Traumatic Modernities: From Comparative Literature to Medical Humanities (CfP, Krakow, 19–21 April 2017)

This 2-day conference is organised by the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Trauma, a term borrowed from the language of medicine for cultural theory and the social sciences, has joined the vocabularies of many disciplines over the last two decades. It is used to describe the aftermath of devastating Read the full article…

‘The Good Story? Arabella Kurtz in conversation with Angela Woods,’ Palace Green Library, 17 November 2016 from 5:30-7:30pm

‘The Good Story? Arabella Kurtz in conversation with Angela Woods: Exploring a narrative approach to trauma’ Wolfson Gallery, Palace Green Library 17 November 2016, 5:30-7:30 Why do we feel the need to transform our experiences into a more or less coherent story? Is life inherently narrative or is narrative rather a means for exploring, interpreting and understanding Read the full article…

‘Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace’ reviewed by Seth Messinger

Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace by Matthew Green (Portobello Books, 2015). In Aftershock Matthew Green has written an important, fascinating and bleak overview of post war suffering among British veterans who have been afflicted with a variety of post-combat trauma syndromes. Green launches twin journeys, one is across the UK interviewing veterans and Read the full article…

‘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…

Reviewer needed: ‘Human Acts: A Novel’ by Han Kang

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Human Acts: A Novel‘ by Han Kang (Portobello Books, 2016). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Human Acts is a riveting, poetic and unrelentingly powerful examination of humanity at its most appalling, and its most hopeful. It is an act of extraordinary resistance and a Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace’ by Matthew Green

We are pleased to offer for review ‘Aftershock: The Untold Story of Surviving Peace‘ by Matthew Green (Portobello Books, 2015). Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Over the last decade, we have sent thousands of people to fight on our behalf. But what happens when these soldiers come back home, having lost Read the full article…

‘The Seven Good Years: A Memoir’ reviewed by Dr Vered Weiss

‘The Seven Good Years: A Memoir’ by Etgar Keret (Granta Books, 2015). The Seven Good Years: A Memoir by Etgar Keret is a journal of some of the most intimate moments in a person’s life. A diary of the seven years between the birth of Etgar Keret’s son and the death of his father,[1] the Read the full article…

Fully-Funded PhD Studentship in French and the Medical Humanities at Nottingham Trent University

PhD Studentship in French Literature/Culture (including cinema) with a focus on the Medical Humanities. Proposals investigating the following areas within this field are particularly welcome: representations of illness; disease; pain; trauma; disability; old age; mourning; care/caring/carer. A background in literary/critical theory is helpful. Specific qualifications include a 2:1 in French and an MA/MRes in French Read the full article…

‘Trauma’ (CfS, The Lumen, 4 December, 2015)

The Lumen is an annual Edinburgh University new writing and arts journal of the mutual dialogue between medicine, the arts and the humanities. We hope to foster creative and critical discourse on the personal experience of illness and healthcare. The Lumen will provide a space for the expression of the deeply personal narratives of the Read the full article…

Trauma Exhibition Science Gallery Dublin (Call for Proposals 2015)

CALL FOR PROPOSAL FOR TRAUMA EXHIBITION TRAUMA is an international, open-call exhibition and events programme at Science Gallery Dublin that will explore biological, psychological, societal, and cultural trauma. A sudden, violent, stressful and disturbing event, often a physical injury, trauma can be short-lived or long-lasting with impacts that range from deeply personal to universal. Artistic Read the full article…