Registration: International Comics & Medicine Conference, ‘Stages & Pages’, Dundee

Date: Thursday 7th July – Saturday 9th July 2016

Location: Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN (View Map)

Registration: £20-£80 (student discounts and single-day tickets available). Register at the Eventbrite page.

Keynote Speakers: Lynda Barry, Al Davison, and Elisabeth El Rafaie, with a special workshop run by Lynda Barry & Dan Chaon

The theme of this year’s conference, Stages & Pages, invites us to think about comics and healthcare in relation to performance in its myriad conflicting and complementary forms, from the clinical, to the social and the theatrical. Both clinicians and patients alike often feel the need to live up to prescribed “roles” both on and off the medical “stage”, and this conference will consider the various ways in which comics address these issues. Issues discussed will include but will not be limited to:

  • Comic narratives of stages of life, illness, and the medical career
  • Stages of the creative process, process as performance, and the relation of the creative process to disability, illness, and medicine
  • The comic/body as stage
  • Comics and the social performance of illness, disability, and the healthcare profession
  • Technical performance in healthcare, illness, disability, and comics
  • The use of space in performance, illness, disability, and healthcare
  • Ethical implications of comics and performance
  • Trends in, histories of, or the use of comics in healthcare
  • The use of comics and design in the service of healthcare education

Please note that all attendees will be required to register for 1 of the 2 Lynda Barry & Dan Chaon workshops. Workshop registration is free but ticketed and available here.

CFP: ‘Discourses of Care: Care in Media, Medicine and Society’, Glasgow

Location: Gilmorehill Halls, 9 University Avenue, University of Glasgow, G12 8QQ

Date: Monday 5th – Wednesday 7th September 2016

Deadline for proposals: Friday 3rd June 2016

Keynote speakers:

  • Eva Feder Kittay, Stony Brook University NY
  • Andrew Kotting, artist and filmmaker, University for the Creative Arts

This Wellcome-funded interdisciplinary conference aims to support and foster collaborative work in relation to media and questions of care and well-being, focusing on care and care giving as critical concepts. Bringing together scholars from film and television studies, medical humanities, disability studies, and philosophy, we will debate how understandings of medical and social care are (and might be) positioned in relation to media and cultural studies. This would be a significant first step toward building inter-disciplinary alliances and driving forward work within the as yet under-determined field of ‘visual medical humanities’.

The specific focus of the conference and anticipated publication/s is to explore the ways in which media do more than simply represent care and caring (although representation, of course,  remains an important issue). Taking a new approach, the conference will explore how media forms and media practices (the creation, exhibition and reception of media) may act as a mode of care. Thus we wish to explore how different kinds of media programming, media technologies and media practices present opportunities in which care is manifest as both an ‘attitude’ and  a ‘disposition’ (Feder Kittay).

The event will underpin at least one multi-authored publication. Through this conference we will explore the politics and ethics of care-relationships and contest binary understandings of autonomy and dependency amongst individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities, carers and medical professionals. We are particularly interested in the nexus of youth (the ‘child’), age (the ‘aged’) and disability as a way of opening up alliances and challenges to popular cultural notions and representations of care and dependency.

We are now looking for academics, care providers, and creative practitioners of all levels, periods, and fields to submit proposals for 20 minute conference papers. We invite papers on topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • Relationships between care and media
  • Definitions of care in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • Autobiographical representations of and reactions to care
  • Disability studies approaches to care and dependency
  • Media practices and outputs as modes of care
  • Care and the visual medical humanities
  • Adaptive technologies and care
  • Spectatorship, care, and media
  • Care, media, and children
  • Care, media, and ageing
  • Use of media in health education and rehabilitation
  • Consumer ‘choice’ and ‘autonomy’ in popular culture
  • Screen cultures in our ‘institutions of care’ (e.g. the NHS and the BBC).

Please email an abstract of up to 300 words and a short bio (100-200 words) to the conference organisers ( by Friday 3rd June 2016. The conference team will respond to proposals by Friday 10th June 2016. There are a limited number of travel bursaries available for postgraduate and/or early career presenters; the recipients of these grants will be asked to write a short reflection on the conference, which will be published on the Glasgow Medical Humanities Research Centre blog, and the conference website.

If you wish to be considered for one of the travel bursaries, please email us for an application form and submit it with your abstract and bio. We will contact all respondents on the outcome of their proposal by the end of June 2016. Thanks to funding from the Wellcome Trust, this conference will be free to attend.

The conference venue, the Gilmorehill Building, is fully accessible, and the conference will include accommodations such as pre-circulated papers and discussion topics, ending with an interactive roundtable discussion. For more information on access, transport, and the venue please visit our website. If you have any questions, please email the conference team at, or contact us via @CareDiscourses.

Conference team: Prof. Karen Lury (Film and TV), Dr Amy Holdsworth (Film and TV), and Dr Hannah Tweed (English Literature).


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CFP: ‘Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference’, Bristol

Conference date: Mon 19th – Wed 21st June 2017

Deadline for abstracts: Sun 20th November 2016

The Culture, Health and Wellbeing conference will showcase inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing. It will discuss the role of arts and creativity in healing, care and wellbeing across the life course. It will encourage discussion and shared learning, facilitating dialogue between researchers, policy makers and practitioners. Conference themes will encompass multiple art forms and will include:

  • Reducing inequalities
  • Promoting resilience, prevention and early intervention
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Creative ageing
  • Specific health conditions and care pathways including palliative care
  • Community and social development in different international contexts
  • Designing for wellbeing – services, environments, products
  • Museums, heritage and health
  • Developing national and international networks
  • Models and frameworks for co-production, commissioning, delivery and evaluation
  • Training, education and professional development
  • Open theme

Keynotes and performances by national and international policy makers, academics and artists will be combined with a rich and varied programme of presentations, workshops, performances and films. We will be launching the report from the two year Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing led by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and considering the future of arts, health and wellbeing in the UK and internationally.

Download the conference flier here.

Submissions for presentations, workshops, performances and films are welcome. Those who have never submitted a paper before are particularly encouraged and guidance on the process will be provided.


Deadline for submissions of abstracts: November 20th 2016
Decision on abstracts: January 2017
Early bird registration: June 20th 2016 – February 28th 2017

For more information contact Alex Coulter.

PhD studentship: ‘Changing Cultures in Health and Medicine’, University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is seeking applications for a fully funded PhD studentship in the Medical Humanities and Social Sciences to be associated with the Centre for Health, Arts and Science (CHARTS). Alongside PhD research, the successful candidate will play a role in raising the profile of research in this area, including developing the web presence for the Centre.

This studentship will provide support for up to three years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study, on a programme leading to the award of a doctoral degree. Funding includes a stipend of £14,057 (equivalent to RCUK rate, subject to confirmation for 2016/17) for three years (full time) and PhD registration fees at standard UK/EU student rate. This studentship is expected to start no later than October 2016.

Proposals should be rooted in the humanities and/or social sciences (rather than clinical disciplines) and should be developed by the candidate in consultation with a proposed supervisor (please see the list of indicative supervisorsand consult their staff pages to guide you in potential research areas). The research should address the broad theme of Changing Cultures in Health and Medicine. This might include, though is in no way limited to:

  • changing historical or contemporary cultures of medical practice;
  • activist groups as agents for change in relation to health and medicine;
  • the role of health care and medicine in changing political, economic, social and cultural contexts;
  • the role of new technologies in cultural understandings of medicine, health and the body;
  • the role of the arts in health and wellbeing.

CHARTS is an interdisciplinary centre which recognises the vital role that arts, humanities and creativity can play in enhancing medical and scientific practice as well as in extending our understanding of health and well-being across an individual’s life cycle and in different kinds of communities. It is also part of the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research.

Academic eligibility:

Applicants should hold a First Class or high 2(1) BSc or BA degree in a relevant subject, and show evidence of strong research skills in the form of a Master’s degree (or expect to be awarded a Masters in 2016) and/or relevant research/professional experience. Strong communication skills (written and oral), together with organisation skills are essential. Candidates should also demonstrate experience of research dissemination, web development and use of social media.

Residential eligibility:

Candidates for awards must have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom/European Union. A relevant connection may be established for non-UK/EU students if, at the start of the course:

  • The student has been ordinarily resident in the UK through the three year period preceding the date of an application for an award, and
  • Has not been resident in the UK, during any part of that three year period wholly or mainly for the purposes of full-time education and
  • Has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay)

All UK and EU students may apply for the full award. Non-EU students who have not been ordinarily resident in the UK for the last three years are not eligible to apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to apply to the University of Liverpool using the online system. However, preliminary applications should be submitted by email attaching the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two references
  • University transcripts
  • Degree certificates
  • Personal statement to include details of qualifications and relevant experience (including research training), along with names of proposed supervisor(s) – maximum 500 words
  • Research Proposal (maximum 1,500 words) Research proposals should detail: research objectives, proposed methodology, any anticipated ethical considerations and any specific costs and training requirements relating to the research (archive visits, interviews, etc.).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview. Closing date for applications: Friday 3rd June 2016, 4pm.

MA in the History of Health, Medicine and Society, University of Leeds

MA programme in the History of Health, Medicine and Society.

This postgraduate degree allows students to explore relationships between health, medical practices and wider society in a broad range of chronological and geographical contexts. Our MA students will benefit from our world-class library resources, a lively postgraduate research culture, and the breadth and depth of staff expertise in this cutting-edge field. This short film provides additional information.

Leeds is delighted to announce that they propose to offer a dedicated scholarship covering fees and maintenance to a student commencing study on this MA programme in 2016, amongst their range of other scholarships available. The deadline for scholarship applications is 30 June. Read more regarding instructions for applying.

Please direct any enquiries to Dr Laura King, Programme Director.

Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine since 1800, University of Strathclyde

Location: University of Strathclyde

Salary: £34,576

Contract: Fixed (3 years), full time

Closes: 5th June 2016

Applications are invited for a three year Lectureship within the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow at the University of Strathclyde (

The CSHHH Glasgow was established in 2005 as a research collaboration in the Medical Humanities. It is now an internationally-recognised research environment and postgraduate community, founded on funding from the Welcome Trust and from the UK’s research councils. The successful applicant will be embedded in this community and will also be able to draw upon the wider collaborative environment in the School of Humanities, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the wider University.

The Centre seeks to attract an outstanding early career scholar to work in the CSHHH Glasgow. We are seeking candidates with growing reputations for excellence in research and teaching. They should be capable of contributing to existing undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes in the history of health and medicine. While this is a three-year appointment in the first instance, the Centre has a good track-record in securing external funding to develop post-doctoral careers and the successful candidate will be able to articulate plans in this direction.

Applicants will have a good honours degree in a relevant subject, as well as a PhD in the History of Health and Medicine or a related field, or be near completion of their PhD. It is essential applicants have research interests in the relevant field and have a body of related high quality publications.

The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to teach more widely within the History BA degree and at postgraduate level. History at Strathclyde has teaching pathways in ‘Scotland and the World’, in ‘Peace, Conflict and Identity’ and in ‘Oral History, as well as in the History of Health and Medicine. It also provides world-leading training in the Scottish Oral History Centre ( An ability to connect with one or more of these would be an advantage.

Formal interviews for this post are likely to be held on Friday 17th June 2016.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Jim Mills, (
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Lecturer in C18th English Literature (Medical Humanities focus), University of Glasgow

Location: University of Glasgow

Salary: £41,255 – £47,801 (grade 8)

Contract: Permanent, full time

Closes: 14th June 2016

The School of Critical Studies seeks to appoint a Lecturer in English Literature. The successful applicant will have demonstrably outstanding expertise in eighteenth-century literature in relation to the material culture of the period.

The post is a strategic investment, and the appointee will join Glasgow’s team of specialists in eighteenth-century English and Scottish Literature, with world-leading scholarship in textual editing, travel writing and topography, ecocriticism, natural history and antiquarianism, empire, word and image, medical humanities, and the innovative deployment of digital technologies. The postholder will also be expected to collaborate with Glasgow’s world-famous Hunterian Museum, which contains one of the UK’s most significant Enlightenment collections.

Job Purpose

To undertake high-quality research and research supervision, to make an active and high level contribution in the School of Critical Studies in the College of Arts to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in English Literature, and to undertake administration as requested by the Head of School.

Standard Terms & Conditions

The salary will be on the Research and Teaching Grade, level 8.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide for you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career.

Information on the programme can be found on our website at:

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The University has been awarded the Athena SWAN Institutional Bronze Award.

Please note that interviews will be held on 30th June 2016.

Funded PhD, Glasgow: “Testing the limits of the ‘hard man’ in film: masculinity and male health behaviour in Scotland’s public health films 1934-2000”

Three Year PhD Studentship, Glasgow

Project Title:  “Testing the limits of the ‘hard man’ in film: masculinity and male health behaviour in Scotland’s public health films 1934-2000”

Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow, the Centre for the Social History of Health and Health Care at the University of Strathclyde and the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive are pleased to announce a three-year PhD studentship funded via the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities Applied Research Collaboration Studentship (ARCS) and the SFC. The studentship will begin 1 October 2016 and covers the cost of home/EU tuition fees and provides an annual maintenance award of maintenance bursary (stipend) of approx. £14,296 (at 2016/17 rates). There are no nationality restrictions for this award, but please note that maintenance and tuition fees will be paid at current UK/EU RCUK rates. Students from outside the UK or EU will be responsible for any shortfall in fees.

Research Project

“Hard drinking and heavy smoking have for a long time been ‘strong symbols of male virility and machismo in Scottish culture’.”(Johnston and McIvor, 2004:141)

The stereotype of the ‘hard man’ has an established place in written and cinematic Scottish fiction and is examined in a number of empirically based studies, for instance, in linguistics and labour history That stereotype is conventionally associated with manual labour in ‘big’ industries (such as ship building), with heavy drinking, violence, cynical humour and the performance of machismo. More recently, with the decline of larger manufacturing industries across Scotland, the stereotype is also apparently provoked by the absence of labour, cf. John Caughie’s assertion: ‘when masculinity can no longer define itself in ‘hard work’ it increasingly identifies itself with the ‘hard man’ for whom anguish, cynicism and violence are the only ways to recover the lost dignities of labour’.

While the implications of the this hard drinking, heavy smoking and often violent lifestyle have for the actual medical health of the population of Glasgow and Scotland is relatively well understood, what has been under-explored is both the manner and impact of the NHS, Council and other attempts by public bodies and charities to address and challenge this stereotype in public health films with the intention of improving population health. While the project will explore how public health films mapped onto the evolution of particular health campaigns and concerns (for e.g. alcoholism, lung cancer, occupational health) since the Second World War, it will also engage directly with the construct of the ‘hard man’ as it features implicitly and explicitly in the content of the various films and how this persona is remembered and articulated through interviews. It is anticipated that other dimensions of Scottish masculinity (the man as ‘provider’, their sentimental attachment to family and loyalty to their peers) may emerge, which could provide a more nuanced understanding of the ‘hard man’ archetype and its impact – for better and worse – on key areas of medical concern in relation to masculine health in Scotland during the latter part of the twentieth century.


  • The project will investigate how public health issues typically associated with men, such as drinking, smoking, addiction, occupational health and sexual health, were documented on film.
  • The focus is Scotland wide but with a comparative element, which would explore the wider British context. The student would also examine British public health films, such as those held in the Wellcome Library’s moving image collection, the Imperial War Museum’s department of moving images and the British Library’s ‘British Films Online’.


  • The use of films as a public health strategy in Scotland remains relatively unexplored – this project will therefore pioneer work in this area using a multi-disciplinary approach employing and testing the applicability of both historical and film-oriented methodologies.
  • It will provide the first systemic investigation of Scottish public health films addressing an area of specific national concern – reflecting on the relationship between ‘lifestyle’ and environmental factors as apparently manifest in a specific national ‘stereotype’ (the ‘hard man’) and how this archetype has been addressed and employed within public health campaigns.

Research Questions

  • What were the main public health issues facing Scotland’s men in different chronological periods, such as World War Two, the post-war era and the 1980s?
  • What are the collective myths associated with masculinity and health behaviours in Scotland?
  • How were these issues represented in public health films?
  • How did campaigns change over time in relation to ongoing issues (for example, alcoholism)?
  • What do these films tell us about society’s attitudes to health?
  • How were the films funded, produced and displayed (e.g. Who was responsible for creating public health films? Who decided on final scripts and shots to be filmed?)
  • Where and how were these films shown?
  • Who were the intended audiences? (eg. general public, workers, youth, clinicians)

Research Methods

As an interdisciplinary project the student will apply a mix of appropriate methods:

  • The student will interview men from urban and rural areas of Scotland who watched public health films in during 1940-2000 in order to explore individual and collective memories of health and masculinity and public representations, applying recent developments in oral history theory and methodology.
  • They will also: conduct literature reviews (within social history, gender history, the history of medicine, film and cultural studies); work in close collaboration with archives (within the MIA, related archives such as the Wellcome collection and local health board archives where appropriate); and conduct a series of film analyses (a reading of the content and aesthetics of different films selected as case studies).


Professor Karen Lury (University of Glasgow), Dr. Emma Newlands (University of Strathclyde), Dr. Emily Munro (NLS Moving Image Archive)
The student will be based at the University of Glasgow and will take part in postgraduate development activities in Glasgow and at the University of Strathclyde.

Requirements for Applicants

Applicants should hold (or expect to achieve in 2016) a Masters degree with Merit or Distinction, and an undergraduate degree with First-Class or Upper Second-Class Honours in relevant fields or subjects.

How to Apply

Applications should include the following materials:

  • CV
  • Covering letter describing in detail your interest in and suitability for undertaking this project
  • An example of scholarly work up to 3000 words in length (e.g. coursework essay, or a dissertation chapter)
  • Degree transcripts (this may be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
  • 2 academic references (these may be sent directly from your referees if they would prefer)

Please send application materials to Research Administrator, with the subject line ‘Moving Image Archive ARCS Application’ by Friday 24th June 2016.

Further Information


Applications for the studentships are due no later than Friday 24th June 2016. Interviews will be held the week beginning 18th July in Glasgow (interviews may be conducted using Skype).

CFP, edited collection: ‘Matters of the Mind: The Materialities of Mental Ill-Health and Distress’

Matters of the Mind: The Materialities of Mental Ill-Health and Distress

Deadline: 22nd May 2016

From medications to diagnostic manuals, somatic sensations to brain images, the landscape of mental health and illness is replete with diverse materialities. Against the background of a wider ‘material turn’ across the social sciences and humanities, this edited collection will engage with these to offer the first text on mental ill-health and distress from a materialities perspective.

Cross-disciplinary explorations of personhood and subjectivity have offered nuanced understandings of lived experiences of mental ill-health. Explorations of such experiences as  socio-culturally patterned have been accompanied by an attention to social marginalisation and structural inequalities. This has highlighted the dynamics of stigma and the structural contexts of mental ill-health and suffering. Scholars across the social sciences and humanities have also undertaken theoretical and applied evaluations of diagnostic and treatment processes, and the reach of their global flows. Yet, although these existing cross-disciplinary strands of thought have all acknowledged the roles of material environments, discourses and substances, to date none has drawn the myriad clinical, symbolic, and mundane (im)materialities of mental health, illness, and distress to the fore of analysis.

The editors of this volume are interested in soliciting chapters that explore how an attention to materialities offers a novel critical lens onto otherwise obscured aspects of mental ill-health and distress, ranging in focus from the intimate and individual, to the cultural and societal.

With a particular emphasis on engaging with lived experiences, we welcome contributions from scholars within anthropology and sociology; medical humanities; critical and cultural theory; critical psychiatry, psychology and public health; literary studies; architecture and design; science and technology studies; geography; and history. Relevant topics may include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Object(ive)s of psychiatry: the materialities of diagnosis and treatment.
  • Global flows of psychiatry’s objects: texts, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic and treatment devices.
  • The materia medica of healing and (self-)care, both clinical and mundane.
  • Somatic and experiential (im)materialities: voice hearing and visions.
  • Bodies and minds:  corporeal materialities and embodied subjectivities of distress.
  • Materialities of neuroscience and the ‘new genetics.’
  • Spaces and places of suffering and care: clinics, homes, neighbourhoods.

Interested authors are invited to submit an abstract of approximately 250 words, accompanied by a bio of 100 words, to Anna Lavis by 22nd May 2016. If accepted, submissions of no more than 8,000 words each (including abstract, notes, and references) must be submitted by December 2016.