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Centre for Medical Humanities
  • About CMH

    About CMH
  • Research

    Research
  • Resources

    Resources

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, CMH currently supports two large-scale interdisciplinary research projects, Hearing the Voice and Life of Breath, funded by the Wellcome Trust, and has recently completed a third, Hubbub. 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 interests and contact them directly.

News and events:

News

Centre for Medical Humanities wins Wellcome Trust Award

CMH has been awarded a Discretionary Grant of just over £1m for five years from the Wellcome Trust to support our future development. The grant is in recognition of the Centre’s current prominence and leadership in medical humanities research. Read more.

Hearing the Voice

Hearing the Voice has teamed up with Waddington Street Community Centre to produce a new, four-part series of events exploring voice-hearing and other unusual experiences. Next event: 08 March. Read more.

Research Highlights

Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities

This 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.

Events

Beckett, The Breath and The Choreographic - Weds 21 Feb

In the sixth event of the Arts of Breath series, Prof Susan Jones considers Beckett’s late engagement with choreography to understand and express the workings of the breath and the “happiness” of the void. 6 - 8pm Feb 21 in ER142, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham. Free event - all welcome. Read more.

PG/ECR Network - Weds 14 March

The theme of the first discussion group of this year will be Everyday Possibilities within the medical humanities and related disciplines. 14 March 5.30-6.30pm St Chad's College. Read more.

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road
Durham
DH1 1SZ

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277
Email: mail.cmh@durham.ac.uk