Kathleen Jamie wins the 2014 John Burroughs Medal

The John Burroughs Association is pleased to announce the 2014 winner of the John Burroughs Medal is Kathleen Jamie for her book Sightlines, published by The Experiment, New York, 2013. Kathleen Jamie has been a longtime friend of the Centre for Medical Humanities, and we were delighted to support the publication of her most recent book Frissure Read the full article…

Alice Major – ‘Dementia: Writing from the Outside In’ (Seminar, Glasgow Caledonian, 6 March 2014)

The Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) is pleased to announce an additional seminar this semester on 6 March at 5pm in Room 119, Hamish Woods Building on the Glasgow Caledonian University campus.  Alice Major, a poet and writer originally from Dumbarton, now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she served Read the full article…

Experiencing Metaphor: A Medieval Headache

Experiencing Metaphor: A Medieval Headache  by Jamie McKinstry, Durham University, was first published in Volume 6.1 of the open access medical humanities journal Hektoen International. “Metaphors have been used extensively in medicine to describe patients, illustrate diseases, and educate students.1 By comparing unlike things that have something in common, they enhance communication in education, science, and Read the full article…

Reading Group on the Pseudo/Sciences of the Long Nineteenth Century (Newcastle, 20 January 2014)

In what ways did reading character off the skull in phrenology contribute to the birth of neuropsychology? How was the spectacle of the trance in mesmerism linked to the emergence of electricity, magnetism and psychoanalysis? What were the connections between the spiritualist seance, the telegraph and the telephone? These are some of the questions the Read the full article…

Entries are open for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize (Poetry and Medicine)

Entries are now open for the 2014 Hippocrates Prize for poetry and medicine, which is for unpublished poems in English of up to 50 lines text, excluding title and line spacing. With a 1st prize for the winning poem in each category of £5,000, the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world Read the full article…

PhD Studentship – Community health and wellbeing in contemporary British fiction and culture – University of Leeds

A fully funded PhD studentship, to start in February, as part of an AHRC-ESRC funded project under the Connected Communities research programme has just been announced. Full details are available here. The student will work on a topic entitled ‘Community health and wellbeing in contemporary British fiction and culture’, and will be based in the Read the full article…

Medievalism and the Medical Humanities (CfP, Special Issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies)

Contributions are invited for a special issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies entitled ‘Medievalism and the Medical Humanities’. The issue will be published in the summer of 2017 and will be edited by Dr Jamie McKinstry and Professor Corinne Saunders. The editors invite essays that explore, through specific examples, how the interdisciplinary Read the full article…

Wanted: Lecturer in English (Literature and Medicine) Bristol University

The University of Bristol invites applications to a full-time permanent Lectureship (Lecturer B) in English Literature (Literature and Medicine). Candidates who can demonstrate excellence in research in any area of the subject are eligible to apply. There is no restriction of period, and ‘English Literature’ may be taken as meaning ‘literature in English’. The successful Read the full article…

Fear and Loathing: Phobia in Literature and Culture (CfP, Conference, Kent, 9-10 May 2014)

Fear and Loathing: Phobia in Literature and Culture Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing, School of English, University of Kent, 9th-10th May 2014 Focusing on the literary and historical representation of irrational emotions or phobias, Fear and Loathing seeks papers on topics and authors from any period, which aim to demonstrate the extent to which Read the full article…