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Durham University

Institute for Medical Humanities


Tuesday 19 November 2019

Café Scientifique - Hidden in Plain Sight: Why breathlessness is invisible

5:30pm to 8:00pm, The Great North Museum, Professor Jane Macnaughton

Come and explore the many ways breath is invisible, in society and politically. Prof Jane MacNaughton, Director of the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University, will explore the ways in which the breath is unseen, especially for those with conditions that affect their breath, such as asthma, bronchitis and heart failure.

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Experience as Placed Workshop

10:00am to 5:00pm, CA201, Caedmon Building

How is embodiment related to place? This workshop will consider how experience emerges from being in and moving through a range of everyday environments, exploring how experience is spatially situated, and influenced by non-human and non-organic entities.

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Medical Humanities Reading Group: How to Talk About the Body

12:00pm to 1:00pm, CA201 Caedmon Building

To speak of embodiment is to privilege the lived and experiencing body, to highlight the material conditions of life and death, and to situate the human subject within both nature and culture. Recent attention to the body as a socio-biological artefact has both increased awareness of how physiology can contribute to human experience as well as raising concerns about the categories of the ‘real’ and ‘authentic’.

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