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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.

News and events:


Association of Social Anthropologists Conference 2016, Durham 4-7 July

Colleagues from the Life of Breath project will be convening a panel on ‘Exposure: interdisciplinary perspectives on breath, air and atmospheres’ on Tues 5th July. 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 Announces the newest awardee!

CMH is pleased to highlight the latest recipients and their research. 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.


Health Humanities Now: 2-day conference (King's College London, 26-27 June)

CMH's Angela Woods is a keynote speaker presenting on "Shame and voice-hearing", based on research conducted for the Hearing the Voice project. Read more.

Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) Symposium Cambridge, 8 July

CMH's Felicity Callard is a keynote speaker contributing to this year's theme "Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies". Read more.

EASA conference, Milan, 20-23 July

The Life of Breath project will be represented by Rebecca Oxley, presenting on self-management of COPD. Read more.

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Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277