‘Human Acts’ reviewed by Dr Katrina Hinson

‘Human Acts’ by Han Kang (Portobello Books, 2016). Han Kang’s second novel, Human Acts, describes horrific acts of violence done to the body, mind, and spirit and the resulting tension between remembering and forgetting. Kang makes visible the indelible scars of violence left on the soul and the body just as much as she highlights Read the full article…

‘What the Body Commands: The Imperative Theory of Pain’ reviewed by Emily Underwood-Lee

What the Body Commands: The Imperative Theory of Pain by Colin Klein (MIT, 2015) In this book Colin Klein presents us with a rigorously constructed, well written and witty argument where he proposes that imperativism is a cogent framework for refiguring pain. He sets out his stall as an imperativist and gives a chronicle of Read the full article…

Suffering’s Role and Value (CfR, University of Glasgow, 4-6 July, 2015)

The Value of Suffering Project is pleased to issue a call for registration for an interdisciplinary conference on Suffering’s Role and Value. What is suffering’s role and value? Physical suffering motivates injury avoidance; but empirical results continue to suggest many other, neglected roles that suffering plays. Hence we will ask: How does suffering bear on attention, memory, deliberation, problem-solving, and social cooperation? And how does recent research Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature’ by Abir Hamdar

We are pleased to offer for review ‘The Female Suffering Body: Illness and Disability in Modern Arabic Literature‘ (Syracuse University Press, 2014) by Durham University’s very own Dr Abir Hamdar. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. ‘Although there is a history of rich, complex, and variegated representations of female illness in Read the full article…

Visualising Illness (Free public lecture, Birkbeck University, 14 November 2014)

“Visualising Illness”, looks at first-person attempts to visualise illness and pain. On Friday 14th November Birkbeck will be hosting a free public lecture by Joanna Bourke (The Story of Pain, 2014),  and a panel discussion featuring artist Deborah Padfield, clinician Joanna Zakrzewska, and sociologist Alan Radley (Works of Illness, 2009). Drawing on the varied perspectives Read the full article…

Visual and Literary Representations of Suffering (Research Double Bill, Leeds, Tuesday 16 April)

Painful Bodies: Visual and Literary Representations of Suffering Tuesday 16 April, 4pm-6pm Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities (enter via the School of English foyer) A double bill of research presentations co-hosted by the School of English Critical and Cultural Theory Research Group, the Postcolonial Research Group, and the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar Series. Read the full article…