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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Manifesto for a Multilingual Medical Humanities

Steven Wilson reflects on the importance of linguistic sensitivity in the medical humanities.

A collage of Victorian images showing a worried mother figure and a ghostly child with the cut-out text 'Caution to Parents' and '"This is the way we wash our hands."' from a Pears' Soap ad.

Practice Research: Gothic Fiction for Postpartum Psychosis

Georgia Poplett discusses her PhD research methodology, developing original novel-writing as academic discourse in order to expand cultural dialogue around postpartum psychosis.

Emily Postan's 2022 book propped up on a banister

Embodied Narratives: Bioinformation and Self-Creation

Jamie Webb reviews the launch of Emily Postan’s new book Embodied Narratives: Protecting Identity Interests through Ethical Governance of Bioinformation (2022). What rights should donor conceived individuals have regarding genetic information about their biological

Shadow of human behind bars

Invisibility and Change: Psychiatric History in Uganda

Alma Ionescu details patterns of invisibility within the histories of psychiatry and mental health in Uganda History has always been necessary to make sense of the present. This holds particularly true in relation to

Oral Histories of Mental Healthcare

Verusca Calabria explores oral history as a vital method to research histories of mental healthcare. In recent decades in the UK, interest in oral history as a research method has expanded, both as a

The Radical Potential of Sickness Stories

Char Heather considers the radical potential of sickness stories to crip and to queer what is considered 'credible, coherent, complete, interesting, moving, and morally sound'.

An asylum building in the woods

Writing the Asylum

Gillean McDougall writes about a new collaborative project bringing together writers and artists with the medical archive A largely forgotten archive The former Gartnavel Royal Asylum stands in parkland in Glasgow’s West End, the

Photograph of a field, pylons, and a blue sky with a few clouds in the distance

Disability and depathologisation are not metaphors

Professor Dan Goodley reflects on the recent Northern Network of the Medical Humanities Congress and the necessity to embrace disability as a driving subject of inquiry.  I had the pleasure, this week, to attend

Cover of Utsu nuke (2017)

Tōjisha Manga: Japan’s Graphic Memoirs of Mental Disability

Yoshiko Okuyama explores the emerging genre of comics in Japan, tōjisha manga, and discusses how these comics illuminate and humanise the otherwise “faceless” people’s invisible tribulations caused by mental disability. Manga, or Japanese comics, is