After Rymsdyk: drawing in Glasgow University Anatomy Museum by Jac Saorsa, Research Fellow at Glasgow University Medical Humanities Research Centre

I am here in Glasgow working on a paper in which I hope will put the Drawing Women’s Cancer project into historical and philosophical context. All of the work up to now on the project has been directly concerned with the here and now – with the experiences of women in the present, and this Read the full article…

Medicine Unboxed (CfP, Cheltenham, 21st November 2015)

Now in its third year, the Medicine Unboxed: Students event brings students of the arts, health and medicine together to share, explore and converse, drawing on the unique perspective and experience of being a student or in the early stages of a profession. Medicine Unboxed: Students 2015 takes place on the afternoon of Friday 21st Read the full article…

‘The Diseases, Health Risks and Phobias of Modern and Fashionable Living: Victorian Perspectives’ (Friday, 8 May 2015, 4.00 – 6.30pm, Newcastle University )

A Workshop funded by the Leverhulme Trust Room 3.38 ARMB (Armstrong Building), Newcastle University Speakers: Professor Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford), ‘Fears and Phobias in Victorian Culture’. Sally Shuttleworth, is Professor in the Faculty of English Language and Literature, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford, and PI of the ERC funded ‘Diseases of Modern Life: Read the full article…

Why Medical Humanities by Brandy Schillace

I have worked in the medical humanities for a number of years, now, and probably the one question that I hear most often is: what is it? I’ve defined it a number a times, a number of ways, but at its most essential “medhum” operates at the intersection of medical practice, medical history, and the Read the full article…

Postdoc Research Position (CfA, University of Kent, 15 March 2015)

Applications are invited for a full-time, fixed term (for three years) Research Associate in Philosophy. This position is attached to a research project, ‘Evaluating evidence in medicine’, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Professor Jon Williamson. The project is a collaboration between the University of Kent, University College London, Read the full article…

AMH 2015 ‘Dangerous Currents’ (Annual Conference, Dartington Hall, 23-25 June 2015)

In collaboration with Falmouth University and Creating Space Canada THE ASSOCIATION FOR MEDICAL HUMANITIES (AMH) ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2015 Dartington Hall Tues 23rd/ Wed 24th/ Thurs 25th June 2015 Dangerous Currents: risk & regulation at the interface of medicine & the arts Call for presentation proposals | Opening Keynote | Draft Programme Keynote conversations: Alphonso Lingis & Adrian Read the full article…

New Open Access Publication – The Development of Narrative Practices in Medicine c.1960–c.2000

A new volume from the Wellcome Witness to Contemporary Medicine series: ‘… if I have to explain to someone, like the anthropologist from Mars, what any of these words like compassion or whatever is, sooner or later I have to tell them a story.’ Professor Arthur Frank ‘I went back to read Freud’s case histories Read the full article…

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages (CfP, Conference, 11-12 Sept 2015, Oxford)

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages 11-12 September 2015 St Anne’s College, Oxford University Words, whether in poetry or prose, have a power beyond their meaning. They are capable not simply of expression but also of action; they can hurt or they can heal. Throughout the Middle Ages the potency Read the full article…

Drawing Out Obstetric Fistula: art and medicine research

I am now in Tanzania based at CCBRT in Dar es Salaam. We are exploring the potential of   art and narrative, both verbal and visual, to raise awareness of the huge problem in Africa of obstetric fistula. My blogsite for more information is: http://drawingof.wordpress.com/artists-blog/ I hope that this work will be of interest and any Read the full article…

Review of Visualising Illness at Birkbeck, November 14th -15th 2014, by Jac Saorsa

What is distinctive about the visual image as a means of communicating the experience of illness? As an artist working within the field of Medical Humanities this is a question that is very close to my creative heart so naturally I was very pleased to be invited to present at the Visualising Illness event, which Read the full article…