Knowing Pain: Book Review

Fran Cettl reviews Knowing Pain: A History of Sensation, Emotion and Experience by Rob Boddice (Polity, 2023), bringing his text into dialogue with the medical humanities’ exploration of pain.

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Every Pill I Took

Prompted by Michael Lorenzini's Every Pill I Took (2022), Peder Clark explores the materiality of Ecstasy pills, thinking about the possible meanings behind- and consequences of- their brash branding.

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Photofantasy: A Curatorial Essay

Lizzie Merrill discusses the curatorial thoughts and processes that led to her exhibition at Four Corners Gallery, London.

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Massively Disabled 4: Knowledges of Care

In the fourth post of an ongoing monthly series exploring podcasting practice and the medical humanities, Élaina Gauthier-Mamaril reflects on epistemologies of care and the role of disabled knowledge-brokers in managing technocratic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Recent Posts

Reading Bodies in European Literatures and Cultures

Katharine Murphy introduces her new project, “Reading Bodies”, and reflects on what languages and non-anglophone literature, particularly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, have to offer the field.

New Reviews Editor

Welcome to Grace Brimacombe-Rand who joins The Polyphony as a Reviews Editor.

The viewer sees the bottom of a foot with a medical tag attached to the big toe against a black background.

A Call for Bedside Sociology in Cadaveric Dissection

Suhad Daher-Nashif narrates the ethnography of forensic medicine and calls for the inclusion of social science perspectives in cadaveric dissection

The Cultural Meanings of Insomnia

In the final post of the Sociability of Sleep series, Nived Dharmaraj reviews the Keynote given at Somnambulations 2- on insomnia and the contemporary 'sleep crisis'.

Somnambulations 2: Critical Approaches to Sleep 

In the third of our Sociability of Sleep series, contributors reflect on the instrumentalisation, quantification, and visualisation of sleep.

Exhibition Review: InSomnolence

In the second of the Sociability of Sleep (SoS) series, Matthew-Robin Nye provides an evocative tour of the InSomnolence exhibition and its sleepy spaces

What’s new and next in sleep?

The first in our four part series on the Sociability of Sleep (SoS) provides an introductory overview of the project and its resulting exhibition: InSomnolence

Posthumanism in the Medical Humanities

Anna McFarlane examines the impact a posthumanistic approach can have within critical medical humanities research

Book Cover of The Song of the Whole Wide World featuring Norwood's artwork. The shape of a foetus in white is contained within a blue circle with a black outline. The circle containing the foetus shape is laid on top of a striped blue background that is suggestive of water

The Song of the Whole Wide World: Book Review

Georgia Poplett reviews The Song of the Whole Wide World: On Grief, Motherhood and Poetry by Tamarin Norwood (Indigo, 2024).