We are pleased to invite submissions for an interdisciplinary conference exploring the sensory aspects of environments of health and care, broadly conceived. Together, we will debate the complex intertwining of spaces, materials, technologies, bodies and human behaviour, spanning architecture and design, arts and health, history and sociology, literature, medical education, and much more.
· Submssions are due to by 31st January 2021. We invite traditional and non-traditional paper formats, creative contributions, and other proposals, as well as pre-formed panels.
· We will aim to let you know of the outcome of your submission by early March 2021.
· The conference will feature three key strands, though it is not mandatory to apply to these: Mundane Materialities of Care, Senses and Emotions, and Form and Experience: Designing for Health and Care.
· We are offering fee-paying commissions for up to six artists and creative practitioners to deliver creative, immersive, or interactive presentations, workshops or activities
· Travel bursaries are available for early career, unwaged and postgraduate researchers, as well as support for international delegates.
· We anticipate a joining fee of approximately £25 per day, not including travel and accommodation.
This conference is hosted by the Wellcome Trust-funded network ‘Senses and Modern Health/care Environments: Exploring interdisciplinary and international opportunities’ (2019-22). To join the network, please see here.
Sensing Spaces of Healthcare team, , or Dr Victoria Bates, Department of History, University of Bristol, .
Ethics and Aesthetics in the Visual Medical Humanities An ECR Workshop
Wednesday 1st April, 2020, 11.00 – 5.00, St Chad’s College, Durham University
The aim of this workshop is to address pressing concerns relating
to the uses and abuses of art and visual culture in medical humanities. It will
consider the opportunities and challenges in working collaboratively with
creative practitioners, and address multiple ethical concerns regarding the
dissemination of sensitive materials in medical humanities research.
In part, the workshop will address the following questions
What practicalities need to be
considered by researchers in ‘traditional’ disciplines who would like to work
collaboratively with artists and other creative practitioners?
What should we consider when using
images and visual culture in our research?
What context and additional information
must we offer when sharing sensitive images pertaining to health and medicine?
While individual universities require formal ethical
approval for many aspects of research, the medical humanities pose further
questions and concerns about how we display, share, contextualise, and present
details of real lives and often sensitive subject matter. The discussion will include
advice on how to use and share images on social media, in presentations,
exhibitions, and public engagement events, in ways which are respectful of
individuals throughout history, and for an audience to view safely.
Guest Speakers: Dr Fiona Johnstone (Durham University) Dr Katherine Rawling (University of Leeds) Dr Beatriz Pichel (De Montfort University)
The workshop is open to all ECRs working in medical
(ECRs: early career researchers not in a permanent post).
The workshop is free to attend, and will include lunch. Places are limited.
A number of travel bursaries are available.
Please send a short biography and expression of interest to
Marie Allitt ,
by Monday 16th March 2020.
Please provide estimated details of travel costs if you would like to be
considered for a travel bursary.
This event is organised by Dr Marie Allitt, Postdoctoral Research Assistant for the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, with the support of Durham’s Institute for Medical Humanities and the University of Leeds, and the Wellcome Trust.
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.’
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.
Panel details for Day 2, Panel Session 4 Room 1, Provocation Panel:
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.
Object of Enquiry:
Strategy for Wellcome Collection Search: ‘Mute and continue.’
Combined knife and fork, Europe, 1914-1918.
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
Provocation 1 ‘What is the reality of the situation?’ Olivia
Turner (Newcastle University) Duration: 10 mins
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
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
Provocation 4 ‘Do the washing up’ Dr Katherine Rawling
(University of Leeds) Duration: 10 mins
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
Chaired discussion by Dr Fiona Johnstone (Durham
University) Duration: 15 mins inc. Q&A
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
Through Things: object encounters in the medical humanities
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
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
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 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
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.
Through Things is funded by a Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award.
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
The Congress is not limited to members of
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.
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 5pmMonday 14 October2019.
* The grant was awarded to Angela Woods (PI, Durham) and Stuart Murray (Co-I, Leeds), with collaborators from all ten NNMHR institutions
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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:
Dr Angela Woods: Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University Tel: 0191 33 48145
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).