Category Archives: Ideas

Medical Humanities at Umeå University, Sweden – a Special Issue of Kulturella Perspektiv (Cultural Perspectives)

Britta Lundgren is professor of Ethnology at the Department of Culture and Media Studies at Umeå University in Sweden. She is currently working with the project “Epidemics, Vaccination, and the Power of Narratives”, financed by the Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg … Continue reading

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Musings From The Day Room – Mike White Reflects On Chemotherapy, Lanterns, Austerity & Mortality

Mike White‘s diary entry reads: 9th.January. I am up the Northern Centre for Cancer Care this morning for my chemo breakfast, the Special K in my treatment plan.  The day room is furnished like the lobby of a budget hotel … Continue reading

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Before and Since (the Wound) – Visualising the Experience of Pain

In painting the image of a child dying of hunger, my aim is not to make a re-presentation of a child dying of hunger, or to elicit or express what it feels like to watch a child dying of hunger. … Continue reading

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Hitching Arts in Health on the Road to Nowhere

Mike White writes: The country road in Australia is mostly A to B straight on and can seem to traverse interplanetary distance.  Crossing the aboriginal lands of ‘first nation’ people, however, it is a road to nowhere as highlighted in … Continue reading

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Alternative Psychiatric Narratives: Exploring non-traditional texts, voices, and spaces

Alternative Psychiatric Narratives is a conference taking place at Birkbeck on 16-17 May 2014. One of its convenors, PhD candidate Janet Weston, considers some of its themes in relation to her own research.   When I began my PhD research … Continue reading

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“There’s no lights on the Xmas tree momma, they’re burnin’ an artist tonight!”

Mike White writes: There was a hatchet job in Sunday’s Independent on arts in hospitals based on perfunctory information extracted on NHS expenditure on art works (accessible here). Those of us who are driving the development of the National Alliance … Continue reading

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