“25 Years of Madness and Modernism” A review by James Whitehead

I first encountered Louis Sass’s Madness and Modernism about a dozen years ago, when I was studying for an MA in modern literature. I had always been interested in writing about madness and the psyche as an undergraduate, and was looking around for a suitable topic for a dissertation, and perhaps a PhD too. My Read the full article…

Twenty-five years of Madness and Modernism (Call for Papers, Symposium, Durham University, 11 May 2018)

Twenty-five years of Madness and Modernism Madness and Modernism: Insanity in the Light of Modern Art, Literature and Thought is the magnum opus of the distinguished clinical psychologist and phenomenologist of psychopathology Louis A. Sass. Twenty-five years after its initial publication by Basic Books and then Harvard University Press, a revised edition, published by Oxford Read the full article…

‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’ reviewed by Emma Seaber.

‘The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture’ edited by Jean Peter Garratt (Palgrave, 2016). The Cognitive Humanities is an edited collection of eleven essays from across the humanities, including literary studies, linguistics, theatre and performance studies, philosophy and history. Whilst the volume is not presented as a primer for readers entirely new to Read the full article…

Call for Review: ‘Phenomenology of Illness’ by Havi Carel

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer Phenomenology of Illness (Havi Carel, 2016) for review, which positions illness as a philosophical tool. Further information about the themes under study can be found at Oxford University Press. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. The experience of illness is a universal and substantial part of human existence. Like death, illness Read the full article…

Can We Learn from Suffering? (Public lecture, London School of Economics, 24 October 2016)

The ‘most depressing lesson’ of suffering, Slavoj Žižek writes, is that ‘there is nothing to be learned from it’. Is Žižek’s bleak view convincing, or is there evidence to suggest that suffering can educate or even improve us? If so, do some types of physical or mental suffering have more value than others? What is it that we Read the full article…

The Pharmacology of Addiction (Research Seminar, Durham University, 9th June 2016)

This Weekly Research Seminar will commence at 11:30am in room 005, 48/49 Old Elvet, Durham. Refreshments will be available from 11:00am with the talk commencing at 11:30am. Dr Gerald Moore – The Pharmacology of Addiction Abstract: A photo from a December 2014 issue of The New Scientist shows an adolescent undergoing treatment at an Internet Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Use of Bodies’ by Giorgio Agamben

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer ‘The Use of Bodies‘ by Giorgio Agamben (Stanford University Press, 2016) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Giorgio Agamben’s ‘Homo Sacer’ was one of the seminal works of political philosophy in recent decades. It was also the beginning of a series of Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Voices Within: The History and Science of how we Talk to Ourselves’ by Charles Fernyhough

Fresh off the press is ‘The Voices Within: The History and Science of how we Talk to Ourselves‘ by Charles Fernyhough (Profile Books, 2016). We have two review copies available for contrasting perspectives, specifically for a voice hearer and either an academic or mental health professional.  We all hear voices. Ordinary thinking is often a kind Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture, Medicine’ edited by Corrine Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Recovery of Beauty: Arts, Culture Medicine‘ edited by Professors Corinne Saunders, Jane Macnaughton, and David Fuller of the Centre for Medical Humanities (Palgrave, 2015).  The Recovery of Beauty comprises fourteen essays exploring what constitutes beauty across time in Western thought and art, its shaping and sustained cultural Read the full article…

PhD Positions (5) – Department of Philosophy (CfA, Uppsala University, 8 April 2016)

Uppsala University is an international research university focused on the development of science and education. The Department of Philosophy is internationally renowned, and with great diversity within philosophy. The following positions are currently open in the Department of Philosophy: PhD position in Aesthetics PhD position in Philosophy with specialisation in Theoretical Philosophy PhD position in Read the full article…