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Centre for Medical Humanities
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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:


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.

Hearing Voices

Our colleagues and their research at Hearing the Voice have recently been highlighted in a post by Durham University. Read More.

Research Highlights

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 is brought together in a three-part series -“The Anatomy of Rest” - on BBC Radio 4 that is being broadcast at 9-9.45am (GMT+1) on 13, 20 and 27 September. 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.

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277