After Rymsdyk: drawing in Glasgow University Anatomy Museum by Jac Saorsa, Research Fellow at Glasgow University Medical Humanities Research Centre

I am here in Glasgow working on a paper in which I hope will put the Drawing Women’s Cancer project into historical and philosophical context. All of the work up to now on the project has been directly concerned with the here and now – with the experiences of women in the present, and this Read the full article…

‘The Severed Head: Capital Visions’ reviewed by Dr Stephen Curtis

‘The Severed Head: Capital Visions’ by Julia Kristeva, translated by Jody Gladding (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Julia Kristeva’s influence on the field of literary body studies is immense. Chiefly through her 1982 masterpiece, The Powers of Horror: An Essay On Abjection, Kristeva brought a new way of thinking and writing about the messy and neglected Read the full article…

Postdoc Research Position (CfA, University of Kent, 15 March 2015)

Applications are invited for a full-time, fixed term (for three years) Research Associate in Philosophy. This position is attached to a research project, ‘Evaluating evidence in medicine’, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Professor Jon Williamson. The project is a collaboration between the University of Kent, University College London, Read the full article…

Quality of Life, Happiness and Choice (Public Lecture, University of Bradford, 25 March 2015)

‘Quality of life’ is now a central theme in both political policies and patient care, and there is a Quality of Life Index. Additionally, many overlapping terms have been used in reports with their own tables such as the ‘World Happiness Report’, the ‘Where to be Born Index’ a ‘Livability Index’ and many similar surveys, Read the full article…

‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ reviewed by Dr Thomas Lawrence Long

‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ by Kenan Malik (Atlantic Books, 2014) In the final chapter of this global survey of ethical systems written for a popular audience, Kenan Malik recalls T. S. Eliot’s ‘Little Gidding’, which admonishes us that ‘to make an end is to make a beginning’. So Read the full article…

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages (CfP, Conference, 11-12 Sept 2015, Oxford)

Medicine of Words: Literature, Medicine, and Theology in the Middle Ages 11-12 September 2015 St Anne’s College, Oxford University Words, whether in poetry or prose, have a power beyond their meaning. They are capable not simply of expression but also of action; they can hurt or they can heal. Throughout the Middle Ages the potency Read the full article…

Hearing the Voice Research Seminar Series (2014-2015, Durham University)

The Hearing the Voice Research Seminar series is designed to provide a platform for HtV researchers to share the detailed findings of their research and gain feedback from a wider audience.  Anyone with an interest in interdisciplinary research on voice-hearing or auditory hallucination is welcome to attend. The programme for 2015 is as follows: Thursday Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity’ edited by Thomas Schramme

We are pleased to offer ‘Being Amoral: Psychopathy and Moral Incapacity’ edited by Thomas Schramme (MIT, 2014) for review. Expressions of interest from all angles of the medical humanities are welcome, particularly from those with an interest in psychology, philosophy and psychopathy. ‘Psychopathy has been the subject of investigations in both philosophy and psychiatry and yet the Read the full article…

Suicide – A Defence. Simon Critchley Public Lecture (Durham Castle, 3 December 2014)

Durham Castle Lecture Series 3 December 2014 – 8pm Great Hall, Durham Castle “Suicide – A Defence” Prof. Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor, New School of Social Research, New York Abstract: I have a very simple idea: to write a philosophical defense of the right to suicide in the attempt to get us all to 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…