1. CFP: Trauma Studies in the Medical Humanities, Durham

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Date: 12th – 14th April 2018

    This interdisciplinary conference is envisioned as a forum for reflection on the current state of research on trauma within the medical humanities and on potentially fruitful directions for future exploration. It is organised by the Music Department and Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University, with the financial support of the Wellcome Trust. Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Mikhail Epstein (Emory University), Professor Marina Frolova-Walker (University of Cambridge) and Dr Ursula Wirtz (International School of Analytical Psychology, Zurich).

    The last three decades have seen a steady growth of interest in the subject of trauma not only within psychiatry and psychotherapy, but also across the humanities. The study of trauma has become increasingly interdisciplinary, ranging from historians’ analyses of the long-term social effects of mass trauma on civilian populations to studies of the links between trauma and artistic creativity, and mental health practitioners’ investigations of music, literature, dance, and other arts as adjuncts to the treatment of trauma.

    Proposals are invited for panels and individual paper proposals relating to the following themes:

    • The contribution of the humanities to deepening our understanding of trauma
    • Therapeutic applications of humanities research on trauma
    • The arts and the treatment of trauma
    • Narratives of trauma
    • Artistic representations of the traumatised state and post-traumatic subjectivity
    • Artists’ engagement with trauma occasioned by war, genocide, social and political upheaval, catastrophic events
    • Traumatic memory and confronting the traumatic past
    • The humanities and the study of collective, cultural, and transgenerational trauma
    • Methodological approaches to the study of trauma within the humanities
    • Trauma and contemporary culture
    • Trauma, spirituality, and the quest for meaning

    The organisers are especially keen to elicit proposals pertaining to new and emergent areas of interest. The conference will feature a special session on the study of trauma within musicology. Other areas of interest include representations of traumatic experience in literature and the visual arts of earlier historical periods and in the artistic traditions of non-Western cultures.

    Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes’ duration should be submitted in the form of a 250-word abstract accompanied by a 100-word professional résumé, contact information, and details of professional affiliation. Proposals for panel sessions should include a 300-word statement explaining the panel’s rationale as well as abstracts of each paper. The organisers welcome proposals from postgraduate researchers and independent researchers.

    The working language of the conference will be English, but requests to present in another language will be considered at the discretion of the conference committee. If the paper is accepted, the speaker will be required to provide a high-quality English translation.

    A limited number of bursaries will be available to assist graduate students and presenters without access to institutional support. If you wish to be considered for a bursary, you should indicate this in your covering letter when submitting your abstract. Please be aware that we are unlikely to be in a position to cover participants’ costs in full.

    Conference delegates will have the option of staying in reasonably priced accommodation in the university’s colleges.

    Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Dr Patrick Zuk by Monday 13th November 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by Monday 4 December 2017.

  2. Registration open: Cultures of Shame in Medicine, Dublin

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Workshop date: 19th September 2017

    “Cultures of Shame in Medicine: An Interdisciplinary Workshop” is the third workshop organized by the Wellcome Trust Seed Funded ‘Shame and Medicine Project’.

    The aim of this Workshop is to bring together a number of academics working from various disciplinary perspectives within Humanities (e.g. English, History, Visual Culture) in order to reflect on how shame dynamics permeate medical culture and practice.

    The workshop will consist of five talks covering diverse topics such as mesothelioma, HIV, surgeon experience and patient narratives. The Workshop takes place on Tuesday 19th September 2017, from 9am – 2pm, in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. Full details of the programme can be found on the project’s website.

    All are welcome to attend and registration can be completed through the Workshop’s Eventbrite page.

    For any further information, do not hesitate to contact the event’s organizers Dr Barry Lyons or Dr Luna Dolezal.

    This workshop is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, the Trinity Long Room Hub and the University of Exeter.

  3. CFP: Special Issue of Considering Disability Journal, ‘Disability and Love’

    Posted on September 1st, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Considering Disability Journal: Disability and Love

    For this CFP we are looking for submissions that include articles, essays, creative
    work, that deal with disability and love in all forms. Individuals with disabilities have
    to navigate their bodies and lives, but once love enters the picture it can be both
    healing and damaging. Looking at the contradictory and complex nature of love, we
    are interested in how love and relationships interact with the experience of
    disability. What happens when lovers learn of our disabilities? What happens when
    lovers leave because of disability and/or illness?

    Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    • Disability and new relationships
    • Disability and self-love
    • Failed loves and heartbreak
    • Disability and love relationships as represented in cinema and literature
    • Disability and love in memoirs
    • Disability and the love for life
    • Disability and parents/family love
    • Disability and sexuality
    • Other types of love and the interaction with disability

    Please contact submissions@consideringdisabilty.com with any questions. You can make submissions via our journal system online. We also encourage the writing of a
    complementary blog to be published alongside the release of any successful

    Submission deadline 1st November 2017.

  4. Registration: ‘Nature and Wellbeing Symposium’, Edinburgh

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Date: Friday 23 June

    Location: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square, Edinburgh

    There are still some places available on the upcoming Nature and Wellbeing Symposium to be held at IASH, University of Edinburgh on Friday 23rd June.

    The event features an (optional) Slow Walk around Holyrood Park, a talk by historian of therapeutic landscapes, Dr Clare Hickman, a roundtable on ‘Activities in ‘Nature’ for Improved Personal and Social Wellbeing: Practice and Research’ led by Rebecca Crowther, plenty of time for discussion and participation. This event will investigate the meaning of ‘nature’ and ‘wellbeing’ in different cultural, environmental, therapeutic, and research contexts. Expert speakers will share their experiences and expertise, identifying shared values and points of difference. The event will showcase the perspectives of practitioners involved in innovative and sustainable approaches to care, academics working in cultural, scientific and educational fields, and representatives of wellbeing initiatives and community groups. There will also be guided walks and activities and many opportunities to contribute to the discussion. The full timetable can be found here: https://www.iash.ed.ac.uk/event/nature-and-wellbeing-symposium.

    The event is free and you can book by emailing Samantha Walton at s.walton@bathspa.ac.uk, or by contacting iash@ed.ac.uk.

    Organised by Dr Samantha Walton, Bath Spa University with the support of IASH and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. To find out more about Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing and to view speaker biographies, visit Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing.

  5. Conference: ‘Spirituality and Recovery’, Durham

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Date: 12th – 14th July 2017

    The Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Durham University in association with TEWV NHS Foundation Trust is organising the Spirituality and Recovery conference at St John’s College, Durham, from 12-14 July 2017. This is the third Durham conference exploring good practice in spirituality and mental health care.

    As more and more mental health service providers embrace a recovery approach to care, this conference will give opportunity to explore the role which spirituality has to play in such an approach. Can there be a recovery approach without taking spirituality into account? Does a recovery model open up new opportunities to ensure that attention to spiritual needs is routinely a part of assessment and care planning? Are ‘recovery’ and ‘spirituality’ simply two different words for the same thing when it comes to mental health care, or do they have their own distinct, but mutually enriching, meanings?

    This conference is an opportunity for clinicians, service users and carers, chaplains, faith and community leaders and anyone else interested to come and think about how those interested in recovery and those who wish to promote the importance of spirituality can work together for the benefit of people who are receiving mental health services. The second day will focus particularly on the importance of narrative and we will hear a number of stories from TEWV service users. The final day will have a particular emphasis on compassion and kindness.

    Biographies and the conference agenda can be found here. To view and download the conference poster, click here.

    To book a place in the conference, click HERE. Registration to the conference closes at midnight on Friday 30 June 2017.

  6. Postdoctoral Research Associate: ‘Life of Breath Project’, Bristol

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    The Life of Breath team at the University of Bristol are recruiting a postdoctoral research associate in history of medicine. The post, offered for 2 years, could examine the recent history of COPD, which has not so far been the subject of major historical study. However the PIs are also happy to discuss other ideas for research relevant to the Life of Breath project.

    The successful applicant will be mentored by a multidisciplinary team, consisting of Prof Tim Cole (Bristol, history), Prof Gareth Williams (Bristol, medicine and medical history), and Prof Havi Carel (Bristol, project PI).

    Applicants should have a PhD in medical history, and research experience in the field. It is not essential that your work is in the specific field of the project, although prior research on breathing and breathlessness would be an advantage. Candidates considering applying for this post are encouraged to contact Professor Havi Carel to discuss their ideas and the post.

    Download the full person specification and find out how to apply here

    The start date for this post is 1 September 2017. The closing date for applications is midnight Wednesday 21st June 2017.

  7. CFP: Special Issue of Critical Stages (webjournal), ‘Medicine and/in Theatre’

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    The webjournal of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), Critical Stages, invites contributions for issue No 17, Medicine and/in Theatre, due for publication in June 2018.

    Over the past decade there has been increased critical attention paid to the intersection of theatre and medicine; although the relationship between the two is far from new. Medicine and science, along with philosophy, religion and the arts, are the central to our society’s efforts to comprehend the mystery of being, to explain pain and to address mortality. Yet, unlike the metaphysical quest present in the narratives of religion, or transcendental philosophies, theatre and medicine share a fundamental preoccupation with what goes on between birth and death.

    Issue #17 of Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques invites essays that focus specifically on contemporary medicine-related plays, performances and issues. For Baudrillard, “the characteristic hysteria of our times” is “that of the production and the reproduction of the real” and the production of “values and commodities.” With his words in mind, what does the fusion of theatre and medicine seek to address in a twenty-first-century context? The emergence of counter-narratives or the construction of realities? The value of multivocality or the commodification of reality?

    Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Negotiating boundaries of illness and health; of life and death
    • Staged vs. actual illness: content vs. form; assessing reception; the critic’s role
    • The doctor-patient relationship
    • Representation of medical topics, illness, and the hospitalized/suffering/dying body in theatre: sociopolitical, aesthetic and ethical considerations
    • Popular theatre and illness: a contradiction in terms? Awareness-raising or profit-making enterprise?
    • Body-as-machine, body-as-battlefield, the “biomedical gaze” and other metaphors: truths and myths of medicine as tackled on stage/in performance
    • Theatre, medicine, technology: acting under/beyond the skin; exploring new aesthetic horizons; the technological sublime
    • From anatomy to prosthetics, neuroscience and gene mapping: staged perspectives on the notions of self/other, the individual against the State, and precarious existence
    • Theatre assisting/attacking the practices of medicine
    • On spectatorship: sensation vs. interpretation
    • The role of theatre and the arts in medical education: instrumental benefits
    • Theatre-based learning in medical education, the Narrative Medicine paradigm, and the rising academic field of Critical Medical Humanities
    • Practicing medicine as performance: professionalism, empathy, and ethical caregiving
    • Beyond Western medicine: foundational concepts (i.e. doctor, patient, pain, illness, experience) in theatre/performance around the world

    Further information about IATC, Critical Stages, and the CfP can be found on their website.

    Submissions (maximum 3,500 words, including notes and works cited) should be sent by email to the editor of this special issue, Dr Vinia Dakari. The deadline for proposals is 1 August 2017, with first drafts for accepted papers due 1 February 2018.

  8. RCPSG Lecture: Pankaj Chandak, ‘Safer Surgery – The Lasting Legacy of Joseph Lister’, Glasgow

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Lecture, Pankaj Chandak: ‘Safer Surgery – The Lasting Legacy of Joseph Lister’

    Date: 7pm, Thursday 15th June 2017 (refreshments from 6.30pm)

    Location: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RJ

    The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is delighted to invite you to their annual Goodall Lecture. The Goodall Lecture this year is inspired by the 150th anniversary of Joseph Lister’s article in the Lancet announcing the arrival of antiseptic surgery – a major breakthrough in medical science. This breakthrough was of course achieved in Glasgow, so it is fitting that the lecture is part of the Glasgow Science Festival 2017.

    We’re delighted to welcome Mr Pankaj Chandak, transplant surgeon at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Great Ormond Street Hospitals, who will deliver the Goodall Lecture. Mr Chandak is passionate about Lister’s achievements and his legacy in surgical safety, linking the innovations of the 1860s with today’s developments in 3-D printing. You can see more of Mr Chandak here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKUIvt9DI_Q

    Setting the context of Lister’s 1867 article is Mr David Hamilton, transplant surgeon and medical historian, author of the classic text The Healers: a History of Medicine in Scotland.

    CPD – This lecture has 2 non-clinical credits.

    To book a free ticket please contact library@rcpsg.ac.uk, call 0141 221 6072 or go to rcp.sg/GS2017.

  9. Postdoctoral Research Assistant, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: C19th Perspectives’, Oxford

    Posted on June 14th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    Postdoctoral Research Assistant in 19th-Century History of Medicine/Science/Culture

    University of Oxford, Gibson Building

    Deadline for applications: 30th June 2017

    Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the team working on the European Research Council funded project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: 19th Century Perspectives’. The post is full-time and will be fixed-term from 18 October 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for the remainder of the grant which finishes on 31 January 2019.

    The postholder will work under the direction of Professor Sally Shuttleworth, and will be expected to produce a monograph, or series of articles, relating to the project research, present their research at UK and international conferences, assist with media activity, and help organise public engagement activities.

    Candidates should have been awarded a PhD in a relevant field (such as history of medicine or science, or literature) by the time of taking up the post. You should show outstanding academic promise, and be willing to assist in the organisation of seminars, workshops and conferences, and contribute to the general running of the project.

    Applications must be submitted online. You will be asked to upload a CV, supporting statement, an outline of a potential book project or series of articles, and a sample of written work. Please ensure all documents are uploaded as PDF files. Please quote the following vacancy reference number in all correspondence: 129050.

    Candidates should ask two referees to submit reference letters directly to the Project Administrator, Alyson Slade, using the email address below, by the closing date.

    The deadline for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 30 June 2017. It is hoped that interviews will be held in the last two weeks of July 2017.

    Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 – £32,958 p.a.


  10. PGR Workshop: ‘Interdisciplinarity in Practice: Medical Humanities Research’, Leeds

    Posted on May 25th, 2017 by Hannah Tweed

    The University of Leeds warmly invites participants for a one-day workshop addressing the scholarly challenges and collaborative opportunities surrounding postgraduate research in the medical humanities.

    Increasing numbers of postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines are undertaking work on human health, wellbeing, disease, and the body that entails interdisciplinary approaches. Conducting PhD research across disciplinary boundaries offers significant opportunities for innovative scholarship, but it can also present practical and intellectual challenges for those at the earlier stages of their academic careers.

    This workshop, supported by the AHRC, will bring together postgraduate students in the medical humanities for interactive sessions and open discussion on research skills and professional career development in the field. Session leaders include Dr Emily T. Troscianko (Oxford), Dr Victoria Bates (Bristol), Dr Sam Goodman (Bournemouth), Dr James Stark (Leeds) and Dr Catherine Oakley (Leeds), with a keynote address from Professor Jane Macnaughton (Durham).

    The workshop takes place on Thursday 7th September, University of Leeds, 11am – 6pm. For more details and the application process, see here. Please address any queries to Dr James Stark.