Mapping the Medical Legacies of British Colonialism

Reflecting on her recent fellowship at Art HX, researcher Shelley Angelie Saggar traces how objects and photographs recall the medical legacies of British colonialism, as well as her own family history.  

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Nature’s Medicine: Could Green Prescribing Shape the Future of our Health?

Shauna Walker contextualises the UK government's recent investment in 'green social prescribing.'

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From Menstruation to the Menopause: Book Review

Jemma Walton reviews From Menstruation to the Menopause: The Female Fertility Cycle in Contemporary Women’s Writing in French, by Maria Kathryn Tomlinson (Liverpool University Press, 2021).

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Sensitive Subjects Pt. 2: Creative Practice and Ethics in Times of Loss

Olivia Turner reflects on the Sensitive Subjects: Creative Practice and Ethics workshop she organised at Newcastle University, turning to issues around bereavement and grief.

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Uncertain Household Objects

Brooke Bastie uses poetic form to imaginatively illustrate the uncertainty, repetition, and compulsion that pervades her experience of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). From uncertainty curdles a certainty often unnoticed. What I mean is that in

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A Series of Disparate Discomforts: Practice Research with Chronic Illness

Jane Hartshorn, who started a practice-based PhD in poetry in 2018, explores the tension between leaning into the chaos of chronic illness and attempting to accurately reflect it.

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Making Sense of Animal Research and Ourselves: The Importance of Vulnerability

In the second of our Animals in Medicine series, Renelle McGlacken invites us to think about the moral legitimacy of animal research through the lens of vulnerability. The moral legitimacy of animal research can

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Thinking with Non-human Animals in the Medical Humanities

In the first post of our Animals in Medicine series, Camille Bellet asks us to look beyond the human-centric instrumentalisation of animals in both health research and critical medical humanities scholarship. Take a close

Les humanités médicales françaises: input, debates and challenges

Claire Jeantils discusses the medical humanities in France and highlights what the French epistemological and pedagogical traditions might bring to the field.

‘Caught red handed’: Guilty Contagion in the 21st century

Teresa Ingleby explores the intersections of pathology and personhood in the 21st century, discussing neoliberal constructions of health, agency, and identity in self-accounts of sickness. Historically, sickness and morality have been causally entwined. Predating

Olfactory Overload: Knowing the Neurodivergent Nose

Kim Crowder recounts, discusses, and explores neurodiversity and a heightened sensitivity to smell. Olfactory: Of or pertaining to the sense of smell; concerned with smelling. The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary. My first post-pandemic train

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‘Swimming to Recovery’: Polio in 20th Century Belfast

Hannah Brown shares the oral histories of two polio survivors from Belfast, demonstrating how the Northern Ireland Polio Fellowship (NIPF) helped promote a social conscience around disability.

Selective Abortion: Involving People with Down’s Syndrome in the Conversation

Amy Redhead discusses the ethical necessity of involving people with Down’s Syndrome (DS) in discussions of, and debates around, selective abortion (SA). Bioethical debates surrounding Down’s syndrome (trisomy 21) have taken up space in