Founding Editor Angela Woods writes…

It’s the end of era!

Eight years and over 2500 posts later, the Centre for Medical Humanities blog is shutting up shop. In it’s place and launching tomorrow, Thursday 14 September, a new site called The Polyphony  will publish essays, reviews and provocations from across the medical humanities. If you have elected to receive email alerts from the CMH blog your subscription will automatically transfer to The Polyphony (and you can opt out at any time).  If you’re interested in receiving information about calls for papers, conference announcements and job opportunities please sign up to the new medhealthhums jiscmail.

As the founding editor of the CMH blog, I would like to thank everyone who has engaged with us since our launch in 2010 and whose contributions made the site a dynamic hub for people working in the medical humanities. I’m especially grateful to Will Viney (Goldsmiths), Felicity Callard (Birkbeck) and Ben Kasstan (Sussex) whoplayed key editorial and commissioning roles along the way; to Dori Beeler (Johns Hopkins) for technical support at critical times; and to Jane Abel for keeping everything ticking along in the last few years especially.

By way of a final farewell, here is a selection of some of the most stimulating posts published on the blog. Ongoing food for medical humanities thought!


Jac Saorsa · September 12, 2018 at 10:21 am

Excellent blog! Sad to see it go but looking forward to the new version.

Jane Macnaughton · September 12, 2018 at 10:36 am

I’m going to miss the CMH Blog which has been such a fantastic resource for so many years. But we are moving on to bigger and better and I am keenly looking forward to posts from The Polyphony! Many grateful thanks are owing to Angela Woods for conceiving of, setting up and directing the CMH Blog for so many years. The whole field of health and medical humanities has benefitted hugely from this leadership and I know that The Polyphony will be an even more significant contribution to our field. Thank you Angela and the team!

elaine · September 12, 2018 at 11:30 am

thank you for alerting me to the fact that this wonderful blog is ceasing to operate – I do hope that you will still leave a link to it so that the resources that have been written about can still be accessed. If this is not the case, is it your intention to transfer the resources to the new initiative The Polyphony (I hope so because it would be a shame for the content of the blog to no longer be accessible anywhere). Thank you.

    mdiclhumanities · September 12, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Thanks for your kind words. Most of the content (except obviously expired things like job adverts) is going to be transferred over to The Polyphony. If you discover that anything you expected to find is missing please do let us know.

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