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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Previous Events

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Friday 27 March 2015

Thursday 26 March 2015

Wolfson Grant Writing Workshop - NIHR

10:30am to 2:30pm, F009 Wolfson Seminar Room, Professor James Mason and Dr Helen Hancock

Wednesday 25 March 2015

CSGS Seminar on Sexuality of Menopausal Women in Iran, with Elham Amini, PhD Candidate

6:00pm to 8:00pm, St Aiden's College, Durham University, Elham Amini

Friday 20 March 2015

'Brains in the Making': emerging models, methods, and modes of working Workshop

12:00pm to 5:00pm, Holgate Conference Centre, Grey Collage, Durham

Call for Participants for ‘Brains in the Making’, Durham University (19th and 20th March 2015)

Brains in the Making: emerging models, methods, and modes of working

Workshop 19th March 12:00 to 20th March 2015, 17:00, Holgate Conference Centre, Grey College, DH1 3LG

Organisers: Dr Felicity Callard, Dr Angela Woods (Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University; Hubbub at Wellcome Collection; Hearing the Voice) and Dr Peter Garratt (Department of English Studies; Cognitive Futures in the Humanities)

30 places available to applicants – Register your interest here. Places for the workshop are limited and will be allocated to ensure the inclusion of a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Please note that Brains in the Making is a free workshop, but participants are expected to make their own arrangements for traveland accommodation. The deadline for registration is 20 February and successful applicants will be notified by 25 February at the latest. Priority will be given to individuals able to attend the full programme. All delegates will be invited to join the speakers of Brains in the Making at a complimentary dinner on 19th March. Lunch will be provided on both days of the workshop.

Brains in the Making emerges from existing synergies between three, large interdisciplinary projects led by Durham University: Hearing the Voice (HtV), the inaugural residency Hubbub at Wellcome Collection, both funded by the Wellcome Trust, and Cognitive Futures in the Humanities (CFiH) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The workshop is supported by Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study, and seeks to advance conceptual and methodological debates surrounding the ways in which other disciplines might and should work with the neurosciences.

What happens to methods of enquiry and to the objects of intellectual concern when researchers are entangled with one another in intense interdisciplinary exchange regarding the brain? And can such “entanglements” allow new modes of thinking and working to emerge – such that disciplinary expertise might be diffracted through researchers’ encounters with unfamiliar methods, modes of experimentation, and ways of conceptualizing key constructs?

Brains in the Making brings together researchers working at the critical cutting edge of the neurosciences with the goal of reflecting on and interrogating emergent models and methods, examining how they variously transform, disavow, encourage and/or close down existing “disciplinary” modes of thought and practice. Additionally, the workshop exemplifies the shared conviction that new areas of inquiry and ways of working do not emerge “out of nowhere”: they can arise through purposeful endeavour and creative, experimental practices that enable the collision of ideas that are not usually brought together.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Dr Ben Alderson-Day
  • Dr Felicity Callard
  • Dr James Carney
  • Professor Charles Fernyhough
  • Dr Des Fitzgerald
  • Dr Peter Garratt
  • Mr Philipp Haueis
  • Ms Shona Illingworth
  • Dr Simone Kühn
  • Dr Karin Kukkonen
  • Mr Sam McLean
  • Professor Andreas Roepstorff
  • Professor Nikolas Rose
  • Dr Susanne Weis
  • Dr James Wilkes
  • Dr Angela Woods

Contact Kimberley Staines, Project Coordinator for Hubbub Group for more information about this event.

To confirm, the deadline for registration is 20 February and successful applicants will be notified by 25 February at the latest. Priority will be given to individuals able to attend the full programme. Information on accommodation options in Durham and directions to the Holgate Centre are available on the Durham University website. A detailed programme will be released shortly. Register your interest here.​​


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Thursday 19 March 2015

Symposium: Young People and Mental Disorder: Is the Law Fit for Purpose?

9:30am to 4:30pm, Birley Room, Hatfield college, Durham University, North Bailey, Durham

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Tuesday 17 March 2015

Two Global Health Talks by Anne-Emmanuelle Birn

10:15am to 1:00pm, Professor Anne-Emanuelle Birn

16th March, 10.15am, Palace Green PG20 (Durham City Campus):

Philanthrocapitalism then and now: The Rockefeller Foundation, the Gates Foundation and the politics of international/global health

In recent years the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has emerged as this era’s most renowned, and argu­ably its most influential, global health player. A century ago, the Rockefeller Foundation—likewise founded by the richest, most ruthless and innovative capitalist of his day—was an even more powerful international health actor. This talk reflects critically on the roots, exigencies, and reach of global health philanthropy, comparing the goals, para­digms, principles, modus operandi, and agenda-setting roles of the Rockefeller and Gates Foundations in their historical c ontexts. 

17th March, 11am-1pm, Greta Room, Wolfson Building, (Queen’s Campus):

“All for Health? Historical perspectives on WHO’s initiatives to promote Intersectoral Approaches to Health”

Long before the present-day attention to “health in all policies” and “joined-up” and “whole-of-government” approaches as a means of addressing health inequities, health was understood to encompass and engage with multiple fields rooted in the larger social and political context. At the global level, a particularly salient precursor to “health in all policies” emerged at the World Health Organization in the 1980s: the intersectoral approach to health (IAH) was a direct response to the 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata’s call for social justice as the underpinning of health. This talk traces the unfolding of IAH at WHO, highlights its intellectual, institutional, and activist champions, examines its research and programmatic dimensions, and reflects upon the ideological pressures that ultimately circumscribed its reach.


Anne-Emanuelle Birn, MA ScD, is Professor of Critical Development Studies (UTSC) and Social and Behavioural Health Sciences (Dalla Lana School of Public Health) at the University of Toronto and served as Canada Research Chair in International Health from 2003-2013. Her research explores the history of public health in Latin America and the history and politics/policy of international/global health, with particular emphases on historical demography and child health, global health philanthropy, political economy of health, and societal determinants of health-- and interests ranging from the scatological to the ideological.


Sponsored by the Global Health Special Interest Group, Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing (WRIHW)

Monday 16 March 2015

A Multi-Disciplinary Mathematics Workshop: Keynote speaker - Professor David Geary, University of Missouri.

9:30am to 4:30pm, F009 Wolfson Seminar Room, Professor David Geary

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Wednesday 11 March 2015

CSGS Film Club - Persepolis

6:00pm to 8:00pm, St Aiden's College, Durham University

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Wolfson Guest Lecture - 'Values-Based Practice:How does it translate?' By Professor Ed Peile

12:30pm to 2:15pm, D013, Ebsworth Building, Queen's Campus Stockton

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How to engage effectively with Parliament and government: a practical workshop for researchers

2:30pm to 4:00pm, F009, Wolfson Building, Durham University Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 6BH, Jenny Jeffes

Monday 2 March 2015

Wolfson Coffee Morning

10:30am to 11:00am, Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus

A Wolfson Coffee Morning will be held on Monday 2nd March 2015 from 10.30am - 11.00am in the Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus.

Please do come along and network over a coffee and a cake!

Everyone is welcome.

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