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Centre for Medical Humanities

Ben Kasstan

Interdisciplinary skills development for medical humanities: an opportunity for early career researchers and postgraduates. Funded by the AHRC and led by Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities in collaboration with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Ben Kasstan

Ben Kasstan


Ben is an interdisciplinary PhD candidate at Durham University and is based in the Department of Anthropology but also linked with the Centre for Medical Humanities. His PhD is supported by the Wellcome Trust and explores perceptions of NHS child health messages and services within Manchester’s Orthodox Jewish community, especially issues surrounding childhood immunisations, nutrition and physical activity levels. Having previously supported the PROLIFICA (Prevention of Liver Fibrosis & Carcinoma in Africa) project with Imperial College London, Ben was drawn towards critical engagement with preventive health services or approaches for groups considered to be ‘hard to reach’.

His previous work has included the ageing experience of Shoah survivors and their reflections of trauma (2012), as well as the socio-historical meanings ascribed to food in the specific context of genocide and displacement.

Read Ben's blog post on the first New Generations Workshop.

Contact Details

Hearing the Voice
c/o School of Education
Durham University
Leazes Road 
Durham
DH1 1SZ

Tel: +44 (0)191 3348163