The Life of Breath : a new project on breathlessness and COPD

Durham University Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a new project jointly with the University of Bristol from October 2014.  The project is called ‘The Life of Breath’ and it is the result of a successful joint Senior Investigator Award application to the Wellcome Trust by Jane Macnaughton (Durham) Read the full article…

Exploring the ‘interstices’ – medical anthropology in Vienna

Vienna is a pretty good place to be in late November/early December with the advent markets getting going and the city decked out for Christmas.  With that in mind, Andrew Russell (CMH Affiliate and Co-Chair of the Smoking Interest Group) and I decided to submit an abstract for the 15th Anniversary Conference of the Work Read the full article…

Under Control? Alcohol & drug regulation, past and present (CfP, Conference, London, 21-23 June 2013)

Papers and panel proposals are invited for an international conference on the history of alcohol and drug regulation to be held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 21-23rd June 2013. The conference will explore all aspects of drug, tobacco and alcohol regulation.  Work covering all periods and places, including recent history, will be Read the full article…

Smoke Free in Singapore: SIG members attend the World Conference on Tobacco or Health

Three members of the Smoking Interest Group (including myself, Andrew Russell and Sue Lewis) have been in Singapore to attend the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.   This is a huge three-yearly conference bringing together 2600 delegates working in all aspects of tobacco control – from youth workers to academics to public health clinicians Read the full article…

Three Consulates and a Clinic: The Smoking Interest Group in Uruguay

Despite their largely European origins, the Uruguayan people greet you with a kiss on a single cheek (the right one).  So each time our group of 12 has arrived at one of our many meetings over the last three days, our entrance has taken time but has been smoothly effected, as each person skims past Read the full article…

From Public Health Policy and the Tobacco Wars, to Mental Health Promotion Scandinavian Style (FUSE Seminars, March 2012)

The Centre for Translational Research in Public Health presents two seminars: Understanding the Influence of Evidence in Public Health Policy: What can we learn from the ‘tobacco wars’? Thursday 8th March 2012 13.00 – 14.00 (refreshments available from 12.45) Room A12, Holliday building, Stockton Campus, Durham University Dr Katherine Smith Lecturer in the Global Public Read the full article…

The Smoking Interest Group in Uruguay: Visiting ‘Respira Uruguay’

Jane Macnaughton writes from Montevideo:When you enter the Respira Uruguay exhibition it is as if you have slipped into the wide thoracic cavity of a large mammal, ribs open to the air and readily able to expand and contract with each breath.  The inside of the rib cage is decorated with the picture of a Read the full article…

‘Don’t Get Me Started’: an international collaboration on young people and smoking. Participatory action research visit, Uruguay, February 2012

Andrew Russell and Jane Macnaughton write:  Members of the Smoking Interest Group are setting out on an exciting new collaborative project linking young people in the UK with their counterparts in Uruguay to share experience and activities in relation to tobacco control. Discouraging young people from starting to smoke, or helping them to quit if Read the full article…

The Smoking Interest Group Lights Up

The Smoking Interest Group (SIG), a collaboration between Durham University’s CMH and Affiliates in the Medical Anthropology Research Group, had its first public outing at a one day symposium supported by the Wolfson Research Institute and held at the Dowrick Suite at Trevelyan College on 21st September.   Around 40 invited national and international scholars and Read the full article…

The Smoking Interest Group Inaugural Symposium September 21 2011

The Smoking Interest Group (SIG) was established at Durham in October 2010 and aims to use insights from the humanities and social sciences to develop a more nuanced understanding of the experience of smoking and the reality of smokers’ lives. SIG is located in the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University and is led Read the full article…