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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Previous Events

List of months

Monday 31 October 2011

Exhibition: The Foetus Goes Public - Images of the Unborn from the Middle Ages to the Twenty-First Century

Holliday Building (Upper Rotunda), Queen's Campus, Durham University

An exhibition of the history of the public images of embryos and foetuses.

'The Foetus Goes Public' looks at how images of embryos and foetuses shape our understanding of life and reproduction.

The official opening of the exhibition will take place at 1.30 pm on Friday 7th October 2011. The exhibition will run until 9th December 2011.

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of public lectures, as follows:

Professor John McLachlan, 'Imaging the Embryo', (Friday 21st October 2011, 12:45 pm, Holliday Building, room A11).

Dr Nadja Reissland, 'Fetal Crying: Is the Fetal Cry Face Gestalt Associated with Prenatal Depression and Attachment?', (Friday 11th November 2011, 10.00 am, Wolfson Research Institute, room F009).

Dr Sebastian Pranghofer, 'Personhood Before Birth? Early Modern Images of the Unborn', (Friday 25th November 2011, 10.45 am, Holliday Building, room A12 ).

Entry to the exhibition and lectures is free.


Friday 28 October 2011

Wolfson Research Institute - Annual Lecture 2011 - 'Connecting Communities: Resilience, Resistance and Well-Being' by Professor Gareth Williams, Director, Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit

12:30pm to 2:00pm, Theatre D004, Ebsworth Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton on Tees, TS17 6BH

The Wolfson Research Institute is delighted to welcome Professor Gareth Williams, Director of the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit  and Co-Director of the Cardiff Institute of Society and Health  to deliver the 2011 Annual Lecture on Friday  28th October 2011.

Lecture Title: 'Connecting Communities: Resilience, Resistance and Well-Being'

The virtues and vices of communities are high on the policy agenda. Indeed, in the UK at least, as the State shrivels and shrinks, the idea of community is probably more intensely politicised than it has been at any time since the end of the Second World War. This lecture begins with some reflections on the enduring appeal of the concept of 'community' in everyday conversations about how we live. It then goes on to report two recent reviews of the literature - one theoretical, the other systematic - which contrast the richness of community-related concepts with the weaknesses of their use in understanding and informing policies and interventions to build community strengths. Findings from recent qualitative studies of particular communities in south Wales are then used to explore the limitations of 'resilience' and the continuing importance of 'resistance' as frames within which the well-being of communities can be understood. The lecture concludes with some final thoughts on the state of austerity we are in. These will probably be of no use whatsoever to practising policy-makers but may help to stimulate some further discussion and debate

Professor Gareth Williams has worked in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University since 1999, where he teaches medical sociology, and is currently a Professor of Sociology. He is Director of the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit and Co-Director of the Cardiff Institute of Society and Health . Gareth has written and published widely in journals and books on the themes of chronic illness and disability, health policy, health inequalities and lay knowledge. In recent times he has undertaken research on and with local communities dealing with the consequences of health inequalities (see Community Health and Well Being: Action Research on Health Inequalities, Policy Press 2007), and the particular health impacts of housing renewal and open-cast coalmining. With colleagues in Durham and Aberdeen he has also examined the impact of devolution on health inequalities policies and governance in Wales, Scotland and England. He is also a non-executive director of Public Health Wales.


  • 12:00 - Tea/coffee refreshments available
  • 12:30 - Welcome by Professor Clare Bambra, Wolfson
    Research Institute
  • 12:35 - Guest lecture by Professor Gareth Williams
  • 13:30 - Questions and Answers
  • 14:00 - Close

Ebsworth Building
Durham University
Queen's Campus
Stockton on Tees
TS17 6BH

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To register your attendance please follow this link or  contact Linda Crowe by email or telephone (0191 334 0013).

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Wednesday 26 October 2011

Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar: On Psychiatric Metaphor: Exploring the Use of Clinical Concepts in Cultural Theory by Dr. Angela Woods, Centre for Medical Humanities

5:00pm, St. Chad's Chapel, Durham University, Durham City

Dr. Woods will be discussing cultural theory's deployment of clinical concepts from the 'psy' disciplines in works such as Anti-Oedipus, Madness and Modernism, Hystories, and The Weariness of the Self. Arguing against what is perhaps a majority view - that using psychiatric terminology 'metaphorically' is illegitimate, imprecise, irresponsible, and insensitive to the human costs of illness - Dr. Woods aims to show why it is important for an interdisciplinary field such as the medical humanities to view diagnostic categories from multiple perspectives.

This seminar will also launch Dr. Woods' new book The Sublime Object of Psychiatry: Schizophrenia in Clinical and Cultural Theory  (2011).

Seminars are open to all and there will be the opportunity for further discussion following the seminars over wine and canapés in St. Chad's SCR.



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Tuesday 25 October 2011

Wolfson Workshop - Participatory Action Research

9:30am to 2:00pm, F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Queen's Campus, Stockton

The third Wolfson Workshop will be run by:

  • Dr Helen Close, Health Research Methodologist, School of Medicine and Health

  • Dr Kate Hampshire, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

  • Professor Rachel Pain, Centre for Social Justice and Community Action and Department of Geography.

With an introduction from Rebecca Maier, NHS & Engagement Manager, Wolfson Research Institute.

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to Participatory Action Research and case study examples of the approach.  Participatory approaches involve research in collaboration with rather than research on those who are affected by the issues involved.  Key stages of research - from problem definition right through to dissemination of findings - are conducted jointly, and research skills and outcomes are shared, increasing participants' ability to bring about positive changes on a range of social issues.  A toolkit of participatory techniques exists that provides more inclusive and accessible tools for exploring, developing and communicating research topics.

The workshop is aimed at new and established researchers who are interested in finding new ways to work with sections of the community, particularly those who are often ignored in research and policy. The workshop will also raise awareness of the shortcomings and dangers of the 'participation' agenda.



Arrival (tea/coffee - Wolfson Street)

10.00am - 11.30am

Workshop Part 1: Introduction and activity (F009)

11.30am - 11.45am

Break (tea/coffee - Wolfson Street)

11.45am - 1.15pm

Workshop Part 2:  Two examples from practice and activities (F009)

1.15pm - 1.30pm

Summing up (F009)

1.30pm - 2.00pm

Lunch and close (Wolfson Street)


There is no charge for this event; however booking is essential as places are limited.  Online registration is now open.  To book a place, please click here

Please contact Jennifer Cook if you have further queries: or telephone 0191 33 40206

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Monday 17 October 2011

Workshop on Multi-disciplinary Research Projects in Health

12:30pm to 4:30pm, F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Queen's Campus, Stockton

A half day workshop designed to generate valuable insights on navigating the multi-disciplinary research landscape.

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Friday 14 October 2011

Launch lunch for the Applied Statistics Unit

12:00pm to 2:00pm, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University, Durham City

The Applied Statistics Unit (ASU) will commence operations in October 2011. To mark the occasion, there will a an informal launch (including lunch) of the Applied Statistics Unit on October 14th in Durham from 12-2pm at the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College. Any member of the University who is thinking of working with the ASU (e.g. as a mentor) is willing to attend. We would also like to meet PGR students and their supervisors from the following departments: SASS, SGIA, Archaeology, Anthropology, Education. This is an ideal opportunity to learn about the ASU and how it plans to operate over the next year.

To register your attendance please follow this link or alternatively please contact Jennifer Cook.

Venue details
Lindisfarne Centre
St Aidan's College
Windmill Hill
Tel: +44 (0) 191 334 5769
Fax: +44 (0) 191 334 5770

Map - The Lindisfarne centre is listed as building No: 2  

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Thursday 13 October 2011

SPIRE seminar: Genetics and Intellectual Disability Science and Stigma

12:00pm to 2:00pm, D018, Ebsworth Building, Queen's Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Tees, Dr Muhammad Ayub, Consultant Psychiatrist in Learning Disability Service, TEWV NHS Foundation Trust

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Monday 3 October 2011

Wolfson Research Institute - Coffee Morning

10:30am to 11:00am, Wolfson Research Institute

Wolfson Research Institute Monthly Coffee Morning will be held on Monday 3 October 2011 at 10:30am in the Wolfson Street.

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