The NNMHR has just 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 first 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 June 2018 NNMHR Seed Scheme Application Form, ensure that your collaborators include people from at least 2 NNMHR institutions, and email your application to Jane Abel (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5pm Monday 18 June 2018.
* The grant was awarded to Angela Woods (PI, Durham) and Stuart Murray (Co-I, Leeds), with collaborators from all ten NNMHR institutions.
Medical Humanities: Futures
Call for Papers: 2nd Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research: Weetwood Hall, University of Leeds, 20-21 September 2018.
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 University in September 2017.
The second NNMHR Congress will be held at Weetwood Hall, the University of Leeds on 20-21 September 2018. 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.
- We invite 200 word proposals for papers (20 minutes) or provocations (10 minutes) on the topic of medical humanities: futures. Presentations might address topics including: representations and imaginations of medical futures; speculative futures of medicine and health; global health cultures and the future; ideas of future health policy or practice; relationships between pasts, presents and futures; or the future of medical humanities as a discipline. As well as work being undertaken in ongoing research, we welcome presentations on research methods, impact, and engagement. 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. We also welcome presentations in other/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 Durham 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 25 May 2018. All proposals will be reviewed by staff at the University of Leeds, in consultation with the NNMHR Congress Steering Group, and presenters will be notified by 8 June 2018 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 the 20th. Five bursaries covering accommodation and travel of up to £175 will be available to support postgraduate participation at the Congress. Applications for bursaries will be considered following the final selection of panels and papers.
The congress hashtag is #NNMHR2018
If you have any questions regarding the Congress or the call for papers, please contact Amelia Defalco at the University of Leeds.
NNMHR Congress CfP
Call for Papers
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. Following six successful seminars held across the North of England and Scotland, the NNMHR welcomes scholars, practitioners, health professionals, artists and health advocates, to join us at Durham University for a two-day Congress on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 September 2017.
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 call for contributions is now open.
(i) We invite 200 word proposals for papers (20 minutes) or provocations (10 minutes) on any aspect of medical humanities research, including presentations on research methods, impact, and engagement. Proposals from postgraduate and early career researchers are warmly encouraged, as are contributions from professionals and practitioners who are actively involved in research but not based in the academy. We welcome proposals from individuals working in any discipline and at any institution.
(ii) Researchers working on larger scale medical humanities projects are also invited to submit proposals for a special session showcasing collaborations in the field. The format of this showcase is limited only by the imagination of the participating projects – we hope to go beyond the format of a conventional poster session and instead set up a marketplace of ideas, where the ‘stalls’ of each project are populated by different images, publications, artefacts and other resources introducing the project and its participants.
Please submit your proposal for the Congress using this form by 1 June 2017. All proposals will be reviewed by the NNMHR Congress Steering Group and presenters notified by 23 June 2017 when registrations will open. (Please follow the link above to take you to the link)
The NNMHR Congress is funded by the Wellcome Trust with the support of Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities. The Congress is free to attend and refreshments will be provided. Five travel bursaries of up to £150 will be available to support postgraduate participation at the congress.
The members of the congress steering committee are: Angela Woods and Jane Macnaughton (Durham), Annamaria Carusi (Sheffield), Alice Hall and Marie Allitt (York), Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan), Anne Whitehead (Newcastle), Gavin Miller (Glasgow), and Stuart Murray (Leeds).
If you have any questions regarding the Congress or the call for papers, please contact Jane Abel at Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities.
Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research Congress, Van Mildert College Durham, 14th-15th September 2017.
Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities will be hosting the first research congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research from 14th-15th September 2017. The Northern Network was established in 2013 to provide support and demonstrate critical mass amongst universities interested in research in medical humanities outside London and the South East. So far we have organised a number of research workshops with support from the Wellcome Trust led by Durham, Leeds, York, Glasgow, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle/Northumbria Universities.
The September Congress is not confined to members of the Network but will welcome everyone who is interested in research in medical humanities. There will be no charge for the meeting itself and we will advertise some travel and accommodation bursaries for postgraduate students in due course. The meeting will include conventional parallel sessions (an open call for papers will go out later in April – watch the CMH blog!), posters to showcase existing medical humanities projects, as well as round table discussions on key themes and an open space session to encourage new collaborations.
Look out for a call for papers in late April and in the meantime, please do save the dates : Thursday 14th-Friday 15th September. Durham is beautiful in the early autumn and you will be warmly welcomed to the city and the University!
Jane Macnaughton and Angela Woods, on behalf of the NN Congress Organising Committee.
Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research Workshop – York, 22 September 2016
We are very pleased to announce that registration is now open for the final workshop in the current series organised by the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, at York Medical Society on 22 September 2016. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the workshops are a showcase of work in progress designed to help build connections and foster collaborations among medical humanities researchers, health professionals, artists and advocates.
The workshop is free to attend but please email Marie Allitt (ku.ca1526836531.kroy1526836531@805a1526836531cm1526836531) to reserve a place. Some bursaries are available to cover travel costs for graduate students so let Marie know if you would be interested in applying for one when you register. The day includes lunch and coffee breaks for all participants. A brief overview of the day is below; more details to follow in September.
10am – 12.15pm. Panel One: Communities of Interest: Global Health Histories, Policy and the WHO
The first session will explore current research and public outreach work being done by members of the Centre for Global Health Histories at York, a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre, and the links between academia and international health policy.
Speakers to include:
- Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya (York)
- Dr Monica Saavedra (York)
- Dr Margaret Jones (York)
- Dr Alexander Medcalf (York)
1.15pm – 3.15pm. Panel Two: Critical Medical Humanities: Impact and Engagement
The second session will include a talk by a representative from the Wellcome Trust followed by a number of short ‘provocation’ papers on the topic of impact and engagement in relation to medical humanities projects.
Speakers to include:
- Dr Anne Whitehead (Newcastle)
- Dr Annamaria Carusi (Sheffield)
- Professor Jane MacNaughton (Durham)
- Dr Gavin Miller (Glasgow)
- Professor Clark Lawlor (Northumbria)
- Dr Angela Woods (Durham)
3.30 – 4pm. Roundtable: the Future of the Northern Network
The workshop will conclude with a roundtable on the future of the Northern Network, including a discussion of the proposal for an annual conference.
Below are the details of the next NNMHR workshop to be held at the University of Glasgow on 22nd January 2016.
To register for the workshop or for any further information, please email Harriet Ryder (ku.ca1526836531.kroy1526836531@407r1526836531h1526836531).
There are a number of bursaries available to cover travel expenses of any postgraduate students wishing to attend – if you’d like to apply for one of these, simply let Harriet know when you register.
The Northern Network workshop runs from 10am-5pm and is followed by a launch event for Glasgow University’s Medical Humanities Network Website. You are very welcome to stay on for this event.
If you would like to reserve a free ticket, the best way to do so is through the Eventbrite page:
If you have any questions about the evening, please email Hannah Tweed at *protected email*. We hope to see you in January!
Northern Network for Medical Humanities
Glasgow Workshop Programme
Friday 22 January 2016
Location: Seminar Room One (Yudowitz), Wolfson Medical School, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ (see campus map)
10-1045 Arrival, Coffee and Welcome (Atrium)
1045-1200 Session One: Posthuman Medical Humanities.
Chair: Dr Sabine Wieber, History of Art, Glasgow University
Dr Sarah Cockram, History, Glasgow University: ‘Living with Companion Animals at the Renaissance Court’
Dr Anna McFarlane, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Posthuman Medicine’
Dr Douglas Small, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Cocaine and Cultural Mythology, c.1860-1919’
Ms Thora Hands, CSHHH/History, Strathclyde University: ‘Reframing Drink and the Victorians: The consumption of alcohol in Britain 1869-1914’
1200-1215 Comfort Break
1215-1330 Session Two: Mental Health
Chair: Dr Sheila Dickson, German, Glasgow University
Dr Matt Smith, CSHHH/History, Strathclyde University: ‘The Magic Years: American Psychiatry’s Take on the History of Post-War American Psychiatry, 1945-1970’
Dr Cheryl McGeachan and Prof. Chris Philo, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Glasgow University: ‘Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces’
Dr Ross White, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Glasgow University: ‘Understanding the distress of Langi people living in Northern Uganda’
Ms Moira Hansen, Scottish Literature, Glasgow University: ‘“Melancholy and low spirits are half my disease”: Physical and mental health in the life and works of Robert Burns’
1330-1430 Lunch (Atrium)
1430-1530 Session Three: Textual Cultures
Chair: Dr Christine Ferguson, English Literature, Glasgow University
Ms Laura Stevens, Library, Glasgow University, ‘Digitisation of records of Gartnavel Royal Hospital and Crichton Royal Institution’
Dr Hannah Tweed, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Medical Paratexts’
Dr Megan Coyer, English Literature, Glasgow University: ‘Blackwood’s Magazine and Nineteenth-Century Medical Humanism’
1530-1600 Coffee (Atrium)
1600-1700 Session Four: Ethics and Care
Chair: Dr Cheryl McGeachan, Geographical and Earth Sciences, Glasgow University
Rev Dr Hamilton Inbadas, Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Glasgow University (Crichton Campus), ‘Philosophy/theology and understanding spirituality at the end of life in India’
Dr Angus Ferguson, Centre for History of Medicine/Economic and Social History, Glasgow University, ‘Medical confidentiality’
Dr Lucy Pickering, School of Social and Political Sciences, Glasgow University, ‘Under the Influence: On the Ethics of Research with Active Drug Users’
1700-1830: Dr Megan Coyer & Dr Hannah Tweed: Launch of Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network Website
Wednesday 10th June 2015 – 9.30 – 5
The next in the series of NNMHR workshops will take place at the University of Sheffield on 10th June 2015. The event will be held in the university’s Jessop West Exhibition Space, details of which can be found here.
Registration is now open and is free. The day includes lunch and coffee breaks for participants. Please email ku.ca1526836531.kroy1526836531@407r1526836531h1526836531 to register.
Coffee and registration: 9.30 am
10.30 am: Session 1 – Dialogues with Science
Annamaria Carusi, Reader in Medical Humanities, Sheffield. Humanities and computational science.
Rob Gaizauskas, Professor in Computer Science, Sheffield. Text mining and Its Application to Health-related Documents. http://staffwww.dcs.shef.ac.uk/people/R.Gaizauskas/
Heidi Christensen, Lecturer in Computer Science, Department of Computer Science, Sheffield. Using speech technology to help people interact with the world. http://staffwww.dcs.shef.ac.uk/people/H.Christensen/
Cathy Shrank, Professor of English, Sheffield. Dialogue and the body politic. https://www.shef.ac.uk/english/people/shrank
1.30 pm: Session 2 – Philosophies of Care
Jon Nicholl, Professor of Health Services Research, Sheffield. The costs of health and happiness and whose values to use. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr/sections/hsr/emris/staff/jonnicholl
Robert Stern, Professor of Philosophy, Sheffield. Løgstrup and Care Ethics. https://www.shef.ac.uk/philosophy/staff/profiles/sternr
Julia Moses, Lecturer in History, Sheffield. Ethics of care and politics of social security in modern European history. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/staff/julia-moses
Phil Withington, Professor of History, co-director of MHS, Sheffield. The modern invention of happiness. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/staff/phil-withington
3 pm: Afternoon Tea
3.30 pm: Session 3 – The Clinical Interface
Ian Sabroe, Professor of Inflammation Biology, co-director of MHS, Sheffield. Should my story matter? http://www.shef.ac.uk/infectionandimmunity/staffprofiles/sabroe
Andrew Thompson, Reader in Psychology, Sheffield. Appearance, wellbeing, and society. https://www.shef.ac.uk/psychology/staff/academic/andrew-thompson
Vicky Williamson, Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, Dept of Music, Sheffield. Applied music and wellbeing. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/music/staff/academic/victoriawilliamson
Brendan Stone, Professor of English, Sheffield. Narratives of health and illness. https://www.shef.ac.uk/english/people/stone
5 pm: close
The third workshop run by the NNMHR, and funded by the Wellcome Trust, took place on Friday 16th January at Newcastle University. The joint event between the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria was organised by Dr Anne Whitehead, and had a fantastic attendance, with students, academics, artists and archivists alike joining the conversation (see programme here).
The day began with a panel on Medical Humanities and The Voice, with talks from Professor Jennifer Richards, Sue Bradley, Dr Helen Limon and Dr Ruth Graham. The panellists discussed the diverse implications of listening for, and listening to, the voice in a range of historical and medical contexts. We thought about how the voice is critical in our understandings of personal accounts and testimonies, listened to a powerful recording of a former veterinary practitioner reflecting on his life, and heard about the process of gathering the remembered experiences of army veterans and transforming them into radio plays, prompting further reflections on the role the voice can play in the transmission of thought. However, Dr Ruth Graham’s presentation on the voice and reproductive loss reminded us of some of the ethical limitations of listening to and transcribing the voice, and that the narrative shared by the voice may only be a partial account of any story.
After lunch, the second panel saw Professor Jonathan Andrews, Dr James Kennaway, Professor Clark Lawlor and Professor Allan Ingram talk about their current Leverhulme-funded research project, Fashionable Diseases. A joint enterprise between literary scholars and medical historians at the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria, the project is running from 2013-2015 and aims to explore the rise and fall of ‘fashionable diseases’ over the long 18th century to today. Why, the project asks, do certain diseases and medical practices come in and out of fashion over time? What are the spatial dimensions of these diseases in terms of health behaviour and health consumerism, and might there be differences between urban and rural areas? Or between different social groups and classes? How to uncover the complex interplay between the stigma certain diseases carry and the fashionability they can afford? Of particular interest to the team are less commonly studied ‘fashionable diseases’ such as dyspeptic disorders, indigestion, gout, wind, gripes and corpulence. If you’d like to know more about the project, or to find out more about the workshops, conferences and publications the team have planned, take a look at the Fashionable Diseases website and twitter page.
Panel three focused on the theme of Health, Care and Citizenship and included presentations by Dr Shahaduz Zaman, Dr Samiksha Sehrawat, Professor Janice Maclaughlan, and Dr Anne Whitehead. The panel raised many interesting ideas about the relationship between hegemonic ideology and the provision of medical care. Both Dr Zaman and Dr Sehrawat considered the role of the hospital in the colonial context, exploring the complex communal life of the Bangladeshi hospital and investigating the role of the colonial hospital in bringing biomedicine to South Asia. Listening became a key theme for the day, as both Dr Zaman’s and Dr Sehrawat’s research privileged listening to human stories and researching beyond the archive. Professor Maclaughlin then introduced us to her work on disabled youth, adult citizenship and care, a project that uses a visual and creative methodology to explore the transitions young disabled people make as they move towards adulthood. Finally, Dr Whitehead’s paper on forgetting, and the how the humanities can assist the process of remembering, really summed up what I thought was a key theme of the day: What can listening to human stories bring to the way we practice ‘hard science’ such as medicine, and what are the limitations?
To end the day, we heard about more research and work in progress by postgraduates and early career researchers from across the network. This panel, a new addition to the timetable for Newcastle, was very successful and it was fantastic to see the diverse and exciting things being done by postgraduates, artists and archivists in the field of medical humanities. Speakers gave a ten-minute presentation introducing their current work. We heard about Rachael Allen’s artistic studies of the human body in the medical lab, Dr Kate Stobbart’s exploration of non-verbal communication (which we were able to experience first-hand in an interactive demonstration), Rebecca Bitenc’s research into the representation of self in the dementia narrative, and also about archival research conducted by Northumberland Archives at Stannington Sanitorium in Northumbria, the UK’s first, and very successful, children’s tuberculosis hospital.
All in all, it was a fantastic and very stimulating day with fascinating presentations and provocation pieces across the board (and an excellent lunch!). Many thanks to Northumbria and Newcastle universities, especially to Dr Anne Whitehead, for all the hard work in hosting and organising the event, to all those who presented their work, and to everyone else who came as well.
– Harriet Ryder, MA student at the University of York and NNMHR Network Administrator
Friday 16th January 2015 – 10.30 – 5
The Armstrong Building, Newcastle University, Room 1.06. The Armstrong Building is number 22 on the campus map.
Registration Open: Please email ku.ca1526836531.kroy1526836531@407r1526836531h1526836531
The next in the series of NNMHR workshops will take place in Newcastle and will be a joint session between the universities of Newcastle and Northumbria. The day will run from 10.30 till 5 and will include lunch and coffee breaks. Below is a preliminary schedule for the day.
As you see, this session will include an open forum for postgraduate/early career research that is currently in progress, and PG/ECR members of the network are warmly invited to submit proposals for 10 minute provocation papers for this part of the day. If you would like to share some of your research at this forum, please email ku.ca1526836531.kroy1526836531@407r1526836531h1526836531 with a brief proposal.
Arrival and coffee: 10.30-11
Workshop 1: 11-12.15 – Mind, body, affect: Medical Humanities and Voice
To include presentations by Professor Jennifer Richards, Sue Bradley, Dr Helen Limon, Dr Ruth Graham
Workshop 2: 1-2.15 – Communities of interest: Fashionable Diseases
To include contributions by Professor Jonathan Andrews, Dr James Kennaway, Professor Clark Lawlor, Professor Allan Ingram
Coffee break: 2.15-2.30
Workshop 3: 2.30-3.45 – Critical Medical Humanities: Health, Care, Citizenship
To include presentations by Dr Shahaduz Zaman, Dr Samiksha Sehrawat, Professor Janice Maclaughlan, Dr Anne Whitehead
3.45-5pm – Plenary: Open Forum for research in progress by PGR/ECR researchers across the NNMHR network.
Chaired by Dr Luna Dolezal, and to include presentations by Rachael Allen, Rebecca Bitenc, Jamie Stark, and Northumberland Archives, Woodhorn.
Registration is free, but places may be limited. Please email ku.ca1526836531.kroy1526836531@407r1526836531h1526836531 to secure a place. There will be a number of postgraduate travel bursaries for any postgraduate students wishing to either present at the forum, or to attend the event – you can apply for one of these at the point of registration.
The next in the series of workshops will take place on Friday 16th January 2015 in Newcastle. This will be a joint session between Newcastle University and Northumbria University.
A full programme for the event will be available shortly. If you would like to register now, please email ku.ca1526836531.kroy1526836531@407r1526836531h1526836531.