Welcome to the Centre for Medical Humanities
The critical medical humanities explores the entanglement of science with humanities and social science, situating the social, cultural and political problematics of health within a long cultural perspective. Durham’s Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH) is at the forefront of this field. Founded in 2000, the CMH supports three large-scale interdisciplinary research projects - Hearing the Voice, Life of Breath, and Hubbub - funded by the Wellcome Trust. Our work draws on a vibrant cross-faculty community of established and emerging researchers, and a strong network of partners beyond the academy, including the World Health Organisation, the Medical Royal Colleges, NHS Trusts, health charities, service users, activist groups, arts in health practitioners, and national arts organisations.
We welcome inquiries from postgraduate students interested in the Medical Humanities. Please visit the profiles of our Academic Staff for research interest and contact them directly.
News and events:
Hubbub's Rest Test results revealed!
Our colleagues and their research at Hubbub are highlighted in a post by Durham University following the unveiling of the rest test results during BBC Radio 4’s programme The Anatomy of Rest. Read More.
The Restless Compendium
Hubbub's forthcoming publication will be launched on Thursday 29th September, 18.00-21.00 at Mile End Art Pavilion in London. This interdisciplinary book contains 22 essays and interventions on rest and restlessness, silence and noise, relaxation and work. Read more.
Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities - out now!
This new volume is co-edited by members of CMH's directorial team, and prominently features research by a number of CMH colleagues and affiliates. Read more.
Feelings of Presence: A Survey
Hearing the Voice is conducting a survey on felt presences. Participate today! Read more.
CMH/WRI Small Grants Awards
CMH has been delighted to make four awards this year. Details of the research that was funded, including a post-award report from Andrew Russell and Megan Wainwright from this year's WHO annual World Health Assembly, are available here.Read more.
Wandering Minds - a new Medical Humanities funded research project
Congratulations to the team for being awarded funding for the 'Wandering Minds: Interdisciplinary Experiments on Self-Generated Thought' project. Read More.
Rest and its Discontents: free Hubbub exhibition
This exhibition draws on Hubbub’s research during its two-year residency, led by Durham University, at Wellcome Collection in London. It explores the art, science and culture of rest, stress, noise and mind-wandering. It runs from 30 September - 30 October 2016 at Mile End Art Pavilion. Read more.
Hubbub's "The Anatomy of Rest" - BBC R4 3-part broadcast
Hubbub’s interdisciplinary research on rest has been brought together in a three-part series -“The Anatomy of Rest” - on BBC Radio 4. The episodes were aired on 13, 20 and 27 September and are available through BBC iPlayer. The programmes are presented by Hubbub Associate Director Claudia Hammond, and feature Hubbub Director Felicity Callard, Associate Directors Charles Fernyhough and James Wilkes and several other collaborators. Read more.
News Feed: Medical Humanities Blog
- R. D. Laing’s Version of Asylum and its Cultural Appeal (Dr Adrian Chapman, Visiting Fellow at the MHRC, University of Glasgow) (30 Sep 2016)
- Hubbub’s Rest Test survey results announced (28 Sep 2016)
- Springboard – Health of the Public 2040 (Grant scheme, Academy of Medical Sciences) (28 Sep 2016)
- Reviewer needed: ‘Plastic Reason: An Anthropology of Brain Science in Embryogenetic Terms’ by Tobias Rees (28 Sep 2016)
- What’s critical about the critical medical humanities? (Lunchtime talk, Birkbeck University of London, 6 October 2016) (21 Sep 2016)
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- R. D. Laing’s Version of Asylum and its Cultural Appeal (Dr Adrian Chapman, Visiting Fellow at the MHRC, University… https://t.co/w9qKSjyKxe
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- @alexhaagaard Yes exactly these issues have discussed by people directly affected, inc by @velogubbed
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- £50K grants available to support junior #medhums & health soc sci researchers to address "Health of the Public 2040" https://t.co/dJNVVSJwsY
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