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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New Seed Scheme Launched: Funding available to support research initiatives across the NNMHR

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 (ku.ca1569028798.mahr1569028798ud@hm1569028798c.lia1569028798m1569028798) 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.

Posted on 09 May 2018, under News.

Medical Humanities: Futures (Call for Papers: 2nd Congress of the NNMHR University of Leeds 20-21 September 2018)

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.

Posted on 27 Apr 2018, under News.

Call for Papers: Inaugural Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research

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.

 

Posted on 24 May 2017, under News.

*Save the Date* NNMHR Research Congress, Durham, 14th-15th September

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.

 

Posted on 03 Apr 2017, under News.