Call for Reviews

Call for Review: ‘The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorder is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled’ by Jason Schnittker.

We are delighted to offer The Diagnostic System: Why the Classification of Psychiatric Disorders is Necessary, Difficult, and Never Settled  by Jason Schnittker (Columbia University Press, 2017) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from across the medical humanities. Mental illness is many things at once: It is a natural phenomenon that is also shaped by Read more…

Seminars and Lectures

‘How did Racism and Anti-Semitism become Mental Illnesses?’ (Lecture, Durham University, 14 March 2016)

The Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics is hosting a lecture by Professor Sander Gilman (Emory University) entitled How did Racism and Anti-Semitism become Mental Illnesses?  Abstract: In 2012, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the University of Oxford reported that, based on their clinical experiment, a Read more…

Conferences and Symposiums

Anthropology of Mental Health: At the Intersections of Transience, ‘Chronicity’ and Recovery (panel; ASA 2016, Durham, 4-7 July 2016)

Paper proposals are now invited for the panel ‘Anthropology of Mental Health: At the Intersections of Transience, “Chronicity” and Recovery’, which will take place at the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth (ASA) conference, at the University of Durham, 4-7 July 2016. Responding to recent changes in Read more…

Call for Papers

Durham Centre for Medical Humanities/Wolfson PG & ECR Network (CfP, Durham University, 2 December 2015)

The next meeting of the CMH Postgraduate / Early Career Researcher Medical Humanities Network will take place at The Williams’ Library, St. Chad’s College, North Bailey, Durham. This meeting of the postgrad/ECR medical humanities discussion group will examine some of the various dimensions of mental illness and mental wellbeing within Read more…

Seminars and Lectures

Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness – Tim Thornton (IAS Public Lecture, Durham, 25 November)

IAS Fellow’s Public Lecture – Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness Professor Tim Thornton (University of Central Lancashire) 25th November 2014, 8-9pm Senate Suite, University College (Castle) Unlike other areas of medicine, the basic diagnostic categories of mental healthcare are widely disputed. Revisions to psychiatric taxonomy Read more…

Seminars and Lectures

Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness (Public lecture, IAS Durham University, 25 Nov 2014)

IAS Fellow’s Public Lecture – Pathology or Difference? On the ground rules for defining mental illness – Professor Tim Thornton (University of Central Lancashire) Tuesday 25 November 2014 20:00 to 21:00 Senate Suite, University College, Durham University Unlike other areas of medicine, the basic diagnostic categories of mental healthcare are widely Read more…

Exhibitions, Performances and Screenings

“Polevault”: Audiowalk on Mental Illness & Infanticide linked to canals

Professor Hilary Marland recently collaborated with Talking Birds as part of the ‘Polevault’ endeavour linked to their Olympic project: ‘Decathlon 2012’, providing commentary on mental illness and infanticide linked to canals. The project culminated in a downloadable ‘audio walk’ including the story of Elizabeth Barnwell, who was suffering from ‘puerperal mania’, a severe form of postnatal mental Read more…

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