Three Doctoral Fellowships in Medicine and the Humanities (Call for applicants, Mainz, Germany)

As part of the German Research Foundation (DFG) funded research training group “Life Sciences, Life Writing: Experiences at the Boundaries of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience” (GRK 2015/1), the University of Mainz and the Mainz University Clinic are jointly inviting applications for three doctoral fellowships. At the intersection of biomedicine, individual and Read the full article…

Doctor, Doctor: Global and Historical Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship (CfP, University of Oxford, 24 March 2017)

“Two distinct and separate parties interact with one another – not one mind (the physician’s), not one body (the patient’s), but two minds and two bodies.” – Jay Katz, The Silent World of Doctor and Patient (1984) The doctor-patient relationship is the primary way that we experience medicine: we go to the doctor when we are may Read the full article…

The Anatomy of the Image (CfP – updated, Conference, Monash University, 16-18 February 2017)

This international conference wishes to create a broader context for analysing cultural, literary, scientific and political constructions of the (bio)medical body. We therefore seek to generate interest in the topic from a wide range of disciplines from anthropology, history, media theory, literature, art history, film, political studies, socials sciences, criminology, law and medicine. We would like Read the full article…

Bodies, Technologies, Objects (Workshop, University of Manchester, 6 September 2016)

Hand sanitizer dispensers, medicine bottles, surgical knives, bionic eyes: from the mundane and simple to the rarified and high-tech, objects mediate and condition our encounters with medicine, health and illness.  How, this workshop asks, can those working in medical humanities engage productively with objects to gain insights into medical care and health experience?  What can Read the full article…

‘A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine’ reviewed by Dr Marion Lynch

A Body of Work: An Anthology of Poetry and Medicine edited by Corinna Wagner and Andy Brown (Bloomsbury, 2016) Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘A Body of Work,’ Dr Marion Lynch offers her perspective as a Deputy Medical Director at NHS England. You can see the accompanying review offered by Dr Ashleigh Blackwood here.  A Body of Work Read the full article…

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Aske

‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).    Ezra Pound’s observation — ‘beauty is genuinely difficult’ (p. 1) — reminds the reader that discussing the diverse concept of beauty is infamously problematic. This is because the construction of beauty relies on human interaction Read the full article…

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ reviewed by Laura Neff

‘Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Nineteenth-Century Surgery’ by Richard Barnett in association with Wellcome Collection (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Following our initial call for clinical and academic reviews of ‘Crucial Interventions,’ Laura Neff offers her perspective as a junior doctor. You can see the accompanying review offered by Dr Alice McLachlan here.  The history of Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘in-Training: Stories from tomorrow’s physicians’ edited by Ajay Major and Aleena Paul

The Centre is pleased to offer ‘in-Training: Stories from tomorrow’s physicians‘ edited by Ajay Major and Aleena Paul (Pager Publications, 2016) for review. We have two review copies available, specifically for a medical student and an academic in the area of medical humanities or medical education. in-Training: Stories from Tomorrow’s Physicians is a collection of 102 manuscripts published on in-Training, the online magazine Read the full article…

Phantom Limb (Exhibition, Liverpool, 9 July – 3 December 2016)

Phantom Limb is an interactive exhibition focusing on medicine, memory and the treatment process. It features around twenty works by nine artists, most of whom work from their own personal experiences of operations and illnesses. The exhibition is a partnership project between award-winning artist, Euan Gray, and Dr Daniel Whistler, from Liverpool University’s Centre for Health, Arts Read the full article…

Can the humanities influence the clinical science of breathlessness? (Conference panel, Edinburgh, 13 September 2016)

Jane Macnaughton, Co-Director of Durham University Centre for Medical Humanities, will be giving a talk at the Edinburgh International Conference of Medicine. She will be presenting current work in medical humanities that explores the symptom of breathlessness. Her talk will explain how interdisciplinary interactions between the arts, humanities, social science, clinical medicine and clinical science might Read the full article…