Do you have a 55-word story about diagnosis?

Victoria University of Wellington’s Critical Diagnosis Network, led by Prof Annemarie Jutel is sponsoring a fun creative writing contest. The Critical Diagnosis Network is dedicated to exploring social, cultural, creative and critical perspectives of diagnosis with a view to enhancing understanding of health and illness. They invite you to submit your previously-unpublished 55 word stories on Read the full article…

Disability and Disciplines: Conference on Education, Cultural, and Disability Studies (CfP, Liverpool, July 1-2, 2015)

A two-day conference at Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool Hope University, 1-2 July, 2015. When we think of disability in Higher Education we are likely to think in terms of access, Learning Support Plans, and so on. These and other such things are of great importance but only represent part of the approach Read the full article…

Portraits of Violence: Public Lecture by Suzannah Biernoff (Durham Light Infantry Museum Art Gallery, 6-7:30 pm, 18 Sept 2014)

Portraits of Violence: Public Lecture by Suzannah Biernoff Durham Light Infantry Museum Art Gallery, 6-7:30 pm, 18 Sept 2014 A free event supported by the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University, and Wellcome Trust. One of the most poignant innovations of the First World War was the production of portrait masks for severely disfigured servicemen: Read the full article…

Pseudo/Sciences of the Long Nineteenth Century Reading Group

The reading group on Pseudo/Sciences of the Long Nineteenth Century is a collaborative venture between Newcastle University and the Literary and Philosophical Society. The group is open to scholars, students and researchers as well as members of the public with an interest in nineteenth-century science, pseudoscience and literature. For each session we read a combination Read the full article…

Medical Humanities (CfP, Transatlantic Connections 2 Conference, Ireland Jan 14-18 2015)

“Medical humanities, in its most basic connotation, deals with the intersection of human experience, medical practice, and scientific technology. The field transcends the disciplinary boundaries of academe and engages all aspects of human culture— science, history, ethics, philosophy, literature, religion, art—in a discursive dialogue centered on what medicine means in relation to the individual in Read the full article…

Medical Humanities in Africa – A Conference Review by Megan Wainwright

Megan Wainwright writes: ‘Medical Humanities in Africa…’ What are they? Who does them? What should they be? These were some of the overarching questions that framed a vibrant two-day conference at the idyllic Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek, South Africa (see photo!). Having only arrived in Cape Town five months ago it was a huge Read the full article…

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

The Center for Medicine, Health, and Society (MHS) in the College of Arts & Science at Vanderbilt University invites applications for the position of tenure-track assistant professor with expertise in the social and cultural aspects of medicine and health. Primary appointments will be in MHS with secondary appointments possible in a number of Vanderbilt’s academic Read the full article…

Women’s Bodies (CfP, Conference, Society for Women in Philosophy, Dublin, 21-22 Nov 2014)

Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland Annual Conference and General Meeting 21st – 22nd November 2014, Newman House, Dublin 2, Ireland Conference Theme: Women’s Bodies Recent decades have seen unprecedented scholarly interest in the body, particularly the gendered body. This interest has been fostered by critical work emanating from the fields of philosophy, sociology, gender studies, cultural Read the full article…

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…