The Problem with care: priorities, politics and research (Special Interest Group, Durham University, 29 May 2014)

Launch Event—Organising Care Special Interest Group The Problem with care: priorities, politics and research 29th May 2014 You are invited to the launch event of the Organising Care Special Interest Group hosted by the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing & Durham University Business School.  The aim of the group is to encourage critical Read the full article…

Philosophy & Public Policy: Philosophical Activism – Workshop III (CFP, Durham, 30–31 October 2014)

PHILOSOPHY AND PUBLIC POLICY Philosophical Activism - workshop III 30-31 October 2014 Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) Durham University, Durham (UK) This workshop on Philosophy and Public Policy is one of a series on Philosophical Activism (see below for a project overview). Philosophy as an academic field has become increasingly interested in the epistemic, Read the full article…

The Medicalization of Old Age (Participatory Event, Lancaster, 28 November 2013)

Lancaster University Centre for Ageing Research Ageing and Health: Breaking Down Boundaries  The Medicalization of Old Age Thursday November 28th 2013 This participatory event engages with Keynote speakers: Paul Higgs, Professor of the Sociology of Ageing, University College London Dr Joao Pedro De Magalhaes, Institute of Integrative Biology of Ageing, University of Liverpool.(tbc) Dr Kieran Breen, Director of Research & Read the full article…

King Lear in a Kelp Store: An Interdisciplinary Convivium on Papay Westray

Professor Jane Macnaughton writes: How was it that a group of ten philosophers, doctors, lawyers, a priest and an anthropologist, ended up playing Act 1 Scene 1 of King Lear in a renovated kelp (seaweed) store on the Island of Papa Westray, one of the most northerly of the Orkney Islands?  We were there by Read the full article…

Wellcome Trust-Parliamentary Office of Sci & Tech Fellowship in Medical Humanities (2013)

Wellcome Trust-Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology Fellowship in Medical Humanities (2013) This scheme enables a PhD student or junior fellow funded through the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities (MH) programme to undertake a three-month fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST). The Wellcome Trust-POST Fellowship allows unique access to a parliamentary and Read the full article…

Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) Seminar Series

The Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) is new research centre headed by Professor Nancy Cartwright and Professor Julian Reiss. Based in the Durham Philosophy Department, CHESS is broadly concerned with “Knowledge, Culture and the Public Good”. All staff and students are invited to attend the upcoming series of talks, which are followed Read the full article…

Deliberating Policy: Where Morals and Methods Mix – and Not Always for the Best – Prof Nancy Cartwright Inaugural Lecture (Durham, 16 May 2013)

Deliberating Policy: Where Morals and Methods Mix – and Not Always for the Best Prof Nancy Cartwright Inaugural Lecture Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Durham University Thursday, 16 May 2013, 6-7pm Abstract: A good policy decision requires a mix of considerations: who benefits? who suffers? who pays? how much? what are possible good side effects? Read the full article…

Arts in Health – What’s In A Name Change?

Mike White, Senior Research Fellow in Arts and Health in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University, writes: Australia’s Institute for Creative Health, formerly known as the Arts and Health Foundation, is launched this week in a haze of publicity. The name change smacks of the same kind of self-aggrandizement that led last year Read the full article…

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing Research Colloquium (April 17- 18 2013, Queen’s Campus, Durham University)

The Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (WRIHW) is pleased to announce their first Research Colloquium to take place on Queen’s Campus this April (17th – 18th). The Colloquium will feature an exciting mixture of a keynote speaker and over 100 presentations (oral and poster) by Fellows and Postgraduate Associates of the Institute, in Read the full article…

Log off, power down, drop out: The public health politics of electrosensitivity

The question of whether the raised levels of electromagnetic radiation accompanying modern living are bad for our health may prove to be the health debate of our age. Nicholas Blincoe’s report Electrosensitivity: Is Technology Killing Us? in The Guardian Weekend (30 March 2013), nourishes appreciation of approaches dear to medical humanities in two interlocking ways. Read the full article…