Registration: ‘Nature and Wellbeing Symposium’, Edinburgh

Date: Friday 23 June

Location: Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square, Edinburgh

There are still some places available on the upcoming Nature and Wellbeing Symposium to be held at IASH, University of Edinburgh on Friday 23rd June.

The event features an (optional) Slow Walk around Holyrood Park, a talk by historian of therapeutic landscapes, Dr Clare Hickman, a roundtable on ‘Activities in ‘Nature’ for Improved Personal and Social Wellbeing: Practice and Research’ led by Rebecca Crowther, plenty of time for discussion and participation. This event will investigate the meaning of ‘nature’ and ‘wellbeing’ in different cultural, environmental, therapeutic, and research contexts. Expert speakers will share their experiences and expertise, identifying shared values and points of difference. The event will showcase the perspectives of practitioners involved in innovative and sustainable approaches to care, academics working in cultural, scientific and educational fields, and representatives of wellbeing initiatives and community groups. There will also be guided walks and activities and many opportunities to contribute to the discussion. The full timetable can be found here:

The event is free and you can book by emailing Samantha Walton at, or by contacting

Organised by Dr Samantha Walton, Bath Spa University with the support of IASH and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. To find out more about Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing and to view speaker biographies, visit Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing.

Conference: ‘Spirituality and Recovery’, Durham

Date: 12th – 14th July 2017

The Project for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Durham University in association with TEWV NHS Foundation Trust is organising the Spirituality and Recovery conference at St John’s College, Durham, from 12-14 July 2017. This is the third Durham conference exploring good practice in spirituality and mental health care.

As more and more mental health service providers embrace a recovery approach to care, this conference will give opportunity to explore the role which spirituality has to play in such an approach. Can there be a recovery approach without taking spirituality into account? Does a recovery model open up new opportunities to ensure that attention to spiritual needs is routinely a part of assessment and care planning? Are ‘recovery’ and ‘spirituality’ simply two different words for the same thing when it comes to mental health care, or do they have their own distinct, but mutually enriching, meanings?

This conference is an opportunity for clinicians, service users and carers, chaplains, faith and community leaders and anyone else interested to come and think about how those interested in recovery and those who wish to promote the importance of spirituality can work together for the benefit of people who are receiving mental health services. The second day will focus particularly on the importance of narrative and we will hear a number of stories from TEWV service users. The final day will have a particular emphasis on compassion and kindness.

Biographies and the conference agenda can be found here. To view and download the conference poster, click here.

To book a place in the conference, click HERE. Registration to the conference closes at midnight on Friday 30 June 2017.

Postdoctoral Research Associate: ‘Life of Breath Project’, Bristol

The Life of Breath team at the University of Bristol are recruiting a postdoctoral research associate in history of medicine. The post, offered for 2 years, could examine the recent history of COPD, which has not so far been the subject of major historical study. However the PIs are also happy to discuss other ideas for research relevant to the Life of Breath project.

The successful applicant will be mentored by a multidisciplinary team, consisting of Prof Tim Cole (Bristol, history), Prof Gareth Williams (Bristol, medicine and medical history), and Prof Havi Carel (Bristol, project PI).

Applicants should have a PhD in medical history, and research experience in the field. It is not essential that your work is in the specific field of the project, although prior research on breathing and breathlessness would be an advantage. Candidates considering applying for this post are encouraged to contact Professor Havi Carel to discuss their ideas and the post.

Download the full person specification and find out how to apply here

The start date for this post is 1 September 2017. The closing date for applications is midnight Wednesday 21st June 2017.

CFP: Special Issue of Critical Stages (webjournal), ‘Medicine and/in Theatre’

The webjournal of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), Critical Stages, invites contributions for issue No 17, Medicine and/in Theatre, due for publication in June 2018.

Over the past decade there has been increased critical attention paid to the intersection of theatre and medicine; although the relationship between the two is far from new. Medicine and science, along with philosophy, religion and the arts, are the central to our society’s efforts to comprehend the mystery of being, to explain pain and to address mortality. Yet, unlike the metaphysical quest present in the narratives of religion, or transcendental philosophies, theatre and medicine share a fundamental preoccupation with what goes on between birth and death.

Issue #17 of Critical Stages/Scènes Critiques invites essays that focus specifically on contemporary medicine-related plays, performances and issues. For Baudrillard, “the characteristic hysteria of our times” is “that of the production and the reproduction of the real” and the production of “values and commodities.” With his words in mind, what does the fusion of theatre and medicine seek to address in a twenty-first-century context? The emergence of counter-narratives or the construction of realities? The value of multivocality or the commodification of reality?

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Negotiating boundaries of illness and health; of life and death
  • Staged vs. actual illness: content vs. form; assessing reception; the critic’s role
  • The doctor-patient relationship
  • Representation of medical topics, illness, and the hospitalized/suffering/dying body in theatre: sociopolitical, aesthetic and ethical considerations
  • Popular theatre and illness: a contradiction in terms? Awareness-raising or profit-making enterprise?
  • Body-as-machine, body-as-battlefield, the “biomedical gaze” and other metaphors: truths and myths of medicine as tackled on stage/in performance
  • Theatre, medicine, technology: acting under/beyond the skin; exploring new aesthetic horizons; the technological sublime
  • From anatomy to prosthetics, neuroscience and gene mapping: staged perspectives on the notions of self/other, the individual against the State, and precarious existence
  • Theatre assisting/attacking the practices of medicine
  • On spectatorship: sensation vs. interpretation
  • The role of theatre and the arts in medical education: instrumental benefits
  • Theatre-based learning in medical education, the Narrative Medicine paradigm, and the rising academic field of Critical Medical Humanities
  • Practicing medicine as performance: professionalism, empathy, and ethical caregiving
  • Beyond Western medicine: foundational concepts (i.e. doctor, patient, pain, illness, experience) in theatre/performance around the world

Further information about IATC, Critical Stages, and the CfP can be found on their website.

Submissions (maximum 3,500 words, including notes and works cited) should be sent by email to the editor of this special issue, Dr Vinia Dakari. The deadline for proposals is 1 August 2017, with first drafts for accepted papers due 1 February 2018.

RCPSG Lecture: Pankaj Chandak, ‘Safer Surgery – The Lasting Legacy of Joseph Lister’, Glasgow

Lecture, Pankaj Chandak: ‘Safer Surgery – The Lasting Legacy of Joseph Lister’

Date: 7pm, Thursday 15th June 2017 (refreshments from 6.30pm)

Location: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5RJ

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is delighted to invite you to their annual Goodall Lecture. The Goodall Lecture this year is inspired by the 150th anniversary of Joseph Lister’s article in the Lancet announcing the arrival of antiseptic surgery – a major breakthrough in medical science. This breakthrough was of course achieved in Glasgow, so it is fitting that the lecture is part of the Glasgow Science Festival 2017.

We’re delighted to welcome Mr Pankaj Chandak, transplant surgeon at Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Great Ormond Street Hospitals, who will deliver the Goodall Lecture. Mr Chandak is passionate about Lister’s achievements and his legacy in surgical safety, linking the innovations of the 1860s with today’s developments in 3-D printing. You can see more of Mr Chandak here –

Setting the context of Lister’s 1867 article is Mr David Hamilton, transplant surgeon and medical historian, author of the classic text The Healers: a History of Medicine in Scotland.

CPD – This lecture has 2 non-clinical credits.

To book a free ticket please contact, call 0141 221 6072 or go to

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: C19th Perspectives’, Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in 19th-Century History of Medicine/Science/Culture

University of Oxford, Gibson Building

Deadline for applications: 30th June 2017

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join the team working on the European Research Council funded project, ‘Diseases of Modern Life: 19th Century Perspectives’. The post is full-time and will be fixed-term from 18 October 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) for the remainder of the grant which finishes on 31 January 2019.

The postholder will work under the direction of Professor Sally Shuttleworth, and will be expected to produce a monograph, or series of articles, relating to the project research, present their research at UK and international conferences, assist with media activity, and help organise public engagement activities.

Candidates should have been awarded a PhD in a relevant field (such as history of medicine or science, or literature) by the time of taking up the post. You should show outstanding academic promise, and be willing to assist in the organisation of seminars, workshops and conferences, and contribute to the general running of the project.

Applications must be submitted online. You will be asked to upload a CV, supporting statement, an outline of a potential book project or series of articles, and a sample of written work. Please ensure all documents are uploaded as PDF files. Please quote the following vacancy reference number in all correspondence: 129050.

Candidates should ask two referees to submit reference letters directly to the Project Administrator, Alyson Slade, using the email address below, by the closing date.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 30 June 2017. It is hoped that interviews will be held in the last two weeks of July 2017.

Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 – £32,958 p.a.