at the University of Bristol are recruiting a postdoctoral research associate in history of medicine. The post, offered for 2 years, could examine the recent history of COPD, which has not so far been the subject of major historical study. However the PIs are also happy to discuss other ideas for research Read the full article…

Our Battle for Breath: making lung health a priority (Reblog, Ian Jarrold, British Lung Foundation)

This is the fourth and final blog in a series of responses by Life of Breath to the British Lung Foundation’s Battle for Breath report. Join us today at 12:00GMT on Twitter to discuss the issues #breathreport. Ian Jarrold, the British Lung Foundation’s Head of Research, considers the future of respiratory health in the UK. When the British Lung Foundation Read the full article…

‘Lies, damned lies, and statistics’: mesothelioma in literature (Reblog, Dr Arthur Rose, Life of Breath)

This is the third of a series of responses by Life of Breath to the British Lung Foundation’s Battle for Breath report. Join us on Twitter to discuss the issues, Thursday 24 November 2016, 12:00GMT #breathreport. Arthur Rose discusses why, as a literary scholar, he found some of the report’s statistics surprising: When the science writer, Stephen Jay Gould, Read the full article…

How does culture shape the language of breathlessness? (Reblog, Dr Rebecca Oxley, Life of Breath)

This is the second of a series of responses by Life of Breath to the British Lung Foundation’s Battle for Breath report. Join us on Twitter to discuss the issues, Thursday 24 November 2016, 12:00GMT #breathreport. Researcher Rebecca Oxley considers what insights anthropology can offer: The British Lung Foundation (BLF) recently published a three year study into the prevalence and impact Read the full article…

Why is breathlessness invisible? (Reblog, Prof Jane Macnaughton, Life of Breath)

This is the first of a series of responses by Life of Breath to the British Lung Foundation’s Battle for Breath report. Join Life of Breath on Twitter to discuss the issues, Thursday 24 November 2016, 12:00GMT #breathreport. Principal Life of Breath investigator Prof Jane Macnaughton writes: Lung disease kills one person every five minutes. Unbelievably, this statistic has not Read the full article…

Breathing Pauses in Ancient Rhetoric, Virginia Woolf and Robert Musil (Symposium, IAS Durham, 6 June 2016)

Join Dr Stefanie Heine (University of Toronto) in Durham at the Institute of Advanced Studies to explore how breathing pauses convey rhythm in both the spoken and written word by comparing and contrasting ancient rhetoric with the work of early 20th Century modernist writers Robert Musil and Virginia Woolf.  The prose rhythm demanded by the ancient rhetoricians is structured by intervals, Read the full article…

Chemical Youth Lecture Review

What do chemical and pharmaceutical substances, both legal and illicit, ‘do’ for youth? This is the question posed by the Chemical Youth project, funded by the European Research Council, which aims to understand the chemical lives of young people in France, the Netherlands, Indonesia and the Philippines. In this public lecture, project leader Professor Anita Hardon from Read the full article…

A Tobacco-Free New Zealand by 2025? (Public Lecture, Durham University, 9 March 2016)

Reflections of a frontline activist (No Smoking Day Lecture) To mark No Smoking Day we are delighted to welcome public health and behaviour specialist Dr Marewa Glover to Durham University. Dr Glover (Massey University) is an indigenous woman of the Māori Ngā Puhi tribe of New Zealand who works to improve Māori health, mainly through reducing tobacco smoking. Read the full article…