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.
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.
News Feed: Medical Humanities Blog
- Disarming Dialogues in Humanities and Ethics (Workshop, University of Chicago Center in New Delhi, 2-4 November 2016) (21 Oct 2016)
- “Experiences of illness and death: learning from the discourses of realities and fictions” (Workshop, Open University Campus Milton Keynes, 28 November 2016) (21 Oct 2016)
- Hidden Persuaders Blog (call for contributors) (19 Oct 2016)
- Prolonging life – we’re good at that! Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi (Performance, Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Cambridge, 28 & 29 October 2016) (19 Oct 2016)
- ‘The Voices Within: The History and Science of How we Talk to Ourselves’ reviewed by Marie C. Hansen (19 Oct 2016)
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