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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Wednesday 18 May 2011

PHINE Network Meeting

9:30am to 12:30pm, Kenworthy Hall, St Marys College

The next PHINE network meeting will take place at the Kenworthy Hall, St Marys College on May 18th.

The event will begin at 9:30am with tea and coffee being available from 9:00am. A buffet lunch will be served at 12pm.

To confirm your wish to attend this event please use the sign up function on the event page here:

Details of the previous meeting can be found here:

As well as the usual regional update we will be running network sessions, details will follow soon. If you have a project you would like to present to the network please contact

Please note the 2011 Network Meeting Dates:

• 18th May : Kenworthy Hall, St Marys College
• 17th Aug : Van Mildert Conference Centre
• 16th Nov : Lindisfarne Centre

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Medical Anthropology Research Group & Centre for Medical Humanities Seminar: 'Social impact of cultural access and creativity:Urban Cultural Policies in Mexico City'

4:00pm to 6:00pm, Anthropology Seminar Room, Dawson Building, Durham University, South Road

Seminar - "Social impact of cultural access and creativity: Urban Cultural Policies in Mexico City" by Ana Rosas Mantecón, Anthropology Department, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana México, Visiting Fellow, Goldsmiths College, University of London.

In the search of improving social interaction, reverting deterioration of public spaces, and fighting crime, different cities all over the world have appealed to cultural access and creativity as means to confront exclusion, violence, and debilitated social ties. In European cities, like Dublin, Belfast or London, and some Latin American ones such as México City, Medellin and Bogotá, cultural policies have proven efficient for restructuring social tissue, improving living standards, transforming values, and creating a bridge for dialogue between different sectors of society. This lecture analyzes three of Mexico City's projects (one by the city government and the others rooted in civil society) that work with marginalized groups of people in urban, conflicted areas: ConArte (WithArt), Cultural Territories for Equality, and the Faros Network.

This seminar will be of interest not only to academic research staff, but also for students interested in developing research projects around the topics of inclusion, regeneration, development, culture and dialogue, and urban social anthropology.

Ana Rosas Mantecón is anthropologist, full time teacher and researcher at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana's Anthropology Department since 1992. Her research has specialized in cultural consumption and artistic reception, studying cultural policies and audiences in museums, cinemas, television, video, dance saloons, rock concerts; cultural tourism and urban heritage. She has given conferences and seminars in Mexico, Argentine, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal and Germany. She is part of Mexican and international research networks. Since 1989 she began working in the Program of Urban Culture, coordinated by Néstor García Canclini, conducting joint investigations on urban anthropology, cultural policies and audiences. She has also participated in the project México's cultural challenges facing globalization, coordinated by Lourdes Arizpe, with studies on cultural tourism and cinema industry. She coordinated a Research Group on Cultural Consumption at Clacso (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales), formed by specialists from six different Latin American countries. Since 2007 she has participated in the Brazilian-Portuguese Network of Urban Studies, coordinated by Carlos Fortuna and Rogerio Proença.


For more information on this seminar, please contact Anni Raw

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Thursday 12 May 2011

SPIRE Seminar: 'What would Erving Goffman have made of today's PFI funded asylums?' by Dr. Ian Spencer

12:00pm to 2:00pm, F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton, TS17 6BH

We take pleasure in inviting you to join us for the SPIRE (Support and Partnership for Ideas, Research and Empowerment) seminar.

Title: "What would Erving Goffman have made of today's PFI funded asylums?"

Speaker: Dr. Ian Spencer, Research Fellow in Mental Health and Senior Tutor, Grey College, Durham University.  Please see attached biography.

Date and time: 12th May 2011 from 12 noon till 2.00 pm with lunch provided.

Venue: Wolfson Seminar Room F009, Queens Campus, Durham University, Stockton on Tees

Please confirm your attendance to Val Heard (details below) for catering purposes. 

Val Heard
Research Administrator
Research & Development Department
Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS FoundationTrust
TAD Centre
Ormesby Road
Office Tel: 01642 516981
Fax: 01642 243734

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Wednesday 4 May 2011

GoHWELL seminar - Cracks in the door? Technology and the shifting topology of care by Professor Christine Milligan, Lancaster University

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Room W007, Geography Department, Durham University, South Road, Durham

GoHWELL seminar:  Cracks in the door? Technology and the shifting topology of care by Professor Christine Milligan, Lancaster University

Chair: Professor Sarah Curtis

The rapid growth of new and emerging care technologies (NCTs) targeted at supporting the care needs of frail older people within the home has been accompanied by an ideological shift toward ‘ageing in place'. Combined with the current and projected growth of those in the older age groups and growing concerns about a potential ‘care crisis' as the demand for care exceeds provision, this ‘technological fix' opens up some new and potentially challenging possibilities for redressing the so-called ‘care gap'. At the same time, these dilemmas raise important questions about how older people actually experience new care technologies and the extent to which they may act to reshape both the nature of care and the places within which that care is performed. Drawing on recently completed research conducted across Europe, this paper suggests that whilst it may be possible to render some care technologies relatively invisible, the installation of technologies designed for surveillance and monitoring can create a fundamental shift in older people's sense and experience of home. It is suggested that NCTs have the potential to reshape not just the relationships between people and things that occur within the physical structure of the home, but also the feeling and sense of ‘being at home'. Any attempt to understand the effects of care technologies thus brings into focus the complexity of home as both a site of affect, social interaction and personal meaning, and as a site of care.

Christine Milligan is Professor of Health and Social Geography and Director of the Centre for Ageing Research at Lancaster University, UK. She has researched and published widely on geographical perspectives of informal sector health and welfare. Her recent book: There's No Place Like home: Place and Care in an Ageing Society (Ashgate, 2009), summarises her particular interests in active ageing, care and the home and new care technologies to support ageing in place. Christine is also widely known for her work on voluntarism and social welfare, and has a growing interest in ethics and research in the social sciences. She has been involved in numerous international and national research projects and is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Health and Place.

All welcome - attendance is free of charge.

Directions to the Geography Department (#40 on map) can be found at:

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Centre for Medical Humanities: Gwyneth Lewis Poetry Reading

7:30pm to 10:00pm, Durham Town Hall, Durham City


Gwyneth Lewis will be reading from her epic poem A Hospital Odyssey, an outrageously imaginative voyage through illness and healing. Drawing on the most recent biomedical research into stem cells and cancer, the poem is a journey through the body's inner space and the strange habitats created by the disease, including the chimeras people see when they are unwell. Immensely readable, A Hospital Odyssey is a modern epic: Dr. Who meets Paradise Lost.

Gwyneth Lewis was Wales' National Poet from 2005 - 2006 and currently lives in Cardiff.

For additional information contact Polly De Giorgi on 0191 3347008 or visit the Centre for Medical Humanities website

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Tuesday 3 May 2011

School of Medicine and Health Seminar - Anatomical design: making and using three-dimensional models of the human body by by Dr Elizabeth Hallam (Oxford University and University of Aberdeen)

12:00pm to 3:00pm, Room F009, Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton, TS17 6BH

The School of Medicine and Health Seminar Series continues on the 3rd May 2011 with a paper presented by Dr Elizabeth Hallam (Oxford University and University of Aberdeen), entitled Anatomical design: making and using three-dimensional models of the human body.

This paper explores three-dimensional anatomical models in anthropological perspective, focusing on the social, cultural and material processes of design, making and use in contemporary contexts, and asking how models are put to work in generating and communicating of knowledge of the human body. The difficulties involved in studying and understanding the anatomy of living, moving, growing bodies with the use of models and visual images have been of major concern to anatomists and their associates, including technicians and artists. Which models are most effective in enabling medical students to visualise anatomy and why? What kinds of difficulties are encountered with models and how do the limitations of particular designs lead to their modification or the instigation of new ones? To address these questions this paper analyses how commercial plastic models are used in specific settings as well as models improvised in-house in medical-school workshops using diverse materials such as wire, wool, wood, paper and recycled objects. This provides insight with regard to the social dimensions of models in practice, the significance of materials, form and colour in perceptions of models, and the embodied interactions that give rise to anatomical design.

Dr Hallam is a Research Associate in the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. Her research on material and visual culture currently focuses on museums of anatomy in medical schools in Scotland and England where she examines the collection, preservation and display of bodies from the mid-19th century to the present. How bodies have been rendered - in the flesh, in wax, paper and plastic, and through drawing, photography and film - in the pursuit of anatomical knowledge are issues explored in her forthcoming book, Anatomy Museum. Death and the Body Displayed, illustrated with specially commissioned photography.

Where and when:
The seminar will take place in the Wolfson Research Institute Seminar Room (F009) at 12.30pm. A buffet lunch will be available from 12 noon, so please come and join us for a relaxing, pre-seminar get-together, and an opportunity to talk informally with our guest. Please RSVP by 15th April for catering purposes.

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