First Hub Residency at Wellcome Collection to be led by CMH staff member Felicity Callard with CMH Affiliate Charles Fernyhough in Core Team

The Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH) is delighted to announce that first two-year £1m residency of The Hub at Wellcome Collection will be led by Dr Felicity Callard (Senior Lecturer in CMH and the Department of Geography), with Prof Charles Fernyhough (CMH Affiliate) as one of the core team (along with Claudia Hammond, Dr Daniel Read the full article…

“Brain Banquet”: Guerilla Science (London, 13–15 March 2014)

BRAIN BANQUET Feast your senses on the most complex thing in the universe: the human brain. From March 13-15 Guerilla Science will host a unique Brain Banquet in a long-forgotten World War 2 bunker transformed into an incarnation of the brain. With food design by the inimitable Blanch & Shock, guests will dine on a five-course banquet created Read the full article…

London Conference in Critical Thought 2014 (CfP, London, June 2014)

27-28 June 2014, Goldsmiths, University of London. CFP deadline: 10 March 2014. londoncritical.org The third annual London Conference in Critical Thought (LCCT) will offer a space for an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas for scholars who work with critical traditions and concerns. It aims to provide opportunities for those who frequently find themselves at the margins Read the full article…

The Cultural History of Exhaustion – Review

This review of the Exhaustion conference appeared on the fantastic Sleep Cultures blog: “On 25 October 2013, the University of Kent hosted a one-day interdisciplinary conference on exhaustion, organized by Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, Kent) and funded by the Wellcome Trust, that brought together scholars from the arts, medicine, sociology, psychology, literary studies and Read the full article…

Neuroscience and Modern Fiction (CfP, Modern Fiction Studies, Deadline 1 February 2014)

Modern Fiction Studies Call for Papers: Upcoming Special Issue Neuroscience and Modern Fiction Guest Editor: Stephen J. Burn Deadline for Submissions: 1 February 2014 The Editors of MFS seek essays that consider how modern fiction has evolved in dialogue with the neuroscientific revolution. In the aftermath of the so-called “Decade of the Brain” (the 1990s), Read the full article…

Exhaustion (One day workshop, University of Kent, Friday 25 October 2013)

Exhaustion Friday, 25 October, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury Funded by the Wellcome Trust Organised by Anna Katharina Schaffner This interdisciplinary conference explores different medical, psychological and socio-political narratives on the origins of and cures for exhaustion. Experts from diverse disciplines (including psychiatrists, psychologists, social scientists, occupational health specialists, literary scholars and filmmakers) will talk about different Read the full article…

The Artful Brain (Institute of Philosophy Centre for the Study of the Senses Symposium, 25 October 2013)

INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF THE SENSES THE ARTFUL BRAIN Fri 25 October 2013 G22/26, Senate House, University of London From Ghiberti’s development of perspective to Gombrich’s work on illusions in art, the science of perception and the arts have long been interconnected. Recent developments in neuroscience, and the emergence of ‘neuroaesthetics’ Read the full article…

Call For Participants: ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, Durham University (4 & 5 November 2013)

Organisers:  Felicity Callard, Will Viney, Angela Woods (Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University) To mark the conclusion of Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities’ Wellcome Trust Strategic Award, we are hosting an intense, future-orientated and interdisciplinary symposium. We invite 50 applicants to join us at Durham University for a special, two-day event, ‘Critical Medical Humanities’, a Read the full article…

Neurogenderings III: The 1st International Dissensus Conference on Brain & Gender (CFP, Conference, Lausanne, 8–10 May 2014)

NEUROGENDERINGS III THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL DISSENSUS CONFERENCE ON BRAIN AND GENDER 8-10 May 2014, University of Lausanne, Switzerland THE NEUROGENDERINGS NETWORK In 2010, the conference NeuroGenderings: Critical Studies of the Sexed Brain  was held in Uppsala (Sweden). It brought together experts from different disciplines to identify theoretical and methodological strategies for social scientists, cultural scientists and Read the full article…

Susan Aldworth’s Transience: Fiona Johnstone reviews the magic of etchings taken from brain tissue

Fiona Johnstone, PhD candidate at Birkbeck University, writes:  Susan Aldworth’s latest exhibition, Transience, at GV Arts, London, until 20th July, is based on a suite of etchings taken from slices of human brain tissue. The project is a collaboration between Aldworth, master printer Nigel Oxley, and the Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank, and is the first Read the full article…