Birth: personal stories to population policies (Conference, Leeds, 18-19 Sept 2014)

This two-day conference, organised by the School of History’s Health, Medicine and Society research group, brings together those interested in the history of birth, fertility, sexuality, demography and family life, from the medieval period to the present day, and in cultures across the world. The conference aims to situate birth in the contexts of family Read the full article…

“Psychosomatic” Illness in Popular Culture (CfP, Edited Collection)

Edited Collection: “Psychosomatic” Illness in Popular Culture (Abstracts due September 1) Medically unexplained symptoms, hysteria, neurasthenia, hypochondria, psychogenic illness, somatic symptoms, functional illness, malingering—there is ongoing debate amongst specialists in medicine, psychology, sociology, and the medical humanities about how to classify, diagnose, treat, and explain disorders affecting body and mind. Meanwhile, in popular culture, these terms are Read the full article…

Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, Theories, Histories (CfP, Conference, London, 15 September 2014)

University College London (UCL) Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, Theories, Histories. An Interdisciplinary Conference 15 September, 2014 This interdisciplinary conference takes up an important debate in a field of growing importance in the humanities, where animal studies, post-humanism, and eco-criticism have surged in recent Read the full article…

Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities (Conference, Durham, July 7-8 2014)

The Centre for Humanities Innovation is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for their inaugural conference: Beyond Crisis: Visions for the New Humanities (July 7-8 2014, Durham University, Palatine Centre), featuring the following keynote presentations: Prof. Thomas Docherty (Warwick): Living on, living together: the humanities, the secular, democracy Prof. Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway): Read the full article…

Figuring the Tumor : Photography, Self, and Advanced Cancer in Botswana - Julie Livingston (Public Lecture, Wellcome Trust, 11 June 2014)

Wellcome Medal Lecture Figuring the Tumor : Photography, Self, and Advanced Cancer in Botswana will be given by Dr Julie Livingston, Rutgers University Wednesday 11 June 2014, at 5.30pm (talk to start at 6.00pm) at the Wellcome Trust Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE This talk considers a series of photographs and other Read the full article…

Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, 1660-1832 (Conference, Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, 3-5th July 2014)

The conference will consider the debate on fashion and sickness that linked melancholy, the vapours, nervousness, gout, consumption and many other diagnoses with the elite and superior sensibility. Its central aim is to take a new look at the topic by taking into account voices from beyond the social and medical elite, focusing on the Read the full article…

Medicine, Patenting & Ownership in Historical Perspective (Workshop, Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, 14-15 July 2014)

Medicine, Patenting & Ownership in Historical Perspective An international and interdisciplinary workshop Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds, UK 14-15 July 2014 As part of the AHRC Research Network “Rethinking Patenting Cultures”, colleagues are invited to attend this two-day workshop on the history of patenting and ownership in the history of medicine and healthcare. This event will Read the full article…

Anxieties of communication: the limits of narrative in the medical humanities

What is and should be the role of narrative in the medical humanities? Responding to Angela Woods’ 2011 paper The limits of narrative, Dr Claire McKechnie (Glasgow Centre for Population Health) advances the discussion in her recent article for the BMJ Medical Humanities journal “Anxieties of communication: the limits of narrative in the medical humanities.” Read the full article…

Medical training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014 (CfP, Conference, UCD, 17-18 October 2014)

Please follow the link (Medical training conference CFP 17-18 Oct 2014 UCD) to download the Call for Papers for a conference on the theme of ‘Medical training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014: New foundations and global perspectives’ which will be held at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (final post 2014): Dr Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

So, in a few days I will be taking my leave of Galveston once again. Of course I am sad to leave the island although I am looking forward to going home and excited about everything I have achieved during my ‘oh too short’ time here. I gave a colloquium and a drawing workshop and, Read the full article…