Upcoming Event:

Publishing Your First Medical Humanities Monograph

In this online event, run especially for ECR members of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, we will hear from three scholars who have recently published their first monograph within the medical humanities. Each speaker will talk about their experiences of publishing: the pitfalls and difficulties as well as the intellectual and emotional rewards. These authors have published or are publishing with Edinburgh University Press, Berghahn Books, and Manchester University Press. After the three short talks (ten to fifteen minutes each), there will be time for audience members to ask questions about publishing a medical humanities monograph as an early career researcher.

Sara Honarmand Ebrahimi is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environment Policy, University College Dublin. She will join Goethe University Frankfurt as a Humboldt Research Fellow next year, where she will start working on her new project, Non-colonial Internationalists and Hospital Provision(s) in the Global South. Her first book, Emotion, Mission, Architecture, is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.

Ben Kasstan is a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow and medical anthropologist at the Centre for Health, Law and Society at the University of Bristol. His research explores the cultural politics of health protection, and specifically how reproductive and child health provoke opposing quests and questions around preserving life between minorities and states. His monograph Making Bodies Kosher: The Politics of Reproduction among Haredi Jews in England was published open access with Berghahn Books (seires on Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality) in 2019. Email: .

Coreen McGuire is a Lecturer in Twentieth-Century British History at Durham University. Her first book, Measuring Difference, Numbering Normal: Setting the standards for disability in the interwar period combined history of medicine, science and technology studies, and disability history. She will commence a 5-year Wellcome University Award project with Durham University on ‘When Categories Constrain Care: Investigating Social Categories in Health Norms through Disability History 1909-1958’ in 2023. For a full list of publications see www.coreenmcguire.com and follow on Twitter @coreen_anne.

Register on Eventbrite HERE.

Previous Events:


What Makes a Good Medical Humanities Research Network?

Hosted by The Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (NNMHR) with guest speakers Josie Gill and Amber Lascelles (Black Health and the Humanities, University of Bristol) and Camilla Mørk Røstvik (The Menstruation Research Network, University of Aberdeen).

Online (Zoom) on Wednesday 6th April 2022, 12.30 to 14.00 BST

Josie GillAmber Lascelles and Camilla Mørk Røstvik will give short presentations on their experiences setting up and running two very different medical humanities networks, the Black Health and the Humanities project and The Menstruation Research Network, addressing questions such as what makes a good network, how to get a nascent network up-and-running, how to ensure the ongoing sustainability of a network, and how to evaluate a network’s success. This will be a relatively informal event, with plenty of time for questions from attendees.

This event is open to scholars and practitioners engaged in critical medical humanities research anywhere in the world, and will be of particular interest to those considering applying for the NNMHR New Networks in Critical Medical Humanities Funding Scheme.

Black Health and the Humanities 

The Black Health and the Humanities project is an interdisciplinary training network and collaborative research initiative. Based at the Centre for Black Humanities at the University of Bristol, UK, we explore the role of the arts and humanities in understanding and improving the health of Black people in twenty-first century Britain.We seek to understand how Black scholarship and creativity shapes and responds to illness, and to explore the role of activism and care in confronting the racialised landscape of medicine. The project’s Principal Investigator is Dr Josie Gill and Dr Amber Lascelles is the Research Associate. The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The Menstruation Research Network 

The Menstruation Research Network (UK) brings together experts from the sciences and humanities, NGOs, the arts, activists and campaigners, industry and the NHS in order to unify knowledge about medical, political, economic, psychological and cultural issues related to menstruation. The network was initially supported by a Wellcome Trust Small Network Grant (February 2019 – February 2020). The MRN has since received a second grant from Wellcome for four more years of activity, and has recently moved its base from the University of St Andrews to the University of Aberdeen where the leader on the grant, Dr Camilla Mørk Røstvik, now works.


Ethics of Sensitive Visual Material in the Medical Humanities

An ECR Workshop

(Downloadable PDF here: Ethics and the Visual_2021 )

Wednesday 22nd September 2021
2-4pm BST, Online


The aim of this workshop is to address pressing concerns relating to the uses of visual material in medical humanities, with a particular focus on photography and medical histories. It will address multiple ethical concerns regarding the dissemination of sensitive materials in medical humanities research.

While individual universities require formal ethical approval for many aspects of research, especially when it involves living people, the medical humanities compel further questions and concerns about how we display, share, contextualise, and present details of real lives and sensitive subject matter.

In this workshop, we will identify problems and challenges which can arise when using sensitive visual sources, and seek to develop solutions in order to formulate usable research guidelines. Over the course of the session, we will also see how these issues relate to other sensitive material, which go beyond the visual.

In part, the workshop will address the following questions and concerns:

  • How might we define ‘sensitive material’?
  • What should we consider when using images and visual material in our research?
  • In what circumstances would we not share an image? How might we discuss an image without sharing it?
  • What context and additional information might we provide when sharing sensitive images pertaining to health and medicine, whether in publications, presentations, online posts, or on social media?

The workshop is facilitated by:
Dr Marie Allitt (University of Oxford/Durham University)
Dr Beatriz Pichel (De Montfort University)
Dr Katherine Rawling (University of Leeds)
Dr Jennifer Wallis (Imperial College London)
Dr Rebecca Wynter (University of Birmingham)

The workshop is open to all ECRs working in medical humanities.
(ECRs: early career researchers not in a permanent post).
The workshop is free to attend, but places are limited.

Eligibility and Application:

Any Early Career Researchers working in the field of medical, or health, humanities are welcome. You do not need to have previously or currently be working with visual material to attend.
We especially welcome those working in ethics.

You do not need to be a member of a Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (NNMHR) institution.

To apply, please send a 100-word expression of interest statement setting out why you are interested in this topic, indicating your research interests, and identifying some of the ethical concerns associated with your research.

Please send a short biography and the expression of interest to Marie Allitt , by Friday 10th September, 2021


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.


2021 – 21st-23rd April (online) 4th Congress of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research, Institute for Medical Humanities (IMH), Durham University

The fourth Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research (NNMHR) Congress will be held online on 21–23 April 2021, in collaboration with the Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham. The aim 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 global and local health inequalities revealed and perpetuated by the Covid-19 pandemic require us to reflect upon how we do medical humanities research. We ask participants to consider the ways in which our work renders some aspects of health and illness visible, while leaving others out of sight. We hope to think more carefully about what sort of experiences the medical humanities has become adept at bringing to light, whilst reflecting on the ways in which theoretical methodologies, research priorities and funding structures have left other voices unheard. Contributors may also wish to consider how the medical humanities can become more visible in wider health funding structures and in relation to strategic health priorities.

Further details, the Programme, and Registration can be found here 

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

2017 – 2018

2014 – 2017

The series of research workshop days aim to facilitate collaborative research within the NNMHR by strengthening understandings of the research interests and expertise within the network. They will create a forum for interdisciplinary discussions of work in progress and allow members to build connections with non-HEI partners (charities, arts organisations, clinicians) in each of the workshop venues. Priority is given to network members but all events are free. The timing of workshops will allow participants to travel to and from the workshops in one day. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

The network and these workshops are supported by the Wellcome Trust.