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Durham University

Centre for Medical Humanities


Keynote speaker:

Professor Stuart Murray

Stuart Murray is Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film at the University of Leeds. He is also the Director of the Leeds Centre for Medical Humanities, a multidisciplinary research centre that works with both academic and non-academic partners. His current research is in the fields of medical humanities and cultural disability studies. He is working on a book-length study of the relationship between disability and the posthuman, with a focus on a variety of 20th and 21st century texts, events and debates.

Stuart supervises PhD students researching a wide range of topics related to issues connected to medical humanities, disability studies, cultural studies and contemporary literature. He also has experience of examining PhD theses.

Stuart is on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including: Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, Journal of New Zealand Literature, Studies in Australasian Cinema. He is also the co-editor of the Leeds/Singapore based postcolonial journal Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings.

Selected publications:

Murray, Stuart (2012). Autism. Integrating Science and Culture Series. Oxon: Routledge.

Murray, Stuart (2008). Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Murray Stuart and Clare Barker, eds (2010). ‘Disabling Postcolonialism’, special issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 4 (3).

For more information, please visit Stuart’s profile on the University of Leeds website.

Panel of Academic Publishers:

Professor Martyn Evans

Martyn Evans is Professor of Humanities in Medicine and co-Director of the Centre for Medical Humanities, School of Medicine and Health at Durham University. He is also a member of Durham’s Philosophy Department, as well as the Centre for Ethics, Law and Life Sciences. Martyn is the Principal of Trevelyan College, Durham, and a Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing.

Martyn has published extensively in the field of medical humanities, in areas such as the ethics of clinical research, philosophy and medicine, music and medicine, literature and medicine, creativity, and embodiment. He has also edited a large number of volumes.

Selected Publications:

Evans, H M (2012). Wonder and the clinical encounter. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 33(2): 123-136.

Evans, HM (2011). Travelling Companions: ethics and humanities in medicine. Bioethica Forum 4(4): 129-134.

Evans, H M (2010). Music, medicine and embodiment. The Lancet 375(9718): 886-887.

Ahlzen, R, Evans, H M, Louhiala, P & Puustinen, R (2010). Medical Humanities Companion Volume 2: Diagnosis. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.

Evans, H M, Ahlzén,R, Heath,I & Macnaughton,J (2008). Medical Humanities Companion Volume One: Symptom. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.

Evans, H M, Louihala, P & Puustinen, R (2004). Philosophy for Medicine: applications in a clinical context. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.

Evans, H M & Evans, D (1996). A Decent Proposal: Ethical Review of Clinical Research. Chicester: John Wiley & Sons.

Evans, H M (1990). Listening to Music. London: Macmillan.

For more information, please visit Martyn’s profile on the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University’s website.

Professor Brian Hurwitz

Brian Hurwitz is D’Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts in the Department of English. He is a medical practitioner affiliated to the Division of Health and Social Care Research, King’s College London, directs the Centre for the Humanities and Health and is a member of the Steering Advisory Board of the Centre for Life-Writing Research at King’s. Brian’s research interests include clinical medicine, ethics, law, medical history, the role of narrative thinking in medical practice and the literary interface between medicine and humanities and arts disciplines.

Brian is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, Chronic Illness and Clinical Medicine and previously sat on the boards of Cases Journal (2009-10) and the Journal of Medical Ethics (2002 -2009). He was guest editor of the BMJ theme issue, ‘What's a good doctor, and how can you make one?’ (BMJ Sept 2002) and assistant editorial adviser to the theme issue ‘What is a good death?’ (BMJ July 2003). He served as series editor to Radciffe Press on its Medical Ethics – a Living Literature project (three bioethical novels by Hazel McHaffie: Vacant Possession, Paternity, Double Trouble (2005) and co-coordinated the Popularization of Science project of ACUME-2, a European Thematic Network examining interfaces between arts, humanities and the sciences. Together with Neil Vickers he co-edits the Medicine and Literature series for Clinical Medicine, the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Selected publications:

U Nurmatov, C P van Schayck, B Hurwitz, A Sheikh (2012) 'House dust mite avoidance measures for perennial allergic rhinitis: an updated Cochrane systematic review' Allergy, 67 (2), pp. 158-165.

Karen Sanders, Stephen Pattison, Brian Hurwitz (2011) 'Tracking shame and humiliation in Accident and Emergency' Nursing Philosophy, 12 (2), pp. 83-93.

Richard Baker, Brian Hurwitz (2009) 'Intentionally harmful violations and patient safety: the example of Harold Shipman' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 102 (6), pp. 223-227.

Brian Hurwitz, Paul Dakin (2009) 'Welcome developments in UK medical humanities' Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 102 (3), pp. 84-85.

L Findley, B Hurwitz, A Miles (2004) Key Advances in the Care of Parkinson's Disease. London: Aesculapius Medical Press.

P Whitty, M Eccles, J Grimshaw, S Woolf, P Shekelle, B Hurwitz, J Mason (2003) 'Clinical Guidelines: Development and Use.', in Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care. Volume 1 pp. 477-481.

For more information, please visit Brian’s profile on the School of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London’s website.

Dr Deborah Kirklin

Deborah Kirklin is Editor of the BMJ journal Medical Humanities. She also works as a family physician in North London, an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Humanities at University College London, and is in the process of completing her first novel. She has helped to establish a programme of medical humanities at University College London, and from 2000 to 2006 was the director of the UCL Centre for Medical Humanities. Her research interests include the legal, ethical and social implications of the new genetics, end of life care, women’s health, interpretative approaches to ethical analysis, and medical education.

Selected Publications:

Kirklin, D. (2011). The role of the humanities in the education and support of physicians delivering palliative care. The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine. Fourth edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Kirklin, D. (2008). Lessons in pity and caring from Dickens and Melville. Medical Humanities, 34 (2), 57-58. doi:10.1136/jmh.2008.001123

Kirklin, D., Duncan, J., McBride, S., Hunt, S., & Griffin, M. (2007). A cluster design controlled trial of arts-based observational skills training in primary care. Medical Education, 41 (4), 395-401. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2929.2007.02711.x

Kirklin, D. (2007). Framing, truth telling and the problem with non-directive counselling. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33 (1), 58-62. doi:10.1136/jme.2005.015503

For more information, please visit Deborah’s profile on University College London’s website.