Are you interested in undertaking postdoctoral research at the Centre for Medical Humanities?

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The Centre for Medical Humanities would like to advise eligible researchers of funding schemes to support postdoctoral work in medical humanities. Please see below for details of the fellowships available and for information on how to apply. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Centre Co-Director Professor Jane Macnaughton to discuss research proposals in the first instance.

ADDISON WHEELER Fellowships (Durham University scheme)
Addison Wheeler Fellowships encourage ‘efforts for increased knowledge of people and their make-up so as to enable them to make better use of their life here on Earth’. Addressing this aspiration is one of the conditions of the Fellowships but it is intended to be interpreted broadly and should not be seen as restrictive.   They are aimed at researchers of a high calibre, who have completed their PhD at the time of application and are at an early stage in their career. Fellows will pursue…

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Annual Association for Medical Humanities Conference, University of Aberdeen 8th – 10th July 2013 – Review

My review of the Annual Association for Medical Humanities Conference, University of Aberdeen 8th – 10th July 2013. I enjoy these conferences but this one was particularly interesting for its politics and eclecticism.

Celebrating Our Future: New directions in Medical Humanities Research and Annual Summer Party (Thursday June 20, St Chad’s College)

I’ll be giving a brief presentation about my twin research at this workshop in Durham: 20th June, 2013.

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Staff at the Centre for Medical Humanities are delighted to invite you to our Annual
Affiliates Summer Party

Thursday 20 June
3.30 – 5pm
St Chad’s SCR
St Chad’s College
Durham

This year we celebrate the new directions in Medical Humanities research through the work of three of our post-doctoral fellows. Each of the fellows will make a short presentation and we will then open the floor to questions and discussion, followed by drinks and canapés in a convivial setting to round off the academic year’s achievements.

Our post-doctoral fellows are:  Dr Jenny Laws , who challenges one of the leading orthodoxies in contemporary health practice, that of active recoveries, and explores the nature of human energies (see The Active Patient ); Dr Will Viney, who is undertaking a cultural study of twins across history and literature; and Dr Hilary Powell, who works on twelfth-century saints’ lives in…

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Understanding Human Flourishing: A Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference (CfP, Conference, Durham University, 16-17 May 2013)

Understanding Human Flourishing: A Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference (CfP, Conference, Durham University, 16-17 May 2013).
Keynote Speaker: Professor Stuart Murray, School of English and Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leeds

Panel of Academic Publishers: Professor Martyn Evans, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University;  Professor Brian Hurwitz, Centre for Humanities and Health, King’s College, London; Dr Deborah Kirklin, Editor of BMJ Medical Humanities journal, University College London.

This two-day conference aims to bring together postgraduate researchers whose interests relate to the medical humanities in order to explore interdisciplinary perspectives on, and ways of researching, health, illness and human flourishing. The conference will enable postgraduates to build networks and collaborative relationships for the future. The panel on academic publishing ensures that this conference will provide crucial information and advice for researchers at the beginning of a career in medical humanities.

Abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers are invited. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

Creativity: role of arts in human flourishing; illness narratives; representations of health conditions in art and literature; literature and art as sources of understanding experience of physical and mental illness, disability, health care and medical practice

Medical Practice and Education: use of literature/art in training health professionals; literature and art as (alternative) therapy; narrative therapy; the role of spirituality in medical practice; the history of medicine; qualitative research and ethnography in health settings; ethics of care; empathy; relationships in healthcare

Embodied Cognition: the mind-body split in medicine and its effect on our understanding of what it is to be human; questions of selfhood in mental health/neurodegenerative diseases; the normal and pathological in human experience; neuroscience and philosophy of medicine.

Please address all abstracts or queries to the conference organisers Rebecca Bitenc and Dr Naomi Marklew. For more information, please visit our web site.

Deadline for abstracts: 18 February 2013

via Understanding Human Flourishing: A Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference (CfP, Conference, Durham University, 16-17 May 2013).