‘Dead Babies and Seaside Towns’ reviewed by Dr Fiona Johnstone

‘Dead Babies and Seaside Towns’ by Alice Jolly (Unbound, 2015) Alice Jolly’s memoir Dead Babies and Seaside Towns is a timely attempt to address the double taboo of stillbirth and infertility, ‘to talk about the dark things, to tell the stories that don’t have a happy ending’ (Jolly 2015, 74). The narrative is easily summarised. Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘A Passion for Society: How we Think about Human Suffering’ by Iain Wilkinson and Arthur Kleinman

We are pleased to offer for review ‘A Passion for Society: How we Think about Human Suffering‘ by Iain Wilkinson and Arthur Kleinman (UCPress, 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. What does human suffering mean for society? And how has this meaning changed from the past to the present? In what ways Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Living and Dying in the Contemporary World’ edited by Veena Das and Clara Han

We are pleased to offer for review the edited collection ‘Living and Dying in the Contemporary World‘ by Veena Das and Clara Han (UCPress 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Taking a novel approach to the contradictory impulses of violence and care, illness and healing, this book radically shifts the Read the full article…

‘When the sick rule the world’ reviewed by Dr Rebecca Oxley

‘When the sick rule the world’ by Dodi Bellamy (Semiotext(e), 2015) Blurring the edges of poetry, fiction and memoir, Dodi Bellamy’s text, When the sick rule the world, is wild. By this I do not mean unrestrained, or untamed (Bellamy’s prose is superbly and strategically free) rather, it is biting, fierce, and deep. While, as Read the full article…

The Subject of Addiction: Culture & Clinic (CFP, Conference, Nottingham, 11–12 September 2014)

Call For Papers International Conference: The Subject of Addiction – Culture and Clinic The University of Nottingham, September 11-12 2014  It is almost a commonplace to note the connections between drug-use and creative practices, from Thomas de Quincey’s Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, through Beat generation writers like William Burroughs, and on to filmic and Read the full article…

And then it hit me in the stomach – on the affective and emotional qualities of neuroscience

Des Fitzgerald writes: “I thought I knew a lot about autism, because I’d read a lot about autism, I’d heard a lot about autism – actually I was utterly unprepared for it […] here was thing I was really passionate about and interested in intellectually. And then it hit me in the stomach.” This quote Read the full article…

Resistance or Resilience? (CFP, Special Issue, New Journal, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses)

Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses is a fully peer-reviewed journal that creates a platform for dialogue about the processes, spaces, policies, practices and subjectivities through which resilience is seen to operate. As such, this journal draws together academic expertise from disciplines such as international sociology, geography, political theory, development studies, security studies, anthropology and Read the full article…