Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn – Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy: Conditionality, Activation and the Role of Psychology in UK Government Workfare Programmes

William Viney writes – This is the fifth and final post introducing individual papers from a special issue of Medical Humanities, edited by myself, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. A more general overview of the special issue can be found here. In the last contribution to this special issue, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn reflect the Read the full article…

Published Today: ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, a special issue of BMJ’s Medical Humanities

It is with great pleasure that we announce the publication of a special issue of Medical Humanities journal, edited by Centre for Medical Humanities researchers William Viney, Felicity Callard, and Angela Woods. Exploring the many valences of the word ‘critical’ across and beyond the medical humanities, the special collection champions a ‘critical medical humanities’ characterised Read the full article…

Dr. Lynne Friedli – ‘Welfare Reform and the Rise of Psychological Fundamentalism: The Case of Workfare’ (Lecture, Durham, 7th May 2014)

This paper is concerned with growing influence of  psychology  and the role of psycho-policy in formulating and gaining consent for the current regime of welfare reform, notably in the roll out of the Department for Work and Pensions Workfare programme.  What emerges is the construction of a psychological ideal that embodies the norms and values Read the full article…

Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

In this post, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn look at the role of  psychological coercion, notably through the imposition of positive affect,  in UK Government workfare programmes. There has been little or no debate about the recruitment of psychology/psychologists into monitoring,  modifying and/or punishing  people who claim social security benefits. This silence raises important ethical questions, Read the full article…

Critical Medical Humanities Symposium – Review by Avishek Parui

The first international Critical Medical Humanities Symposium was held on November 4 and 5 at Durham University. In the second of two reviews, Avishek Parui, recent PhD graduate in English Studies, writes: The Critical Medical Humanities Symposium at Durham University on 4-5 November 2013 brought together a wide range of researchers and research interests. Opening Read the full article…

Critical Medical Humanities Symposium – Review by Abi Mcniven

The first international Critical Medical Humanities Symposium was held on November 4 and 5 at Durham University. In the first of two reviews, Abigail Mcniven, PhD candidate in Geography, writes: Introducing the ‘Critical Medical Humanities Symposium’, Angela Woods presented attendees with a provocation: to think beyond the primal diagnosis scene underpinning the ‘re-humanising medicine’ mantra Read the full article…

Critical Medical Humanities Symposium – Final Programme and Invitation to follow #CritMH debate on twitter

We are delighted to be hosting the first international Critical Medical Humanities Symposium on November 4 and 5 at Durham University. Registration for the symposium has closed, but we would love for as many people as possible to participate in the discussions by following the twitter hashtag #CritMH. (We will be tweeting @mdiclhumanities, but you Read the full article…

Call For Participants: ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, Durham University (4 & 5 November 2013)

Organisers:  Felicity Callard, Will Viney, Angela Woods (Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University) To mark the conclusion of Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities’ Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, we are hosting an intense, future-orientated and interdisciplinary symposium. We invite 50 applicants to join us at Durham University for a special, two-day event, ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, a Read the full article…