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The Cultural History of Exhaustion – Review

This review of the Exhaustion conference appeared on the fantastic Sleep Cultures blog: “On 25 October 2013, the University of Kent hosted a one-day interdisciplinary conference on exhaustion, organized by Anna Katharina Schaffner (Comparative Literature, Kent) and funded by the … Continue reading

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Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

In this post, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn look at the role of  psychological coercion, notably through the imposition of positive affect,  in UK Government workfare programmes. There has been little or no debate about the recruitment of psychology/psychologists into monitoring,  … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing: Phobia in Literature and Culture (CfP, Conference, Kent, 9-10 May 2014)

Fear and Loathing: Phobia in Literature and Culture Centre for Gender, Sexuality and Writing, School of English, University of Kent, 9th-10th May 2014 Focusing on the literary and historical representation of irrational emotions or phobias, Fear and Loathing seeks papers … Continue reading

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Special Issue on Narrative Health Psychology (CfP, Deadline: 31st March 2014)

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Narrative Health Psychology for the Journal of Health Psychology Guest editors: Michael Murray, Anneke Sools, and Gerben Westerhof Although stories and storytelling have been an intrinsic part of psychology since the emergence of the … Continue reading

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Exhaustion (One day workshop, University of Kent, Friday 25 October 2013)

Exhaustion Friday, 25 October, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury Funded by the Wellcome Trust Organised by Anna Katharina Schaffner This interdisciplinary conference explores different medical, psychological and socio-political narratives on the origins of and cures for exhaustion. Experts from diverse disciplines (including … Continue reading

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Paul Moloney, The Therapy Industry – Review by Jenny Laws

Jenny Laws, post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Medical Humanities and Department of Geography, Durham University, reviews Paul Moloney, The Therapy Industry: The Irresistible Rise Of The Talking Cure, And Why It Doesn’t Work (London: Pluto Press, 2013). You … Continue reading

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Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind: Toward a Transdisciplinary Approach

David Herman writes: I feel very fortunate indeed to be joining the Department of English Studies at Durham University, which is chock full of brilliant scholars doing cutting-edge research and teaching. Equally pathbreaking work is being done under the auspices … Continue reading

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