‘How did Racism and Anti-Semitism become Mental Illnesses?’ (Lecture, Durham University, 14 March 2016)

The Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics is hosting a lecture by Professor Sander Gilman (Emory University) entitled How did Racism and Anti-Semitism become Mental Illnesses?  Abstract: In 2012, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Oxford reported that, based on their clinical experiment, a beta-blocker drug could reduce implicit Read the full article…

‘Squirrels’ presented by the Operating Theatre (Arts Centre Washington, 4 February 2016)

The press release provided by Operating Theatre describes the show in the following way: Zoe, a young woman who has fallen through the cracks, has the constitution of a Cossack, and a fierce love of the outdoors well ok, hanging around the park with her mates getting wasted. She’s part of a self-help group called Read the full article…

Anthropology of Mental Health: At the Intersections of Transience, ‘Chronicity’ and Recovery (panel; ASA 2016, Durham, 4-7 July 2016)

Paper proposals are now invited for the panel ‘Anthropology of Mental Health: At the Intersections of Transience, “Chronicity” and Recovery’, which will take place at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (ASA) conference, at the University of Durham, 4-7 July 2016. Responding to recent changes in psychiatric diagnoses and treatments and Read the full article…

Durham Centre for Medical Humanities/Wolfson PG & ECR Network (CfP, Durham University, 2 December 2015)

The next meeting of the CMH Postgraduate / Early Career Researcher Medical Humanities Network will take place at The Williams’ Library, St. Chad’s College, North Bailey, Durham. This meeting of the postgrad/ECR medical humanities discussion group will examine some of the various dimensions of mental illness and mental wellbeing within the medical humanities and related Read the full article…

Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness – Tim Thornton (IAS Public Lecture, Durham, 25 November)

IAS Fellow’s Public Lecture – Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness Professor Tim Thornton (University of Central Lancashire) 25th November 2014, 8-9pm Senate Suite, University College (Castle) Unlike other areas of medicine, the basic diagnostic categories of mental healthcare are widely disputed. Revisions to psychiatric taxonomy are not merely matters of Read the full article…

Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness (Public lecture, IAS Durham University, 25 Nov 2014)

IAS Fellow’s Public Lecture – Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness – Professor Tim Thornton (University of Central Lancashire) Tuesday 25 November 2014 20:00 to 21:00 Senate Suite, University College, Durham University Unlike other areas of medicine, the basic diagnostic categories of mental healthcare are widely disputed. Revisions to psychiatric taxonomy Read the full article…

“Polevault”: Audiowalk on Mental Illness & Infanticide linked to canals

Professor Hilary Marland recently collaborated with Talking Birds as part of the ‘Polevault’ endeavour linked to their Olympic project: ‘Decathlon 2012’, providing commentary on mental illness and infanticide linked to canals. The project culminated in a downloadable ‘audio walk’ including the story of Elizabeth Barnwell, who was suffering from ‘puerperal mania’, a severe form of postnatal mental illness. The roots of the Read the full article…

Healing Words: A Meditation on Poetry and Recovery from Mental Illness

This is a brief extract from an essay by Sandy Jeffs and Susan Pepper entitled “Healing Words: A Meditation on Poetry and Recovery from Mental Illness” published in The Arts in Psychotherapy (2005). Sandy Jeffs is an Australian poet and community educator and a regular contributor of poetry and essays to the Centre for Medical Read the full article…

Disability, mental capacity, medical humanities & the law

Next week, I will be co-running — with Jillian Craigie and Oliver Lewis — the first of two workshops that comprise a collaboration between the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University with the Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health (UCL) and the international human rights NGO The Mental Disability Advocacy Center (MDAC). The closed workshops bring the medical Read the full article…

‘Recovery’ in mental health: who judges, on what grounds, with what evidence, and which arguments?

The medical humanities have contributed greatly to research that addresses – conceptually, historically and empirically – whose perspective(s) are (and should be) privileged when judging the contours of illness and health. One research arena in which these questions currently have particular salience and urgency is that of research on ‘recovery’ in mental health. The October Read the full article…