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Professor Martyn Evans

Professor of Philosophy of Music in the Department of Music
Associate Member in the Department of Philosophy
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) (Interim) in the PVC Colleges & Student Experience Office
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 47042
Chair of Colleges and Principal of Trevelyan College

(email at pvc.col.se@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Martyn Evans is Principal of Trevelyan College, and Professor of Philosophy of Music in the Department of Music; he is also an associate member of the Department of Philosophy. He is a member of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. He joined Durham University in July 2002 as Principal of John Snow College, at the Queen's Campus, Stockton, having previously taught at the University of Wales. His doctoral research (University College Cardiff, now Cardiff University) was published as Listening to Music by Macmillan (1990). His research for a long period concerned medical humanities, in the course of which he led the successful bid for a £2m strategic award from the Wellcome Trust (2008-2014), and he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2005 and of the Royal College of Physicians (2015). Increasingly however his research returned to music in relation to embodiment and to the sense of wonder. His current research is in the area of music and metaphysics – our understanding of ourselves and our experience, and where music stands in relation to this. In the period 2013-2016 he has been Deputy Head of Colleges (Estates) with responsibilities relating to capital projects for all of the Durham colleges. He is married to Janet Evans, a professional pianist and teacher of piano and woodwind; they have two grown-up sons.

Selected Publications

Authored book

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

Edited book

  • Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. (2016). The Collegiate Way: university education in a collegiate context. Contexts of Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • 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.
  • Finlay IG & Evans H M (2001). Medical Humanities. “Philosophy and the medical humanities”. LONDON: BMJ Books.
  • Evans, H M (1998). Critical Reflections on Medical Ethics. Connecticut USA: JAI Publishers.

Chapter in book

  • Evans, H. M. (2018). Music in body and imagination. In The Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body. Kim, Youn & Gilman, Sander Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Burt, T. P. & Evans, H. M. (2016). Building characters, sharpening minds: the values and virtues of the collegiate way. In The Collegiate Way: university education in a collegiate context. Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 6: 75-92.
  • Burt, T. P. & Evans, H. M. (2016). Epilogue. In The Collegiate Way: university education in a collegiate context. Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 6: 161-165.
  • Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. (2016). Introduction. In The Collegiate Way: university education in a collegiate context. Evans, H. M. & Burt, T. P. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 6: xi-xvi.
  • Evans, H. M. (2016). Medical Humanities and the Place of Wonder. In The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities. Whitehead, A. & Woods, A. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 339-355.
  • Evans, M. (2013). Open futures, human finitude. In Medical Humanities Companion, Volume 4: Prognosis. Gordon, J., MacNaughton, J. & Rudebeck, C. London: Radcliffe Publishing. 105-120.
  • Evans, M. (2013). Wonderful treatment. In Medical Humanities Companion, Volume 3: Treatment. Louhiala, P., Heath, I. & Saunders, J. London: Radcliffe Publishing. 17-32.
  • Evans, HM & Macnaughton, Jane (2010). Intimacy and distance in the clinical examination. In Medical Humanities Companion Volume 2. Ahlzen R, Evans M, Louhiala P & Puustinen R Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing. 2: 89-107.
  • Gordon JJ & Evans H M (2010). Learning medicine from the humanities. In Understanding Medical Education: evidence, theory and practice. Swanick, T Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 83-98.
  • Evans H M. (2008). Music Interrupted: an illness observed from within. In Medical Humanities Companion Volume One: Symptom. Evans M., Ahlzén R., Heath I. & Macnaughton J. Oxford: Radcliffe. 14-26.
  • Evans, H M (2005). Clinical ethics committees: a personal commentary. In Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Child Healthcare. Cartlidge, P Elsevier.
  • Evans, H. M. (2004). First let's consider your left thumb - an introduction to the philosophy of medicine. In Philosophy for Medicine: applications in a clinical context. Evans, H. M. , Louihala, P. & Puustinen, R. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press. 3-14.
  • Evans, H.M. (2004). Madness, medicine and creativity in Mann's The Magic Mountain. In Madness and Literature. Saunders, C. & Macnaughton, R. J. London: Palgrave. 159-174.
  • Evans, HM (2004). Madness, medicine and creativity in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. In Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture. Saunders, C & Macnaughton, RJ London: Palgrave Macmillan. 159-174.
  • Evans, H. M. (2004). Mix and Match? Conjectures on heterogeneous trial populations. In Delivering Quality in the NHS. Rawlins, M. & Littlejohns. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press.
  • Evans, H M (2002). A plea for the heart. In Applied Ethics: critical concepts in philosophy. Chadwick, R & Schroeder, D London: Routledge. 275-279.
  • Evans, H M (2002). The concept of the person. In Bioethics in a European Perspective. ten. Have, H & Gjordin, B Dordrecht: Kluwer. 141-155.
  • Evans, H M (2001). Medical humanities for postgraduates:an integrated approach and its implications for teaching. In Medical Humanities: a Practical Introduction. Kirlin, D & Richardson, R London: Royal College of Physicians. 61-72.
  • Evans, H M (2001). Philosophy and the medical humanities. In Medical Humanities. Evans, H M & Finlay, I London: BMJ Books. 250-263.
  • Evans, H M & Potts, M (2000). A narrative case against brain death. In Beyond Brain Death: the Case Against Brain-Based Criteria for Human Death. Potts, M, Byrne, P A & Nilges, R G Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 237-247.
  • Evans, H M (2000). The mind-body question. In Philosophy meets Medicine. Louhiala, P & Stenman, S Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. 105-115.
  • Evans, H M (1998). Learning to see in medical ethics education. In Critical Reflections on Medical Ethics. Evans, H M Conneticut: JAI Press. 99-111.
  • Evans, H M (1998). The utility of the body. In Ownership of the Human Body. ten Have, H A M J & Welie, J M V Dordrecht: Kluwer. 207-226.
  • Evans, H M (1996). Human individuation and moral justification. In Conceiving the Embryo. Evans, H M & Pickering, N The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. 75-85.
  • Evans, H M (1996). The idea of the person. In Philosophical Problems in Health Care. Greaves, D & Upton, H Aldershot: Avebury. 23-25.
  • Evans, H M , Greaves, D, Jarvis, R, Morgan, D & Pickering, N (1995). Bioethics in the United Kingdom and Ireland 1991-1993. In Regional Developments in Bioethics. Lustig, B A, Brody, B A, Engelhardt, H T Jr & McCullough, L B Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 127-152.
  • Evans, H M (1995). Patient-centred approaches to the evaluation of health care: a commentary. In Essential Pracitce in Patient-Centred Care. Fulford, K W M, Ersser, S & Hope, R A Oxford: Blackwell Science Ltd. 240-243.
  • Evans, H M (1994). Against brainstem death. In Principals of Healthcare Ethics. Gillon, R & Lloyd, A Chichester: John Wiley & Sons. 1041-1051.
  • Evans, H M (1993). Against the definition of brainstem death. In Death Rites. Morgan, D & Lee, R London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. 1-10.
  • Evans, H M (1993). Dying to help. In Death, Dying and Bereavement. Dickenson, D & Johnson, M London: Sage/Open University. 135-141.

Journal Article

  • Evans, H. M. (2016). Medicine, the body and an invitation to wonder. Medical Humanities 42(2): 97-102.
  • Evans, H. M. (2015). Wonder and the patient. Journal of Medical Humanities 36(1): 47-58.
  • 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.
  • Evans, H M. & Greaves, DA. (2010). Ten years of medical humanities: a decade in the life of a journal and a discipline. Medical Humanities 36(2): 66-68.
  • Evans, H M (2007). Do patients have duties? Journal of Medical Ethics 33.
  • Evans, H M & Hungin, A P S (2007). Uncomfortable implications: placebo equivalence in the management of functional illness. Journal of Medical Ethics 33.
  • Evans, H.M. (2006). Reply to: Defining death: when physicians and families differ. Journal of Medical Ethics 31(11): 642-644.
  • Evans, H M (2005). Is medicine a 'cultural good'? Medical Journal of Australia 185(1): 3-4.
  • Evans, H.M. (2004). “Should patients be allowed to veto their participation in clinical research?”. Journal of Medical Ethics 30(2): 198-203.
  • Butler, C. C., Evans, H. M., Greaves, D. & Simpson, S. (2004). Medically unexplained symptoms: the biopsychosocial model found wanting. Journal of the Royal Socieyt of Medicine 97: 219-222.
  • Evans, H M & Greaves, D (2003). Coming of age? Association for Medical Humanities holds first annual conference. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 29(2): 57-8.
  • Evans, H M & Greaves, D (2003). Looking for emerging themes in medical humanities. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 29(1): 1-3.
  • Evans, H M (2003). Roles for literature in medical education. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment 9: 380-386.
  • McCune, C A, Ravine, D, Worwood, M, Jackson, H A, Evans, H M & Hutton, D (2003). Screening for hereditary haemochromatosis within families and beyond. The Lancet 362(9399): 1897-1898.
  • Evans, H M (2002). “Reflections on the humanities in medical education”. Medical Education 36(6): 508-513.
  • Evans, H M. & Greaves, D (2002). Medical Humanities - What's in a name? Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 28(1): 1-2.
  • Evans, H M & Greaves, D (2002). Medical Humanities among the healing arts. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 28(2): 57-60.
  • Evans, H M (2002). Medicine, philosophy and the medical humanities. British Journal of General Practice 52(479): 447-449.
  • Habiba, Marwan & Evans, H M (2002). The inter-role confidentiality conflict in recruitment for clinical research. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 27(5): 565-587.
  • Evans, H M (2001). “The ‘medical body’ as philosophy’s arena”. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 22(1): 17-32.
  • Evans, H M & Greaves, D (2001). A renaissance for the sense of wonder? Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 27(1): 1.
  • Evans, H M (2001). Designer babies - why not? New Zealand Bioethics Journal 1(2): 17-25.
  • Greaves, D & Evans, H M (2001). Medical progress, reason and the imagination. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 27(2): 1.
  • Evans, H M (2001). Viewpoint: What's wrong with retained organs? Journal of Clinical Pathology 54: 824-6.
  • Evans, H M & Greaves, D (2000). Conceptions of medical humanities. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 26(2): 1.
  • Evans, H M (2000). Justified deception? The single blind placebo in drug research. Journal of Medical Ethics 36: 188-193.
  • Greaves, D & Evans, H M (2000). Medical humanities. Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities 26(1): 1.
  • Evans, H. M. & Greaves, D. (2000). Medical Humanities. Wellcome History 14: 4-5.
  • Evans, H M (1999). Bioethics and the newspapers. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 24(2): 164-180.
  • Evans, H M & Greaves, D (1999). Exploring the medical humanities. British Medical Journal 319(1216).
  • Butler, C C, Evans, H M & Welsh Philosophy and GP discussion group (1999). The 'heartsink' patient revisited. British Journal of General Practice 49: 230-233.
  • Evans, D & Evans, H M (1996). Fertility, infertility and the human embryo: ethics, law and practice of human artifical procreation. Human Reproduction Update 2(3): 208-224.
  • Holm, S & Evans, H M (1996). Product names, proper claims? More ethical issues in the marketing of drugs. British Medical Journal 313: 1627-9.
  • Evans, H M (1996). Resource allocation in cancer care. Health Care Analysis 4(1): 40-44.
  • Evans, H M (1994). Conflicts of interest in research on children. Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics 3(4): 549-559.

Presentation

  • Evans, H. M. (Published), Transfigurings: Beauty, wonder and the noumenal, Symposium: ‘Transfigurings: the world, wonder and beauty’. Durham University, UK.

Report

  • Evans, H M (1999). Reconciling Conflicting Values in Health Policy. School for Health. London, The Nuffield Trust.

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