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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:


Life of Breath research to feature at Bristol's Feel It Festival

Breathlessness will be one of the key areas to be explored at the Feel It Festival, which takes place in Bristol 17-20 November 2016. The festival will explore breathlessness and pain through performance and debate. Read More.

The Restless Compendium

Hubbub's forthcoming publication has now been launched. 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.

Research Highlights

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.

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 the Voice: ‘Voice-hearing: What does the future hold?’

On Saturday 5 November, 10am-4pm, HtV are holding a day-long event of short presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions exploring future directions in voice-hearing research. Read more.

Rest and its Discontents: free Hubbub exhibition

This exhibition draws on Hubbub’s research during its two-year residency 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" on BBC R4

Hubbub’s interdisciplinary research on rest has been brought together in a 3-part series on BBC Radio 4.“The Anatomy of Rest” is available through BBC iPlayer.Read more.

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277