3rd Annual Congress, 23rd-24th January, Programme

Below is the programme for the 3rd Annual NNMHR Congress, taking place on 23rd and 24th January 2020 at the University of Sheffield.

ON BEHALF OF THE NORTHERN NETWORK FOR MEDICAL HUMANITIES, WE WELCOME YOU TO:
Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research – 3rd Congress – Sheffield 2020
Generously funded by the Wellcome Trust
THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME IS PRODUCED ELECTRONICALLY TO SAVE PAPER AND RESOURCES.


Venues: Rooms 1-3: The Edge / Room 4: Halifax Hall
Panel Papers are 15 mins each, with the remaining time for questions .
Keynotes are c.40 mins with the remaining time for questions.

SCHEDULE IN BRIEF:
THURSDAY 23RD JANUARY

9-9.30 am REGISTRATION
9.30-10.30 am KEYNOTE ONE
10.30-11 am COFFEE
11 am-12.30 pm PANEL SESSION 1
12.30-2pm LUNCH
2-3.30 pm PANEL SESSION 2
3.30-4pm COFFEE
4-5pm KEYNOTE TWO
CONFERENCE CURRY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED: AAGRAH, LEOPOLD SQUARE


FRIDAY 24th JANUARY
8-9 am EARLY CAREER RESEARCHER NETWORKING BREAKFAST
9-10.30 am PANEL SESSION 3
10.30-11 am COFFEE
11am-12 pm KEYNOTE THREE
12-1.30 pm LUNCH
1.30-3 pm PANEL SESSION 4
3-3.30 pm COFFEE
3.30-5 pm WRAP UP session

Full schedule
Thursday 23rd January 2020

9am-9.30am Registration (The Edge – Bar area)

9.30-10.30 Keynote 1 – Edge Room 1
Jo Winning ‘The Shadow on the Object: exploring physician burnout through object-relations theory’

10.30am-11.00am Coffee (Bar Area – The Edge)
11am-12.30pm: Panel Session 1
( ROOMS 1-3 AT THE EDGE, ROOM 4 NEARBY AT HALIFAX HALL)

Room 1 THE EDGE:
Leen De Vreese: ‘Experience and the goals of medicine. A reply to Alex Broadbent.’
Marian Peacock: ‘Experiencing a diagnosis of Non-epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD) in neoliberal times; can
thinking sociologically help us?’
Maria Patsou: ‘Whose life is it anyway? Agency in collaborative, devised performance about mental illness’

Room 2 THE EDGE:
Amy Wilson: ‘The experience of mental illness in physicians’
Wendy French: ‘Writing the Memoir with Cancer Patients or Writing to know Oneself Better’
Kate McAllister: ‘Encounters, Experience, and Epidemic Encephalitis: a historical approach’
Anna Terje: ‘Experiences of the medical encounter in social prescribing: Narratives of patients in Scotland’

Room 3 THE EDGE:
Natalie Riley: ‘Nature Morte: Art and Dying in Sarah Hall’s How to Paint a Dead Man (2009)’
Lianne Bakkum: ‘The Experience of Trauma from an Attachment-Theoretical Perspective’
Veronica Heney: ‘Troubling narrative experiences: sticking with self-harm’
Francesca Lewis: ‘From Clinical Gaze to Epoché: creative, counter-diagnostic explorations of borderline
experience through phenomenology’

Room 4 (Halifax):
Andy Holroyde: ‘Recovering Experience from the Archives: Disability and Sheltered Employment in Britain
c.1945-1979’
Marie Meier: ‘The Concealment of Mental Maladies: Exploring Secrecy and Changing Experiences of Mental Illnesses in a Welfare State Perspective’
Arianna Introna ‘Notes towards a transindividual cripistemology of the ill body

12.30pm-2pm Lunch (The Edge)

2pm-3.30pm Panel Session 2
( ROOMS 1-3 AT THE EDGE, ROOM 4 NEARBY AT HALIFAX HALL)

Room 1:
Elise Brault-Dreux: ‘ Experiencing hospitalization with Peter Reading’s C: poetic limit-situations’ .
Gabrielle King: ‘Loss, speech and Motor Neurone Disease: Taking a disease led approach to the experiences
of doing interview research’
Andrew Williams: ‘Thinking outside the box in clinical practice’
Lijiaozi Cheng: ‘Anxiety Related Disorders, Sub-optimal Health, And Their Diagnosis: A Phenomenological and Auto-Ethnographic Reflection’

Room 2:
Eleanor Byrne ‘Caveats of Epistemic Injustice in Healthcare: The Case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic
Encephalomyelitis’
Julie Gottlieb ‘The Personal and Psychiatric Experience of Political Crisis: Britain 1938-39’
Ruby Rathbone ‘British Media Representation of Migrants and the NHS During the ‘Windrush Scandal’: A
Frame Analysis.’
Elena Teodora Manea “The voice without a body. Medical Interpreting in the NHS”

Room 3:
Irene Geerts ‘It’s all in the family: How experience shaped the Dutch movement of family members of
people with mental illness, 1964-1984
Fiona Malpass ‘Experiences of mental health care as depicted in clinical notes vs personal experiences and
recollections: disparities, contradictions, and paradoxes.’
Naomi Wynter-Vincent ‘Learning from Experience: The Work of Wilfred Bion’

Room 4 (Halifax):
Georgia Haire ‘Have You Tried Relaxing?’: The Experience and Treatment of Vaginismus as a Contested and Neglected Condition’
Sarah Skryme ‘Animating the illness experience’
Chelsea Saxby ‘Towards a history of The Urinary Infection Club: cystitis, self-help and experiential expertise in 1970s Britain’
Richard Cooper ‘Reflexivity across the qualitative health researcher career and implications for representations of experiences of healthcare.’

3.30pm-4pm Coffee

4-5pm Keynote 2: Edge Main Room
Havi Carel: ‘Organ transplantation: the shadow of illness in philosophy and literature’

Day 2
8am – 9am Arrival & Coffee

8am-9am: Early Career Research Networking Breakfast
This session is open to any researchers on fixed term / precarious contracts. As well as a chance to meet and share experiences, there will be very short presentations sharing tips and strategies around securing funding, and coping with precarity.
Chair : Marie Allitt. Speakers : Thomas Bray (Wellcome Trust), Chris Millard, Fiona Johnstone.

9am-10.30am Panel Session 3
( ROOMS 1-3 AT THE EDGE, ROOM 4 NEARBY AT HALIFAX HALL)

Room 1:
Tracey Loughran ‘Problematising Women’s Everyday Health Experiences: Intersectionality,
(Inter)subjectivity, and Oral History’
Alex Henry ‘In a “Time of Undiagnosis”: “Unexplained” Symptoms and Chronicity in Ali Smith’s Hotel World
(2001)’
Trenholme Jughans ‘“In/Visibilizing” “Patient Experience” in the Assessment of Orphan Drugs: The Dialectics of Inclusion and Marginalization’


Room 2 :
Elspeth Graham ‘The experience of care and the work of culture (or, empathy and its discontents)
Christopher Locke ‘From the margins to the mainstream: how the experience of political resistance shaped the professional culture of General Practitioners in nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain’
Radha Bhat ‘Mental Health and Marginalisation in Children and Young People’
Alexandra Kaley ‘Affirming (inter)subjective disabled lives: A critical medical humanities approach’


Room 3 :
Marjolein de Boer ‘The political patient: The significance of patient’s experiences in health care politics’
Alistair Wardrope ‘Turning experience into evidence: testimonial injustice and the role of testimony in the clinical encounter’
Robin Boeré ‘Children and Experience at the End of Life’

Room 4 (Halifax) :
Ian Sabroe ‘Clinical experience and things not said, as revealed by study of narrative’
Arundi Mahendran ‘The adventure of affect: exploring the uncertain nature of clinical experience’
Sarah Spence ‘Accessing anorexia in Andrew O’Hagan’s novel Personality (2003)’

10.30-11am Coffee
11-12 Keynote 3 (AT THE EDGE)
Ankhi Mukherjee: Psychoanalysis of the Oppressed, a Practice of Freedom: Free Clinics in Urban India.

Lunch: 12-1.30pm
1.30-3pm Panel Session 4
(ROOMS 1-3 AT THE EDGE, ROOM 4 NEARBY AT HALIFAX HALL)
Room 1 :
Provocation Panel (further details at the bottom of this page)
Launch of ‘Thinking Through Things’ Project
Provocation 1 : ‘What is the reality of the situation?’ Olivia Turner
Provocation 2 : ‘Do the words need changing?’ Bentley Crudgington
Provocation 3 : ‘Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element’ Jacqueline Waldock
Provocation 4 : ‘Do the washing up’ Katherine Rawling
Discussion. Chair: Fiona Johnstone

Room 2 :
Emma Trott ‘Heart Surgery, the Posthuman Body, and the Materially Entangled Self’
Finola Finn: ‘The Heart and Experience in Seventeenth-Century England’
Rebecca O’Neal: ‘The “Rule of experience”: dissection, collaboration and metaphor in Thomas Willis’s Anatomy of the Brain’

Room 3 :
Tobias Dietrich ‘Experiences as Aesthetic Change’
Luna Dolezal and Arthur Rose ‘Challenging the ‘Neutral’ Doctor: Considering Shame, Race and Gender in the
Medical Memoir’
Tamara Hervey & Matthew Wood: ‘Studying Experience and Marginalisation in post-Brexit health
governance’
Anna Kemball “It’s just a story”: Reclaiming Windigo Psychosis’

Room 4 (Halifax) :
Berkay Ustun ‘Can metaphysical experience be a clinical category?’
Alice Hall: ‘“Women Are News”: Women’s Experience, Work and the Carers UK Archive’
Luis Fernando Bernardi Junqueira ‘In Search of the Spirit: Autohypnosis and the Realization of the Self in
Modern China, c. 1900–1949’
Jane Macnaughton: ‘“Dance Easy”: translating research on experience of breathlessness into a new
management approach’

3-3.30 Coffee
Final wrap up and discussion (Room 1)

Please note the conference is now full.

Additional Information:

Panel details for Day 2, Panel Session 4
Room 1, Provocation Panel:

Project Information

This panel will launch the research initiative ‘Thinking through things: object encounters in the medical humanities’. This project has been devised by a team of eight ECRs from the NNMHR, in response to an invitation from the Wellcome Collection to apply for a Discretionary Award to support a programme of activities that will stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue around Wellcome Collection’s holdings. By approaching selected objects in the Collection as ‘provocations to thought’ and ‘companions to our emotional lives’ (Turkle, 2011), the project will investigate how thinking and feeling ‘through things’ can generate new understandings of health.

Panel Abstract – Archival Imaginarium

Our Archival Imaginarium takes Wellcome’s digital Collection as its starting point, asking how the digital encounter influences the way medical humanities research is conducted. Researchers frequently describe experiences of a collection through notions of chance, in ‘happening upon’ or ‘discovering’ items.  However, the organisational framework placed on the material is masked through catalogues, hierarchies and search terms. This invisible framework limits and governs the stories told by implicitly shaping the responses that researchers then formulate.

Our provocations use Brian Eno’s (1975) ‘Oblique Strategies’ as a serendipitous model for engaging with Wellcome’s digital Collection and ask how we might reimagine the archival experience with chance as our guide. By displacing the organisational framework, there is the potential to expose choices, exclusions, and gaps that are inevitable, but often invisible, in any collection.

An interdisciplinary panel of ECRs have each created a response to the same object, ‘Combined knife and fork’ (1914-1918), chosen at random using an Oblique Strategy as a non-hierarchical digital collection search tool. Each provocation uses an Oblique Strategy as title and prompt, and draws upon the participant’s particular disciplinary expertise. This highlights the diversity of potential modes of experiencing and understanding the archival medical object, and suggesting ways in which these multiple modalities of approach might shape original perspectives on health and its associated concepts.

Panel Information

Object of Enquiry:

Oblique Strategy for Wellcome Collection Search: ‘Mute and continue.’

Object: Combined knife and fork, Europe, 1914-1918.

Wellcome Object Description: ‘Eating a meal using only one hand can be difficult. The design of this combined knife and fork is known as a Nelson pattern, named after Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), the British naval hero who lost an arm during the Battle of the Nile in 1798…Many of the thousands of arm amputees from that conflict were issued with these Nelson knives as part of their rehabilitation. A simple but highly effective design, Nelson knives are still available today.’

Provocation 1 ‘What is the reality of the situation?’ Olivia Turner (Newcastle University) Duration: 10 mins

A performed creative text inspired by Katrina Palmer’s (2011) notion of ‘reality flickers’. It presents a fictionalised reality of the object, which by its very nature in the digital archive is unstable and contingent, quivering between being absent and present. This provocation highlights both the instability of the archival object and the role of language in re-contextualising, reimagining and redefining the experience of an object reality.

Provocation 2 ‘Do the words need changing?’ Dr Bentley Crudgington (Manchester University) Duration: 10 mins

What can a Gestalt design analysis of a digital archival object reveal about the potentiality of an experience; what agency does the viewer have to ensure meaning does not purely arise from the image, or text, but from an interaction of both? Are these words editing and stripping narratives from the visual resource by elevating the subject and repressing the viewer? What other experience could fill the empty sleeve?

Provocation 3 ‘Convert a melodic element into a rhythmic element’ Dr Jacqueline Waldock (University of Liverpool) Duration: 10 mins

‘Noises have been the immediate raw materials of a divination (cledonomacy): to listen is, in an institutional manner to try to find out what is happening.’ (Barthes, 1985:247) This provocation will explore the sonic realities of the object. Sounding the object as a listening experience in the present and as a reimagined sonic performance. This provocation questions the ocular centricity of the archive and re-evaluates the sounding object.

Provocation 4 ‘Do the washing up’ Dr Katherine Rawling (University of Leeds) Duration: 10 mins

This provocation provides a historical analysis and contextualisation of the object and questions key concerns of power, agency, patient experiences and identities in relation to the object, the Wellcome Collection and wider cultural health. It also considers the place of technologies and adaptation in a particular historical moment.

Chaired discussion by Dr Fiona Johnstone (Durham University) Duration: 15 mins inc. Q&A

The chaired discussion will collectively question the nature of interdisciplinary research and experience in the Collection, how broad a concept ‘health’ can be, and explore the tensions between the singular disciplinary voice and a polyphonic approach to the experience of medical humanities.

Posted on 10 Jan 2020, under News.

Call for Expressions of Interest: Thinking Through Things: ECR Training Day, 12th February 2020

Thinking Through Things: object encounters in the medical humanities

ECR training day: Wellcome Collection, London, Wednesday 12th February 2020, 11-5

This training day, hosted by Wellcome Collection in collaboration with the project Thinking Through Things, is designed to provide ECRs with the skills necessary for working with objects, images and artworks for research, teaching or engagement in the medical humanities.

Designed to maximise interactivity between participants and objects, the day will include a conservator-led session on object-handling; practical training in catalogue use; the opportunity to meet Wellcome archivists and to engage with a selection of archival materials from the Collection; and short presentations from ECR academics who have previously worked with the Collection.

In addition to developing practical skills, the day will also seek to address a number of theoretical and methodological questions in relation to the Collection and beyond. How can objects, images and artworks be used as ‘things to think with’ (Turkle, 2011), feel with, and imagine with, in order to address health-related topics in original and innovative ways? What is the affective potential of the archival encounter in health-related research? What is gained by handling archival objects directly, rather than reading about them or encountering them through facsimile? How does an archive (re)contextualise an object, image or artwork? What does it mean to categorise an object as ‘art’, and what are the consequences of assembling an art collection around subject matter rather than ‘aesthetic’ or ‘cultural’ value?

This training day is aimed at ECRs from all disciplines interested in learning more about working with the objects, images and artworks held by Wellcome Collection. We welcome ECRs with existing experience of object-based scholarship, and those with little or no experience who feel that their research could benefit from this approach. We define the category of ECR broadly, from first-year PhD students to researchers up to ten years post-PhD who do not yet have a permanent academic job.

A number of bursaries are available to cover reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.

This workshop is part of the event programme for Thinking Through Things, which is funded by a Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award.

How to apply:

Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, places are limited. Please send ku.ca1582568273.mahr1582568273ud@en1582568273otsnh1582568273oj.r.1582568273anoif1582568273 an expression of interest of up to 200 words outlining your work in the medical humanities to date, and your reasons for wanting to participate in the workshop. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please mention this when submitting your expression of interest, and give an indication of costs.

Deadline for applications: Friday 20th December 2019.

We aim to respond to all expressions of interest by Friday 10th January 2020.

About Thinking Through Things

Thinking Through Things has been developed by a team of ECRs from across the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research: project PI, Dr Fiona Johnstone (Durham), and collaborators Dr Marie Allitt (Leeds), Dr Ashleigh Blackwood (Northumbria), Dr Bentley Crudgington (Manchester), Dr Ilaria Grando (York), Dr Katherine Rawling (Leeds), Olivia Turner (Newcastle), and Dr Jacqueline Waldock (Liverpool).

Asking what might be gained by ‘doing’ medical humanities through objects and images, the award will support an innovative programme of activities designed to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue around the holdings of the Wellcome Collection. By bringing together ECRs and other professional participants, including creative practitioners and museums/archives staff, the Collection will be activated to appeal to a range of stakeholders beyond those who usually carry out archival work. By approaching selected objects in the Collection as ‘provocations to thought’ and ‘companions to our emotional lives’ (Turkle, 2011), the proposed activities will investigate how thinking and feeling ‘through things’ can generate new understandings of health.

Activities will centre around two workshops, the first at the Wellcome Collection in early 2020, and the second at a Northern Network institution in summer 2020. Outputs will include a series of linked podcasts, essays and interviews, showcasing the project’s findings; a Working Knowledge Project Short outlining best practice for ‘doing’ medical humanities with objects; and a sustainable network of collaborators for further projects. Additionally, the programme will support ECRs in acquiring the necessary skills for working with objects for research and engagement purposes, and will enable ECRs to form professional connections outside of the academy, laying the groundwork for future research, outreach, and engagement activities.

Thinking Through Things is funded by a Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award.

Posted on 22 Nov 2019, under News.

3rd NNMHR Congress, University of Sheffield, 23rd-24th January 2020

Experience, Medicine and Marginalisation: 3rd Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, University of Sheffield, 23-24 January 2020

The third NNMHR Congress will be held at the University of Sheffield in January 2020. The logic of the Congress is simple: it is an opportunity for people who are passionate or even simply curious about medical humanities research to share ideas, and meet potential future colleagues and collaborators.

The Congress is not limited to members of the network.

Our confirmed Keynote speakers are:

Professor Havi Carel, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol.

Dr Kirsty Liddiard, School of Education and iHuman, University of Sheffield.

Professor Ankhi Mukherjee, Faculty of English, Wadham College, University of Oxford.

The themes of the conference are ‘Experience, Medicine and Marginalisation’. We have about 60 speakers in parallel sessions addressing the conference theme, in what promises to be a great conference.

There is no conference fee.

If you would like to attend the conference, please email the conference secretary, Jean Lazenby (ku.ca1582568273.dlei1582568273ffehs1582568273@ybne1582568273zal.j1582568273) to let us know.

Places are limited: please email ASAP – we will update people who enquire as soon as possible regarding how many we can fit in. 

There’s a conference dinner too (a conference curry), and inexpensive hotel accommodation is available.

Posted on 19 Nov 2019, under News.

Thinking Through Things: Object Encounters in the Medical Humanities

We are delighted to announce that the NNMHR’s application for a Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award for the project “Thinking through things: object encounters in the medical humanities” has been successful.

“Thinking through things” has been developed by a team of ECRs from across the NNMHR: project PI, Dr Fiona Johnstone (Durham), and collaborators Dr Marie Allitt (Leeds), Dr Ashleigh Blackwood (Northumbria), Dr Bentley Crudgington (Manchester), Dr Ilaria Grando (York), Dr Katherine Rawling (Leeds), Olivia Turner (Newcastle), and Dr Jacqueline Waldock (Liverpool).

Asking what might be gained by ‘doing’ medical humanities through objects and images, the award will support an innovative programme of activities designed to stimulate interdisciplinary dialogue around the holdings of the Wellcome Collection. By bringing together ECRs and other professional participants, including creative practitioners and museums/archives staff, the Collection will be activated to appeal to a range of stakeholders beyond those who usually carry out archival work. By approaching selected objects in the Collection as ‘provocations to thought’ and ‘companions to our emotional lives’ (Turkle, 2011), the proposed activities will investigate how thinking and feeling ‘through things’ can generate new understandings of health.

Activities will centre around two workshops, the first at the Wellcome Collection in early 2020, and the second at Leeds/Durham in summer 2020. Outputs will include a series of linked podcasts, essays and interviews, showcasing the project’s findings; a Working Knowledge Project Short outlining best practice for ‘doing’ medical humanities with objects; and a sustainable network of collaborators for further projects. Additionally, the programme will support ECRs in acquiring the necessary skills for working with objects for research and engagement purposes, and will enable ECRs to form professional connections outside of the academy, laying the groundwork for future research, outreach, and engagement activities.

Posted on 07 Oct 2019, under News, Projects.

Seed Scheme Round 3 – applications invited

The Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research has been awarded a generous Small Grant* from the Wellcome Trust to enable us to continue supporting innovative and critical medical humanities research across the network.

We are delighted to announce that the third round of the NNMHR Seed Scheme is now open.

Applications are invited from researchers at any of the ten participating institutions (Durham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sheffield and York) for up to £1200 to support initiatives oriented towards the development of further large-scale medical humanities research projects. Funds can be used to pump-prime new research; organise workshops, meetings and seminars; visit archives or other research sites; undertake stakeholder engagement and consultation; and pilot new research methods or ideas.

To apply, please download and complete the 2019-NNMHR-Seed-Scheme-Application-Form, ensure that your PI is a staff member or a postgraduate researcher based in one of the NNMHR institutions, and email your application to Jane Abel by 5pm Monday 14 October 2019.

* The grant was awarded to Angela Woods (PI, Durham) and Stuart Murray (Co-I, Leeds), with collaborators from all ten NNMHR institutions

Posted on 06 Sep 2019, under News.

ECR Development Opportunity: NNMHR / Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award

The NNMHR call for expressions of interest from ECRs to collaborate on the development of an exciting new project intended to support ECRs from across the Northern Network to engage creatively with the Wellcome Collection’s extensive holdings.

The chosen team will devise a programme of activities to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue around the Collection and support innovative modes of exploration and use, with a focus on research and public engagement. This programme will form the basis of an application for a Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award, for which the NNMHR has been invited to apply. The project will be led by Fiona Johnstone (Durham/ The Polyphony), with support from the NNMHR steering group, and the administrative assistance of Durham Institute for Medical Humanities. 4-6 ECRs will collaborate with Dr Johnstone on developing and co-writing the grant application, due August 31, and on delivering the resulting programme of activities and events.

How might the Collection be activated to appeal to a range of stakeholders beyond those who usually engage in archival work? For example, how might the Collection be made useful to those who work on very contemporary material or future-facing projects? How might it animate a more visually engaged critical medical humanities, and how might it be made more accessible to artists, activists, local organisations, and other non-traditional researchers?

The opportunity to be a collaborator on this grant application, and on the programme of events it will support, is open to postdoctoral ECRs affiliated to a NNMHR institution, from any discipline, who have research and/or engagement experience in the medical humanities. Successful candidates will need to be able to commit to working collaboratively on the bid over July and early August 2019 (this is likely to include attending a working group in Durham on 15thJuly), and then supporting the project from 2019-2020, should funding be awarded. Limited funding will be available to support in-person meetings of the project team.

This is a career enrichment opportunity intended to allow postdoctoral researchers to gain valuable experience at collaborative grant writing within a well-supported environment, and to be named as co-collaborators on a Wellcome Trust Grant. If the bid is successful, the project will give you the chance to influence the way in which the Wellcome Collection thinks about its holdings, and to make your mark on research activities across the NNMHR. It will offer significant networking opportunities, and the experience of working as part of an interdisciplinary team, devising and delivering a meaningful programme of academic events on time and to budget.

Finally, the project will enhance your own engagement with the Wellcome Collection’s holdings, and provide occasion for you to consider how the Collection might enrich your own research (e.g. by providing a previously unthought of archival dimension to future or current projects, or by suggesting avenues for communicating and collaborating with non-academic audiences and stakeholders).

If the bid is successful, there will be additional opportunities for other researchers to engage with this project beyond the grant writing stage, by contributing to the workshops and other events.

The closing date for expressions of interest was midnight on Sunday 30thJune 2019.

 

Posted on 21 Jun 2019, under News, Projects.

Call for Papers: 3rd Congress of the NNMHR, University of Sheffield, 23-24 January 2020

Experience, Medicine and Marginalisation

Call for Papers: 3rd Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, University of Sheffield, 23-24 January 2020

The Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (NNMHR) was founded in 2013 with the purpose of connecting individuals and institutions working in this dynamic area of interdisciplinary research. The network numbers scholars, practitioners, health professionals, artists and health advocates amongst its members and held its first Congress at Durham in 2017, and the second at Leeds in 2018.

The third NNMHR Congress will be held at the University of Sheffield in January 2020. The logic of the Congress is simple: it is an opportunity for people who are passionate or even simply curious about medical humanities research to present their work, share ideas, and meet potential future colleagues and collaborators. The Congress is not limited to members of the network.

The call for contributions is now open.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Professor Havi Carel, Department of Philosophy, University of Bristol.

Dr Kirsty Liddiard, School of Education and iHuman, University of Sheffield.

Professor Ankhi Mukherjee, Faculty of English, Wadham College, University of Oxford.

Details of Proposals:

  • We invite 200 word proposals for papers (20 minutes) or provocations (10 minutes) on the topic of experience in medicine and the humanities. Proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers are very welcome, as are those from professionals and practitioners who are actively involved in research but not based in the academy.
  • The conference aims to be a forum to interrogate and explore the notion of experience from multiple perspectives. Presentations might address theories, interpretations, descriptions or enactments of experience, issues arising from methodologies for addressing experience, including research and arts-based methods, or different ways of thinking about impact and engagement through experience.
  • We hope to have a wide range of medical and health-related experience represented at the conference: patients and non-patients, medical practitioners, people involved in different ways in the institutions of medicine and health care.
  • Recognising that the very category of experience can be normative, we welcome contributions that focus on the politics of marginalised experiences, and/or the problems (ethical and practical) involved in ‘capturing’ such experiences. The issues in labelling certain kinds of experience as ‘marginalised’ and the power relations that sustain these inequalities are also welcomed as topics for analysis.
  • Finally, how we might conceive of experience in open, inclusive, participatory, and accountable ways could also be addressed.
  • We welcome presentations in non-traditional formats (e.g. creative pieces, roundtable discussions, etc). We encourage contributions from individuals working in any discipline and at any institution, within the UK or internationally.
  • Researchers working on medical humanities projects are also invited to submit proposals for a marketplace session showcasing collaborations in the field. This was a major success in both prior events, and we are seeking to make it a regular feature of the Congress and the work of the NNMHR more generally. The format of this showcase is limited only by the imagination of the participating projects and we invite contributions that showcase ideas, images, publications, artefacts and other resources introducing the project and its participants.

Please submit your proposal for the Congress using this form by 1st September 2019. All proposals will be reviewed by staff at the University of Sheffield, in consultation with the NNMHR Congress Advisory Committee, and presenters will be notified by 30th September when registrations will open.

The NNMHR Congress is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is free to attend. All refreshments will be provided, including a Congress dinner on the evening of 23rd January 2020.

We are offering five bursaries for postgraduate researchers (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRs)*, covering accommodation and travel of up to £175. Applications for bursaries will be considered following the final selection of panels and papers (please indicate on the Google Form whether you would like to be considered for this bursary, which will prioritise those without current external research funding).

The congress hashtag is #NNMHR2020

If you have any questions regarding the Congress or the call for papers, please contact Chris Millard at the University of Sheffield.

* A person qualifies as PGR/ECR for the purposes of this bursary EITHER if they are currently studying, OR have no more than 5 years of active experience post-PhD (time away for parental leave, health leave, or other reasons unrelated to research are not included in ‘active experience’), and are not in an open-ended academic position.

Posted on 17 May 2019, under News.

Job Opportunity – NNMHR Postdoctoral Research Assistant (part-time)

University of Leeds (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Medical Humanities

  • Are you a motivated and enthusiastic early career researcher?
  • Do you want to be involved in the organising of a major research network?
  • Would you like to help develop the careers of others?

NNMHR is looking to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Assistants, one to be formally based at Leeds, to help with organising the Network’s activities over the next two years. The role will involve membership of the Network’s Steering Group, co-ordinating a series of subject masterclasses and early career professional development workshops, as well as helping with the running of the Network’s day-to-day activities. You will liaise between Network members and assist where appropriate with the organisation of the annual Congress and other NNMHR events

The position offers the opportunity to develop career skills through participating in the activities of a research network and working with a range of individuals across the member institutions.

What does the role entail?

As a Postdoctoral Research Assistant your main duties will include:

  • Being an active member of the NNMHR Steering Group, representing the views and perspectives of early career researchers
  • Reviewing, with other members of the NNMHR Steering Group, applications to the NNMHR research grant Seed Scheme
  • Designing, delivering and evaluating at least 4 ECR career development workshops and subject masterclasses
  • Monitoring and updating the NNMHR web pages and social media accounts
  • Publicising and supporting NNMHR activities, particularly with a view to encouraging ECR involvement

What will you bring to the role?

As a Postdoctoral Research Assistant you will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant Medical Humanities subject area
  • Experience of organising and evaluating academic events
  • Experience of editing web sites and using social media for academic purposes
  • Demonstrated commitment to the medical humanities as an interdisciplinary research field
  • The ability to work independently, take initiative and prioritise your own workload without close supervision

You may also have:

  • Experience in formal evaluation of research funding proposals
  • Experience of designing, delivering and evaluating training sessions for ECRs

To download the full job description, please click here.

How to apply

Please send an application (CV and a covering letter) by 5.00pm on the advertised closing date – Wednesday 8 May 2019 – to Stuart Murray.

Please note that interviews are due to take place in Leeds on Fri 24 May.

Contact information

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Professor Stuart Murray: School of English, University of Leeds Tel: 0113 343 4747

or

Dr Angela Woods: Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University Tel: 0191 33 48145

Additional information

This position is open to all suitably qualified candidates who have an affiliation with any NNMHR member institution and a genuine interest in the work of the network. You will work with a similar appointee based at Durham University and both roles will be managed by Professor Stuart Murray (Leeds) and Dr Angela Woods (Durham). Although formally based in Leeds, this work can largely be done remotely and the exact working pattern is negotiable.

Applicants MUST be eligible to work in the UK and should also be affiliated to one of the Network member institutions (University of York, Liverpool University, Durham University, the University of Leeds, the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Glasgow, the University of Sheffield, Northumbria University, and Newcastle University).

Further information about Medical Humanities Research at Leeds can be found here: https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/english-research-innovation/doc/centre-medical-humanities-1.

Further information about the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures can be found here: https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/.

This position is funded by a Wellcome Trust Small Grant in Humanities and Social Science, ‘The Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research’, reference 211362/Z/18/Z

Working at Leeds

Find out more about the benefits of working at the University and what it is like to live and work in the Leeds area on our Working at Leeds information page.

Candidates with disabilities

Information for candidates with disabilities, impairments or health conditions, including requesting alternative formats, can be found on our Accessibility information page.

Posted on 26 Apr 2019, under News.

Seed Scheme Round 2: CLOSED

The Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research has been awarded a generous Small Grant* from the Wellcome Trust to enable us to continue supporting innovative and critical medical humanities research across the network.

We are delighted to announce that the second round of the NNMHR Seed Scheme is now open.

Applications are invited from researchers at any of the ten participating institutions (Durham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sheffield and York) for up to £1200 to support initiatives oriented towards the development of further large-scale medical humanities research projects. Funds can be used to pump-prime new research; organise workshops, meetings and seminars; visit archives or other research sites; undertake stakeholder engagement and consultation; and pilot new research methods or ideas.

To apply, please download and complete the Sept-2018-NNMHR-Seed-Scheme-Application-Form, ensure that your PI is a staff member or a postgraduate researcher based in one of the NNMHR institutions, and email your application to Jane Abel by 5pm Monday 19 November 2018.

* The grant was awarded to Angela Woods (PI, Durham) and Stuart Murray (Co-I, Leeds), with collaborators from all ten NNMHR institutions

Posted on 12 Sep 2018, under News.

NNMHR Congress Leeds 20-21 September 2018 – Programme

The NNMHR Congress 2018 Programme for Leeds is now available. Keynote speakers are Esther Jones (Clark University), opening the congress with a talk on ‘The Future of Medical Ethics, Radically (Re)Imagined: Race, Gender, and the Role of the Speculative’, and Hannah Newton (University of Reading), who closes the Congress on Friday afternoon with ‘Misery to Mirth: Recovery from Illness in Early Modern England’.

2018 Congress: Final details

We are looking forward to welcoming delegates to the 2018 Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research! The conference will be held at the Weetwood Hall hotel and conference centre, which is located about 4 miles outside the city centre. There is free parking on site and regular buses run between the city centre bus station and Weetwood Hall (numbers X84 and X85). Please see here for a map of Weetwood Hall’s location.

The conference dinner is at 7pm on Thursday 20 September, in the Lawnswood Suite. The dinner is FREE for all registered delegates and a vegetarian menu has been selected. If you are not planning to attend the dinner, or if you have particular dietary requirements, please let us know by emailing Amelia DeFalco

The Congress Hashtag is #NNMHR2018.

 

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