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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:


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.

Rest & its discontents - an exhibition. The Mile End Art Pavilion, London, 30 Sept–30 Oct 2016

Rest & its discontents is a major new exhibition exploring rest and noise, tumult and work, through site-specific installations, artists’ moving image, performance, drawing, poetry, data, sound and music. The show draws on Hubbub, a two-year residency at Wellcome Collection in London, and led by Durham University. Their investigations have revolved around the dynamics of rest, stress, exhaustion, cities, sound, noise, work and mind wandering. 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.

Hearing Voices

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


Launch event for Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities a great success

The launch of ECCMH was celebrated in style with a drinks reception in the foyer of the Percy Building at Newcastle University. The event organisers were delighted that Deborah Bowman, Professor of Clinical and Mental Health Ethics and Editor of BMJ Medical Humanities was able to attend as guest of honour.Read more.

Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research Workshop, York Medical Society, 22 September 2016

Prof Jane Macnaughton and Dr Angela Woods will be among the speakers at the upcoming NNMHR workshop. They will be contributing to a session on Critical Medical Humanities: Impact and Engagement.Read more.

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277