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…

Women’s Bodies (Society for Women in Philosophy – Ireland, Conference, 21-22 Nov 2014)

Society for Women in Philosophy – Ireland Annual Conference and General Meeting The theme for this year’s conference is Women’s Bodies November 21 and 22 Newman House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland The conference, with over 45 speakers, examines philosophical and socio-political issues relevant to the gendered body. Topics covered will include ‘the social Read the full article…

Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self Love – reviewed by Dr Julie Walsh

‘Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love’ by Simon Blackburn (Princeton University Press, 2014). Simon Blackburn’s Mirror Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love endeavours to bring the philosophical wisdoms of Aristotle, David Hume, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Adam Smith, Immanuel Kant (to name a few) to bear on the contemporary cultural configurations of a destructive narcissism. Read the full article…

Women’s Bodies (CfP, Conference, Society for Women in Philosophy, Dublin, 21-22 Nov 2014)

Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland Annual Conference and General Meeting 21st – 22nd November 2014, Newman House, Dublin 2, Ireland Conference Theme: Women’s Bodies Recent decades have seen unprecedented scholarly interest in the body, particularly the gendered body. This interest has been fostered by critical work emanating from the fields of philosophy, sociology, gender studies, cultural Read the full article…

Conference call for participation and programme: The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals (Rothbury, 18-19 September)

The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals 9am Thursday 18 September – 5pm Friday 19 September 2014 Rothbury Golf Club, Northumberland, England What are the ethical issues associated with the creation of ‘cultured flesh’ and flesh from animals with ‘enhanced’ properties, including reduced capacities for sentience and increased nutritional benefits? How do we assess Read the full article…

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies (CfP, Conference, Switzerland, 26-28 Jan 2015)

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland 26-28 January, 2015 There is broad evidence indicating that the total number of persons experiencing disability has increased substantially in recent times. Emerging biotechnologies offer the possibility to affect and transform (and disrupt) many aspects of life of those Read the full article…

Four Meditations on Happiness – reviewed by Rob Boddice

‘Four Meditations on Happiness’ by Michael Hampe (Atlantic Books, 2014) What if, at the conclusion of Plato’s Republic, Plato had appended a short essay of explanation? Would it have robbed the dialogue of its allure, or added to its mystery? Michael Hampe’s book engages in a philosophical tradition of speaking through fictional voices, and I say with some trepidation Read the full article…

Waste: A Philosophy of Things

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to announce the publication of Leverhulme Research Fellow Dr Will Winey’s Waste: A Philosophy of Things (Bloomsbury 2014). Readers of the CMH blog are invited to read the Introduction here and to use the discount code – GLR D3D – to get 35% off the retail price. *** Why are Read the full article…

Notes from Galveston (final post 2014): Dr Jac Saorsa, Visiting Scholar at the University of Texas

So, in a few days I will be taking my leave of Galveston once again. Of course I am sad to leave the island although I am looking forward to going home and excited about everything I have achieved during my ‘oh too short’ time here. I gave a colloquium and a drawing workshop and, Read the full article…

The Future of the Body: Phenomenology, Medicine and the (Post)human (Conference, Trinity College Dublin, 19-20 June 2014)

The Future of the Body: Phenomenology, Medicine and the (Post)human Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin 19-20 June, 2014 Organised by Luna Dolezal (TCD) and Dylan Trigg (UCD) This conference will bring together leading scholars working in Philosophy,Medical Humanities, Medicine, and related disciplines whose work critically engages with the status of the body. Central to Read the full article…