Call for Review: ‘An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain’ by Dori-Michelle Beeler.

The Centre for Medical Humanities is delighted to offer An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice in Britain (Beeler, 2016) for review, which explores constructions of well-being among Reiki practitioners in the UK. Further information about the themes under study can be found at Cambridge Scholars Press. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. An Ethnographic Account of Reiki Practice Read the full article…

‘Phenomenology of Illness’ reviewed by Dr Katherine Hall.

‘Phenomenology of Illness’ by Havi Carel (Oxford University Press, 2016). Vita Non Est Vivere, Sed Valera Vita Est: a review of Havi Carel’s Phenomenology of Illness. Martial’s epigram — life is not just being alive, but being well — is an appropriate epigram for The Phenomenology of Illness, which explores the concepts of illness and Read the full article…

Palgrave Communications – special issue launch: ‘On balance: lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing’

Palgrave Communications, the multi-disciplinary open access journal published by Palgrave Macmillan, is excited to announce the launch of a special issue, ‘On balance: lifestyle, mental health and wellbeing’. This issue is edited by Dr Ali Haggett (Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, UK). During the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, scientists, clinicians, policy-makers and Read the full article…

Hubbub’s Rest Test survey results announced

Over two thirds (68 per cent) of the public would like more rest, according to the world’s largest ever survey on the topic. The results of the survey, led by Durham University researchers at Hubbub, also revealed that nearly a third (32 per cent) of respondents said they need more rest than the average person, Read the full article…

Culture, Health and Wellbeing (Conference, Bristol, June 19-21, 2017)

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and Read the full article…

Architecture and nature as a cure for wellbeing

by Maria Giulia Marini, Epidemiologist and Counselor, Director of the Health Area of ISTUD Foundation (Italy) Ancient Greeks did not separate the concept of beautiful (kalos) from the concept of good (agathos): beauty implicates goodness, vice versa the individual virtue spreads charm. Ethics and aesthetics blended, and could not be separated in the so-called kalokagathia, Read the full article…

MRes in Wellbeing (University of Sussex, September 2016)

A new MRes in Wellbeing launches at the University of Sussex in September 2016. The MRes in Wellbeing has been designed for those interested in developing their research skills and knowledge in the field of wellbeing. It is taught by a combination of seminars, lectures, tutorials and individual supervision. The programme of study also includes the opportunity to carry Read the full article…

Emerging and New Researchers in the Geographies of Health and Impairment (ENRGHI) (CfP, University of Glasgow, 16th-17th June 2016)

Papers are invited for the 18th ENRGHI Conference, a two-day event organised by and for post-graduates and early career researchers, with generous support from the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Geography of Health and Wellbeing Research Group (GHWRG). This longstanding conference offers a supportive environment to showcase research; providing valuable opportunities for networking, research feedback Read the full article…

ADUK National Seminar 2015: Arts, Health & Wellbeing (Seminar, St David’s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff, 1st December 2015)

This next national seminar in our professional development programme is aimed at officers involved in both policy and practice related to arts, health and wellbeing commissioning and service provision. Our training needs survey and previous seminar feedback indicated that arts officers across England and Wales are keen to learn more about how arts supports the Read the full article…

‘Valuing Health: Well-being, Freedom, and Suffering’ reviewed by Dr Dori Beeler

‘Valuing Health: Well-being, Freedom, and Suffering’ by Daniel M. Hausman (Oxford University Press, 2015). In Valuing Health, Daniel Hausman provides an in-depth review of the connection between overall health, values, and well-being. Moreover, he investigates how these connections play an important role in addressing concerns for ‘generic health measurement’. This term he explains, refers to the Read the full article…