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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, 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:


Life of Breath responds to British Lung Foundation's Battle for Breath Report

The BLF report exposes shocking inequalities and slow progress in tackling lung disease. Life of Breath team members and BLF's Ian Jarrold respond to the issues raised through a series of blog posts. Read more.

The Restless Compendium

A publication by Hubbub is now available. 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

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 present Samuel Beckett’s "Company"

An immersive, experiential audio performance co-directed by HtV's Marco Bernini and Mary Robson. Chapel of the Holy Cross, Durham Cathedral, 16-20 Jan. Read more.

Hearing the Voice: exhibition now open at Palace Green Library

Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday is the first exhibition to examine voice-hearing from different cultural, clinical, historical, literary and spiritual perspectives. It runs til 26 Feb at Palace Green Library in Durham. Read more.

The invisibility of breathlessness

Life of Breath PI Jane Macnaughton will be at Durham's Café Scientifique for an informal discussion about the literal and metaphorical invisibility of breathlessness and its many implications. Durham's Empty Shop, 3.45-5pm, Sat 25 Feb. Read more.

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277