“Embarrassing Bodies” – the male doctor/female patient encounter

  From awkwardness to impropriety: conceptualising the male doctor’s embarrassing body in Victorian medical literature By Alison Moulds (University of Oxford) This post is based on a paper given at the “Embarrassing Bodies” conference, organised by Birkbeck, University of London In 1858, Dr Edward Lane – owner of the Moor Park hydropathic establishment in Surrey […]

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‘I am Book’ – Clare Best

Illustrated talk for University of Kent symposium on Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities, on 21 April 2016 http://www.kent.ac.uk/english/research/conferences/artistsbooks.html I had been so looking forward to this wonderful symposium devised, designed and immaculately planned by Stella Bolaki, and to seeing the exhibition of Martha Hall’s and other book artists’ work  – which is still on […]

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PCMD Medical Humanities Conference 2016

  Ian Fussell Community Sub Dean UEMS   In 2002, The Peninsula Medical School (now Peninsular College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD)) became the first UK medical school to integrate the medical humanities as core curriculum. Every year since, year four students engage in a six-month project alongside and mentored by an artist. The culmination […]

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The Reading Room: Short-list for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

  Fragility of the human form: short-list for the 2016 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine   The Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine – winner of the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Innovation and Excellence in the Arts – is an interdisciplinary venture that investigates the synergy between medicine, the arts and health. Poets from New York […]

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Encountering Pain: hearing, seeing, speaking – Call for Abstracts

  Encountering Pain: hearing, seeing, speaking   A free two-day live event and international conference at UCL Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd July 2016 Pain is not only expressed linguistically but through bodily movements, emotional reactions, and artistic expressions. How do we respond when we encounter the pain of another? What happens when our own bodies […]

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Ageing, Embodiment and the Self: A One-Day AHRC Symposium

Friday March 18th 2016, Milburn House, University of Warwick 10am-5pm This event, run under the aegis of the AHRC Modernism, Medicine and the Embodied Mind project, will explore experiences of ageing and dementia from a number of perspectives–medical, literary, philosophical, literary, and performative–thinking in particular about the embodied experience of old age and dementia, the perceived […]

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Call for Papers – special issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

  The editors of a forthcoming (2017) special issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry on “Investigating public trust in expert knowledge: ethics, narrative and engagement” are currently inviting submission of papers. The special issue will be the first of its kind to examine the ethics of public trust in expert knowledge systems in emergent […]

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