With/For/About 2020

We have been living through months of online-intensity. Since the beginning of lockdown in late March, most of us have moved our lives into the virtual sphere, seeing 3-D humans less and less, communicating

‘Pastoral Aesthetics’: Book Review

Adam Hayden reviews Nathan Carlin’s Pastoral Aesthetics: A theological perspective on principlist bioethics (Oxford University Press: 2019). Nathan Carlin’s Pastoral Aesthetics is a synthesizing project that brings bioethics together with his professional practice of pastoral care.

The Dementia “Epidemic”: Examining Illness Metaphors in a Time of Pandemic

Avril Tynan examines the dementia “epidemic” and the problems posed by illness metaphors in the context of coronavirus. 

Speaking into Silence: Adolescent Illness Narrative

Amy Ryder discusses the lack of age-appropriate books and spaces for ill teens, and the flourishing of adolescent-authored illness narratives online During my time working for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s

‘The Invisible Injured’: Book Review

Ana Margarida Sousa Santos reviews Adam Montgomery’s The Invisible Injured: Psychological trauma in the Canadian military from the first world war to Afghanistan (McGill-Queen’s University Press: 2017). Adam Montgomery’s The Invisible Injured: Psychological trauma

“The House of Death”: Postpartum Psychosis and Infanticide in the Weird Tales Magazine

In her paper, presented at the Representing Women’s Health conference’s “Speculative Fiction” panel, Beata Gubacsi explores the portrayal of postpartum psychosis and infanticide in F. Georgia Stroup’s (1882-1952) “The House of Death: A Strange

Imagining Abortion: Foetal Personhood and Leni Zumas’ Red Clocks (2018)

In her paper, presented at the Representing Women’s Health conference’s “Speculative Fiction” panel, Jo Rodgers explores foetal personhood through feminist New Materialism.  In her 2018 novel Red Clocks, Leni Zumas imagines a near-future USA

Climate Change and Pregnancy in Naomi Booth’s Sealed and Marian Womack’s Lost Objects

In his paper, presented at the Representing Women’s Health conference’s “Speculative Fiction” panel, Jonathan Thornton explores the interconnected anxieties of pregnancy and climate change.  In a report in Global Health Action in 2013, ‘Climate

Representing Women’s Health 2020: A Conference Review

Beata Gubacsi reflects on the Representing Women’s Health conference, featuring topics from reproductive health and maternal loss to endometriosis and hysteria, providing insight into new research to locate and deconstruct stigma and bias in

‘Gut Feeling and Digestive Health In Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture’: Book Review

Arabella Henderson reviews Manon Mathias and Alison Moore’s Gut Feeling and Digestive Health In Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture (Palgrave: 2018) “However novel the new gut-brain axis science may seem…many individuals who engaged with medical

Art in isolation: artistic responses to Covid-19

Early artistic responses to Covid-19 offer fascinating insights into key issues arising from the crisis, argue ART/DATA/HEALTH researchers Elodie Marandet, Harriet Barratt, and Aristea Fotopoulou.

Haptic Waste

Inspired by the scrapbooks of Audrey Amiss, artist and dancer Benjamin Skinner reflects upon the processes through which we (dis)engage with waste objects in everyday life. This article is part of a two-week takeover

Body Parts

The question of how the ancients conceptualised the body has been taken up by many scholars, yet analysis is often focused primarily on the textual evidence. Anatomical votives can offer a more tangible link to medical history, argues Stephanie Holton.

‘Some Nurses’: The Value of Women’s Work

Jemima Short argues that a nineteenth-century lithograph found in Wellcome Collection speaks to inequalities in health care work today.

Object Worlds / Worlding Objects

Human geographer Diana Beljaars sees her own discipline with new eyes after an interdisciplinary workshop at Wellcome Collection.

The context of things

Cultural health historian Finola Finn reflects on lessons learned at an ECR training day co-hosted by Thinking Through Things and Wellcome Collection.

Thinking Tools

Objects and images have been used to ‘think through things’ since antiquity, explains Sarah Griffin, assistant curator at Winchester College.

Untitled (Stop Tap / Value)

How can artworks question prevailing norms and assumptions in medicine and healthcare? Imogen Wiltshire argues that the work of artist Rebecca Harris plays a critical role in exploring and addressing stigma and preconceptions about the fat body.

How to Build an Artificial Womb

A chastity belt in Wellcome Collection’s Medicine Man exhibition caused legal scholar Claire Horn to reflect on her own objects of research.

Wax Vanitas

Lenka Sediva argues that Wellcome Collection’s Wax Vanitas is an artwork for our uncertain times.

The Hypodermic Syringe

Writer and doctoral researcher Gillian Shirreffs contemplates the history of the hypodermic syringe.

EncodingDecoding: a response

Poet Jane Hartshorn responds to Darian Goldin Stahl’s artist book EncodingDecoding.

Desiring Objects

Chase Ledin explores the promises, fantasies and social values inscribed in the sexual objects held by Wellcome Collection. 

Set Menu (His and Hers)

Artist Dawn Woolley finds inspiration in the work of Audrey Amiss, held by Wellcome Library.

Presence, absence, and a pocket midwifery guide

Why remove the illustrations from a nineteenth century midwifery manual? What might this tell us about how researchers negotiate presence, absence and access in libraries, archives and collections? Rebecca Whiteley, Shreeve Fellow in the History of Medicine at the John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, explores a material history of absence.