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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:


Call for applicants - deadline June 8th

'The Practice, Benefits and Challenges of Interdisciplinarity: for postgraduate researchers.' A two day workshop on the experience of interdisciplinary team working. Durham University, June 22-23, 2016. Read more.

CMH contributes to Inquiry launched by All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Co-director of CMH, Jane Macnaughton, has been invited to be part of the Advisory Group informing an Inquiry process launched by the(APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. She is looking forward to contributing her expertise in this area to an Inquiry that seeks to influence the thinking and practice of politicians and other decision-takers.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.


Breathing Pauses in Ancient Rhetoric, Virginia Woolf and Robert Musil (Symposium, IAS Durham, 6 June)

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Afterwar: Healing the Moral Wounds of War (Durham Cathedral, Prior’s Hall, 7 June)

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Adverse events: On bad affects & the antidepressant wars (London, 7 June)

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Next CMH/WRI Postgrad/ECR Meeting (Durham University, St Chad's College, 15th June, 4-5.30pm)

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Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277