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Centre for Medical Humanities

Welcome to the Centre for Medical Humanities

The Durham Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH) conducts and champions world-leading research in the field of the medical humanities. Our aim is to open up routes for a two-way exchange between clinical practice and research, on the one hand, and humanistic modes of inquiry, on the other. We do this in the hope that these exchanges will be mutually enlightening and transformative. Our vision is to produce outstanding research in the medical humanities that will open up discussion across scholarly, practice-based and policy contexts. This is enabled through an active community of postgraduates, a University wide network of affiliate academics and a vibrant programme of seminars, public engagement events, and visiting fellows.
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News and events:


CMH/WRI Small Grants 2015-16 Awarded

CMH is pleased to announce the first recipients of its Small Grants Awards application process. Read more. Applications are still being accepted. For further details, please read more.Read More.

Hubbub launches The Rest Test

You are all invited to share your experiences of rest as part of a global ‘Rest Test’, which launched on 3 November at 9pm on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind, presented by Hubbub Associate Director Claudia Hammond. Read more.

‘Hearing the Voice’ (HtV 2) another five years – congratulations!

The Wellcome Trust has awarded ‘Hearing the Voice’ another five-years of research as one of two projects to be the first of its Humanities and Social Science Collaborative Awards. ‘Hearing the Voice’ will continue with its innovative work in exploring the experience of voice hearing through unique insights from the humanities and social sciences. Read More.

Research Highlights

Hearing Voices

Our colleagues and their research at Hearing the Voice have recently been highlighted in a post by Durham University. Read More.

Life of Breath Launch Event a huge success!

Guests gathered at Durham University’s Joachim Room on 23 September to celebrate the launch of Life of Breath, a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring breathing and breathlessness. Read More.

Soundings: Hubbub collaborates with Wellcome Library

Soundings is a series of collaborative sound performances devised by Hubbub resident poet SJ Fowler in response to prompts – including images, manuscripts and books – chosen by Wellcome Library staff from their collections. Read More.


'Breathing in context: historical and cross-cultural perspectives on breath' - an interdisciplinary symposium, 8-9 March 2016

This symposium offers an exciting platform to explore, discuss and gain insight into the perception and experience of breath and breathing practices both historically and cross-culturally. Read More.

Next Affiliates' Lunch 18th February, St Chad's SCR 12.30-2pm

The next Affiliates' Lunch will be used to discuss the latest developments at CMH and to engage Affiliates in discussions of plans for the future. Lunch will be provided - please contact Jane Abel if you would like to attend.

Next PG/ECR Network Meeting Tues 15th March, 4-6pm, St Chad's College

The theme of the next CMH/WRI Postgraduate/Early Career Researcher network meeting will be Emotion, Affect and the Body. Please contact Fraser Riddell if you would like to attend. Read More.

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277