Before and Since (the Wound) – Visualising the Experience of Pain

In painting the image of a child dying of hunger, my aim is not to make a re-presentation of a child dying of hunger, or to elicit or express what it feels like to watch a child dying of hunger. My aim is to paint hunger itself. The above comment is one that I made Read the full article…

Visions, voices and other hallucinatory experiences in the Middle Ages (CfP, International Medieval Congress, July 2014)

The twentieth International Medieval Congress will take place in Leeds, from 7-10 July 2014. Proposals are sought for a panel entitled “Visions, voices and other hallucinatory experiences in the Middle Ages.” This session, sponsored by the Wellcome-funded Hearing the Voice project and the Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University, seeks to explore how hallucinatory experiences Read the full article…

PCCS Book Series on Lived Experience of Mental Health

Readers of the CMH blog may be interested in this press release from PCCS books and the Madness and Literature Network: ‘The ‘Our Encounters with…’ series collect together unmediated, unsanitised narratives by service-users, past service-users and carers and survivors. These stories of direct experience will be of great benefit to those interested in narrative enquiry, Read the full article…

Madness Contested: Power and Practice (Review by Jonathan Gadsby)

Jonathan Gadsby, PhD candidate at Birmingham City University, reviews Steven Coles, Sarah Keenan and Bob Diamond, eds., Madness Contested: Power and Practice (Ross-on-Wye: PCCS Books, 2013): It was impossible for me to read this new collection dispassionately and I will not be the only one. I found myself in turns punching the air and nervously Read the full article…

Altered Consciousness, 1918-1980 (CfP, Conference, Queen Mary, London, 16-17 November)

Altered Consciousness, 1918-1980 16-17 November 2013 Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS Closing date for submissions: 14 June 2013 Keynote speaker: Jeffrey Kripal (Rice University) This meeting will explore the theme of altered consciousness in relation to popular culture, psychology, philosophy, religion, medicine and literature during the period 1918-1980. Many literary and popular authors Read the full article…

Towards a Cultural History of Exhaustion: Anna Katharina Schaffner (Public Lecture, Durham, 25 April 2013)

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures Literature, History, Theory Research Group presents Towards a Cultural History of Exhaustion Dr Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, University of Kent) Thursday 25 April, 5.00-7.00 pm A56 Elvet Riverside, Durham University This paper explores how ‘exhaustion’ – understood both as a subjective physico-psychological experience and a broader phenomenon 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…

Bad Vibrations: Music as a Cause of Hysteria, Sex, Madness and Death? James Kennaway (Seminar & Masterclass, Edinburgh, 26 March 2013)

First Event in new Scottish Health Humanities Seminar and Masterclass Series Dr James Kennaway, “Bad Vibrations: Music as a Cause of Hysteria, Sex, Madness and Death?” 6.00-7.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm), Tuesday 26 March 2013. Room 1.9 in Doorway 6, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh Abstract: For most people, music is an entirely positive part Read the full article…

Two Medical Humanities Talks from the Institute of Arts and Ideas

Diagnoses of clinical depression are on the rise. Are we medicalising necessary emotions? In Psychiatry and the Meaning of Pain, Consultant Psychiatrist, filmmaker and writer Mark Salter makes the case for the value of sadness. Even though the successes of western medicine are loudly applauded, alternatives from aromatherapy to raki, acupuncture to crystal healing, balloon Read the full article…

Listen Here: exploring the arts and health issues raised by Alice in Bed (Workshop: Newcastle, 28 February 2013)

LISTEN HERE is a day of talks and workshops exploring the arts and health issues raised by Tender Buttons’ Alice in Bed. Tender Buttons’ site specific production of Susan Sontag’s play Alice in Bed will take place at The Stephenson Works, Newcastle in February 27-March 3, 2013. The play asks questions about the way in Read the full article…