Patients’ Experience and Expectations Following Major Illness or Injury (Conference, University of Hertfordshire and Surrey, 24th March 2015)

Tuesday 24th March, The King’s Fund, London Most people at some stage in their lives have the experience of recovering from a serious illness or injury. The phrase ‘getting back to normal’ is often used to describe the progress or extent of recovery and carries with it social expectation that people will recover and that 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…

Human – Non-Human Interactions and the Medical Humanities (Durham, Seminar, 4th December 2014)

St Chad’s College Durham University 12pm–2pm The Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University will host another of its ‘Affiliate’s Lunches‘ on Dec 4th, focussing on ‘Human – Non-Human Interactions’. Professor David Herman (Department of English Studies) and Dr Andrew Russell (Department of Anthropology) will offer very different perspectives on this topic and all are 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…

Experience as Evidence Symposium: Slides Now Available

Experience as Evidence: A Symposium on the Sciences of Subjectivity in Healthcare, Policy and Practice was held at the University of Oxford, 13-14 October 2014. Livetweets from the event are available at #ExEv14 and presenters’ slides are now available for download from the conference web site.

“Metamorphic emergence: narrative modelling of species transformations” David Herman (Public Lecture, Durham, 10 November 2014)

Metamorphic emergence: narrative modelling of species transformations David Herman (Durham) 10 November 2014 Room ER140 at 18.00 for 18.15-20.00 The Emergence of Experience, Lecture Series Institute of Advanced Study University of Durham, 2014-2015 Under its profile as an instrument of mind, narrative helps make the flux of experience intelligible and navigable by generating human-scale models Read the full article…

Raven becomes voracious: Tales of insatiable hunger (Launch of the Body and Being Network, Oxford 30 October 2014)

Raven becomes voracious: Tales of insatiable hunger Long ago in Haida country, in the time of the trickster Raven, lived a tribe and their prince – a prince who could never eat. Why was the prince perpetually satiated? What unlikely food awakened the prince’s hunger? And what role would Raven play in turning the prince’s Read the full article…

Ben Kasstan wins the Margaret Clark Award sponsored by the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology

Ben Kasstan, our blog reviews editor and PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Durham has won the 2014 Margaret Clark award competition sponsored by the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology.  This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology Read the full article…

CALL FOR PAPERSOral Histories of Science, Technology and MedicineThe Annual Conference of the Oral History Society in conjunction with Royal Holloway University of London and the Oral History of British Science at the British Library, with support from the Wellcome TrustVenue: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKDate: Friday 10th- Saturday 11th Read the full article…

Oral Histories of Science, Technology & Medicine (CFP, Conference, Egham, Surrey, 10-11 July 2015)

CALL FOR PAPERSOral Histories of Science, Technology and MedicineThe Annual Conference of the Oral History Society in conjunction with Royal Holloway University of London and the Oral History of British Science at the British Library, with support from the Wellcome TrustVenue: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UKDate: Friday 10th- Saturday 11th Read the full article…